Bakersfield College


Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer is intended for those transfer-directed students who plan to complete an Associate of Arts in Psychology because it guarantees admission to the CSU system (but not to a particular campus or major). In order to earn the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework which includes the CSU General Education or IGETC requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated high-unit major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. This degree eliminates the additional Bakersfield College graduation requirements.

The major in psychology provides a study of the behavior of individuals and groups. The four-year degree in this major contributes to the foundational knowledge for positions in research and teaching, counseling, and working in clinical settings.

To Achieve the Associate in Arts for Transfer
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Psychology Associate in Arts for Transfer degree.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 21 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives, theories, methods and core concepts of the behavioral sciences.
  • Explain the major problems and issues in the disciplines in their contemporary, historical and geographical contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to describe the contributions and perspectives of women, ethnic and other minorities, and Western and non-Western peoples.

Required Subtotal:  20.0
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39.0
Transfer Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total:  60.0

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
PSYC B1A* General Psychology 3.0
PSYC B1B* Biological Psychology 3.0
PSYC B5* Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
PSYCH B6* Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0

Any two of the following courses

Course Number Course Title Units
PSYC B20* Social Psychology 3.0
PSYC B30* Human Sexuality 3.0
PSYC B33* Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment 3.0
PSYC B40* Introduction to Lifespan Psychology 3.0

* Courses with an asterisk can be double counted for General Education. No additional graduation requirements are required to complete this degree.

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.

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