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Welcome to the Psychology Department @ GWC

The Psychology Transfer major covers the contemporary perspectives on understanding human behavior: biological, psychodynamic, learning-based, humanistic, cognitive, and sociocultural, as well as the effects of nature verses nurture on behavior and abilities. Students learn how to analyze the various methods used to study behavior, including the naturalistic observation method, the correlational method, the experimental method, kinship studies, the epidemiological method, and the case-study method. Students choosing this major will gain an understanding of the definition of normal vs. abnormal behavior, as well as describe the different types of mental health professionals and the basic features of psychotherapy and drug therapies.

The successful student will be able to: Characterize the nature of psychology as a science; understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues; use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments related to conclusions about psychological issues; identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems, such as the origin and treatment of abnormal behavior, pursuit and effect of healthy lifestyles, psychology-based interventions in clinical, educational community, and other settings. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Psychology.

Associate in Arts degree in Psychology for transfer
*Pending State approval

Required Core (11 total units):
Math G160 - Introduction to Statistics 4 Units
Psychology G100 - Introduction to Psychology 3 Units
Psychology G280 - Research Methods in Psychology 4 Units

List A – Select one course from: (3-4 units)
Biology G100 - Introduction to Biology 4 Units
Psychology G250 – Psychobiology 3 Units

List B – Select one course from: (3 units)
Any list A course not used above
Psychology G116 - Child Growth and Development 3 Units
Psychology G118 - Life Span Developmental Psychology 3 Units
Sociology G100 - Introduction to Sociology 3 Units
Sociology G185 - Analysis of Social Problems 3 Units

List C – Select one course from: (3 units)
Any list A or B course not used above
Psychology G110 - Personal and Social Adjustment 3 Units
Psychology G165 - Principles of Human Sexuality 1 3 Units
Psychology G255 - Abnormal Psychology 3 Units

Required Subtotal 20-21

CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern 37-41 Units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total 60 Units

MAJOR - Psychology

Course Listing (20 total units):
Required Courses:

Psychology G100 Introduction to Psychology 3 Units
Psychology G280 Research Methods in Psychology 3 Units
Math G160 Introduction to Statistics 4 Units

Choose 9 Units from the following:
Anthropology G100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 Units
Anthropology G185 Physical Anthropology 3 Units
Psychology G116 Child Growth and Development 3 Units
Psychology G118 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3 Units
Psychology G250 Psychobiology 3 Units
Sociology G100 Introduction to Sociology 3 Units