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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Psychology

Program Description

Psychology stands at the intersection of the biological sciences and the humanities because of its study of mental processes, emotions, and behavior. Using the scientific method, psychology investigates many aspects of human behavior, including, but not limited to, how the brain and nervous system function, mental illness, therapies that help people manage mental illness and recover from trauma, social and emotional development over the lifespan, learning and memory, and social and group dynamics.

Psychology covers the total lifespan to learn more about how people function in family, work, and community settings. Psychologists conduct studies to investigate differences in development, research what can go wrong in development, and develop methods that help people resolve conflict. It is a dynamic field in which advanced research methods lead to new understandings of human behavior, which can be applied to help people thrive and live healthy lives.

Learn more about the program on the Psychology website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to recognize the diversity of behavior of various populations and be able to explain, interpret, apply, and evaluate a broad base of concepts in the different fields of psychology.

Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills and psychological theories to real-world situations, and be able to apply research methodology and data analysis in the process of answering questions about human behavior.

Career Opportunities

Psychology graduates find positions in a wide range of work environments. Typical positions include personnel managers, industrial psychologists, psychiatric aides, probation officers, mental health workers, drug abuse counselors, employment counselors, and teachers. Advanced degrees, such as a Masters (MA), a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), a PsyD, and a PhD, can open opportunities for careers in research, counseling, and higher education. Psychologists also work as consultants in government and industry, as well as in human resources, marketing, business management, technology, software development, and education.

Award Type(s)

AA = Associate in Arts Degree

Units Required

Major: 35

Additional Information

Note: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Online Courses for Psychology

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency: Select one of the following
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ESLL 26 Advanced Composition & Reading 5
or equivalent    
Mathematics Proficiency:
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:

Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

Core courses (15 units)

Support courses (20 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

PSYC 1 General Psychology 5
or PSYC 1H Honors General Psychology 5
PSYC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or SOC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5
PSYC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
or SOC 10 Social Research Methods & Designs 5

Support Courses

Select 12 units from the following:
PSYC 2 Cultural Psychology 4
PSYC 4 Introduction to Biopsychology 5
PSYC 9 Positive Psychology 4
PSYC 14 Child & Adolescent Development 4
PSYC 21 Psychology of Women: Sex & Gender Differences 4
or WMN 21 Psychology of Women: Sex & Gender Differences 4
PSYC 22 Psychology of Prejudice & Discrimination 4
PSYC 25 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 4
PSYC 30 Social Psychology 4
or SOC 30 Social Psychology 4
PSYC 33 Introduction to Personality Psychology 4
PSYC 39 Psychology of Sports 4
PSYC 40 Human Development 5
PSYC 49 Human Sexuality 4
And 8 * units from the following:
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
ANTH 4 First Peoples of North America 4
ANTH 6 Perspectives from Africa 4
ANTH 22 The Aztec, Maya, Inca & their Predecessors: Civilizations of the Americas 4
ETHN 1 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 4
HUMN 4 Trauma & the Arts 4
or HUMN 4H Honors Trauma & the Arts 4
HUMN 8 Ex Machina: The Paradox of Being Human in the Digital Age 4
PHOT 8 Photography of American Cultures 5
or PHOT 8H Honors Photography of American Cultures 5
PSYC 51 Applied Research Experience 1
PSYC 54H Honors Institute Seminar in Psychology 1
PSYC 70R Independent Study in Psychology 1
PSYC 71R Independent Study in Psychology 2
PSYC 72R Independent Study in Psychology 3
PSYC 73R Independent Study in Psychology 4
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology 5
SOC 23 Race & Ethnic Relations 4
SOC 28 Sociology of Gender 4
SOC 40 Aspects of Marriage & Family 4
Total Units   35

* Students may also use courses listed in the first section of support courses to fulfill the requirement for the second section of support courses.

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a complete list of degree requirements, please visit Psychology 2023-2024 in Degree & Certificates.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.