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Psychology is the science of behavior and mental experiences. Psychology includes a variety of subfields including biological, developmental, clinical, counseling, school, and experimental psychology.


Degree: AA - Psychology (transfer preparation)

Freshman Year

Courses Units
Psychology 1 (General Psychology) 3
Psychology 4 (Brain, Mind, and Behavior) 3
Psychology Electives* 0-6
General Education Courses  


Sophomore Year

Courses Units
Mathematics 42A (Introduction to Probability and Statistics) or
Mathematics 44 (Statistics and Probability)
Psychology 2 (Introduction to Psychological Methodology) 3
Psychology 12 (Lifespan Psychology) 3
Psychology Electives* 0-6
General Education Courses**  
Total units required 60


*Psychology Electives

Select from the following for a minimum of 6 units:

Courses Units
Psychology 3 (Social Psychology) 3
Psychology 6 (Abnormal Psychology) 3
Psychology 10 (Psychology of Human Sexuality) 3
Psychology 15 (Problems of Childhood) 3
Psychology 16 (Selected Topics in Psychology) 3
Psychology 20 (Drugs and the Brain) 3
Psychology 24 (Sport Psychology) 3


**Recommended Courses

  • Anthropology 1 (Physical Anthropology)
  • Anthropology 3 (Social and Cultural Anthropology)
  • Anthropology 5 (Cultures of the U.S. in Global Perspective)
  • Biology 10 (Introduction to the Science of Biology)
  • Biology 31(Introduction to College Biology)
  • Early Childhood Development 50 (Prenatal to Early Childhood)
  • Early Childhood Development 51 (Childhood to Adolescence)
  • Early Childhood Development 62 (Child, Family, and Community)
  • Philosophy 4 (Introduction to Philosophy: Theory of Knowledge)
  • Psychology/Counseling 11 (Interpersonal Relationships)
  • Psychology-Counseling 13 (Multicultural Issues in Contemporary America)
  • Sociology 3 (American Culture and Racial Minorities)
  • Sociology 4 (Marriage and Family Relations)


Career Opportunities

The Las Positas Psychology program offers an AA degree that provides students with a basic understanding of behavior and motivation that is valuable in many careers in business, government, and education. To become a "psychologist," however, requires graduate level training.


The program provides preparation for transfer, fulfilling typical lower-division requirements for most four-year institutions. Some variation in requirements may exist at a particular four-year institution; therefore, it is essential that the student also refer to the catalog of the prospective transfer institution and consult a counselor.



Dyan Miller,
Dean of Behavioral Sciences, Business & Athletics


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