Cerro Coso Community College

Psychology for Transfer

Psychology AA-T

Associate Degree for Transfer: A Degree with a GuaranteeWe are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. This provides a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. This AS-T degree guarantees admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and gives priority admission consideration to your local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to your community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. More information on the Degree with a Guarantee Program.

The Psychology Degree for Transfer

  • Guarantees acceptance to the CSU system
  • Prepares students for careers in Psychology. The major in psychology provides a study of the behavior of individuals and groups.
  • Provides foundational knowledge for positions in
    • Research and Teaching
    • Counseling
    • Social Work
    • Working in Clinical Settings
    • Human Resources

Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

  • To apply psychological principles to the development of interpersonal, social, and occupational skills.
  • To compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in psychology.
  • To evaluate psychological data and apply the scientific method to psychological theory.

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete the following courses:

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or C055

This course covers data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Graphs and computations include measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, and presentation of data on a histogram, scatter plot, box plot, and the normal curve. Probability concepts include those for discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling and hypothesis testing are covered for means and variances. 72 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Bishop, Lake Isabella, Mammoth Lakes, and Tehachapi every Spring.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: MATH C053 or C055.

This course covers elements of descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, dispersion and presentation of data. Included are concepts of probability, random variables and normally distributed random variables. Sampling error, sampling processes and the distribution of sample means are applied to real life examples. Students will conduct hypothesis testing of means and proportions for one and two populations and linear regression testing using the least squares criterion. Students use descriptive and inferential methods employing linear regression and study one and two way analysis of variance. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course offers the student an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes focusing on exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, methods, and research findings in psychology. Topics include the biological bases of behavior and mental processes, perceptions, consciousness, memory, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, development, intelligence, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. The American Psychological Association (APA) format is taught and applied to written assignments and papers. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Bishop, Lake Isabella, and Mammoth Lakes every Fall, and in Tehachapi in Fall of odd years.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors program or eligibility for this Honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: ENGL C101.

This course offers the student an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes focusing on exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, methods, and research findings in psychology. Topics include the biological bases of behavior and mental processes, perceptions, consciousness, memory, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, development, intelligence, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. The American Psychological Association (APA) format is taught and applied to written assignments and papers. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years.

Prerequisite: PSYC C101, MATH C121

This course covers research methods in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as proper reporting of results in American Psychological Association (APA) style. These methods include research design (experimental, non-experimental, and quasiexperimental), the interpretation of behavioral data using descriptive and inferential statistics, and research ethics. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

LIST A - Select one course:

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is an introductory course in biological science with laboratory experience for non-majors. The course illustrates the principles of organization, cell structure and function, genetics, metabolism, organ systems, and reproduction (plant and animal), ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. The course is not open to students with credit in BIOL C101. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every semester, in Bishop every Fall, in Lake Isabella in Spring of even years, in Mammoth Lakes every Spring, and in Tehachapi in Fall of odd years.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This is an introductory course in biological science with laboratory experience for non-majors. The course illustrates the principles of organization, cell structure and function, genetics, metabolism, organ systems, reproduction (plant and animal), ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. The course is not open to students with credit in BIOL C101. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years and Spring of odd years.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070, PSYC C101

This course introduces the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and its fundamental role in the neurosciences. Physiological, hormonal, and neurochemical mechanisms, and brain-behavior relationships underlying the psychological phenomena of sensation, perception, regulatory processes, emotion, learning, memory, and psychological disorders are addressed. The course also notes historical scientific contributions and current research principles for studying brain-behavior relationships and mental processes. Ethical standards for human and animal research are discussed in the context of both invasive and non-invasive experimental research. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

LIST B - Select one course or any List A course not used above:

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course provides an overview, from a psychological perspective, of human development from conception through death, including biological and environmental influences. Theories and research of physical, cognitive, personality, and social development are examined, as well as attention to developmental problems. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Fall, in Ridgecrest, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes every Spring, and in Lake Isabella and Tehachapi in Spring of even years.

LIST C - Select one course or any course not selected above:

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the complex and diverse psychological, biological, socio-cultural, and historical aspects of human sexuality. Discussions include evaluation of prominent theories, examination of academic research and exploration of current issues pertaining to human sexuality. Students are encouraged to become aware of their own sexual attitudes, values, and to evaluate the consistency of their behaviors within their own moral frameworks. Current sex norms and various aspects of interpersonal and individual sexual adjustment are explored. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Spring and in Fall of even years, in Ridgecrest in Fall of odd years, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes every Spring.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070, PSYC C101

This course introduces the scientific study of psychopathology and atypical behaviors, broadly defined. Students investigate abnormal behavior from a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and sociocultural approaches. An integrative survey of theory and research in abnormal behavior, and intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders are also introduced. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Spring and in Fall of odd years, in Ridgecrest and Lake Isabella in Fall of even years, and in Tehachapi in Spring of odd years.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course introduces concepts and research findings of contemporary sociology; this includes analyzing human groups such as the family, the peer group, the work group, social class, institutions, mass behavior and culture. Discussion is centered on the effects of social change in an industrial society. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Tehachapi in Fall of odd years.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Campuses

All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: CC Online Ridgecrest / IWV Bishop Mammoth Lakes Lake Isabella

Pathway to Completion

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $15,480 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $19,080 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

For general questions, contact:

Matthew Jones
Social Science
Phone: (760) 384-6267
Email: matthew.jones@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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