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Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior, including mental states and processes, and human nature and society. Pierce College's psychology program prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions as psychology majors; helps prepare students for vocational certification or licensure in disciplines related to and supported by psychological training; and provides courses that contribute to the personal growth and wellbeing of students who seek more knowledge of themselves and the world around them.

Transfer possibilities

Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further training in oceanography.

Students planning to transfer as psychology majors should complete Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Associate degree requirements.Since requirements vary by institution, students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce. Up to 30 psychology credits may be accepted, depending on the transfer institution. Often, psychology majors are best served by gaining a strong background, not only in psychology, but in anatomy and physiology, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.

Psychology major

The following courses are recommended for psychology students:

  • BIOL 118: Human anatomy and physiology for non-science majors
  • BIOL& 160: General biology w/lab
  • MATH& 141: Pre-calculus I
  • MATH& 146: Intro to statistics
  • PHIL& 101: Intro to philosophy
  • PSYC& 100: General psychology
  • SOC& 101: Intro to sociology
  • ANTH& 100: Survey of anthropology or ANTH& 206: Cultural anthropology
  • ENGL 103: Composition: Argumentation and research or ENGL 107: Composition: Writing about literature
  • CMST& 101: Introduction to communication or CMST& 220: Public speaking

AND one or two of the following PSYCH courses:

  • PSYC& 180: Human sexuality
  • PSYC& 200: Lifespan psychology
  • PSYC& 220: Abnormal psychology
  • PSYC 230: Intro to personality

Jo Anne Geron
Psychology Professor & Department Coordinator

Tom Link
Psychology Instructor

Leon Khalsa-Maulen
Psychology and Sociology Professor

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