Explore aspects of the human mind and behavior, including lifespan development, mental disorders, emotions and more, as you earn an associate’s degree for transfer to a four-year college.

Psychology Pathway

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
  • Provides courses that contribute to the personal growth and wellbeing of students who seek more knowledge of themselves and the world around them.

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
Tom Link
Psychology Professor
Leon Khalsa-Maulen
Psychology and Sociology Professor

Apply to Pierce College

Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.


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