Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Program Information

Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. People sometimes think of psychology as the study of mental and emotional problems, or as psychotherapy, but the field is actually much broader than this. Psychology uses the scientific method to study human behavior in all its many forms, from the genetic level and the biological basis of behavior, to understanding how individuals and groups behave in everyday activities. Psychology includes the study of what we have in common with other human beings, such as how we learn and remember, along with what makes us unique individuals – our personalities. In Psychology, you will study what makes people thrive and grow, as well as what might lead to problems. The Psychology Transfer Pathway provides a broad base of general education relevant to psychology careers, and prepares students for transfer into a Psychology baccalaureate degree at Minnesota State universities.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts, principle and overarching themes in psychology
  • Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
  • Describe applications of psychology
  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Demonstrate psychology information literacy
  • Engage in systematic problem-solving inferred by psychological research
  • Interpret, design or conduct basic psychological research
  • Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry
  • Use statistical programs to augment scientific inquiry
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate and/or conduct psychological research and practice
  • Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
  • Explore values and/or practices that build community at local, national and global levels
  • Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes including basic APA style
  • Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
  • Interact effectively with others
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills

Special Program Requirements

  • These requirements apply to new students, and students who have been absent from this college one academic year or longer.
  • At least one semester before you plan to graduate, complete an Application to Graduate.
  • Student must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in each of the four required (12 credits) Communications courses.
  • A total of 60 college level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are required for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses is required to complete the MnTC.
  • 15 credits must be earned at Central Lakes College to be eligible for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • Classes may meet requirements for more than one goal area, but credit will not be awarded for any course twice.

Transfer Opportunities

The Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Psychology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field. Universities within the Minnesota State system participating in the Psychology Transfer Pathway include: • Bemidji State University – BA/BS • Metropolitan State University – BA • Minnesota State University, Mankato – BA/BS • Minnesota State University, Moorhead – BA • Southwest State University – BA • St. Cloud State University – BA • Winona State University – BA

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Program Course Requirements

Required Discipline Courses (14 credits)
PSYC 2421 General Psychology (Goals 2,5) OR
PSYC 2423* Honors General Psychology (Goals 2,5), 4 cr
PSYC 2427* Statistics for Psychology (Goal 5), 4 cr
PSYC 2431* Human Development (Goal 5) OR
PSYC 2441 Social Psychology (Goals 5,7) OR
PSYC 2470* Understanding Psychological Disorders (Goals 5,7), 3 cr
Additional Psychology course, 3 cr

Required MnTC Courses
Goal 1 – Communications
COMM 1410 Introduction to Communication (Goal 1) OR
COMM 1420 Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1) OR
COMM 1422* Honors Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1), 3 cr
ENGL 1410* Composition I (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1420* Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr
ENGL 1411* Composition II (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1421* Honors Composition II (Goals 1,9), 4 cr
Goal 2 is met with required courses
Goal 3 – Natural Sciences, 6 cr
BIOL 1404 Human Biology (Goal 3) OR
BIOL 2411 Biology of Women (Goals 3,7) recommended, 3 cr
Courses from two disciplines are recommended; one analytical lab course is required
Goal 4 – Math/Logical Reasoning
MATH 1460* Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4) OR
MATH 1461* Honors Intro to Statistics (Goals 2,4) OR
MATH 1470 College Algebra (Goal 4), 3-4 cr
Goal 5 – History/Social Behavioral Sciences, 1 course
Any discipline other than Psychology
Goal 6 – Humanities and Fine Arts, 9 cr
PHIL 2420 Ethics (Goals 6,9) OR
PHIL 2421* Honors Ethics (Goals 6,9) 3 cr
Courses from two disciplines are required

Goal 7 – Human Diversity, 1 course
Goal 8 – Global Perspective, 1 course
Goal 9 – Ethic and Civic Responsibility, 1 course
Goal 10 – People and The Environment, 1 course

Fitness for Life (2 credits)
PHED 1594 Fitness for Life OR
Choose any other HLTH or PHED Fitness for Life course, 2 cr

Student Success (1-3 credits)
CCST 1510 College Success Skills recommended, 3 cr

Electives – As needed to complete 60 credits

*Denotes Prerequisites
Many courses from Goals 1 – 6 also meet Goal 7 – 10. Credits count only once. Students are advised to select MnTC courses with multiple goal assignments whenever possible.


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