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Title Psychology Transfer Pathway AA 
Department Psychology 

Psychology Transfer Pathway
Sample Full-Time Pathway

Semester 1 (15 credits)
CCST 1510 College Success Skills, 3 cr (or choose any other student success course)
COMM 1420 Interpersonal Communication OR COMM 1422 Honors Interpersonal Communication OR COMM 1410 Intro to Communication (Goal 1), 3 cr
ENGL 1410 Composition I OR ENGL 1420 Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr
PHED 1594 Fitness for Life (or choose any other PHED or HLTH course)
PSYC 1423 Positive Psychology (Goals 5,9) - 3 cr

Semester 2 (15 credits)
ENGL 1411 Composition II (Goal 1) or ENGL 1421 Honors Composition II (Goals 1,9), 4 cr
MATH 1470 College Algebra OR MATH 1460 Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4) OR MATH 1461 Honors Introduction to Statistics (Goals 2,4), 3-4 cr
PSYC 2421 General Psychology OR PSYC 2423 Honors General Psychology (Goals 2,5), 4 cr
Goal 5 course (Not Psychology), 3 cr
Elective, 1 cr

Semester 3 (15 credits)
Goal 3 Biology course, 3 cr (BIOL 1404 Human Biology or BIOL 2411 Biology of Women recommended)
PSYC 2427 Statistics for Psychology (Goal 5), 4 cr
PSYC 2431 Human Development (Goal 5) or PSYC 2470 Abnormal Psychology (Goals 5,7) or PSYC 2441 Social Psychology (Goals 5,7), 3 cr
Goals 6 or 8 course, 3 cr (ARTS 2490, ENGL 1450, MUSC 2128, SPAN 2420, or THTR 1451 recommended)
Electives, 2 cr

Semester 4 (15 credits)
PHIL course, 3 cr (PHIL 2420 Ethics or PHIL 2421 Honors Ethics recommended)
Goal 6 course, 3 cr (if you have not yet met the Goal 7 requirement, choose a Goal 6/7 course)
Goal 3 course, 3 cr (it is recommended to select a Goal 3/10 course)
Electives, 6 cr


Click here to download the Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree Program Planning Form (PDF)

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 students completing this pathway degree and transferring to a Minnesota State university may enter with junior-year status. Courses in the Psychology Transfer Pathway associates degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs. Students should consult with an advisor for guidance regarding how to best meet the requirements of their intended baccalaureate program. Universities within the Minnesota State system participating in the Psychology Transfer Pathways 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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