Psychology, AA

This program can be completed 100% online. 

The Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology is designed for students seeking careers in psychology or related fields. The degree requirements include a well-balanced general education curriculum. Specific curriculum provides students with major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in psychology. In addition, students will come to understand and apply basic research methods in psychology. This course of study is designed as a university transfer program that substantially meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the B.A. in psychology at UNR. In addition, students have the possibility to begin work on a minor in addiction treatment services that is available at UNR. Students wishing to transfer to any other baccalaureate program should work closely with TMCC advisors and advisors at the institution of transfer to obtain recommended courses for transfer.


Students completing the degree will:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in psychology.
  • Understand and apply basic academic research methods in psychology including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Apply psychological principles to understand human behavior.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Social Science3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Select a course that satisfies a General Education requirement.
Foreign Language0-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions[3]
Introduction to American Politics
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 233Child Psychology3
or PSY 261 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY 240Introduction to Research Methods3
PSY 241Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
Elective Requirements10-23
Note: Students transferring to UNR's BA in Psychology/Research Specialization should take the following:
Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Choose up to 6 units from the following disciplines. If additional units are still required, please meet with Academic Advisement.
Any ANTH (except ANT 102, 110L)
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
Fine Arts/Diversity 3 3
Foreign Language 5 4
Mathematics 3 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
Foreign Language 5 4
PSY 210 Introduction to Statistical Methods (or other elective) 4 4
PSY 233
Child Psychology
or Introduction to Social Psychology
Science 3 3
 Semester Total17
3rd semester
Foreign Language 5 3
PSY 240 Introduction to Research Methods 3
PSY 241 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
Science 3 3
Social Science/U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 4 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Electives 4 3
Foreign Language 1 3
Humanities 4 3
PSY 261
Introduction to Social Psychology (or other elective)
or Child Psychology
 Semester Total12
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.


See approved Foreign Language list for the AA Degree.