Psychology, AA

Program Code: Psychology-AA

This program can be completed 100% online. 

Program Description

The Associate of Arts in Psychology 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. 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.

The Associate of Arts in Psychology is a good fit for students who do not see graduate study in Psychology or Psychiatry in their future, but are looking to complement a career in Human Resources, Business, Law, Education, or a related field.

Students requiring clarification on whether to follow a course of study leading towards a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology at UNR, or those 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. 

Psychology Career Map

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts/Diversity 4 3
Foreign Language 3 4
Mathematics 4 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Foreign Language 3 4
PSY 233
Child Psychology
or Introduction to Social Psychology
Science 4 3
Elective 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
Foreign Language 3 3
PSY 240 Introduction to Research Methods 3
PSY 241 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
Science 4 3
Social Science/U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 5 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Foreign Language 3 3
Humanities 5 3
Elective 7
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60

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


See program recommendations or requirements.

Program Requirements

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 Language 30-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2[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
Students choose 10 elective units.
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.


See approved Foreign Language list for the AA Degree. 

Program Outcomes

Student completing the degree will:

PO1: Define and identify key concepts, principles and theories in psychology. 

PO2: Describe and evaluate basic research methods used by psychologists; including their respective advantages and disadvantages.

PO3: Identify aspects of individual or cultural diversity and the interpersonal challenges that can result from diversity and context. 

PO4: Communicate ideas, supported by scholarly works, which reflect knowledge of basic psychological concepts and principles.

Transfer Agreements

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. Students who intend to transfer to another college or university should speak with a TMCC Academic Advisor and consult with that institution. The transfer institution determines how TMCC courses will transfer. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same or similar discipline.