Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You will learn about the different areas of psychology which includes : social, clinical, behavioral, cognitive, biological, and developmental psychology. Completion of the Psychology: Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) will prepare you to meet minimum lower division admission requirements (60 transferable units) for transfer to a California State University (CSU) or the University of California (UC). For transfer to a UC, please consult with a counselor for additional courses that may be needed. The Psychology program map below includes all of your major coursework and recommended general education courses by term that is needed to fulfill your degree and transfer requirements.

Psychology - ADT (CSU and UC)

0-15 units
Fall/Spring Units
Guidance 47 3
English 1A/ 1AH 4
Psychology 1 / 1H 3
Humanities 16 or History 6/6H or 7/7H 3
Library 1 1
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Psychology 9 3
16-30 units
Fall/spring Units
Psychology 2 3
Math 12/12H or Psychlogy 48 or Sociology 48 3-4
English 1B/1BH or Philosphy 11 or Academic Literacy and Reading 4 3-4
Music 19 or 25 or 26 or 89 or Theater Arts 3 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Communication Studies 1 or 6 or 9 3
31-45 units
Fall/spring Units
Psychology 8 3
Psychology 35/ 35H 3
Geography 1/ 1H and 1L; or Geology 1/ 1H and 1L  4
Sociology 1 or 1H 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Any CSU/ UC General Education Elective 3
45-60+ units
Fall/spring Units
Psychology 50 4
Psychology 33 3
Political Science 21 3
Philosophy 10/ 10H or 12 or 33 or Humanities 10/ 10H 3

For alternative CSU/UC General Education options refer to the RCC Catalog, under Requirements for College Transfer.


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Complete English 1A (transfer-level English)
  • Complete Behavioral Statistics or transfer-level math (Math 12)
  • Complete Entry Level Psychology Course
  • Learn APA Style writing for research papers 
  • Enroll in English 885 (access to writing lab)
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research Potential Clubs on Campus
  • Participate in tutoring, student success workshops or supplemental instruction
  • Visit the Career Center for Internship opportunities
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing
  • Participate in a research activity (meet with Faculty Advisor) 

Careers for Psychology Majors

Salaries Range : $43,300 - $110,120

  • Mental Health Coordinator
  • Social Service Worker
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Academic/ Educational Counselor
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Market Research Anaylst
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Personnel Manager