Have you ever wondered why people do the things they do? Psychology helps us understand how the human mind works and how they behave.

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At Irvine Valley College, our Psychology courses provide academic instruction in basic psychology concepts, theories, terminology and research methods, and promote students' life skills, personal growth and interpersonal effectiveness. Students majoring in psychology focus on understanding human personality and behavior, cognition, and emotions, as well as researching psychological issues of current concern.

The critical insight that psychology requires makes this major especially appropriate for those considering careers in any of the helping professions (such as mental health counseling, public health, and social work), teaching, or behavioral research; or for those seeking a widely applicable liberal arts background.

Program Length

This program can be completed in two years.

Transfer Options

IVC’s Psychology for Transfer, AA-T, helps students transfer to the CSU system. We encourage you to speak to one of our Psychology instructors, or an IVC Academic Counselor, to help you plan a degree path that is right for your goals.

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
PSYC 1 or 1HIntroduction to Psychology 4 & Major3
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1C3
Arts Arts GE Course3A3
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course 3B3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing Critical Thinking 1B4
PSYC 10* or (PSYC 10 & Math 3A*)Statistics for Social Behavior Sciences or (Statistics and Calculus)2A & Major3
PSYC 3Physiological Psychology5B & Major3
PSYC 3 LABPhysiological Psychology Lab5C 1
PSYC 6, 7, 9 or 11Various Psychology Courses4 & Major3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
PSYC 2Research MethodsMajor4
PSYC 13, 32, or 33Various Psychology CoursesVarious & Major3
PSYC 30 or PSYC 37Social Psychology or Abnormal Psychology4 & Major3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course3A or 3B3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
PSYC 5 or PSYC 20Various Psychology Courses4 & Major3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Social & Behavioral ScienceSocial Science GE Course (Non-Psychology Course)43
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)2-3
  1. Different UCs have different psychology degrees or tracks, and each option will have different math requirements and other major preparation requirements.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
PSYC 1 or 1HIntroduction to Psychology D & Major3
PSYC 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and AdolscenceE & Major 3
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
ArtsArts GE CourseC13
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
PSYC 3Physiological Psychology B2 & Major3
PSYC 3LPhysiological Psychology LabB3 & Major1
PSYC 10Statistics for Social Behavior SciencesB4 & Major3
PSYC 5, 9, 11, 20, 30, 32 or 37Various Psychology CoursesD& Major3
HIST 20 or HIST 21US History CourseC23
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2-3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
PSYC 2Research MethodsD & Major4
PSYC 13Psychology of Reasoning and Problem Solving (Spring Only)A3 & Major3
PSYC 15AFaculty Mentored Research in PsychologyMajor2
PSYC 5, 9, 11, 20, 30, 32 or 37Various Psychology CoursesD & Major3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
PSYC 6 or PSYC 33Various Psychology CoursesMajor3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2-3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
PSYC 1 or 1HIntroduction to Psychology4 & Major3
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C 1
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
PSYC 10Statistics for Social Behavior Sciences2 & Major3
MajorPsychology Major Course from List AMajor3-4
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
Fine ArtsFine Arts and Languages GE Course73
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
PSYC 2Research Methods in Psychology1C & Major4
MajorPsychology Major Course from List BMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
MajorPsychology Major Course from List CMajor3
MajorPsychology Major Course from List A, B or CMajor3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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