Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – PSY Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in Psychology. Three units in the major (PSY 200) and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Additional units in the major may have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 Units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering this major with the AA-T in Psychology are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: Consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Psychology Major: 38 Units

PSY 200 met in transfer.

  • Core Requirements (11 units)
  • Basic Courses (18-21 units): Choose two courses from Areas 1, 2, and 3. See notes.
  • Electives (9-12 units): Choose courses in Areas 1–3 and/or additional upper-division psychology courses. See notes.

University Electives: 7 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., in both UD GE and the major.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
PSY 303 Psychology: The Major and the Profession (Major Core) 1
PSY 371 Psychological Statistics (Major Core) 3
Basic Area Courses – Take Two 1 6-8
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 3
Second Semester
PSY 400 Introduction to Research in Psychology (Major Core) 3
Basic Area Courses – Take Two 1 6-8
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Third Semester
PSY 305GW Writing in Psychology - GWAR (Major Core) 3
PSY 690 Future Directions for Psychology Majors (Major Core) 1
Basic Area Course – Take One 1 3-4
Major Elective – Take One 2 3-4
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Fourth Semester
Basic Area Course – Take One 1 3-4
Major Elective – Take Two 2 6-8
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
University Elective 4
 Total Units60

Basic Area Courses (18-21 units)

Choose two courses from each of the following Areas:

  • Area 1: Basic Psychological Processes (6 units)

            PSY 432 Cognitive Development: Language, Thinking, and Perception (3 units) 

            PSY 490 Introduction to Data Science for Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 491 Learning (3 units)

            PSY 492 Perception (3 units)

            PSY 493 Motivation (3 units)

            PSY 494 Cognitive Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 495 The Psychology of Human Memory (3 units)

            PSY 498 Cognitive Neuroscience: Psychological Models (3 units)

            PSY 531 Psycholinguistics (3 units)

            PSY 581 Physiological Psychology I (3 units)

            PSY 582 Physiological Psychology II (3 units)

  • Area 2: Psychological Development and Individual Differences (6-7 units)

            PSY 430 Adolescent Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 431 Developmental Psychology (3 units)*

            PSY 433 Social, Emotional, and Personality Development (3 units)

            PSY 435 Developmental Psychopathology (3 units) (UD-D)

            PSY 436/SXS 436 The Development of Femaleness and Maleness (4 units) (UD-D)

            PSY 442 Health Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 451 Theories of Personality (3 units)

            PSY 452 Psychopathology (Abnormal Psychology) (3 units)

            PSY 521 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 units)

  • Area 3: Social, Cultural. Organizational, and Community Contexts (6-8 units)

            PSY 440 Social Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 441 The Psychology of the Family (3 units)

            PSY 455 Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 456/SXS 456 Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (3 units)

            PSY 461 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 462 Personnel Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 463 Human Factors in Technology (3 units)

            PSY 464 Psychology of Career Pursuit (3 units)

            PSY 465 The Psychology of Work-Life Stress (3 units)

            PSY 466 Training and Development in Organizations (3 units)

            PSY 472 Introduction to Legal Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 474 Psychology of Social Justice (3 units) (SJ)

            PSY 475 Psychology of Policing (3 units)

            PSY 525 Community Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 540 Decision Making: A Perspective from Social Psychology (3 units)

            PSY 547 Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution (3 units)

            PSY 558 Field Services Seminar (2 units)

            and PSY 559 Psychological Field Service (1-3 units)

            PSY 645 Group Processes (3 units)


Electives (9-12 units)

Choose three elective courses from courses in Areas 1–3 not used to satisfy the Basic Area Course requirement and/or from the following additional upper-division psychology courses:

PSY 300 Current Issues in Psychology (3 units)

PSY 320/SXS 320 Sex and Relationships (3 units) (UD-D, GP)

PSY 330 Child Development (3 units)* (UD-B)

PSY 443 The Science of Happiness (3 units)

PSY 450/SXS 400/SOC 400 Variations in Human Sexuality (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)

PSY 571 Intermediate Psychological Statistics (3 units)

PSY 668 The Psychology of Leadership (3 units) (GP)

PSY 680 Peer Advising in Psychology (3 units)

PSY 685 Projects in the Teaching of Psychology (1-4 units)

PSY 693 Proseminar I (3 units)

PSY 694 Proseminar II (3 units)

PSY 697 Senior Project Preparation (3 units)

PSY 698 Senior Project in Psychology (3 units)

PSY 699 Independent Study in Psychology (1-4 units)


Students may not use PSY 330 as an elective if they have taken PSY 431.