Psychology Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Psychology Focus

About The Program

Work as a guidance counselor, clinical psychologist, social worker or educator after earning your bachelor’s degree. Psychology courses also supplement majors in health sciences, social sciences, business and law.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Recommended Electives

ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of scientific methods of research as they apply to the study of human behavior and mental processes.
  • Comprehend how the individual’s immediate environment, past experience, physiological makeup, development and socio-cultural context influence thinking, emotions and behavior.
  • Comprehend and articulate the major psychological theories and contemporary trends in psychological research.
  • Develop some degree of self-awareness with strategies for fostering greater psychological health.
  • Acquire the knowledge necessary to enjoy meaningful personal and professional relationships; as students, parents, domestic partners, co-workers and community members.
  • Develop an understanding of statistics as related to correlational and causal research.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills by reading primary and secondary source material, discussing course content, and writing coherent essays.

Revised June 2023 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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