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Psychology - Minnesota State Transfer Pathway (AA)


( Psychology is the scientific inquiry into human behavior and mental processes. It also recognizes the complexity of these issues and endeavors to utilize both environmental and biological evidence in order to explore, explain and understand them.


The members of the Psychology Department are committed to providing a solid foundation in core psychological areas. We believe in a rigorous quality education that provides learning opportunities on multiple levels:

  • Liberal arts courses for Associate of Arts degree completion
  • Psychology courses for specialized degrees
  • Bachelor's degree preparation



You can specialize in -

  • Comparative psychology
  • Community psychology
  • Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics
  • Developmental and child psychology
  • Geropsychology
  • Experimental psychology
  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Personality psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Health/medical psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Forensic psychology.

The following is a link from the Bureau of Labor Statistics with more information on a variety of careers in psychology.

Careers in Psychology

Types of Jobs


Individuals who study psychology often work in the following professions:

  • Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
  • College Psychology Teachers
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists


Skills Acquired


Psychology programs include topics such as:

  • Subfields of psychology
  • Psychological assessment and testing methods
  • Behavioral studies
  • Statistics and research methods
  • Analysis and treatment of behavior programs and disorders

Degrees & Certificates in Psychology

The Associate of Arts degree, with Emphasis in Psychology, will provide lower division coursework in psychology for transfer to a four-year major.

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The Psychology (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AA offers students an opportunity to earn course credits that directly transfer to a designated Psychology bachelor's degree program at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to meet bachelor's degree program requirements for transfer students planning initial study at a Minnesota State college. Students planning to transfer to non-system universities are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution as early as possible to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

Required Courses - 14-16 credits

Code Title Credits
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
PSYC 2100 Statistics for the Behavorial Sciences 4
PSYC 2210 Developmental Psychology: Life Span 4
or PSYC 2200 Abnormal Psychology 3
or PSYC 2600 Introduction to Social Psychology 3

One additional Psychology course (3-4 credits)

General Education Requirements - 40 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1100 Introduction to Human Communication 3
or COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
MATH 1080 Introduction to Statistics 4
or MATH 1090 STATWAY Statistics 2 4
or MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4

  1. Two courses from the MnTC Goal 3 taken from two different departments (including one lab course). One of two courses must be a Biology (BIOL) course. 
  2. One additional course from MNTC Goal 5 from a department other than Psychology.
  3. Two courses from MnTC Goal 6 from two different departments. One of the two courses must be a Philosophy (PHIL) course.
  4. One course from MnTC Goal 7 (met by taking PSYC 2200, PSYC 2210, or PSYC 2600).
  5. One course from MnTC Goal 8.
  6. One course from MnTC Goal 9.
  7. One course from MnTC Goal 10.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements include:

Psych Other Graduation Requirements

Other Graduation Requirements

  • Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher for college-level coursework (courses number 1000 and above) completed at Normandale. 
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.