Dec 09, 2023  
Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Psychology Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: TPPY

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

The Psychology Transfer Pathway focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. It includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the Psychology Transfer Pathway AA Degree will be prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate program in Psychology. With a degree in Psychology you can work in a number of fields within the government, health, and education systems

Program Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast theoretical perspectives in the field of psychology.
  2. Apply psychological concepts to real world situations.
  3. Describe the role of ethics and social responsibility in the field of psychology.
  4. Use critical thinking and the scientific method to investigate psychological issues.
  5. Communicate psychological principles, key concepts, and overarching themes.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to

Program Faculty

Nora Gibbons

Stephanie Hazen

Lisa Schmitz

Program Advisors

Pathway Advisors are the Academic Advisors for the Associate of Arts degree and are located in the Advising Center, Room 1340, Main Floor. For assistance or additional information, please call our Advising Center at 651.846.1739 or email:

Additional Requirements

  • At least 60 earned college-level credits (40 MnTC credits and 20 additional MnTC, pre-major or elective credits)
  • A grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1711  
  • Associate of Arts (AA) cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Meet Saint Paul College residency requirement: 20 credits. This requirement may be reduced to 12 credits with transfer of at least 12 college-level credits from another Minnesota State College and University or the University of Minnesota.

Program Requirements

Psychology Electives:

select one of the following 3-4 Credits

Any PSYC XXXX course 1-6 Credits

This may be a course from the list of electives above or a different Psychology course.

Any MnTC Goal Area 5 course to fulfill the remaining Pathway electives 2-8 Credits

Total: 20 Credits

MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 9 Credits

    ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
    ENGL 1712 - Composition 2  2 Credits
    COMM 17XX 3 Credits
  • Goal 2: Critical Thinking
    Fulfilled when 10 goal areas (40 credits) are completed.
  • Goal 3: Natural Science 7 Credits
    Two courses from two different disciplines, one of which must be a lab course.
  • Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 Credits
    One course numbered between 1700-1799 or 2700-2799
  • Goal 5: History, Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences  9 Credits
    Three courses from two different disciplines.
    Emphasis courses PSYC 1710  4 Credits and PSYC 2240  - 4 Credits will count toward Goal 5.
    One additional non-PSYC course is required.
  • Goal 6: Humanities & Fine Arts 9 Credits
    Three courses from two different disciplines.
    Select courses to meet all 10 Goal Areas

MnTC Requirements Total: 40 Credits

Course Sequence

Students are allowed to take the courses in any sequence. However, all course prerequisites need to be followed. For specific suggestions, please speak with a Pathway Advisor or one of the program faculty. Students should consult with the Program Advisor each semester.

Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term.

Total Program Credits: 60

If courses are counted in both the Pathway Requirements and the MnTC Requirements students may need to complete additional classes to reach the 60 credit total

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900 

Arithmetic: Score of 200+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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