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Psychology Transfer Pathway Degree

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The Psychology Transfer Pathway Degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Psychology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

  • Minnesota State Transfer Pathways offer students curriculum that is designed to fully transfer to a parallel program at one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system:

    • Bemidji State University: Psychology Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, Psychology Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • Metropolitan State University: Psychology Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Psychology Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: Psychology Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • Southwest Minnesota State University: Community Psychology and Health Promotion Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; Psychology Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • St. Cloud State University: Community Psychology Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, Psychology Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • Winona State University: Psychology Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (Options A and B)
  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Knowledge Base: Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in psychology to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems;
    2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: Students should demonstrate scientific reasoning and problem solving needed to investigate behavior, understand research, and draw conclusions about psychological phenomena;
    3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World: Students should become familiar with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology and begin to embrace the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in work settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns; and
    4. Communication: Students should be able to write a cogent scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.
    • Satisfy residency requirements. 
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • Each state university has specific program requirements for completion. Please speak with your advisor about requirements at receiving institutions.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


  • CREDITS 14-15

    PSYC 1110 General Psychology 4
    PSYC 2280* Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
    Choose two (2) of the following:
    PSYC 2235* Lifespan Psychology 4
    PSYC 2250* Abnormal Psychology 3
    PSYC 2260/SOC 2260* Social Psychology 3
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
  • Complete the remaining credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete all ten goal areas and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA for the entire MnTC. One course may satisfy more than one goal area, but the course credits may be counted only once.

    1.  Communication
    (at least two courses required; one from each category)
      A. ENGL 1120* OR 1121*
    (A writing course in APA Style is recommended)
      B. CMST 1110 OR  CMST 2220 3
    2.  Critical Thinking 
    3.  Natural Science (two courses required; one from each of two departments; one must include a lab)
      (A Biology lab course covering human biology is strongly recommended, such as BIOL 1100) 
    4.  Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (one course required)
      MATH 1114* OR MATH 1200* (or higher) 3-4
    5.  History/Social/Behavioral Sciences (one course from A or C) 
      A. Economics/Geography
      C. History/Political Science
    6.  Humanities/Fine Art 
    (two courses required; one from each of two categories
      A. Literature  
      B. Humanities/Philosophy
    (A PHIL course is strongly recommended.)
      C. Art/Music/Theatre  
    7.  Human Diversity 
    8.  Global Perspective
    9.  Ethical/Civic Responsibility 
    10. People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.


    Choose any HPER course(s) totaling three credits
  • Classes are scheduled for full-time students to complete in two years; part-time students will need more time. For assistance with pathway planning, students should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. See also the college catalog Appendix for course offering information.

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