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Explore human nature.

Why do people do and say the things they do? Are human beings driven by emotion or rational thought? The study of psychology tries to find the answers to these and myriad other questions about the way humans live, relate, and react in our world.

TCC's psychology courses will give you a solid introduction to the concepts, terminology, and current advances in this fascinating field. As you prepare for transfer to a 4-year university, our psychology courses will help you reach your academic and career goals in psychology and the social sciences.

Dr. Pamela G. Costa
Dr. Craig Cowden; Psychology Department Chair
Dr. Steffi Schrepfer

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Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college psychology program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options: Associate in Arts & Sciences Degree

Program Planning

Recommended Class Schedule: The Social Sciences department suggests the following schedule of classes for students who wish to major in Psychology and earn the Associate Degree in Arts & Sciences (college transfer). Substitutions may be made for these courses, except for those in bold, provided the degree plan is followed for the Arts & Sciences Option A degree. Such students should also contact the PsychologyDepartment of their intended transfer instituion in order to learn of any special course preferences or requirements that college may have.

Psychology majors may use psychology classes toward social science distribution requirements at most Washington state universities, as well as SPU and PLU.

Recommended Schedule for Psychology--OPTION A

First Year (depending on course availability)

PSYC& 100
ENGL& 101

Humanities Elective 1

ENGL&102 or 103
Natural Science elective
Humanities Elective
Humanities Elective
MATH& 136 or 146
PSYC Foundation Course2

Second Year

 CRFall CRWinter CRSpring


Multicultural Course3
BIOL& 175
College-level Elective
P.E. Activity

ANTH& 2054
PSYC& 202
College-level Elective
P.E. Activity

PSYC 209
PSYC (any)
Social Science Elective
P.E. Activity
  • UW Seattle requires one of the following math courses: &147, &148, (&141 and &142 as a sequence) &151, &152, &153. Both UW campuses require Statistics (MATH 136 or 146) for the bachelor's degree, and it can be taken at TCC or UW. However, if you transfer without completing it, you are not officially a psychology major, and cannot take certain classes.
  • Students transferring to UW-Seattle must complete PSYC 202 (Biopsychology) and PSYC 209 (Fundamentals of Psychological Research) before being considered psychology majors. UW-Tacoma does not require PSYC 202 for their psychology major, but we recommend it anyway, as it an increasingly influential branch of psychology. UWT requires PSYC 209 for majors, though you may take it at TCC or UWT. However, waiting to take at UWT may delay graduation.
  • PSYC 209 is a writing intensive course. UW-Seattle requires 2 in the major and PSYC 209 is one of them. The other is a lab class that you take your junior or senior year.

  • 1 UW Seattle has a language requirement and it is “Foreign Language through 3rd quarter, three years of high school, placement by exam out of the first year level, or native speaker status (minimum grade C or 2.0 for 3rd quarter class)”. UWT requires 2 years of high school language or 2 college quarters. If you have finished your language requirement, you can take literature, music, art, or film to meet your Humanities requirements.
  • 2 Many students use Lifespan Development as their multicultural course, but there are also multicultural courses in sociology, anthropology, and foreign languages.
  • 3 UWT suggests that you take two of the following foundation classes: LIFESPAN (PSYC&200) PERSONALITY (PSYCH 205), ABNORMAL (PSYC&220), OR SOCIAL (PSYC 240).
  • 4 ANTH& 237 and 245 are good substitutions, as is Nutrition 101, as they also meet the Natural Sciences distribution requirement.

2graph of post TCC

If you want to go to the UWT social work program, you'll need both PSYC& 100 and SOC& 101. If you want to become a teacher, you'll need PSYC& 100 (for St. Martin's), PSYC& 200 (Central Washington), or both (other colleges).

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