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New students can register starting May 23. Current students start earlier. Check your dates for Summer or Fall.



Length of Program: 90 Credits
Completion Award: A.A. Degree


Faculty and Advising Contacts


Don Christensen

Rm 5300

Diana Knauf

Rm 5338

Bob Thompson

Rm 5317

Program Description
The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for baccalaureate degrees in Psychology. Psychology is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Business, Education, and Liberal Arts.


Psychology — What is it?
Psychology is a scientific study exploring both physiological and environmental factors affecting human behavior. According to the American Psychological Association, “psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience —from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, ‘the understanding of behavior’ is the enterprise of psychologists.”


Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology?
Students who major in Psychology gain a depth of knowledge, skills and experience that can be applied to a wide range of careers. Psychology majors become case managers, probation officers, consultants, mediators, business professionals, grant writers, and journalists. With additional education, psychology majors can become social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, professors, researchers and lawyers.

Potential employers include:

Mental Health Agencies, Psychiatric Hospitals, Primary and Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities, Health and Human Services, Child Development Centers, Government Agencies, Courts and Correctional Facilities, Law Firms, Public Advocacy Groups, Private Foundations, Non-Profit Organizations, Advertising and Marketing Firms, Public Relations Firms, Newspapers, Radio and TV Stations, or Self-Employment/Private Practice. For more, please visit Career Counseling 


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options.  For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.