Psychology Option, Liberal Arts A.A.




Gulf Coast State College's Psychology Option, Liberal Arts A.A. degree is a perfect fit for you if you are interested in understanding the behavior and mental processes of those around you. Our Psychology transfer track program is designed to provide you with broad exposure to different psychological subject areas, including general psychology, developmental psychology, human relations and selected topics in psychology, such as The Psychology of Superheros or The Positive Psychology of Pop Music.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the median pay for psychologists in 2020 was $82,180.00 per year (Ph.D. education level).  Jobs for trained psychologists are expected to increase by 3% from 2019 to 2029. The OOH lists the median pay in 2020 for school and career counselors was $58,120 per year (master’s degree education level).

Ranked 7th out of the 10 best college majors by The Princeton Review, an undergraduate degree in psychology is obviously popular, and opens the doors of many different career paths, both inside and outside the field.  Whatever profession you choose to pursue, Gulf Coast State College's Psychology A.A. university transfer track is your first step toward reaching your goals.


Meet Kori, GCSC Alumna / Behavioral Psychology major at FSU

GCSC graduate receiving diploma

The material made me go into deep thought about who I am as a person, and what matters most in my life.
– Gulf Coast State College Alumna, Associate in Arts


2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 3
•+*STA2023, Elementary Statistics or+*STA2122, Statistical Applications in Social Sciences I 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science •+BSC1005, Biology or +BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •PSY2012, Psychology 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
CLP1001, Psychology of Adjustment, DEP2004, Developmental Psychology, or PSY2930, Selected Topics in Psychology 3
Electives 21



Recommended elective:

SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking
LIT2380, Women in Literature

NOTE: Florida State University requires one foreign language through the first semester of the second year (e.g., Second-Year Spanish I) which will also fulfill the Area II Humanities requirement. If you had two years of a single foreign language in high school, you may be able to begin the second year, first semester foreign language. See your foreign language instructor for details and permission. Florida State University also requires SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking. FSU requires psychology students to take STA2122. If you have taken the required six hours of mathematics for the AA at Gulf Coast and have not taken this course, FSU will give you upper level credit for the course when you complete it. FSU also requires a diversity course, such as LIT 2380 Women in Literature.

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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my academic plan (map)

Refer to My Academic Plan (Roadmap) for a recommended path and timetable, from start to graduation, for obtaining your degree or certification.  

To register for your classes, check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.


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Ready to apply?   You’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific general education class requirements, course prerequisites, admission requirements, and additional information for each university transfer track.


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social sciences administrative staff:

Robert S. Saunders, PhD

Division Chair
Social Sciences Building, Room 211
850-769-1551, extension 3826; 850-872-3826 (direct line)

Theresa Vrabel
Division Senior Administrative Assistant
Social Sciences Building, Room 210
850-769-1551, extension 3825; 850-872-3825 (direct line)