MSC Southeast - Psychology Transfer Pathway - AA Degree
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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Career Area: Liberal Arts & Transfer Studies
Program: Psychology Transfer Pathway - AA Degree
Campus(es): Winona/Red Wing

Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think, and feel. Begin your education in psychology at MSC Southeast.

Why do people behave in a certain way? What forces drive human relationships? How does the brain process information? If you are curious about questions like these, the study of psychology may be the educational pathway for you.

At Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing and Winona, the Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree designed for direct transfer to designated Psychology bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

After graduating with the Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree, you can transfer in as a junior and complete your bachelor's degree by earning 60 additional credits at one of the seven Minnesota State universities (admission requirements, including GPA, apply).

The Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree is the foundation of a well-rounded education with a range of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences, providing the basis for lifelong learning. The insights you gain from this degree will impact your success in any future career, whether in the field of psychology or in business, education, health care, or any other profession.

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Transfer Pathways

The Psychology Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to related 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.

The Psychology Transfer Pathway (AA) degree transfers to the following 4-year degree programs:

Transfer College4-Year Degree Name
Bemidji State UniversityPsychology, BA, BS
Metropolitan State UniversityPsychology, BA
Minnesota State University MoorheadPsychology, BA
Minnesota State University, MankatoPsychology, BS
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityPsychology, BA
St. Cloud State UniversityPsychology, BA
St. Cloud State UniversityCommunity Psychology, BS
Winona State UniversityPsychology, BA

Download the Program Plan


Associate of Arts Degree general requirements for Psychology Transfer Pathway

Download Psychology Transfer Pathway Planning Worksheet (PDF)

A minimum of 60 semester credits. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. A minimum cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0. A minimum of 20 semester credits applied toward the degree must be taken at Minnesota State College Southeast. Completion of the specific degree requirements below:


Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Requirements - A minimum of 40 credits to complete all 10 goal areas. A MnTC course may satisfy more than one goal area, however, the credits only count once. TOTAL minimum credits to complete the MnTC ten goal areas: 40 credits


Goal 1 Communication (Three courses) - 9 credits

  • ENGL1215 College Writing 1 (3 credits)
  • ENGL2525 College Writing 2 (3 credits)
  • COMM1228 Interpersonal Communications

Goal 2 Critical Thinking (met when 40 MnTC credits satisfying all 10 goal areas has been completed)

Goal 3 Natural Science (Two science courses from at least two different subject areas. One course must have a traditional lab and the other must have a traditional lab or lab-like experience.) - 6-8 credits

Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (One course) - 3 credits

  • MATH1230 Introduction to Statistics OR MATH 1220 College Algebra (3 credits)

Goal 5 History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Three courses from at least two different subject areas) - 9 credits

  • PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC2533 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (4 credits)
  • Goal 5 course in a different subject area

Goal 6 The Humanities and Fine Arts (3 courses from at least two different subject areas) - 9 credits


Goal 7 Human Diversity (One course) - 3 credits

Goal 8 Global Perspective (One course) - 3 credits

Goal 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility (One course) - 3 credits

Goal 10 People and the Environment (One course) -3 credits


In addition to completing the MnTC, the remaining 20 credits will include:

  • Health and Wellness Requirement (2 credits)
  • Technology Requirement (2 credits)

Additional Electives, 16 credits (select coursework appropriate to the student's anticipated transfer program). Select two courses (6 credits) from the following:

  • PSYC1115 Lifespan Psychology (3 credits) or
  • PSYC2526 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) or
  • PSYC2531 Social Psychology (3 credits)

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,675
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$13,675


Career Opportunities

Many occupations within the field of psychology require a graduate degree either at the master or doctoral level. These include:

  • Clinical/counseling psychologist
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Counselor
  • Psychometrist
  • School psychologist
  • Organizational consultant
  • Academic researcher
  • College professor

Completing the A.A. and bachelor's degree is the first step in this educational process.

Career Information


Program graduates will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts and overarching themes in the field of psychology
  • Apply psychological concepts to real and hypothetical scenarios
  • Utilize scientific inquiry to evaluate and interpret basic psychological research
  • Describe the roles of ethics and personal values in the field of psychology
  • Analyze how psychological principles apply to diverse populations
  • Communicate knowledge of psychological principles through various methods, such as verbally, in writing, or through formal presentations

Important Documents
Psychology Transfer Pathway Planning Worksheet (PDF)


  • The MSC Southeast Psychology Department offers a wide range of courses that focus on psychology as a scientific discipline. Courses include: introduction to psychology, abnormal psychology, lifespan development, social psychology, positive psychology, statistics, psychology of human sexuality, and more.
  • Our courses focus on studying human behavior and development in the context of a diverse and rapidly changing world. We use a mix of lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities to encourage students to apply the science of psychology to real-life situations.


Angel Mytas
B.S., Psychology and Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
M.A.E., Educational Psychology, University of Northern Iowa

Angel Mytas has been teaching psychology since 2004. She loves all areas of psychology, but has a special fondness for Developmental, Social and Health Psychology. She grew up in Cashton, WI and returned to raise her family there. She is married to Martin who is a chiropractor and owner of Thrive Wellness in Cashton. Her most-loved study of human development is her children, Quinn, Eliza, and Isaiah. She has two dog and loves reading, camping, and spending time with her family.
Amy Whitcomb
A.A., Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, Iowa
B.A., Psychology, Iowa Wesleyan College
M.S., Psychology, Western Illinois University

An Iowa native, Amy Whitcomb has been teaching psychology since 1999, and came to MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus in the fall of 2010. In the past, she has done counseling and social work, but decided she loved teaching far more than trying to save the world. While she is interested in most areas of psychology and criminal justice, social psychology and criminology are her favorites. In her spare time, she likes reading true crime accounts, watching true crime shows, listening to opera and classic rock, and spending time with her children. She has become an excellent cook, but remains unfulfilled by it.


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