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2019-2020 Transfer Advising Guides [Archived Catalog]

Psychology - AA to BA - The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) 2019-2020 ♦

This Transfer Advising Guide may be available in the following modes of delivery: Face-to-face, fully online.

Lower Division Requirements at the Alamo Colleges District for an AA degree

The courses in this section meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. The Graduation section in any catalog of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District lists additional Degree/Certificate Requirements.

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

  • Select an Elective will transfer as UTSA Elective
  • Select an Elective will transfer as UTSA Elective

Applicable Transfer Credit Hours

This Transfer Advising Guide provides 66 college-level hours, of which 66 will transfer and apply towards the UTSA baccalaureate degree in Psychology. 

Note: UTSA accepts a maximum of 66 college-level hours in transfer towards a baccalaureate degree.

Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is core complete, degree complete and field of study complete.


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Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone Course(s).

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

Gateway Course(s)

### denotes Gateway Course(s)

Students pursuing this degree at UTSA must successfully complete each of the Gateway Courses with a grade of “C” or better in no more than two attempts.  A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution (including any colleges of the Alamo Colleges District), will not be allowed to select this major at UTSA.

Field of Study Curriculum for Psychology

§ denotes THECB Field of Study Curriculum Course

The Field of Study (FOS) curriculum for Psychology is for students who are seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Psychology, including all specializations.  The field of study curriculum has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Additional information can be found at

Special Admission Requirements for UTSA Psychology

The goal of the Department of Psychology is to provide its students with a program of study that has the highest possible standards. To achieve this goal, the admission policy of the Department of Psychology is designed to identify those students most likely to succeed in their undergraduate psychology education. A psychology minor is, however, available to all UTSA students who seek to complement a different academic major with a strong foundation in psychology.


Direct Admission Criteria

Applicants who have completed 30 or more hours of transferable college credit will be directly admitted to the Department of Psychology if they: 

  • meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements 
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college-level courses completed  
  • have successfully completed the following or equivalent courses with the grade of “C-” or better
  • PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology and one of the following Math or Statistics courses: MAT 1023, MAT 1073, MAT 1093, MAT 1163, MAT 1193, MAT 1214, or STA 1053.


Applicants Who Do Not Meet Direct Admission Criteria

Applicants for admission to the Department of Psychology who do not meet the criteria for direct admission stated above will be admitted as Social Sciences and Public Policy Studies (XSPP) students. Academic performance for admittance to the Department of Psychology will be evaluated after students have met all the following conditions:

  • have a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all UTSA coursework
  • have a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all UTSA Department of Psychology coursework
  • have successfully completed the following or equivalent courses with the grade of “C-” or better
  • PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology
  • and one of the following Math or Statistics courses: MAT 1023, MAT 1073, MAT 1093, MAT 1163, MAT 1193, MAT 1214, or STA 1053.

A student who does not meet the requirements to declare a Psychology major after completing 12 total semester credit hours of psychology coursework at UTSA will only be permitted to take additional psychology courses that are needed for a psychology minor and will no longer be considered Social Sciences and Public Policy Studies student.


Additional UTSA Advising Notes

Things to do and remember upon Admission to UTSA:

  • Make an appointment with the academic advisor of the major, once accepted to UTSA, in order to clarify department, college and university policies and procedures, to review course sequencing and to help with identifying resources for academic success. A current listing of academic advising centers can be found at
  • Refer to the official source of information on specific courses within the UTSA requirements for this degree plan from the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog or visit the web site at
  • Information on Gateway Courses can be found at
  • Pay close attention to course sequencing and availability at UTSA as it will affect the time it takes to complete the degree program.

Using this Transfer Advising Guide with UTSA

This Transfer Advising Guide represents UTSA’s degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to UTSA. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned academic advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.

The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review UTSA’s requirements frequently.

Course numbers in italics are UTSA’s course numbers.

This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon The University of Texas at San Antonio’s 2018-2020 catalog and is subject to change.

The Alamo Colleges District Advising

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.

Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.

For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.

Release Date:

Released on August 9, 2019