Psychology | Cascadia College



Associate in Integrated Studies – DTA  Transfer Degrees (

Area of Interest:

Social Sciences, Human Services, and Education

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of web-enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing, and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level. 

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

Math requirements are different for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. For the Bachelor of Arts degree, MATH& 147 Precalculus or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics is recommended; for the Bachelor of Science degree, MATH& 142 Precalculus or MATH& 151 Calculus II is recommended by the University of Washington, Seattle. Please see an academic advisor if you have questions about transfer requirements.


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact: 

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you: Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements.

You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer Team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide shows Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • COLL 101 College Strategies
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II
  • *MATH 147 Business Precalculus or MATH& 142 Precalculus II or MATH& 151 Calculus I or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
  • Humanities Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)   
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology

*Refer to math notes

30-60 credits

60-90 credits

  • BIOL& 170 Human Biology  
  • PSYC 209 Research Methods
  • *Choose four: Elective Distribution Requirement (Suggested: Anthropology, View Choice Classes

*If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, an additional EDP class, and an IL (View Choice Classes).

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests.

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP-designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.

Integrated Learning (5 credits)

You will include an Integrated Learning Experience in your course selections. This requirement can be satisfied through the completion of learning communities, linked classes, classes containing formal community-based learning, classes taken as part of an academic study abroad program, or classes with an academic internship. Through Learning Communities (LC) or other Integrated Learning Experiences (IL), you will demonstrate abilities to integrate skills, concepts, information, and analytical and methodological frameworks from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience.

For more information on Integrated Learning and current learning community offerings please follow this link.


No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory, or lecture/studio courses. Only one class of world language at the 100 level may be included.


  • AIIS 102 Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies  
  • AIIS 103 The Indigenous Pacific Northwest  
  • CMST 105 Professional Communication  
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication  
  • CMST& 230 Small Group Communication- Leadership Dynamics  
  • CMST 251 Intercultural Communication  
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems
  • PHIL 120 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 240 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics  
  • PHIL 242 Biomedical Ethics

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines.


  • ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture  
  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics 
  • PSYC 209 Research Methods (University of Seattle Requirement) 
  • POLS 206 State and Local Government  
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines and include at least 5 credits of LAB courses. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth, and/or biological sciences. Only one Mathematics class may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 
  • BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology  
  • BIOL& 170 Human Biology  
  • MATH& 141 Precalculus I
  • MATH& 142 Precalculus II
  • MATH& 151 Calculus I
  • PSYC 202 Biopsychology (University of Seattle Requirement)

Program Elective Credits

  • Elective credits may be selected from any of the distribution requirements and elective courses.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Integrated Studies-Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree is designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state. The DTA is sometimes called an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Arts and Sciences.

DTA degrees provide students:

Priority consideration in the admissions for most humanities and social science majors public universities ahead of students without a degree.

Completion of lower division general education requirements.

Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.

Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.

Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

Central Washington University 

Eastern Washington University 

Gonzaga University 

Pacific Lutheran University 

St. Martins University 

University of Washington 

University of Puget Sound 

Washington State University  

Walla Walla University 

Western Washington University 

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Center for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals. 

Career Possibilities

Students with psychology degrees are well suited for careers in a wide number of fields including: clinical psychology, counseling, social work, personnel (HR), training and labor relations, teaching, nursing, pharmacy, insurance, securities, real estate and business services, school psychology, sports psychology, research, and business and marketing. The mental health care field also often requires a master's degree or higher. 

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online. O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry, and more. 

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals. 

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