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Purpose

The Psychology Specialization of the General Studies Transfer Degree Program is designed for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at a four-year college or university. While the standard General Studies curriculum provides flexibility for students who are uncertain about their educational goals, the Psychology Specialization is designed to provide a solid academic foundation in Psychology.

Students who complete this program of study can earn junior-class standing at a four-year college or university and will have completed courses that generally serve as prerequisites for advanced undergraduate coursework in Psychology. Additionally, the Psychology Specialization is designed to accommodate the needs of students pursuing or who have completed the Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling (CSCPC).

Like other transfer degree programs, students pursuing the Psychology Specialization take courses that are accepted at most public four year institutions in a wide variety of baccalaureate degree programs. However, departments of Psychology differ greatly in their approaches to the undergraduate major in Psychology and students are urged to acquaint themselves with the degree requirements of potential college or university transfer destinations.

Psychology Specialization Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 62
Degree RequirementsCoursesCredits
Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or any approved SDV course1
EnglishENG 111-112 and any ENG (Literature) course9
MathematicsAny two MTH courses 151 or higher16
HistoryAny two HIS courses6
Health/Physical EducationAny HLT or PED course(s)2
Note: HLT 143, 250, 261, 262, 263, and 290 DO NOT meet HLT/PE requirement
2
HumanitiesART 101, ART 102, ART 106, any REL, or HUM 100 AND any course from ART (approved transfer elective courses), ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language3 6
Social SciencesAny course from ECO4, PLS, PSY5, or SOC6 AND any course from ECO4, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY5, SOC6 (Note on next page7)6
Lab SciencesBIO 101-1028
CommunicationCST 100, CST 110, or CST 1263
Psychology Transfer ElectivesFoundation: PSY 2003
 Human Development: PSY 235 or PSY 24083
 Psychology Electives: Any three from PSY 105, PSY 120, PSY 125, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 240, PSY 255, PSY 290, PSY 292, PSY 29899

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies by passing ITE 115 (transfer elective) or an equivalent competency test. Students are encouraged not to wait until the final semester to complete this requirement.

Suggested Scheduling:


First Year Fall

CourseCredits
PSY 2003
SDV 1001
MTH 151 (or higher)3
ENG 1113
Health/Physical Education1
BIO 1014
Total Credits 15

First Year Spring

CourseCredits
PSY Elective3
PSY 230 or PSY 2353
MTH 151 (or higher)3
ENG 1123
BIO 1024
  
Total Credits16

Second Year Fall

CourseCredits
PSY Elective3
SOC Elective3
Humanities Elective3
ENG (Literature)3
Health/Physical Education1
HIS3
Total Credits16

Second Year Spring

CourseCredits
PSY Elective3
Humanities Elective3
CST 100, 110, or 1263
Social Sciences Elective3
HIS3
  
Total Credits15

1 Students should check with institutions to which they are considering transfer to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences. Please note that students cannot receive credit for both MTH 162 and MTH 166.

2 Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.

3 Coursework in PHI or SPA is recommended for satisfaction of this requirement.

4 ECO 120 and ECO 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take ECO 120 cannot receive credit for either ECO 201 or ECO 202. Students who take either ECO 201 or ECO 202 cannot receive credit for ECO 120.

5 PSY 200 and PSY 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take PSY 200 cannot receive credit for either PSY 201 or PSY 202. Students who take either PSY 201 or PSY 202 cannot receive credit for PSY 200. Also, students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.

6 SOC 200 and SOC 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take SOC 200 cannot receive credit for either SOC 201 or SOC 202. Students who take either SOC 201 or SOC 202 cannot receive credit for SOC 200.

7 Students pursuing the Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling complete the Social Sciences requirement using PSY courses required by that curriculum. Students not pursuing that curriculum should complete the Social Sciences requirement by taking any other Social Science course (ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, or SOC) that transfer destinations might require for completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

8 Students pursuing the Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling must take PSY 230. Students cannot earn credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230. Students should contact the four-year institution(s) to which they may transfer to determine how credit might be awarded for PSY 235 and PSY 230.

9 Students pursuing the Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling must fulfill this requirement using PSY courses required by that curriculum, including PSY 226 and PSY 290. Students must complete PSY 226, 12 credit hours and gain the approval of the Paraprofessional Counseling Program Head prior to registering for PSY 290. Students should contact the four-year institution(s) to which they may transfer to determine how credit might be awarded for any PSY elective.