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.

Admission Requirements

All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Questions

For specific questions about this program or to get appropriate information contact admissions@germanna.edu

Psychology Specialization Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 62
Degree Requirements Courses Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course 1
English ENG 111-112 and any ENG (Literature) course 9
Mathematics1 MTH 154 and MTH 155 or MTH 154 and MTH 245 or MTH 161 and MTH 261 or MTH 167 and MTH 173 6
History Any two HIS courses 6
Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)2
Note: HLT 143, 250, 261, 262, 263, and 290 DO NOT meet HLT/PE requirement
2
Humanities ART 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 Sciences Any course from ECO4, PLS, PSY, or SOC AND any course from ECO4, ECO4, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC (Note on next page5) 6
Lab Sciences BIO 101-102 8
Communication CST 100, CST 110, or CST 126 3
Psychology Transfer Electives Foundation: PSY 200
Human Development: PSY 235 or PSY 2306
Psychology Electives: Any three from PSY 105, PSY 120, PSY 126, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 240, PSY 255, PSY 290 or PSY 293, PSY 2987
3
3
9

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

Course Credits
PSY 200 3
SDV 100 1
MTH 3
ENG 111 3
Health/Physical Education 1
BIO 101 4
Total Credits  15

First Year Spring

Course Credits
PSY Elective 3
PSY 230 or PSY 235 3
MTH 3
ENG 112 3
BIO 102 4
Total Credits 16

Second Year Fall

Course Credits
PSY Elective 3
SOC Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
ENG (Literature) 3
Health/Physical Education 1
HIS 3
Total Credits 16

Second Year Spring

Course Credits
PSY Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
CST 100, 110, or 126 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
HIS 3
Total Credits 15

  1. Students should check with institutions to which they are considering transfer to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.
  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. Students pursuing the Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling complete the Social Sciences requirement using PSY courses required by that 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

Students graduating from this program may be called upon to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.