Psychology (B.A., B.S.)
Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)
NOTE: The word "AND" between VCCS course numbers indicate JMU credit will be awarded for the completion of the VCCS sequence.
|JMU Course||VCCS Course||RBC Course||Notes|
|PSYC 101||PSY 200 or PSY 201 and 202||PSY 201 and 202|
|MATH 220 (recommended), or MATH 205 or 235||MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 or MTH 173 or MTH 175 or MTH 213 or MTH 270 or MTH 271 or MTH 273||MATH 217 or 201 or 207|
|PSYC 210||PSY 213||No equivalent||Only at NVCC, JTCC and BRCC|
|PSYC 211||PSY 211||No equivalent||Only at NVCC|
|PSYC 160||PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232||PSY 250||Will count as elective in the major|
|PSY 200||PSY 203 or 236||No equivalent||Will count as elective in the major|
|PSYC 235||PSY 105||PSY 291||Will count as elective in the major|
|PSYC 335||PSY 215||No equivalent||Will count as a social science content core requirement|
|PSYC 345||PSY 216||No equivalent||Will count as a social science content core requirement|
|PSYC 365||PSY 235||No equivalent||Will count as a social science content core requirement|
Advising NotesPlease Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.
1. Transfer students who complete courses prior to matriculation at JMU that are the equivalent of PSYC 101 and a 200-level math course (statistics or calculus) are automatically admitted to the major (see above for equivalencies). Students who transfer without one or both of these courses may apply to the major during their first semester at JMU. See the Department of Psychology web site for more information. Please Note: After admission to the psychology major it takes at least 4 semesters to graduate from JMU, so it is strongly recommended that students complete the required introductory psychology and math courses prior to admission to JMU.
2. Because of the sequencing of major courses, students should consider completing, or at least beginning, the PSYC 210-211 sequence in the summer if possible. These courses are the prerequisites to all upper-division area requirements and are typically completed by JMU students during their sophomore year.
3. Students pursuing a BA degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.
4. Students pursuing a BS degree need two 200-level math courses (at JMU these are calculus and statistics) or one 200-level math course and two additional transferable math courses.
For more information:Major Snapshot
Department of Psychology
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Psychology
Advising guides by community college
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students