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Psychology (B.A., B.S.)

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Concentrations: Behavior Analysis

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 CourseVCCS CourseRBC CourseNotes
PSYC 101PSY 200 or PSY 201 and 202PSY 201 and 202
MATH 220 (recommended), or MATH 205 or 235MTH 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 273MATH 217 or 201 or 207
PSYC 210PSY 213No equivalentOnly at NVCC, JTCC and BRCC
PSYC 211PSY 211No equivalentOnly at NVCC
PSYC 160PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232PSY 250Will count as elective in the major
PSY 200PSY 203 or 236No equivalentWill count as elective in the major
PSYC 235PSY 105PSY 291Will count as elective in the major
PSYC 335PSY 215No equivalentWill count as a social science content core requirement
PSYC 345PSY 216No equivalentWill count as a social science content core requirement
PSYC 365PSY 235No equivalentWill count as a social science content core requirement

Advising Notes

Please 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