Curriculum Objectives Overview

All students, regardless of their major, must complete General Education course work in five areas. 

University Degree and Psychology Cognate Requirements

Students who major in psychology have the option of earning either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in General Psychology. A list of courses that can be taken to satisfy B.A. and B.S. degree requirements is available on the Registrar's website.  (Students who select the B.S. degree will also complete the B.S. Cognate.)

Which degree, the B.A. or the B.S., is preferable? The decision to pursue either the B.A. or the B.S. degree is best based on one's personal interests and academic strengths.

Required Psychology Courses

Psychology Pre-requisite Summary (see catalog comprehensive pre-requisite notes):


Psychology Pre-requisite Summary



PSYC 210 or 212
Methodology Part 1

  • PSYC 101
  • Complete MATH 220, 205, 231, 235 with a grade of C or better. COB 191, ISAT 151, ISAT 251, Math 011, Other 200-level Math courses are also accepted but NOT recommended for students who have not yet completed their math prerequisite. Equivalent courses completed at other institutions that transfer to JMU are acceptable. See department for credit evaluation.

PSYC 211 or 213
Methodology Part 2

Completion of the first part of the methodology core (PSYC 210 or 212) with a grade of C- or higher

Social Science (SS) Content Core

PSYC 211 or PSYC 213

Natural Science (NS) Content Core

PSYC 211 or PSYC 213

Upper Level (UL) Specialty Content

1 SS Content Core and 1 NS Content Core


2 SS Content Core and 2 NS Content Core


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