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 Course: PSYC 101, General Psychology

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 200 or PSY 201 and 202
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 201 and 202

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics (recommended), or MATH 205, Introductory Calculus I or MATH 235, Calculus I

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 or MTH 245 or MTH 173 or MTH 175 or MTH 213 or MTH 261 or MTH 263 or MTH 270 or MTH 271 or MTH 273
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 217 or 201 or 207

JMU Course: PSYC 210, Psychological Measurement and Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 213
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Only at NVCC, JTCC and BRCC

JMU Course: PSYC 211, Psychological Research Methods

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 211
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Only at NVCC and BRCC

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Will count as elective in the major

JMU Course: PSY 200, Topics in Psychology

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 203 or 236
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as elective in the major

JMU Course: PSYC 235, Psychology of Adjustment

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 105
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 291
  • NOTE: Will count as elective in the major

JMU Course: PSYC 335, Abnormal Psychology

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 215
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as a social science content core requirement

JMU Course: PSYC 345, Social Psychology

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 216
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as a social science content core requirement

JMU Course: PSYC 365, Developmental Psychology

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 235
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will 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. Students must complete PSY 210 and 211 before they can take any upper-division major courses. Students who have to complete 210 and 211 at JMU may need more than 4 semesters to graduate.
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

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