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General Studies, Psychology Specialization

Associate of Science (A.S.)


This program is intended to provide students with a general course of study that parallels the freshman and sophomore years at most colleges and universities for degrees in psychology and related disciplines. The courses in this program are specifically selected for ease of transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. Following the prescribed courswork in this program will result in graduation with the associate of science degree (A.S.)  Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select general electives that best prepare them for the specific requirements for thier intended transfer college or university programs of study.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 See Note 1.
MTH 158 College Algebra or MTH 163 Precalculus I 3 MTH 170, MTH 173. See Note 2.
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
History Elective 3 See Note 3.
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
MTH 240 Statistics 3 MTH 164, MTH 174.  See Note 2.
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3  
History Elective 3 See Note 3.
Transfer Elective 3 See
Total Credits 15  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
PSY 213 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3  
Humanities Elective 3 See Note 4.
Laboratory Science Elective 4 See Note 5.
Psychology Elective 3 See Note 6.
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 7.
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Laboratory Science Elective 4 See Note 5.
Humanities Elective 3 See Note 4.
Literature Elective 3 See Note 8.
Physical Education/Health Elective 1  
PSY 225 Theories of Personality 3  
Total Credits 14  
Total Credits For Program 61  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  2. Students may elect to take MTH 158 and MTH 240 or MTH 163 and MTH 240 as minimum preparation for transfer. Students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) track should take MTH 163, MTH 164, and MTH 173 to transfer.
  3. The history elective requirements can be satisfied by the following courses: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 122 or any other HIS course approved by the student's advisor.
  4. Degree requirements include a conceptual humanities course (i.e., literature, philosophy, religion) that offers breadth of knowledge, therefore the elective requirement may be satisfied by completing an approved conceptual or applied humanities course. See website ( for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.
  5. The laboratory science requirement can be satisfied by the following courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 110, BIO 120, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 111, CHM 112, ENV 121, ENV 122, GOL 105, NAS 125, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 150, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 241, and PHY 242. Students seeking to transfer to VCU and major in Psychology should take BIO 101.
  6. Students should consult with their advisors regarding appropriate psychology (PSY) electives (PSY 100 will not count for this requirement).
  7. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, PLS, HIS, PSY (excpet PSY 100), and SOC.
  8. The literature requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:  804-706-5086 (Chester) or 804-594-1509 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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