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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 placements 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  
HIS 121 United States History I 3 HIS 101,  HIS 111
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 See Note 4.
MTH 158 College Algebra or MTH 163 Precalculus I 3 MTH 170, MTH 173. See Note 1.
PSY 200/PSY 203 Principles of Psychology and Lab 4  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total Credits 17  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
HIS 122 United States History II 3 HIS 102, HIS 112
MTH 240 Statistics 3 MTH 164, MTH 174.  See Note 1.
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3  
Psychology Elective 3 See Note 5.
Total Credits 15  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 101 General Biology I 4 BIO 110, CHM 111, PHY 101, PHY 201
PSY 213 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3  
SOC 211 Principals of Anthropology I 3  
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 6.
Humanities Elective 3 See Note 2.
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 102 General Biology II 4 BIO 120, CHM 112, PHY 102, PHY 202
Humanities Elective 3 See Note 2.
Literature Elective 3 See Note 3.
Physical Education/Health Elective 1  
Psychology Elective 3 See Note 5.
Total Credits 14  
Total Credits For Program 62  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The literature requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.
  4. Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  5. Students should consult with their advisors regarding appropriate psychology (PSY) electives (PSY 100) will not count for this requirement.
  6. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, PLS, HIS, PSY (excpet PSY 100), and SOC.

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).

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