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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

LIBERAL ARTS
Psychology Specialization
 
Associate of Arts Degree AL, AN, LO, MA, WO


Purpose: The Psychology specialization is designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
BIO 101 General Biology I 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I 3
2PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology I 3
3SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   15
2nd Semester
BIO 102 General Biology II 4
CST 110 Intro to Communication or
CST 126 Interpersonal Communication
3
4ENG 112 College Composition II 3
1MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts II 3
PSY 202 Introduction to Psychology II 3
Total   16
3rd Semester
5___ 201 Foreign Language 3
ENG 200 ENG  200  Level Literature Elective 3
6HIS HIS    Elective 3
2PED/RPK PED/RPK    Elective 1
PSY 211 Research Methodology for Behavioral Sciences 3
7PSY 231 Life Span Human Development I or
any 200-level psychology course
3
Total   16
4th Semester
5___ 202 Foreign Language 3
ENG 200 ENG  200  Level Literature Elective 3
6HIS HIS    Elective 3
7PSY 232 Life Span Human Development II or
any 200-level psychology course
3
PSY 213 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3
Total   15
Total credits for the Psychology Specialization=62

1 Any higher-level mathematics course may be substituted. MTH 151 and MTH 152 are not sufficient for the B.S. degree at George Mason and possibly other colleges where higher-level math might be required. Students planning to transfer to some B.S. degree programs may take any two courses from the following list: MTH 181, MTH 182, MTH 241, MTH 173, MTH 174, MTH 270, MTH 271, MTH 272, MTH 273, and MTH 274. Seek advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet requirements of other transfer institutions.

2 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

3 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

4 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or faculty advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

5 Students completing the A.A. in Liberal Arts must demonstrate intermediate college-level (201-202) proficiency in a language other than English. The 201-202 courses require a prerequisite proficiency equivalent to the 101-102 sequence in the language. Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students completing 101-102 foreign language may use those credits to meet general elective requirements. Waivers or credit by exam (through CLEP) for previous experience is available for some languages. Students whose native language is not English may substitute general electives for foreign language upon the approval of the advising division dean.

6 HIS 101-102 are recommended.

7 Psychology majors can either take the sequence of PSY 231 and PSY 232 or they can choose any TWO 200- level psychology courses (with the exception of PSY 200) to fulfill this requirement.