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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study


Psychology Specialization
Code: 648B Catalog Year: 2012-2013
Associate of Arts Degree   AL, AN, LO, MA, WO
  Courses Credits Grade
Two Years
BIO 101 General Biology I 4  
BIO 102 General Biology II 4  
CST 110 Intro to Communication or 3  
  Interpersonal Communication    
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
3ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
ENG 200 Level Literature Elective 3  
ENG 200 Level Literature Elective 3  
4___ 201 Foreign Language 3  
4___ 202 Foreign Language 3  
5HIS Elective 3  
5HIS Elective 3  
1MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I 3  
1MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts II 3  
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1  
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology I 3  
PSY 202 Introduction to Psychology II 3  
PSY 211 Research Methodology for Behavioral Sciences 3  
PSY 213 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3  
6PSY 231 Life Span Human Development I or
any 200-level psychology course
6PSY 232 Life Span Human Development II or
any 200-level psychology course
2SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total   61  
Total credits for the Liberal Arts Psychology Specialization=61

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 academic advisor to meet requirements of other transfer institutions.

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

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

4 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.

5 The history elective may be selected from the HIS courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences listed under General Education Electives. HIS 101–-102 are recommended.

6 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.