Liberal Arts: Psychology Pre-Professional Emphasis

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Science
Founders 210 • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 1060

The Psychology Pre-Professional program of study is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college and continue for a bachelors degree in psychology. Often these students intend to pursue a graduate degree in professional psychology. This major emphasizes the scientific foundations of psychology including data analysis and experimental design.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in psychology;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic scientific methods in psychology including research design, data analysis and interpretation;
  • read and interpret research reports in the discipline's journals;
  • write research reports employing APA style; and
  • apply psychological principles to an understanding of their own and others' behavioral and mental processes.

Degree Course Requirements

BIOL101 Biological Science I F,1 4
BIOL102 Biological Science II F 4
COMM110 Effective Speaking F,6 3
COMP110 English Composition I A,F,2 3
COMP111 English Composition II F,3 3
MATH115 Elementary Statistics A,F,1 3
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 4 3
PSYC180 Human Growth and Development F
or
PSYC181 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan F 3
PSYC215 Introductory Psychological Statistics F 4
PSYC270 Experimental Psychology F,5 4
PSYC200 Social Psychology F
or
PSYC280 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior F 3
Cultural Perspectives C 6
Electives E 9
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge F,5 3
Personal Health B 2
Social Science D 3
60

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

BIOL101 Biological Science I F,1 4
COMP110 English Composition I A,F,2 3
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 4 3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Personal Health B 2
15

Second Semester

BIOL102 Biological Science II F 4
COMP111 English Composition II F,3 3
MATH115 Elementary Statistics A,F,1 3
PSYC180 Human Growth and Development F
or
PSYC181 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan F 3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
16

Third Semester

PSYC215 Introductory Psychological Statistics F 4
PSYC200 Social Psychology F
or
PSYC280 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior F 3
Electives E 6
Social Science D 3
16

Fourth Semester

PSYC270 Experimental Psychology F,5 4
COMM110 Effective SpeakingF,6 3
Electives E 3
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge F,5 3
13

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen except PSYC100 AND PSYC125.
C Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any may be chosen.
D Select any GEOG, POLI, SOCI, or ECON course.
E Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.
F Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College level Mathematics or Science.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
3 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
4 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
6 Satisfies Creative Expression requirement.

Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, "Major Requirements Satisfied", on their transcript by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except six credits in cultural perspectives, three credits in social perspectives, three credits in integration of knowledge and twelve credits of electives and two credits in personal health.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.