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

Course Credits
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
3
OR
PSYC181
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan F
3
PSYC215
Introductory Psychological Statistics F
4
PSYC270
Experimental Psychology F,5
4
PSYC200
Social Psychology F
3
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
Total Credit Hours 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

Course Credits
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
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
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
3
OR
PSYC181
Developmental Psychology: LifespanF
3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Total Credit Hours 16

Third Semester

Course Credits
PSYC215
Introductory Psychological Statistics F
4
PSYC200
Social Psychology F
3
OR
PSYC280
Psychology of Abnormal Behavior F
3
Electives E 6
Social Science D 3
Total Credit Hours 16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
PSYC270
Experimental Psychology F,5
4
COMM110
Effective SpeakingF,6
3
Electives E 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge F,5
3
Total Credit Hours 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.