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Courses & Requirements

The Associate in Arts Degree option in Psychology prepares students who are interested in pursuing career opportunities in the field of Psychology and are intending to transfer to a four year institution. The course work outlined below provides students with the basic liberal arts courses necessary for transfer. In addition it exposes students to introductory level psychology courses, as well as the other related behavioral sciences that provide students with a strong academic background for further study at the Bachelor’s level and beyond. A minimum of 63 credits are required for graduation.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Courses Credits Comments
ANT101 Cultural Anthropology 3  
BIO111 Introduction to Biology I
BIO121 Anatomy & Physiology I
4 Prerequisite
BIO112 Introduction to Biology II
BIO122 Anatomy & Physiology II
4 Prerequisite
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy 3  
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3  
PSY200 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences 3 Prerequisite
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Courses Credits Comments
Fine & Performing Arts/Foreign
Language/Philosophy& Religion
3  Foreign Language Recommended
History Electives 6 Choose one sequence:
Sequence 1: HIS111 and HIS112
Sequence 2: HIS121 and HIS122
Literature Electives 6  
Math Electives 7/8 MAT120 or higher; MAT 122 and 125 recommended
Psychology Electives 6

Select two of the following:
PSY201, PSY202, PSY205, PSY206, PSY207, PSY209

NOTE: PSY205 or PSY207; AND PSY209 recommended for students planning to transfer to UMass Lowell

Behavioral Science Elective 3 PSY201 recommended for students planning to transfer to UMass Lowell
Free Electives 3 Foreign Language recommended
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