Pre-Major, Psychology

Associate in Arts Degree

This A.A. Pre-Major is designed to help you prepare to transfer to the University of Central Florida as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. They are placed within the general education requirements and/or the elective credit requirements to earn your Associate in Arts degree. Please note that the specific university chosen for transfer may have additional requirements than those listed here. For specific transfer information, meet with a Valencia advisor to review your transfer plans, and check the transfer institution catalog for specific degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to take electives that relate to their intended baccalaureate degree program.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take SLS 1122 (3 credits), ENC1101 (3 credits), and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits). The remaining courses should be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.A. Pre-Majors (or articulated pre-majors for those tabs). For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, you can create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status for financial aid, courses for which you are enrolled must count toward your Associate in Arts degree (36 credits of general education and 24 credits of electives). Courses listed in this plan may not be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status financial aid if you took other course work outside of this plan (examples include prior course work from prerequisites, changing a major, and transfer course work not included in this plan).

Common Prerequisites

These are courses that are required for the noted major at Florida public universities. For more information on common prerequisites, check the statewide advising manual at

Math Pathways

A Math Pathway is the recommended math course sequence that leads to completion of the General Education math requirement that a student would take within his/her Meta-Major. The Meta-Majors are a collection of eight academic clusters that have related courses. The intent of selecting a Meta-Major is to help you choose a major and degree based on your interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. The recommended math pathway for this transfer plan is the Arts/Humanities/Communications/Design path; see the program requirements tab for specific courses. Advisors are available on all campuses to discuss Meta-Majors and to help you review transfer institution catalogs for specific math requirements.

Program Outcomes

  • Comply with the American Psychological Association’s Learning Objectives for Psychology Undergraduates.
  • Create a systemic and meaningful progression through the Psychology pre-major.
  • Solidify cohorts of students who are all pre-majors in Psychology in order to foster group cohesiveness and professional networking.
  • Demonstrate readiness to transfer.
ENC 1102Freshman Comp II +*~3
or SPC 1017 Interpersonal Communication
SLS 1122New Student Experience ~3
See Gen. Ed. Core Requirement Recommend PHI 2010 ~3
See Gen. Ed. Institutional Requirement Recommend PHI 2600 +*~3
STA 2023Statistical Methods +*~3
See Gen. Ed Core Requirement Recommend MAC 1105 +*~3
Social Science
PSY 2012General Psychology +~3
Social Science See Gen. Ed. Institutional Requirement +*~3
BSC 1005Biological Science (Select the BSC 1010C option if additional biology courses are planned.) ~3
Select From: BSC 1011C, CHM 1020, CHM 1045C, CHM 1046C, EVR 1001 ~3
Common Prerequisites
DEP 2004Developmental Psychology +#3
Foreign Language/Electives ^21
Total Credit Hours60