Psychology – Transfer Options

Psychology Transfer Map

View the list of courses a student can take by semester if transferring to Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University or Michigan State University.

Psychology Transfer Map

Michigan Transfer Pathways

Jackson College joins with community colleges across the state to create easy-to-understand pathways for students transferring credit to a university.

Working to increase degree completion among transfer students, community colleges and universities have collaborated to simplify the transfer process by developing MiTransfer Pathways. This allows community college students to apply every credit to four-year universities in specific programs.


  • Psychology – MiTransfer Pathway

    MiTransfer Pathways – Psychology

    Community colleges and universities have collaborated to simplify the transfer process by developing MiTransfer Pathways. These transfer pathways build on the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which makes it easier for students to transfer their general education courses earned at Jackson College to participating four-year institutions in Michigan. View Jackson College’s MTA requirements.

    Psychology faculty identified courses that will transfer between community colleges and universities in Michigan. The following courses at Jackson College are guaranteed to transfer to psychology programs of participating institutions.

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

    PSY 152 Social Psychology 3 PSY 140 or SOC 231

    (SAME AS SOC 152) Theoretical synthesis of social influences, including attitude formation, social and cognitive development, aggression, prosocial behavior, prejudice, conformity, culture and gender differences, influences, group processes and interpersonal attraction will be studied.

    PSY 251 Abnormal Psychology 3 PSY 140

    Survey of those behaviors that do not fit the norm of society, including causal factors, specific disorders and treatment methods.

    PSY 252 Developmental Psychology 3 PSY 140

    Principles and theories of human development from conception through adulthood, with applications to foster optimal development. Cognitive, behavioral and social learning theories are used to integrate research findings.


    Jackson College Degree Requirements

    These are Jackson College associate degree requirements and may not be accepted for transfer by universities participating in the agreement.

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    COM 231 Communication Fundamentals 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

    Students will learn the basic principles of speech communication including speech development and delivery, interpersonal message, non-verbal messages, and small group dynamics. The course is designed to prepare students to be effective communicators in a diverse global society. Student speeches will be evaluated for effectiveness.

    HIS 211 Minority Groups in America 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society. Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of prejudice and discrimination.

    SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

    Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.


    Transfer Institution Degree Requirements

    Transfer institutions have identified remaining degree requirements that a student can take at Jackson College that will transfer to a participating psychology program. To view each institution’s additional degree requirements, select your transfer institution, then use Michigan Transfer Networks’s course equivalencies tool to find the course equivalent at Jackson College.


Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more Colleges and Universities documenting the transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree. Jackson College has articulation agreements with the following colleges and universities.

  • Psychology – Baker College

    3+1 Degree Completion Agreement between Jackson College and Baker College

    Any Associate in Arts degree at Jackson College to a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Baker College.

    JC students who complete an Associate in Arts degree, complete the courses outlined in the guidesheet with a grade of a “C” or better, and satisfy Baker College’s admissions requirements will be accepted into the articulation agreement.

    Under this agreement, Baker College will waive the 60-hour rule and require that a minimum of 30 credits must be completed in courses offered by Baker College. This allows students to complete more than 60 credit hours at JC, and have those hours applied toward their bachelor’s degree.

    Articulation Effective Dates: December 31, 2020 through December 31, 2023


    General Education/MTA Requirements

    Completion of General Education and MTA requirements passed on academic program. Make sure to select these courses with you Student Success Navigator to ensure these requirements are fulfilled.

    Degree/Technical Concentration

    30-46 credits required to meet degree related, core, and completion requirements. These credits may be transferred as a block to fulfill general education and elective requirements at Baker College.

    Additional Courses to take at JC to Fulfill Baker College Degree Requirements

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

    PSY 152 Social Psychology 3 PSY 140 or SOC 231

    (SAME AS SOC 152) Theoretical synthesis of social influences, including attitude formation, social and cognitive development, aggression, prosocial behavior, prejudice, conformity, culture and gender differences, influences, group processes and interpersonal attraction will be studied.

    PSY 161 Introduction to Counseling 3 PSY 140

    Learn basic counseling microskills against a backdrop of comparative theories and systems of counseling. Ethical, legal and practical issues included.

    PSY 245 Infancy and Childhood 3 PSY 140

    Physical, mental, emotional and social development of the human individual from conception through childhood. Genetic, prenatal and postnatal influences on development are examined. Cognitive and social learning theories are used to integrate research findings.

    PSY 251 Abnormal Psychology 3 PSY 140

    Survey of those behaviors that do not fit the norm of society, including causal factors, specific disorders and treatment methods.

    PSY 252 Developmental Psychology 3 PSY 140

    Principles and theories of human development from conception through adulthood, with applications to foster optimal development. Cognitive, behavioral and social learning theories are used to integrate research findings.

    PSY 256 Educational Psychology 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Application of psychological theories to the teaching-learning process. Principles of cognitive and social development discussed along with discipline, motivation and assessment and evaluation.

    PSY 290 Human Sexuality 3 PSY 140

    Physiological, psychological and sociocultural influences on human sexuality, including gender, sexual maturation and behavior, identity, values, orientation, relationships, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual disorders and therapy.

    PSY 344 Organizational Psychology 3 ENG 131 and PSY 140

    Performance management and organizational change techniques based on principles of behavioral psychology. Environmental change strategies are emphasized. Topics include personnel management, employee motivation, job satisfaction, compensation strategies and practices, employee behavior and leadership.

    The number of credits will vary depending on concentration/degree. Students must complete a minimum of 120 total credits with at least 30 credits at EMU for a bachelor’s degree. Students must meet all degree requirements for their Jackson College program of study.

    MTA Satisfied: It is highly encouraged for students to complete the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) as this will satisfy Baker College’s General Education requirements.

  • Psychology – Albion College

    Associate in Arts degree with a Behavioral Health Certificate at Jackson College to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Albion College

    Students who complete an Associate in Arts degree from Jackson College, with at least a ‘C’ or better in the courses listed below and Satisfy Albion College’s admissions requirements, will be accepted into this articulation agreement.

    Under this agreement, Albion will accept approximately 60 credit hours and require a minimum of 64 credit hours or 16 units to be completed in courses offered by Albion College. This allows students to utilize the credit hours earned at JC and have those applied toward their bachelor’s degree.

    Articulation Effective Dates: 12/31/2020 – 12/31/2024

    General Education Requirements/MTA Requirements

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    BIO 158 Environmental Science 4 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

    This course serves as a foundation for environmental science majors. It is also suitable for non-majors interested in environmental topics. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experience, environmental surveys, and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles. Environmental case studies are covered in detail. In laboratory, the students will learn how to analyze quantitative environmental data through application. This class has a laboratory component.

    COM 231 Communication Fundamentals 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

    Students will learn the basic principles of speech communication including speech development and delivery, interpersonal message, non-verbal messages, and small group dynamics. The course is designed to prepare students to be effective communicators in a diverse global society. Student speeches will be evaluated for effectiveness.

    ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

    This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

    ENG 132 Writing Experience II 3 ENG 131

    This is an intensive writing course. Analytical and persuasive modes are stressed. Advanced research writing strategies are used. Database and primary research methods are emphasized. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

    GEL 160 Introduction to Geology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    The course covers minerals, rocks, earthquakes and volcanoes. It also covers the landscapes and behaviors of continents and oceans. Diagrams, photographs, topographic maps, Internet resources and hands-on exercises are utilized to support the concepts. Course includes a laboratory component.

    MAT 133 Introduction to Probability & Statistics 4 MAT 033* or MAT 131 or higher

    (FORMERLY MTH 133) (SAME AS CIS 203 AND PSY 144) This course is an introduction to experimental design, data representation, basic descriptive statistics, probability theorems, frequency distributions and functions, binomial and normal probability distributions and functions, probability density functions, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, Chi-square analysis, linear regression, correlation and application of the above in making informed, data driven decisions in real-world contexts. Both graphing calculators and computer-based statistical software (Microsoft® Excel) will be used. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the mathematics department recommends the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

    PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

    SOC 236 Women in a Changing Society 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

    (SAME AS ENG 236) Inquiry into historical and changing roles of women, looking at causes of these changes and their effects on women and society through literature, sociology, biology and history.

    THR 116 Introduction to Theatre 3 ENG 085*

    Survey of Western theatre and drama. Appreciation of theatre through understanding of historical development and societal function. Theatre architecture, production, costuming and acting styles, and the artists who create them.

    SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

    Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

    JC Elective Courses/Required for Major at Albion:

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    PSY 152 Social Psychology 3 PSY 140 or SOC 231

    (SAME AS SOC 152) Theoretical synthesis of social influences, including attitude formation, social and cognitive development, aggression, prosocial behavior, prejudice, conformity, culture and gender differences, influences, group processes and interpersonal attraction will be studied.

    PSY 161 Introduction to Counseling 3 PSY 140

    Learn basic counseling microskills against a backdrop of comparative theories and systems of counseling. Ethical, legal and practical issues included.

    PSY 245 Infancy and Childhood 3 PSY 140

    Physical, mental, emotional and social development of the human individual from conception through childhood. Genetic, prenatal and postnatal influences on development are examined. Cognitive and social learning theories are used to integrate research findings.

    PSY 251 Abnormal Psychology 3 PSY 140

    Survey of those behaviors that do not fit the norm of society, including causal factors, specific disorders and treatment methods.

    PSY 252 Developmental Psychology 3 PSY 140

    Principles and theories of human development from conception through adulthood, with applications to foster optimal development. Cognitive, behavioral and social learning theories are used to integrate research findings.

    PSY 256 Educational Psychology 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Application of psychological theories to the teaching-learning process. Principles of cognitive and social development discussed along with discipline, motivation and assessment and evaluation.

    PSY 344 Organizational Psychology 3 ENG 131 and PSY 140

    Performance management and organizational change techniques based on principles of behavioral psychology. Environmental change strategies are emphasized. Topics include personnel management, employee motivation, job satisfaction, compensation strategies and practices, employee behavior and leadership.

    Additional Courses to take at JC to fulfill Albion’s Mode of Inquiry Textual Analysis

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    ENG 256 American Literature-20th Century 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

    Students examine the literature and culture of America from 1890 to the present, with emphasis on the development of organic and post-modern writing in narrative, poetic and critical modes.

    Additional Courses to take at JC to fulfill Albion’s Mode of Inquiry Historical & Cultural Analysis Requirement:

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

    Lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms and historic chronology of Western music.

    Additional Courses to take at JC to fulfill Albion’s Category Requirements:

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

    This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

    **Students are required to take the last 64-68 credits (16-17 units) of their bachelor’s
    degree coursework at Albion College. Students are encouraged to complete MTA as this helps fulfill Albion’s Category and Mode requirements. Meet with your Student Success Navigator to enroll in the specific MTA courses listed as these relate directly to Albion’s requirements in these areas.