Dec 01, 2023  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024

Behavioral Neuroscience Transfer Option, Arts and Science, A.A.

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Michelle Williams, 413.552.2334,


The Behavioral Neuroscience Transfer Option is a transfer curriculum within the Psychology Department that prepares students for transfer to a four-year college with a major in behavioral neuroscience, neuroscience, neuropsychology, or a related field. The Behavioral Neuroscience Transfer Option provides students with a strong foundation in psychology, while also ensuring a substantial background in biology and chemistry. The program addresses the student learning goals and outcomes developed by the Psychology Department in accordance with the American Psychological Association’s current guidelines for undergraduate programs in psychology as well as foundational concepts in biology and chemistry.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems (APA Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology)
  • demonstrate foundational knowledge and comprehension of major concepts in biology and chemistry
  • demonstrate scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods. (APA Goal 2: Scientific Reasoning and Critical Thinking)
  • demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors for personal and professional settings in an increasingly diverse world. (APA Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World)
  • demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. (APA Goal 4: Communication)
  • apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project management skills, and teamwork skills in order to succeed in academic settings (in preparation for graduate education and professional settings). (APA Goal 5: Professional Development)



1Students must complete a total of 6 credits from these two groups of electives.

Only 6 non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.

Students are encouraged to take an additional course in Mathematics should time permit, such that they advance through the MTH 104 /MTH 108 /MTH 113 /MTH 114  sequence as far as possible prior to transfer.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer will also grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information


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