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Contact: Dr. Lisa DiDonato, Program Manager


Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.

If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.


All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores

These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.


FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.

To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.


All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes

Learn more and start the ROAR process here.


Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.


Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).


For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.


There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Enrollment Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.


Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Psychology Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences The Psychology Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences teaches skills valued throughout the public and private sector, and prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university. The Psychology program employs a systemic and critical thinking approach to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for understanding the origins and dynamics of individual and group behavior.

Students are introduced to the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. Students will apply critical thinking to understand and address issues and problems related to human behavior and mental processes.
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Elective (Gen Ed course list) (MATH 175 - Applied Calculus or MATH 120 - Statistics recommended)   3/4 Credits
3 Concentration PSYC 101 - General Psychology   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement Elective**   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list) 3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Concentration EDPS 210 - Human Growth & Development   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) 3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list) 3 Credits
9 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective w/lab (Gen Ed course list) (BSCI 150 recommended)   4 Credits
10 Elective Elective **   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Concentration PSYC 202 - Social Psychology   3 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (in a different discipline from first)   3 Credits
13 Gen Ed Core Humanities Elective (Gen Ed course list) (PHIL 205 - Ethics recommended)   3 Credits
14 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (BSCI 107 - Study of the Human Body or BSCI 117 - Human Biology recommended) 3/4 Credits
15 Elective Elective **   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Concentration PSYC 206 - Abnormal Psychology   3 Credits
17 Gen Ed Core Gen Ed Elective (Gen Ed course list) 3 Credits
18 PE/Health Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement 1/3 Credits
19 Concentration Social Science Elective*   3 Credits
20 Concentration Elective** (credits may vary to fulfill 60 credits for degree)   4 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

*Choose one Social Science course from Anthropology (ANTH), Criminal Justice (CCJS), Economics (ECON), Geography (GEOG), History (HIST), Human Services (HUMS), Political Science (POSC), Psychology (PSYC), or Sociology (SOCY).

**Students should check with an advisor or transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting their electives. Depending on the transfer institution, recommended electives might include: PSYC 204, PSYC 207, SOCY 101, SOCY 102, SOCY 212, or world language.

Transfer Note: FCC has articulation agreements with Mt. St. Mary's University, University of Maryland College Park/Shady Grove, and Stevenson University for students completing their associate degree and who are looking for transfer opportunities. For more information, contact Counseling & Advising at 301.846.2471.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology through the successful completion of discipline specific courses.
  • Explore and examine critical thinking using the scientific approach to solve problems related to human behavior and mental processes through completion of a series of application exercises.
  • Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings to everyday life.
  • Develop insight into one’s own behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvements.
  • Explore the elements of multiculturalism through learning about social constructs such as gender, SES, race, and ethnicity.
  • Students will emerge from the program of study with ideas on how to implement one's knowledge of psychology, skills, and values in future occupational and educational pursuits.

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway​
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
FCC classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. Learn More about Course Formats

General Education Core Course List

To find more information about how credits may transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Compare Transfer Options

Psychology Transfer Pathway 2019-2020

Previous Psychology Transfer Pathway 2018-2019

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.

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