Having now read the new requirements for the Psychology major (effective for anyone who enrolls Jan 1st, 2007, or later), it appears that there will be two key areas that can no longer be fulfilled via exams:
1) History and Systems/History of Psychology/Psychological Foundations.
2) Biological and Physiological Foundations
(Biopsychology, Physiological Psychology, Animal Behavior, Comparative Psychology, Perception, Sensation, Neuroscience).
All other requirements can be completed by exam (see below). The major still requires 30 credits (at least 15 upper level).
Here is one possible path to completing all but two of the new requirements via examination:
I. Core Requirements:
A. General Psychology (CLEP Introductory Psychology)
B. Statistics (DANTES Principles of Statistics)
C. Research Methods/Experimental Psychology/Experimental Design (ECE Research Methods in Psychology)
D. History and Systems/History of Psychology/Psychological Foundations (No exam available)
II. Intermediate and upper level courses in central knowledge areas or sub disciplines of psychology, including a minimum of one course in each of the five areas from among the following:
1) Biological and Physiological Foundations (No exam available)
2) Developmental Perspectives (CLEP Human Growth, or DANTES Lifespan Development, or ECE Lifespan Development)
3) Social Influences (ECE Social Psychology)
4) Abnormal Psychology (ECE Abnormal Psychology)
5) Cognitive Bases (CLEP Educational Psychology...assuming they will still accept it under their new policy)
III. Electives (as needed):
(You will need to make sure you have a total of at least 15 upper level credits)
DANTES Organizational Behavior, or ECE Organizational Behavior.
ECE Foundations of Gerontology.
ECE Psychology of Adulthood & Aging.
Don't take my word for it! I'm just some dork writing an opinion on a message board. Because of the new policy, it will be absolutely essential (now more than ever) that you get your degree plan approved in writing by Excelsior College.
Hope that helps,