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Applied Psychology, B.S.
The Applied Psychology major equips adult-learners to apply biblically integrated psychological constructs in their scholarship, workplace, and service to the church, community and society.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology is an undergraduate major specifically designed for adult-learners with course content delivered in a non-traditional manner, maximizing flexibility and accessibility for all enrolled students. The Applied Psychology major includes course work emphasizing psychosocial development, integration, research, and foundational theories of psychological study. Since students select a psychology major for a variety of reasons, a broad range of courses have been selected for students desiring employment or advancement in a variety of fields which may include education, ministry, human resources, business, and human services. The courses are chosen to concurrently satisfy the prerequisites for many graduate programs in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, educational psychology, school counseling, and other related fields of study.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge and comprehension of applied psychology subject matter (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate knowledge of and conduct basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation (ULO 1).
- Use research to understand and apply relevant psychological principles to individuals in the workplace, community, and society at large (ULO 3).
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill in integrating a biblical worldview with their work, ministry, or family life (ULO 2).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
Admission to the Applied Psychology major presumes a level of employment experience and personal maturation. The intent is to provide an option for those who desire to enhance their education or take on greater employment responsibility but whose life circumstances make pursuing a traditional baccalaureate program detrimental to successful completion.
The following admissions requirements must be observed:
- Filing of a Biola University undergraduate application.
- Completion of an autobiographical essay describing your desire to pursue a B.S. in Applied Psychology and your goals upon completion of your degree.
- Completed PSYC 200 (or equivalent general psychology course) with a minimum grade of a "C" (2.0).
- Recommended completion of 45 undergraduate semester credits.
- Accomplishing an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all college level work.
- Recommendation of five years of life, work or ministry experience since graduating high school.
- Once coursework at Biola University has commenced, all further major and biblical studies courses must be completed through Biola University.
- Students must graduate within 10 years of beginning their coursework at Biola University.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The Applied Psychology major requires the completion of 40 credits beyond the PSYC 200, 24 of which must be upper-division.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses|
The Core Curriculum (GE) requirement for PE has been waived for this major.
|Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation|
|Foundations of Christian Thought|
|Old Testament History and Literature|
|New Testament History and Literature|
|Early Christian History - Acts|
BBST Integrative course (taken as APSY 265)
BBST Integrative course (taken as APSY 355)
BBST Integrative course (taken as APSY 425)
BBST Integrative course (taken as APSY 465)
|All students must take the following thirteen program courses:|
|APSY 208||Statistics with Computer Application||3|
|APSY 265||Psychology and Christian Thought||3|
|APSY 320||Experimental Psychology||3|
|APSY 325||Developmental Psychology: Lifespan||3|
|APSY 344||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|APSY 355||Psychology of Health and Well-Being||3|
|APSY 365||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|APSY 406||Social and Cultural Psychology||3|
|APSY 410||Psychology in the Workplace||3|
|APSY 414||Theories of Personality||3|
|APSY 417||Counseling Techniques||3|
|APSY 425||Psychology of Marriage and Family Life||3|
|APSY 465||Positive Psychology||3|
|APSY 490||Applied Psychology Capstone||1|