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.

Degree Program

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:

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and comprehension of applied psychology subject matter (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and conduct basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation (ULO 1).
  3. Use research to understand and apply relevant psychological principles to individuals in the workplace, community, and society at large (ULO 3).
  4. 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 Requirements

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:

  1. Filing of a Biola University undergraduate application.
  2. Completion of an autobiographical essay describing your desire to pursue a B.S. in Applied Psychology and your goals upon completion of your degree.
  3. Completed PSYC 200 (or equivalent general psychology course) with a minimum grade of a "C" (2.0).
  4. Recommended completion of 45 undergraduate semester credits.
  5. Accomplishing an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all college level work.
  6. Recommendation of five years of life, work or ministry experience since graduating high school.
  7. Once coursework at Biola University has commenced, all further major and biblical studies courses must be completed through Biola University.
  8. Students must graduate within 10 years of beginning their coursework at Biola University.

Curriculum Requirements

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.
Bible Requirement
Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation
Foundations of Christian Thought
Old Testament History and Literature
New Testament History and Literature
Christian Theology
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)
Program Courses
All students must take the following thirteen program courses:
APSY 208Statistics with Computer Application3
APSY 265Psychology and Christian Thought3
APSY 320Experimental Psychology3
APSY 325Developmental Psychology: Lifespan3
APSY 344Abnormal Psychology3
APSY 355Psychology of Health and Well-Being3
APSY 365Cognitive Psychology3
APSY 406Social and Cultural Psychology3
APSY 410Psychology in the Workplace3
APSY 414Theories of Personality3
APSY 417Counseling Techniques3
APSY 425Psychology of Marriage and Family Life3
APSY 465Positive Psychology3
APSY 490Applied Psychology Capstone1
Total Credits40