The Psychology, B.S. major (formerly Applied Psychology, B.S.) 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 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 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 Psychology, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge and comprehension of psychology subject matter (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate knowledge of and conduct basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation (ULO 1).
- Understand and apply relevant psychological principles to individuals, relationships, communities, and society at large (ULO 3).
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill of integrating a biblical worldview (i.e. Christian faith and practice) with the discipline of psychology and applying that integrative understanding in practical contexts (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.
- Must be a believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).
- Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.
- Must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED).
- Preference will be given to students with at least three years' work experience.
- Students with fewer than 15 semester credits post high school must apply as a transfer students and meet the Admissions requirements for first time college students. In addition, students are required to:
- Submit SAT/ACT scores, or
- If no test scores, the Post Traditional Test-Optional Rubric process will be used.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The Psychology, B.S. major requires the completion of 40 credits beyond PSYC 200, 24 of which must be upper-division.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses|
|The Core Curriculum requirement for Kinesiology and Health Science has been waived for this major. The following courses are required to fulfill the Core Curriculum for Behavioral Science and Writing Competency Requirement.|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Writing in the Disciplines (Post Trad Program section)|
|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 for Research||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|
|Program Course Requirements: 40 credits|
|Core Curriculum Requirements 1||52|
See Core Curriculum Program section for details.