The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology encompasses:
- Training in psychology. The objective is to provide the foundations appropriate for further learning whether in graduate school, other vocational training, or in general living.
- Promotion of investigation and integration of psychology and theology. Investigation and integration will take the form of incorporation of psychology and biblical training in the integration of faith, learning, and living.
- Development and promotion of the use of the education in ministry and service. Ministry and service takes the form of active participation in the functions of the Christian and secular communities.
A Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The psychology major requires the completion of a minimum of 42 credits beyond PSYC 200, 24 of which must be upper-division.
Program Learning Outcomes
The Psychology Department is committed to developing a program that will meet their Mission objectives through continuous assessment of student learning, course objectives and our program learning outcomes, listed below.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate knowledge of and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate familiarity with the concept of integration of faith and learning, its benefits and challenges, and apply appropriate methods in producing integrative scholarship and skills (ULO 2).
- Apply psychological principles and principles derived from the integration of faith and learning to service in their churches and communities (ULO 3).
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.
Internal program assessment may include surveys, signature assignments, and a capstone course. External program assessment includes the ETS Major Field Test which is a graduation requirement. The Major Field Test is used to demonstrate achievement of our cognitive learning outcomes. Exams will be scored against national norms and every year the psychology faculty will review exam results to determine program strengths and weaknesses.
Our students' Program Learning Outcome results are confidential. The results are not calculated into the student's GPA nor considered a part of the student's academic degree program. Program Learning Outcome results are used only to inform the University of student performance in designated fields so that areas for improvement can be identified within our Psychology program and/or courses. If the Program Learning Outcome requirement has not been met by the conferral date, Biola will not issue final transcripts or a diploma until the assessment has been completed.
Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission as a psychology major in the School of Psychology, nor permission to enroll in upper-division psychology courses. The following requirements must be observed:
- Completing with a minimum of a "C" (2.0) grade in each of the following courses:
Course List Code Title Credits PSYC 200 Introduction to Psychology 3 PSYC 206 Psychology and Christian Thought 3 PSYC 209
& PSYC 211
Statistics with Computer Applications
and Statistics with Computer Applications Lab
4 BBST 165 Foundations of Christian Thought 3 ENGL 100 Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing with Studio 3 or ENGL 112 Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing I
- Completing a minimum of 30 hours of Core Curriculum and Bible.
- Accomplishing an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all college level work.
- Filing of an application as a psychology major which shall include an autobiographical essay. The application can be filed any time following the completion of the student's third semester of college work.
PSYC 200 is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses for psychology majors and minors.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|PSYC 206||Psychology and Christian Thought||3|
|PSYC 209||Statistics with Computer Applications 1||3|
|PSYC 211||Statistics with Computer Applications Lab 1||1|
|PSYC 305||Experimental Psychology||4|
|PSYC 320||Developmental Psychology: Lifespan||3|
|PSYC 365||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|PSYC 411||Theories of Personality||3|
|PSYC 412||Physiological Psychology||3|
|PSYC 450||Directed Field Work in Psychology||1|
|or PSYC 480||Research in Psychology|
|or PSYC 455||Service Learning in Psychology|
|Select 18 credits of Psychology electives, 11 of which must be upper-division||18|
Recommended courses for students interested in graduate study:
|Psychological Testing and Assessment|
Senior level undergraduate psychology majors may take certain graduate courses with permission. A permission request form may be obtained in the Psychology Department. It must be filled out and signed by the department chair, dean of Rosemead, and course instructor.
|RSPY 502/PSYC 420||Advanced Statistics||3|
|RSPY 530/PSYC 440||History and Systems of Psychology||2|
NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.
Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.
See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.
|BBST 165||3||BBST 103||3|
|PSYC 200 (required)||3||BBST 210||3|
|ENGL 100 or 112||3||PSYC 206||3|
|Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)||4||Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)||4|
|KNES 107||1||HIST 100 or 101||3|
|Total Credits 31|
|BBST 209||3||BBST 251||3|
|PSYC 209||3||PSYC 305||4|
|PSYC 211||1||PSYC Elective||3|
|Communication (see Core Curriculum)||3||General Elective||3|
|HIST 200, 201, or POSC 225||3||KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)||1|
|Science (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|Total Credits 30|
|BBST 354||3||BBST 300/400 Bible Elective||3|
|PSYC 320||3||PSYC 365||3|
|PSYC Elective||3||PSYC Elective (upper-division)||3|
|Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)||3||PSYC Elective (upper-division)||3|
|Literature (see Core Curriculum)||3||ENGL 313||3|
|Writing Competency Requirement|
|Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office|
|Total Credits 30|
|BBST 365||3||BBST 465||3|
|PSYC 411||3||BBST 306, 316, or 326||3|
|PSYC 412||3||PSYC Elective (upper-division)||3|
|PSYC 450, 455, or 480||1||PSYC Elective (upper-division)||3|
|Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)||3||General Elective||3|
|Total Credits 31|