Psychology, B.A.


The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology encompasses:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Degree Program

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:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation (ULO 1).
  3. 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).
  4. 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 Requirements

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:

  1. Completing with a minimum of a "C" (2.0) grade in each of the following courses:
    PSYC 200Introduction to Psychology3
    PSYC 206Psychology and Christian Thought3
    PSYC 209
    PSYC 211
    Statistics with Computer Applications
    and Statistics with Computer Applications Lab
    BBST 165Foundations of Christian Thought3
    ENGL 100Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing with Studio3
    or ENGL 112 Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing I
  2. Completing a minimum of 30 hours of Core Curriculum and Bible.
  3. Accomplishing an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all college level work.
  4. 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.

Curriculum Requirements 

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Program Courses
PSYC 206Psychology and Christian Thought3
PSYC 209Statistics with Computer Applications 13
PSYC 211Statistics with Computer Applications Lab 11
PSYC 305Experimental Psychology4
PSYC 320Developmental Psychology: Lifespan3
PSYC 365Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 411Theories of Personality3
PSYC 412Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 450Directed Field Work in Psychology1
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-division18
Recommended courses for students interested in graduate study:
Psychological Testing and Assessment
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Total Credits42

Graduate Courses

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 420Advanced Statistics3
RSPY 530/PSYC 440History and Systems of Psychology2

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.

Psychology, B.A. (PSYC)

First Year
BBST 1653BBST 1033
PSYC 200 (required)3BBST 2103
ENGL 100 or 1123PSYC 2063
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
KNES 1071HIST 100 or 1013
GNST 1021 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
BBST 2093BBST 2513
PSYC 2093PSYC 3054
PSYC 2111PSYC Elective3
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3General Elective3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
Science (see Core Curriculum)3 
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Third Year
BBST 3543BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
PSYC 3203PSYC 3653
PSYC Elective3PSYC Elective (upper-division)3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3PSYC Elective (upper-division)3
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 3133
 Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
BBST 3653BBST 4653
PSYC 4113BBST 306, 316, or 3263
PSYC 4123PSYC Elective (upper-division)3
PSYC 450, 455, or 4801PSYC Elective (upper-division)3
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3General Elective3
General Elective3 
 16 15
Total Credits 31