Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Administrator: Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences

Learning Objectives:

  1. Graduates of this major and general education students will understand the scientific method in social science and graduates will be able to carry out a research project.  (Academic Excellence and Creative Engagement)
  2. Graduates of this major will exhibit basic interpersonal skills; an understanding of a variety of professional roles; the purpose of at least one community agency, the clients it serves, and the intervention methods it uses.  (Creative Engagement and Social Responsiveness)
  3. Graduates of this major and general education students will be able to use a variety of information technologies to research topics in the literature of the field.  (Academic Excellence and Creative Engagement) 
  4. Graduates of this major and general education students will be able to identify the major theories and contributors to the discipline. (Academic Excellence)
  5. Graduates of this major will be able to meaningfully discuss the nature and behavior of human beings from Christian and social scientific perspectives, and to recognize the points of consensus and tension between the two.  They will understand how to integrate issues of faith and values with the theories and practices of psychology. (Christlike Character)

Requirements: 53-57 credits: 25 core credits of which 18 shall be numbered above 2999, and the requirements for one area of emphasis (28-32)

Core courses: 24 credits

PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)

PSYC2100. Lifespan Development (3)

PSYC3550. Psychology of Religion (2)

PSYC3640. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis I (3)

PSYC3640L. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis Laboratory I (1)

PSYC3650. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis II (3)

PSYC3650L. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis Laboratory II (1)

PSYC3960. Field Experience (1-4) (1 required)

PSYC4110. Psychology of Learning (3)

PSYC4110L. Psychology of Learning Laboratory (1)

PSYC4550. Social Psychology (3)

Psychology field test to be completed during the senior year.

Pre-Counseling Psychology Emphasis

To provide background for the understanding of human behavior needed by those students preparing for such vocational areas as education, social service, business, or the ministry. 

Requirements:  30-31 credits 

PSYC1250. Psychology for Life (2)

PSYC2740. Helping Skills (2)

PSYC3100. Contemporary Approaches in Child & Adolescent Development (3)

PSYC3450. Abnormal Psychology (3)

PSYC3750. Counseling Theory (2)

PSYC4720. Group Theory and Processes (3)

PSYC4720L. Group Theory and Processes Laboratory (1) 

Two or three elective credits in psychology (PSYC2110 will not meet this requirement) (2-3)

Twelve credits in Christian education, practical theology, sociology, or social work selected in consultation with a psychology faculty advisor: (12)

Suggested courses:

CHED3810. Children's Ministries (2)

CHED3820. Youth Ministries (2)

CHED3840. Family Ministries (2)

PRTH1710. Introduction to Christian Ministry (1)

PRTH3210. Spiritual Formation and Christian Discipleship (2)

PRTH3220. Worship Theory and Development (2)

PRTH3750. Compassionate Ministries (2)

Any SOGY course (2-3) 

SOWK1720. Social Welfare in Contemporary Society (3)

SOWK2110. Introduction to Social Work (3)

SOWK3250. Substance Abuse, Prevention, and Intervention (3)

SOWK3350. Child Welfare Services (3)

SOWK3450. Gerontology and Geriatric Social Work (3)

SOWK4094. Topics in Social Work (1)

Neuroscience/Neuropsychology Emphasis

This emphasis is designed for students interested in working with the theory and methods of psychology within brain and behavior.

Requirements:  32 credits

PSYC3250. Introduction to Neuropsychology (3)

PSYC3560. Neuropsychological Assessment (2)

PSY3850. Biological Foundations of Behavior (3)

PSYC3850L. Biological Foundations of Behavior Lab (1)

PSYC4610. Psychological Testing (3)

PSYC4850. Introduction to Psychopharmacology (2)

PSYC4950. Practicum in Mental Measurement (3)

PSYC4970. Senior Research in Psychology (1-4) (1 required)

PHIL3520. Philosophy of Science (3)

BIOL2010. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3), and

BIOL2010L. Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1); or,

BIOL2220. General Biology I (3), and

BIOL2220L. General Biology I Laboratory (1)

BIOL3720. Genetics (3)

Modern foreign language (4)

Scientist/Practitioner Emphasis

A course of study in general psychology for students who plan on graduate training in clinical psychology, experimental psychology or related fields. Practice in professional clinical psychology in many states requires, as a minimum, the masterís degree. 

Requirements:  28 credits

BIOL2010. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3), and

BIOL2010L. Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1); or,

BIOL2220. General Biology I (3), and

BIOL2220L. General Biology I Laboratory (1)

PHIL2010. Introduction to Philosophy (3)

PHIL3520. Philosophy of Science (3)

PSYC3850. Biological Foundations of Behavior (3)

PSYC3850L. Biological Foundations of Behavior Laboratory (1)

PSYC4750. History and Systems of Psychology (2)

PSYC4970. Senior Research in Psychology (1-4) (1 required)

Three elective credits in psychology (PSYC2110 will not meet this requirement) (3)

One year of a modern foreign language (same language) (8)