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Professional Psychology

Bachelor of Science Degree

Learn psychological principles and theory and relate your knowledge to real world contexts. The Bachelor of Science in Professional Psychology enables you to interpret human behavior and develop a problem-solving methodology you'll apply to diverse populations across the lifespan.

In addition to the foundation courses, select a 2-course emphasis in Industrial and Organization Psychology, Aging Studies, or Foundations of Counseling, each of which are fully integrated with the American Psychological Association's standards of practice. Your studies will prepare you to enter a master's degree program in counseling, management, or psychology.

Specialization Tracks Offered

Specialization Tracks require the completion of two emphasis courses in addition to the foundation courses.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2-course emphasis):
  • PPSY 406 - Human Resources and Organizational Psychology (4 Credits)
  • PPSY 410 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology (4 Credits)
Aging Studies (2-course emphasis):
  • PPSY 415 - Successful Aging (4 Credits)
  • PPSY 420 - Programs and Services (4 Credits)
Foundations for Counseling (2-course emphasis):
  • PPSY 425 - Premises of Mental Health (4 Credits)
  • PPSY 430 - Mental Health Practices (4 Credits)

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Courses in the major include:

This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.
This course provides an overview of the major theories and findings in the field of Psychology, with an emphasis on the use of the scientific method to ask and answer questions about human behavior and mental processes. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This course examines human development across the lifespan including infancy, childhood, adolescence, early and mid-adulthood, and later life. Students will apply developmental theory to professional situations, information literacy, interpersonal communication, teamwork, and career assessment. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This course examines psychological, physiological, and evolutionary explanations of perception, cognition, and behavior. Students will apply neurobiological and developmental perspectives to pathological conditions, and identify the impact that abnormal behavior has on personal and social success. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This course introduces students to contemporary problems and issues in psychology, problem analysis, and the ways in which psychology is being applied to social problems (e.g. promoting recycling, adaptive housing), health care environments, business and organizational development.
This course explores the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This course examines the concepts, techniques and methods used and in the description and analysis of data and in statistical inference. Topics presented in this course are directed towards research and the analysis of experimental and survey data. Data analysis software will be used as a tool to collect, organize and process data. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This course introduces students to the human resources dimension of organizations. Students will identify ways in which psychology is used to understand, predict, and manage human behavior in organizations and explore best practices in human resource management through psychology. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This course focuses on job analysis, personnel selection, training, testing, teams, collaboration, leadership, work and family issues, employee development, and organizational health issues. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
Current topics in later life development and aging inclusive of adaptive housing, financial and personal planning, end of life decision making, major neurocognitive disorders (formerly called "dementia"), and caregiving are explored as variable associated with successful aging.
This course explores government, community, and faith based programs and services for independent older adults, individuals with age related limitations, and persons with disease in addition, students will explore how community, government, and faith based organizations address the needs of older adults in their community. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This course will explore the basic theories that are the underpinnings of various counseling approaches. Behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and gestalt approaches will be presented and students will explore how these theories can provide insight into why people do what they do. The course will also help students examine mental health wellness through positive psychology. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This course combines theory and practice through case studies that focus on the ways in which the beliefs about the causes of psychological issues impacts treatment approaches. The course will include a variety of mental health practices which relate to behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and gestalt approaches. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order
This capstone course refines psychology specialty skills through one or more applied research/consulting projects. Cohort Courses Must be Taken in Order.

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