Applied Psychology B.A.

Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120

Applied Psychology involves the use of empirically-tested principles of psychology to identify and address problems encountered by individuals, groups, and organizations. Graduates of the program will develop the following competencies:

  • Ability to critically evaluate research related to social sciences.
  • An appreciation of diverse viewpoints.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Comprehensive functional analysis of behavior.
  • Ability to assist others adapt to changes in their lives.

Students selecting a course of study in psychology include those interested in preparing for graduate training in psychology or related fields, paraprofessional employment in human services, teaching high school-level psychology, or employment in fields where critical thinking, flexibility, systematic problem-solving, and advanced interpersonal skills are essential to success.

A minor is required with this major.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • SLO 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and historical trends in psychology.
  • SLO 2: Students will understand and be able to apply psychological principles of interpersonal situations and vocational settings.
  • SLO 3: Students will use critical and creative thinking to solve problems related to behavior, mental processes, and challenges faced by persons of all backgrounds and experiences.
  • SLO 4: Students will demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills using current technology to enhance their own and others understanding.

Requirements

Core Courses

(Pre-requisite GEOG 103 or ECON 105; MATH 103; PSYC 111, and SOC 110)

PSYC 250Developmental Psychology

3

PSYC 310Statistics for the Social Sciences

3

PSYC 370Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

3

PSYC 405History and Systems of Psychology

3

PSYC 460Research Methods in Psychology

3

PSYC 476SComprehensive Review/Exam and Seminar

3

PSYC 497SInternship

0.50-10.00

Total Credit Hours:21

PSYC 497S: Internship is required in the area of strongest interest. Additional internships are allowed.

Electives: (Select 23-25 elective credits below to make a combined total of 42 with the core requirements listed above.)

HPER 360Sport and Exercise Psychology

2

PSYC 255Child and Adolescent Psychology

3

PSYC 280Group Dynamics

3

PSYC 290/EDUC 290Theories of Learning and Management

2

PSYC 330/SPED 330Behavior Modification and Management

3

PSYC 332Applied Psychology

3

PSYC 360Introduction To Personality Theory

3

PSYC 361Social Psychology

3

PSYC 375Behavioral Pharmacology

3

PSYC 376Human Sexuality

3

PSYC 385Readings in Psychology

1

PSYC 422/EDUC 422Educational Assessment

2

PSYC 435Physiological Psychology

3

PSYC 450Health Psychology

3

PSYC 470Introduction to Counseling and Clinical Psychology

3

PSYC X99Special Topics

1-3

UNIV 345Grant Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:42-46

Note: Students getting a double major in Applied Psychology and Education should take PSYC 385 as an elective.

Students planning to apply to a graduate program in Applied Psychology should choose a minimum of four of the following courses:

PSYC 330/SPED 330Behavior Modification and Management

3

PSYC 360Introduction To Personality Theory

3

PSYC 361Social Psychology

3

PSYC 422/EDUC 422Educational Assessment

2

PSYC 435Physiological Psychology

3

PSYC 450Health Psychology

3

PSYC 470Introduction to Counseling and Clinical Psychology

3

Essential Studies Courses 36 SH

Applied Psychology Core and Defined Electives 42-46 SH

Student Planning for Graduate Program 11-12 SH

Elective Courses 0-19 SH SH

Minors 18-32 SH

Total 120-131 SH

*Minor required