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Courses | B.S. in Applied Psychology

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review core curriculum requirements and the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Program Core Requirements

All students must take the following 14 core courses. Note: A Biola education is biblically centered and theologically integrated. Because we desire to equip you for your vocation and deepen your faith, we’ve specifically designed APSY 265, 355, 425 and 465 with professors from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

Students will learn the basic descriptive and inferential statistical concepts for social-psychological research with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and interpretation. Grade Mode: A.

An introduction to the nature and process of the application of Christian thought to the study and practice of psychology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Bible credit. Grade Mode: A.

Students will be introduced to basic research design and evaluation methods. An analysis of the philosophy and methodology of the experimental method is considered. Students will complete an experimental research paper using APA guidelines and formatting. Grade Mode: A.

A study of the theory and research regarding human development from conception through death. Consideration will be given to the biological, psychological, cultural, and social influences on human development. Grade Mode: A.
Abnormal psychology is an exploration of the nature, causes and treatments of abnormal behavior, including the full range of mental disorders identified within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5). This course is structured and designed to facilitate maximum exposure to the 'real world' of psychopathology through diverse learning assignments and exploration of current events within the field of psychology. Grade Mode: A.

Students will examine the contributions of psychological research to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of a variety of health concerns. This course will also explore the nature of stress arising from work, family, mobility, and cultural lifestyles. The psychology of health and well-being will be integrated with Christian theology specifically focusing on a biblical view of human flourishing, the body, illness and disease, suffering, and sacrificial service. Note(s): Approved for Core Curriculum Bible credit. Grade Mode: A.

This course is designed to introduce students to the research and theories of higher mental processes. Among the cognitive processes to be studied are problem solving, memory, language, attention, reasoning, and thinking. The physiological basis of cognitive processes will be discussed. Grade Mode: A.
Analysis of social behavior, including social cognition, attitude formation, change, and group processes. Emphasis is placed on the application of social psychology principles to a range of issues, including sociocultural diversity, prejudice, conflict resolution, and gender roles. Grade Mode: A.
Focuses on a number of important psychological factors for effective performance in the workplace. Includes communication styles, developing conflict resolution skills, employee selection process, goal setting, time management, diversity and cultural sensitivity, stress management, and work conditions. Grade Mode: A.
An overview of personality theories including the primary representatives from the major schools: analytic-psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, and cognitive-behavioral. Integrative content will be emphasized throughout the course. Grade Mode: A.
An overview of basic clinical interviewing and counseling techniques from both didactic and experimental perspectives. Topics include methods and theories in counseling, roles in the counseling relationship, legal considerations, dealing with resistance, cultural awareness and ethical issues related to counseling. Grade Mode: A.
An exploration of contemporary marriage and family life, including cultural and sociological factors impacting today's family. Divorce and remarriage, single parenting, dual career families, and the role of religious faith in the home will be addressed. Students will also examine and critically reflect upon the biblical and theological understanding of marriage and family to develop an integrative understanding of marriage and family life. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Bible credit. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to the field of positive psychology, which focuses on the systematic study of optimal human functioning; aiming to discover factors that contribute to individual and community flourishing. Theological integration will also be covered as it shares a concern with both Christian theology and ancient eudoemonistic ethics regarding the cultivation of human virtues. Students will use the integrated thinking cultivated in the class while researching and presenting their findings. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Bible credit. Grade Mode: A.

The Applied Psychology e-Portfolio capstone project is designed to bring focus and reflection by integrating facets of the student's interests with important concepts from the Applied Psychology curriculum and course assignments. Students in this course must create a capstone e-Portfolio using Google Sites, which includes sample assignments from courses taken as part of the program. Students will write reflection papers that clearly articulate the student's intellectual and personal development as it relates to the material they have studied and assignments they have completed while in the program. The overarching goal of the capstone project is to support student efforts to consolidate their learning into a professional and personal identity that can inform and guide their activities post-graduation. Grade Mode: A.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses

The Core Curriculum requirement for Kinesiology and Health Science has been waived for this major. The following courses are required to fulfill the Core Curriculum for Behavioral Science and Writing Competency Requirement. Please be sure to review the complete list of core curriculum requirements for online bachelor's students.

A culmination of writing experiences and practices throughout the Core, this course uses discipline-specific texts and contexts for reading and discussion of ideas and methods in writing. Students will compare and critically analyze academic writing created by themselves and by experts; research and discover customs, values, and hallmarks of writing in their disciplines; use effective invention, drafting, revising, and proofreading methods for written work; learn to find, synthesize, and cite discipline-specific sources; and prepare essays and multi-genre artifacts useful in both academic and professional settings. 16-24 pages of polished prose, or its equivalent required. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - English.

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit. Grade Mode: A.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses (Bible Requirement)

The Bible requirement is completed through a series of biblical and theological studies courses, as well as biblical and theological studies integrated into regular program courses (APSY 265, 355, 425 and 465).

Equipping to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation. Notes: Must be completed during the first year. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to theology with special emphasis on learning to do theology, understand the doctrine of Scripture, introduce the integration of various fields of knowledge with the Bible, and see the importance and development of a Christian worldview. Grade Mode: A.

An overview of the Old Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events, and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events; and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

The biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, sin, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and last things with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.
Study of the Book of Acts from a missions perspective, dealing with the activity of the early church and its current expression in evangelism and missions. Grade Mode: A.

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