B.A. in Psychology
What will I study as a psychology major?
The psychology curriculum is rooted in developing an understanding of a broad spectrum of issues concerning human nature and functioning from a Christian worldview. In addition to coursework from multiple areas of specialization, you will be taught how to integrate and apply theology and biblical knowledge to psychological concepts and research. Career-relevant and example specialization course topics you can learn about include:
- Application of Christian thought to psychology
- Basic statistics for psychological research
- Analysis of the experimental method
- Theory and research related to lifespan development
- Focus on the underlying cognitive processes of behavior
- An overview of personality theories
- Cross-cultural and ethical issues as it relates to prejudices
- Physiological bases and application in human behavior
- Discovery of factors that contribute to flourishing communities
- How to actively use psychological knowledge to minister to the family, the church and the wider secular community
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What Can You Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology?
Biola's psychology degree provides exceptional general preparation for a wide-range of psychology-related careers and ministries. Biola graduates can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ with their B.A. degree or subsequent graduate degrees in professions such as:
- Clinical psychology
- Criminal or forensic psychology
- Experimental psychology
- Industrial-organizational psychology
- Developmental psychology
- School psychology
- Sports psychology
- Career or vocational counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Data Science
- Market Research Analysis
- Social Services
In addition, Biola graduates from the psychology major have gone on to study at the following distinguished graduate schools:
- Chapman University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Southern California; Claremont McKenna College; University of Washington; Yale University; Baylor University' Talbot School of Theology; Dallas Theological Seminary; Rosemead School of Psychology; Azusa Pacific University; Fuller School of Psychology; George Fox University; Pepperdine University; University of Maryland; University of New Mexico; University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
6% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for psychologists is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
The faculty and staff at Biola really go out of their way to make sure each student is taken care of; not only in their academic journey but in their personal/spiritual journey as well.
Psychology, B.A. '15, Intercultural Studies, M.A. '17
One of the most wonderful things about Biola is that professors there are so concerned with educating students as whole people, not just meeting certain academic outcomes. I was deeply mentored and educated by my Biola professors in ways that I am constantly grateful for, and that have benefited me in every domain of life.
Psychology, B.A. ‘21
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Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Professor of Psychology
- Ph.D., Rosemead School of Psychology
- M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology
- B.A., Biola University
Chair, Undergraduate Psychology
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology
- M.A., Clinical Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology
- B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Associate Professor of Psychology
- Post-doctorate, University of California Los Angeles
- Ph.D., University of Southern California
- M.A., Boston University
- B.A., American University of Beirut
How long does it typically take to complete a B.A. in Psychology?
Our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is typically a four-year program when pursued full-time. However, the duration may vary depending on factors such as part-time enrollment, transfer credits, or accelerated course options.
What makes Biola’s psychology program unique compared to other schools?
Biola’s psychology program is unique in that it is a department situated within its own school (Rosemead School of Psychology) and the psychology faculty teach across both undergraduate and graduate programs. Biola and Rosemead has a longstanding history of being a leader in the area of integration of psychology and theology. The graduate programs at Rosemead have an excellent reputation of producing well-trained and respected clinical psychologists.