B.A. in Psychology
Psychology is all about understanding how people think, behave and relate. Biola’s psychology major recognizes that a Christian worldview is an essential part of this understanding, which is why it integrates the scientific study of human behavior with a biblical understanding of human nature. Through the program, you'll be prepared for graduate school, ministry, business or another professional area.
Why Choose Psychology at Biola?
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s psychology program offers several key advantages:
- As a division of Rosemead School of Psychology, the undergraduate psychology department shares the graduate program faculty who are highly trained and experienced in their profession.
- The Biola Counseling Center and the doctoral programs at Rosemead School of Psychology are available as additional resources to students for personal and educational use.
- Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology majors, provides opportunities for interaction between undergraduates and professors.
- Rosemead School of Psychology has a strong academic reputation, bolstered by its role in publishing the Journal of Psychology and Theology, a leading publication of its kind.
- The psychology program allows you to gain valuable off- or on-campus experience in an approved psychological setting or agency while earning academic credits.
What Will I Study?
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 eight available areas of specialization, you will be taught how to integrate and apply theology to counseling knowledge and skills. 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
Biola's psychology degree provides exceptional general preparation for a wide-range of mental health related careers and ministries. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:
- Criminal or forensic psychologist
- Engineering psychologist
- Industrial-organizational psychologist
- Sports psychologist
- Career or vocational counselor
- Recreational Therapist
- Market Research Analyst
- School psychologist
- Clinical psychologist
- Special education teacher
What are Graduates Doing Now?
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; Talbot School of Theology; Dallas Theological Seminary; Rosemead School of Psychology; Azusa Pacific University; Baylor University; Fuller School of Psychology; Pepperdine University; University of Maryland; and the University of New Mexico.