Courses | Psychology, B.A.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. 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. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Prerequisite Course

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.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Major Courses

An introduction to the nature and process of the application of Christian thought to the study and practice of psychology.
Prerequisites: PSYC 200, BBST 105.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Basic statistics for psychological research. Descriptive statistics, correlation/regression and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing, type I and II errors, t-tests, analysis of variance, and several non-parametric tests including chi-square. Not for Core Curriculum math/science requirement. Notes: Concurrent with PSYC 211.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PSYC 211.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Use of Excel and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to obtain descriptive and inferential statistics covered in 211. Experience in developing surveys, analyzing survey data and writing research reports. Notes: Concurrent with PSYC 209 unless PSYC 209 has been met with transfer credits or AP credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PSYC 209.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Philosophy, methodology and analysis of the experimental method. Discussions of problems in conducting and evaluating psychological research. Prerequisites: PSYC 209, PSYC 211. Acceptance into the Psychology Major, or a Psychology Minor. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour laboratory.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Psychology - UG Department; and Undergraduate Level.

A study of the theory and research concerning lifespan development. Consideration will be given to the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and moral aspects of human development across the entire span from conception to death. Discussion will include timely issues of personal relevance to the student's own developmental pathway.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Psychology Major, or a Psychology Minor.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Psychology - UG Department; and Undergraduate Level.

This course focuses on the underlying cognitive processes directing behavior. Topics include, but are not limited to, the neural basis of cognition, perception and attention, perception- and meaning-based knowledge representations (schemas), memory concepts and principles, problem solving, reasoning, language structure and use, cognitive development, and the nature of intelligence.
Prerequisites: PSYC 305. Acceptance into the Psychology Major, or a Psychology Minor.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Psychology - UG Department; and Undergraduate Level.

An overview of personality theories including the primary representatives of the major schools: analytic or dynamic, humanistic-existential and cognitive behavioral which will be evaluated in the context of Christian framework.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Psychology Major, or a Psychology Minor.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Psychology - UG Department; and Undergraduate Level.

Elective Courses

Theory and principles of psychological assessment and testing including the construction, reliability, validity and application of assessment methods and devices in various professional settings.
Prerequisites: PSYC 209, PSYC 211. Acceptance into the Psychology Major, or a Psychology Minor.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Psychology - UG Department; and Undergraduate Level.

Analysis of social behavior, including social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, group processes, etc. Both theory and research findings will be examined.
Prerequisites: PSYC 305. Acceptance into the Psychology Major, or a Psychology Minor.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Psychology - UG Department; and Undergraduate Level.

A study of the physiological bases of behavior including neural, sensory, motor and chemical aspects with an emphasis on application to human rather than animal process. Notes: Biology 311 - Neurobiology may be taken as an alternative to this course.
Prerequisites: PSYC 305 and BIOS 100 or BIOS 111. Acceptance into the Psychology Major, or a Psychology Minor.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Psychology - UG Department; and Undergraduate Level.

Supervised experience in mental health, educational, correctional or related facility. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. May receive no more than a total of 6 credits for 414, 450 and 480 combined. Three credits of PSYC 450 may be used toward the major.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Psychology Major.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; and Psychology - UG Department; Undergraduate Level.

Graduate Courses

Senior level undergraduate psychology majors may take certain graduate courses with permission.

Concepts and techniques involved in the analysis and interpretation of clinical and research data. Lecture and laboratory descriptive and inferential statistics. Major topics include correlation, multiple regression, tests of significance and analysis of variance. Instruction assumes undergraduate background in statistics. Notes: Required of Psy.D., Ph.D. This graduate level course may be taken by senior psychology majors with consent of the departmental chair obtained through a permission request form from the Psychology Department (see PSYC 420).
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

An overview of the history of psychology and classical systems in psychology. The class also considers issues in the philosophy of science relevant to psychological systems, research, theory, and practice. Notes: Required of Psy.D., Ph.D. This graduate level course may be taken by senior psychology majors with consent of the departmental chair obtained through a permission request form from the Psychology Department (see PSYC 440).
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.