The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program consists of 40 online courses. Each course is six weeks in length, and the program can be completed one course at a time. The time it takes to complete the program is dependent on the number of transfer credits awarded upon enrollment.
Available credit hour breakdown:
- General Core: 36 Credit Hours
- Christian Worldview: 12 Credit Hours
- General Electives: 27 Credit Hours
- Psychology Core: 45 Credit Hours
Online Psychology Bachelor's Degree Core
►Professionalism and Human Performance (3 credits)
This course provides students with an understanding of the professional (soft skills) required for academic and career success. Emphasis is on critical thinking, communication (written and oral), research, teambuilding, and leadership skills development. Other topics include time management, computer proficiency, and developing presentation skills.
►Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
A study of the physical, mental, social, and personality growth and development for the full lifespan of the human being.
►Personality Psychology (3 credits)
An introduction to the theoretical approaches designed to explain the development of personality. While the purpose of the course is to engage contemporary theories and application of Personality Psychology, historical theories will also be explored.
►Statistics for the Social Sciences (3 credits)
Statistics for the Social Sciences exposes students to the logic of statistical reasoning and its application in the social sciences. This course provides an introduction to the topics of descriptive statistics, probability theory, and statistical inference with hands-on exercises using the SPSS software.
►Introduction to Life Coaching (3 credits)
In the helping profession, life coaching is becoming a recognized practice that spans the nuances of pastoral/lay counseling and professional clinical counseling. While many of the skills used in pastoral, life coaching, and clinical counseling are similar, there are differences that must be considered. Through this course, students will have the opportunity to master basic elements of life coaching and become familiar with a biblical framework for interpreting the role of coach.
►Social Psychology (3 credits)
The study of how the individual is influenced in his or her behavior, attitudes, perceptions, emotions, and thoughts by other people.
►Research Methods/Applied Statistics (3)
Designed to introduce students to the use of statistical models and formulas used in research methodology and design. This research process will be investigated by actively involving the student in developing research questions, hypotheses development, evaluating ethical issues, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting research results. Statistical topics will include a hands-on approach to correlations, ANOVA, t-tests, regression, probability, standard deviation, central tendency, evaluation of curves, as well as other topics. Use of EXCEL and SPSS is required.
►Abnormal Psychology (3)
Students will be exposed to the DSM-IV (diagnostic manual) and all psychological disorders from multiple perspectives. They will study many disorders, all disorders presently listed in the DSM-V, as well as case studies of disorders.
►Counseling (3 credits)
A combination of theory and practice. Basic listening and counseling skills are stressed and combined with some of the major counseling theories.
►Christian Counseling (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce the student to basic principles and perspectives related to a Christian approach to counseling and lay counseling. Students will investigate specific responses, based on biblical and theological principles, commonly experienced through the lifespan.
►Human Sexuality (3 credits)
This course is designed as an exploration into the biological, psychological, theological, social, moral, and cultural issues related to human sexuality. The intent of this course is to examine sexuality within the context of modern science, contemporary society, and Judeo-Christian perspectives. Emphasis will be placed on helping students develop a holistic appreciation of sexuality and the construction of a sexual ethic that advocates moral responsibility for personal and public sexual health.
►Organizational Behavior and Leadership (3 credits)
This course examines the psychological and sociological variables associated with the behavior of individuals in a group or organizational setting. Students will be challenged to recognize personal styles of interaction and the effects of those styles in organizational settings.
►Physiological Psychology (3 credits)
This course provides a survey of biopsychology and the neurological basis for behavior, including a rudimentary overview concerning the physiology, anatomy and chemistry of the brain and central nervous system.
►Senior Research Project [Psychology] (3 credits)
This guided study is designed to challenge the student in the expansion and integration of acquired coursework and knowledge.
►Capstone [Psychology] (3 credits)
The capstone course provides the student with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained through his or her academic journey. The outcome of the course will include two artifacts to include in the student portfolio. The first is a continuation of the Research Project, which will result in the development of a thesis that demonstrates the ability to review, analyze, and synthesize information and data related to a hypothesis or research question. The second is a Comprehensive Case Study applying therapeutic techniques, theories, and perspectives. This course is the educational capstone for those majoring in the psychology/social sciences. It is designed to integrate the learning experience in preparation for further educational endeavors or professional placement.