BA, Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The program introduces students to the essentials of psychological science and thought. Curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree emphasizes critical thinking, methods of inquiry, research methodology, processes and the application of psychological principles to diverse areas of human behavior. Students are encouraged participate in practical fieldwork, independent research projects and complete elective courses that align with their personal career goals. The undergraduate program prepares students for a career or further graduate study in the field of psychology and its related disciplines.

A minor in psychology is also available for undergraduate students completing a bachelor's degree in a different area of study. Students may select from a general track or applied track for the minor.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Application of Theory: Connect psychological theory to real life applications.
  • Human Behavior: Examine psychological principles of human behavior from a historical perspective.
  • Research Methods and Statistics: Understand methodology and statistical techniques related to behavioral science research.
  • Scientific Writing: Apply appropriate methods of scientific writing in APA format. 
  • Life Span Development: Understand and apply the major theories related to the entire lifespan from prenatal development through childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle-age, and late adulthood.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 32 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 300 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

 

Degree Requirements
Core Foundation in Psychological Science

PSYU 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSYU 301 Scientific Writing in Behavioral and Social Sciences 3
PSYU 304 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 3
PSYU 320 Human Development Through the Lifespan 3
PSYU 328 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYU 333 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYU 336 Social Psychology 3
PSYU 351 History & Systems of Psychology 3
PSYU 480 Psychology Capstone 3

 

Electives in Psychology (18 credits, 12 credits must be upper division)
Students may use any PSYU courses that do not duplicate core foundations courses in the list above. SOCU 391 may also be used to satisfy this elective requirement. Students who are transferring credits from an accredited college or university may transfer in a total of 6 lower-division elective credits in psychology excluding personal development or personal adjustment courses.

 

Total Credits 48

 

Minor in Psychology

There are two tracks for a psychology minor. The general track is designed to enhance knowledge of a psychological process and/or area within the discipline. The applied track is designed to provide exposure to the essential skills and procedures underlying the use of psychological processes and procedures. Students seeking a psychology minor should discuss the selection of track and courses with a psychology division advisor.

 

Requirements:
General track

PSYU 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSYU 304 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences or SOCU 301 Social Research Design 3
Three upper-division elective courses in psychology 9
Total Credits 18

 

Requirements:
Applied track

PSYU 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Five upper-division elective courses in psychology 15
Total Credits 18
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