BA, Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The mission of the psychology program is to provide diverse, dynamic, and personalized learning that inspires student achievement, fosters academic excellence and critical thinking skills, instills personal and professional ethics and values, promotes service, and facilitates lifelong learning in order to promote academic inquiry and professional preparation.

The core foundation curriculum in psychology provides the student with the essentials of psychological science and thought. Culminating with the senior capstone, the core curriculum produces an integration of the student’s goals and objectives with psychology’s present and future.  The general psychology concentration is designed for students who are interested in addressing a broad range of topics, without being tied to one particular focus. For those who do wish to begin their higher education delving deeper into a particular subject, Brandman offers concentrations in the following concentrations:

Throughout the BA psychology program, students are encouraged to participate in fieldwork, independent research projects, and complete elective courses that align with their professional paths. It is available in both blended and fully online formats, providing students with high quality education with the flexibility they need to fit course work into their busy schedules. Classes are taught by experienced scholar-practitioners who work directly in the field, bringing relevant insights to the classroom and providing guidance for exploring career options. In addition, students who pursue their degrees in different areas of study may take course work for attaining a minor in psychology to complement their studies and expand their portfolios.

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 30 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 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.

 

Degree Requirements (48 credits)

Core Foundation in Psychological Science (Required) (33 credits)

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 306 Critical Thinking 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

 

Concentrations (15 credits)
Students will select a concentration from the options below. For elective courses, students may use any PSYU courses that do not duplicate core foundations courses in the list above. SOWK 391 may also be used to satisfy this elective requirement.

 

Preclinical Concentration: The preclinical concentration is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a higher level of education in psychology, which is necessary in this field. The students who choose this concentration will be provided with a variety of courses that address the study of human behavior from biological, evolutionary, psychoanalysis, behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and humanistic perspectives, giving them a strong background to proceed to a doctoral degree in different psychological domains.

PSYU 310

Psychology of Learning

3

PSYU 317

Cognitive Psychology

3

PSYU 322

Theories of Personality

3

PSYU 323

Child Development

3

PSYU 432

Introduction to Psychological Measurement

3

 

Industrial/Organizational Concentration: Students who are interested in applying their psychology degree in a business setting will thrive in the Industrial/ Organizational Concentration. This concentration gives students the ability to take theoretical perspectives and use them in a practical and applied manner in a variety of workplace settings. Industrial/ organizational (I/O) psychology is a high demand field designed to promote employee productivity and retention support organizations in dealing with diversity issues, job selection, training, performance feedback, coaching and other issues related to personnel organizational settings.

PSYU 432

Introduction to Psychological Measurement

3

PSYU 481

Organizational Psychology

3

PSYU 460

Introduction to Career Development

3

PSYU 462

Personnel Psychology

3

OLCU 400

Theory and Practice of Leadership

3

 

Child Psychology Concentration: The child psychology concentration is designed for students interested in working with all children with a specific emphasis on children with various developmental challenges. The Child Psychology Concentration provides students with a greater depth of study in child development, learning, and current treatment options for children with autism and other disabilities.  It addresses child development from biological, evolutionary, behavioral, psychoanalytic, cognitive, sociocultural, and humanistic perspectives and provides applied courses on how to enhance child development and learning.

PSYU 310

Psychology of Learning

3

PSYU 323

Child Development

3

PSYU 398

Pediatric Neuropsychology

3

PSYU 464

Applied Behavioral Analysis

3

PSYU 466

Preferred Behavior Enhancement

3

 

Child Psychology Concentration: The child psychology concentration is designed for students interested in working with all children with a specific emphasis on children with various developmental challenges. The Child Psychology Concentration provides students with a greater depth of study in child development, learning, and current treatment options for children with autism and other disabilities.  It addresses child development from biological, evolutionary, behavioral, psychoanalytic, cognitive, sociocultural, and humanistic perspectives and provides applied courses on how to enhance child development and learning.

PSYU 418

Community Mental Health

3

PSYU 421

Cross Cultural Psychology

3

PSYU 450

Introduction to Counseling

3

PSYU 468

Case Management

3

 

One elective of student's choice

3

General Psychology Concentration: The General Psychology Concentration is designed for students who are interested in addressing a broad range of topics in psychology, without being tied to one particular focus.  Students are able to select any psychology elective classes they desire in order to build a diverse basis of psychological theory and application, giving students the opportunity to explore multiple domains of psychology.  A student who graduates with a general psychology concentration may consider careers that demand an understanding of human behavior and cognition.   The general psychology concentration can offer a student a better understanding of various specialties that can be pursued at the graduate level if desired.

Five psychology elective courses

(must total at least 15 units, and must be upper division or equivalent)                                                                                                                                         15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

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 an advisor.

General track (18 credits)

Requirements:

MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSYU 101 Introduction to Psychology 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

Applied track (18 credits)

Requirements:

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