BA, Psychology, Preclinical

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Preclinical

The preclinical concentration is designed for students who wish to gain knowledge about mental illness and how to treat those illnesses.  According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (2013), about one in four adults will experience some type of mental illness in their life time (61.5 million people).  One in 17, approximately 13.6 million, lives with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder.  These statistics underscore the need for skilled professionals. 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, psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and humanistic perspectives, giving them a strong background to proceed to a doctoral degree in different psychological domains.  The following are the courses that are required in this concentration (in addition to core psychology courses).

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)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education 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 306 Critical Thinking 3
PSYU 320 Human Development Across 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
Total Credits   33

Pre-clinical Concentration

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
Total Credits   25
Total Credits 58
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