The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology major is an undergraduate degree that explores major domains and theories in the field of psychology. The major coursework includes a cohesive integration of biblical principles evaluating course content through a Christian worldview. This major provides foundational understanding in prominent psychology research domains such as human development and cognition, personal and social interactions, and behavioral patterns in health, stress, and sickness. A concentrated application of psychological principles and reflection on real life experiences help students grow personally, spiritually and professionally toward psychological competencies; learning transformational habits in compassionate living and sharing the abundant life in Christ.
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology offers four separate degree emphasis options from which to choose.
Students enrolled in one of the emphases programs above must satisfactorily complete 85 credit hours toward the undergraduate degree requirements before registering for the graduate emphasis coursework. The emphasis coursework fullfills 12 credits toward the undergraduate degree. Admissions to the respective master’s program is not guaranteed. All admissions requirements of the chosen master’s degree must be fulfulfilled.
Upon completion of the any of the four (4) Bachelor of Science in Psychology programs listed above, students are prepared for careers in psychology and other related fields. Job options for bachelor’s level graduates include, but are not limited to, paraprofessionals in clinics and hospitals, case workers in social and justice services, educational aides, staff in residential treatment centers, and staff in church and parachurch ministries.
In addition to the psychology major courses, students complete general education and elective courses for a total of 120 credit hours. For a list of General Education requirements, please see the Associate of Arts: General Studies degree. ( PSY 101A is a required general education course for Psychology majors.) Students interested in the field of psychology may choose to begin their study with the A.S. in Psychology. For a list of these course requirements, please see the Associate of Science: Psychology . Students who complete the A.S. in Psychology must still complete the General Education requirements found in the A.A. General Studies to earn the B.S. in Psychology. CCU Student Service Advisors help students identify which option best suits their educational goals.
Psychology major courses are offered online and on-site, providing maximum flexibility to study at convenient times and places. General education and electives may be completed within five semesters, and major coursework for the Bachelor’s degree can be completed over four semesters.
Prior college, military, technical credits and prior learning credit can be used toward the B.S. degree. Students may transfer in a maximum of 90 credit hours (75% of the degree requirements). This accelerated program allows for greater freedom in meeting course requirements that fit the unique scheduling needs of working adults.
All Bachelor of Science programs in Psychology require completion of 120 hours in the following:
General Education (42 hours)
Psychology Major (36 hours)
Electives (42 hours)