Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    
    Jun 26, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Applied Psychology


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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Psychology 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 Applied Psychology offers four separate degree emphasis options from which to choose:

  • Applied Psychology: non-emphasis track
  • Applied Psychology: with an emphasis in Clinical Counseling
  • Applied Psychology: with an emphasis in Biblical Studies
  • Applied Psychology: with an emphasis in Criminal Justice

Students enrolled in one of the emphases programs above must satisfactorily complete 60 credit hours toward the undergraduate degree requirements before registering for the graduate emphasis coursework. The emphasis coursework fulfills 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. Information on admissions to respective masters programs can be found on the CCU admissions page.

Upon completion of any of the four (4) Bachelor of Science in Applied 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 102A is a required general education course for Applied 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 Applied Psychology. CCU Student Service Advisors help students identify which option best suits their educational goals.

Applied 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 experiential 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 Applied Psychology require completion of 120 hours in the following:
General Education (39 hours)
Applied Psychology Major (36 hours)
Electives (45 hours)

Select one of the Following Areas of Emphasis (36 credit hours)


Applied Psychology Non-emphasis (36 credits hours)


The B.S. in Applied Psychology is an undergraduate degree that explores major domains and theories within psychology. Each course includes a cohesive integration of biblical principles to evaluate course content through a Christian worldview.  This major provides foundational understanding in prominent psychology 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 helps students grow personally, spiritually and professionally toward psychological competencies; learning transformational habits in compassionate living and the abundant life in Christ.

Major Courses

Applied Psychology with an Emphasis in Biblical Studies (36 credit hours)


The B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies follows the dynamic psychology major course curriculum to explore major domains and principles within psychology, with cohesive integration of biblical perspectives, evaluating content through a Christian worldview. The major coursework includes psychology through the lifespan, models of personality, and relational psychology as well as four graduate level courses (12 credits) in biblical studies. A concentrated application of psychological principles and reflection on real life experiences of self and others helps students grow personally, spiritually and professionally; learning psychological competencies and transformational practices in compassionate living and the abundant life in Christ. The biblical studies graduate course credit hours count toward the B.S. in Applied Psychology degree requirements and may be applied toward CCU’s Master of Arts in Biblical Studies , upon application and acceptance.  After successful completion of the B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, only 27 credit hours of the required 39 credit hours remain to complete a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. 

Major Courses

Applied Psychology with an Emphasis in Clinical Counseling (36 credit hours)


The B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Counseling follows the dynamic psychology major core to explore major domains and theories within psychology and counseling. Coursework includes a cohesive integration of biblical principles, challenging students to evaluate content through a Christian worldview. The major coursework offers psychology through the lifespan, models of personality, and relational psychology, as well as five (5) graduate level courses (12 credit hours) specific to clinical counseling.   A concentrated reflection on real life experiences of self and others helps students grow personally, spiritually and professionally; acquiring psychological competencies and transformational practices in compassionate living and the abundant life in Christ. The clinical counseling course credit hours count toward the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree requirements and may be applied toward CCU’s Master of Arts in Counseling , upon application and acceptance. With the successful completion of the B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Counseling, only 48 credit hours of the 60 required credit hours remain to complete a Master’s degree in Counseling.   

Major Courses

Applied Psychology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice (36 credit hours)


The B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice follows the dynamic psychology major course curriculum to explore major domains and theories within psychology with cohesive integration of biblical principles, evaluating content through a Christian worldview. The coursework includes psychology through the lifespan, models of personality, relational psychology as well as four graduate level courses (12 credits) in Criminal Justice. A concentrated application of psychological principles and reflection on real life experiences of self and others helps students grow personally, spiritually and professionally; learning psychological competencies and transformational practices in compassionate living and the abundant life in Christ. The criminal justice graduate credit hours count toward the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree requirements and may be applied toward CCU’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice , upon application and acceptance.  With the successful completion of the B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, only 24 graduate credit hours of 36 credit hours remain to complete a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Major Courses

Elective Requirements (45 credit hours)


Complete 45 hours of electives.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology:


The faculty recommends students in the B.S. in Applied Psychology to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 120 credit hours of courses, including all general education, major, and elective coursework. 
  2. A letter grade of D or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all CCU coursework.
  3. Meet the CCU CAGS Residency requirements .
  4. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  5. No outstanding financial obligation to the University.
     

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