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September 02, 2014

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Plan (Evening)

Degree Components
General Education Requirements 45
Psychology Major 26
Psychology electives 12
Transfer electives/Other electives/PEC 37
Total Credit  Hours                              120

All General Education and Psychology courses offered through the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University are scheduled in accelerated 8-week terms.

Full-time status means attending two classes per 8-week term on campus or online. On campus classes meet from 6-10 p.m.

You will need 120 credit hours total to earn the Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

The amount of time it takes to earn your degree  is determined by your previous academic and professional experience. Your admission counselor is ready to help you put it all together.
 

Psychology Course and Semester Sequence  

General Education requirements must be completed prior to starting the Psychology major courses. Courses  must be taken in the following sequence.

Required Psychology Major Courses (26 credit hours)

Course Description Credit Hours
PSY 3004 Principles of Statistics & Research Design I   4
PSY 2113 Christian  Marriage Family Dynamics   3
PSY 2133 General Psychology (General Ed requirement)   3
PSY 2183 Life Span Development  3
PSY 3123 Personality  Theories  3
PSY 4113 Abnormal Psychology  3
PSY 3014 Principles of Statistics & Research Design II  4
PSY 4413/4513 Clinical or Research Practicum   3
PSY 4753 Integration  of Christianity  and Psychology  3

 

Course Descriptions  

PSY 2113 Christian Marriage Family Dynamics
(3 credit hours)
A study of dating, courtship, engagement, marriage, roles, parenthood, dysfunctions, divorce, and changing definitions of family. Biblical, historical, and sociological and psychological perspectives are used, while emphasizing practical applications.

PSY 2133 General Psychology
(3 credit hours)
This course surveys the major sub-disciplines of psychology as a science and as a helping  profession,  including physiology of behavior, learning, motivation, and abnormal and social psychology. Provides a reasonable understanding of the field; enables the student to follow up in areas of interests. Includes Christian perspective of psychology. (Prerequisite for all other psychology courses.)

PSY 2183 Life Span Development
(3 credit hours)
This course focuses on human growth and development throughout the life cycle. Examines normal developmental stages with emphasis on the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional processes.
Prerequisite: PSY 2133

PSY 3004  Principles of Statistics & Research Design I
(4 credit hours)
This course is the first of a two-semester sequence that presents a thorough  review of the methodologies common to the field of psychology and affiliated sciences. Course goals will include the development of a research question culminating  in an empirical research project proposal. Topics include collection  and analysis of data, with a focus on non- experimental methods and descriptive statistics. Students who enroll in this course must register for Principles of Statistics & Research Design – II (Psychology  3014) for the following semester (3 hrs lecture, 1 hr laboratory).
Prerequisite: MAT 1803 or MAT 1853, and PSY 2133

PSY 3014 Principles of Statistics & Research Design II
(4 credit hours)
This course is the second of a two-semester sequence that presents a thorough review of the methodologies  common to the field of psychology  and affiliated areas of science. Emphases will include conducting an empirical research project, collection and analysis of data, with a focus on experimental methods and the use of univariate and multivariate inferential statistics (3 hrs lecture, 1 hr laboratory).
Prerequisite: MAT 1803 or MAT 1853, PSY 2133, and grade of C or higher in PSY 3004

PSY 3123 Personality Theories
(3 credit hours)
This course surveys the major personality theories influencing contemporary psychology and evaluates them with a view toward developing one’s own personality theory. Each theory is analyzed from a biblical  perspective as well as assessing the theory on the basis of current research.

Prerequisite: PSY 2133

PSY 4113 Abnormal Psychology
(3 credit hours)
This course surveys the nature, causes, outcomes, and therapy for psychopathological behaviors. Prerequisites: PSY 2133, PSY 3123, & PSY 3004 or equivalent.

PSY 4413 Clinical Practicum  I
(3 credit hours)
This course provides field experiences in a specified area in psychology in a counseling or clinical setting in the community. Offers an intensive and extensive learning experience of a practical nature to supplement and complement academic studies. Requires 60 contact hours, analysis of textbook, and personal experience paper.

PSY 4513 Research  Practicum  I
(3 credit hours)
The purpose of this course is to provide research experience in a specified area of psychology  on a research project with a faculty member in the department. Offers an intensive and extensive learning experience of a practical nature to supplement and complement academic studies. Requires 60 contact hours and a personal experience paper.
Prerequisite: minimum of 12 Credit Hours of psychology coursework, PSY 3004 is recommended

PSY 4753 Integration of Christianity & Psychology
(3 credit hours)
This senior capstone course addresses various theoretical, theological,  empirical, and clinical  aspects of the relationship between Christianity and Psychology. Principles and models are presented in a seminar/discussion format.
Prerequisite: PSY 2133, PSY 3123, and PSY 3004
 

 

Electives  

PSY 3013 Procedures in Counseling
(3 credit hours)
This course is a general introduction  to the field of Christian counseling. Secular and Christian presuppositions  are contrasted, the process of counseling is explored, specific counseling techniques are examined and practiced for handling a wide array of common presenting problems.

Prerequisite: PSY 2133, PSY 3123

PSY 3033 Social Psychology
(3 credit hours)
This course examines multiple psychological processes such as attitudes, motivation, emotions and perception and their influences on social behavior with an emphasis on implications for Christian living.
Prerequisite: PSY 2133

PSY 3083 Counseling Across Cultures
(3 credit hours)
This course examines principles of counseling as it applies to diverse cultures that make up the client population. Various cultural values that inform the counseling process will be examined. Students will explore cultural competency skills and practice related therapeutic interventions

Prerequisites: PSY 2133

PSY 4043 Psychology of Religion
(3 credit hours)
This course explores the major issues, theories, and empirical approaches to the psychology of religion through critical analysis of classic and modern texts and current scientific research in the field.  The course investigates religion’s role as a powerful metanarrative that influences beliefs, motivations, behaviors, relationships, and coping strategies at both interpersonal and intrapersonal levels.
Prerequisites: PSY 2133, PSY 3123, plus 6 additional hours of psychology coursework.
 

 

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