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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.S.

The mission and educational goals of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program are as follows:

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology is to provide students with an education from a holistic orientation, with particular emphasis on building practical skills that utilize basic psychological principles to enhance human performance potential and to develop characteristics that will prepare students to be positive transformational leaders.

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology;
  2. Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation;
  3. Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking and skeptical inquiry;
  4. Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues;
  5. Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats;
  6. Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity;
  7. Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental process and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement;
  8. Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of positions and settings, especially leadership positions and entrepreneurial settings;
  9. Students will demonstrate an understanding concerning the “vitalistic,” as opposed to the mechanistic, perspective on human functioning in which the mind, body and spirit operate dynamically to create quality of health and wellbeing; and
  10. Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal integrity and how to manage it effectively to promote excellence in the personal and professional realm.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Curriculum

Degree Requirements

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree must complete a minimum total of 188 quarter credit hours of instruction.

Bachelor of Science Offerings

Area IV: Psychology Science Core 50 Quarter Credit Hours
Area V: Applied Psychology Requirements 48 Quarter Credit Hours
Area VI: Psychology Electives 20 Quarter Credit Hours
Area VII: Free Electives 5 Quarter Credit Hours

Total: 123 Quarter Credit Hours

Total Bachelor of Science Requirements: 188 Quarter Credit Hours

Core Curriculum Offerings

Area I: Communications & Humanities 20 Quarter Credit Hours
Area II: Science, Mathematics and Computers 25 Quarter Credit Hours
Area III: Social Sciences 20 Quarter Credit Hours

Total: 65 Quarter Credit Hours

Areas I, II, III

Core Curriculum Offerings    

“Psychology students are required to take ENG 121 Public Speaking in Area I and PSY 101 Intro to Psychology in Area III B”

Area VI: Psychology Electives

20 Quarter Credit Hours

Any psychology or PSC course in the University curriculum, not previously used toward degree requirements.

Area VII: General Electives

5 Quarter Credit Hours

Any undergraduate course, 100 level or above, not used previously.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Coaching Track)

To obtain a coaching track concentration, students are required to take the following:

Additional Completion Requirements

  1. Completion of at least four years of prescribed study, of which a student must earn at least 25% of coursework in residence at Life University, with at least 25 quarter credit hours of psychology courses in residency.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all psychology courses in Areas IV – VI with a minimum grade of C.
  3. Satisfactory completion of all courses with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  4. A recommendation for graduation and completion of an exit interview with Psychology faculty.
  5. File a petition to graduate.
  6. Student Administrative records reviews
    1. Registrar Office – Complete a formal records review
    2. Financial Aid Office – Exit interviews with a Counselor
    3. Student Accounting – “Perkins” Exit interview
  7. Confirm CLP 090, FYE 101  and FYE 103  completion status requirements