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About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Behavioral Sciences Department Program at the College of Continuing Professional Studies offers a bachelors of science in psychology. Psychology is the science that deals with mental processes and behavior. A psychology degree opens doors to a wide variety of careers in such fields as counseling, social work, or education. In addition to the course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems.

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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology requires a minimum of 36 credit hours.

Students should have math skills equivalent to MATH 100 or higher before enrolling in BSCI 274.

PSYC 120: Principles of Psychology
3 credit hours

This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.

PSYC 230: Lifespan Development
3 credit hours

Study of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development. Special emphasis on change processes.

PSYC 234: Drugs and Behavior
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 120. An examination of psychoactive drugs and their impact on society. Biological, psychological and social aspects of drug use are considered as well as implications for social policy.

PSYC 240: Social Psychology
3 credit hours

This course studies the behavior and psychological process of individuals who occupy positions in social structures, organizations, and groups.

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 120 or PSYC 120 plus three additional hours in psychology. Following a brief introduction to personality theories, the course focuses on the etiology, classification and treatment of behavior disorders.

PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PSYC 120 plus three additional hours in psychology. 
A comparative analysis of the major theories of personality in psychology today. The approach is both rational and empirical.

PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender
3 credit hours

Psychological study of gender in historical and contemporary perspective. Includes biological, psychological and sociological examination of the role of gender in development, self-concepts, social relations and mental health.

SOCI 316: Minority Groups
3 credit hours

Examines the process of adjustment of various ethnic and cultural groups to life in the United States. Some consideration to world ethnic situations. Meets cultural diversity requirement.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 120SOCI 120, or CRIM 120. Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.

BSCI 274: Statistical Foundations for Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 120PSYC 120, or SOCI 120 and a college-level math course. This course provides a general overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques behavioral researchers use to analyze data. Topics will include frequency distributions and graphing, measures of central tendency, variation, and relative standing, simple linear regression, and hypothesis testing. Should be taken before a student accumulates 60 credit hours (junior status).

BSCI 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CCPS-Senior standing, BSCI 200BSCI 274. Day-BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L. This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting. Students practice the writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers.

Students should complete all 100-and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status).


An Associate of Science in Psychology degree is also available.