Applied Psychology (BA) | Los Angeles Pacific University

Bachelor of Arts

Applied Psychology

45

Required Major Units

$450

Cost Per Unit

$20,250

Estimated Major Cost

General Studies Core Requirements

Learners pursuing any of LAPU’s bachelor’s degrees are encouraged to complete the General Studies Core before starting their major requirements. Learners must attain at least a 2.0 (C) grade-point average in the major. Some majors may require a 2.5 grade-point average (please refer to the degree for more details). All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists. Prior coursework from regionally accredited colleges/universities may be transferred to meet the General Studies Core requirements.

English Communications

6 Units

COMM

105

Public Communication

3 Units

Practical instruction on how to speak effectively and basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.

ENG

105

Introduction to Academic Research and Writing

3 Units

In this course, students are introduced to academic research and writing at the university level. Particular attention is paid to responding to university-level writing prompts, defining and identifying academic sources, integrating academic sources in their writing, and defining and practicing academic integrity. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Arts and Humanities

6 Units

ART

110

Introduction to Art

3 Units

This course introduces students to the visual arts and architecture of various times and cultures with a focus on interpretation and meaning-making, consideration of the role of visual arts in building and responding to culture. Students develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of art and architecture with the aim of expanding students’ personal awareness of art and themselves.

ENG

115

Introduction to Literature

3 Units

This course introduces students to the varying genres of literature — fiction, poetry, drama, and cinema — while examining and exploring the historical, critical, and social significance of literary expression. Prerequisite: ENG 105.

OR

PHIL

205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 Units

An introduction to the main areas of philosophy, including epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. The course will introduce students to the major philosophers and their writings. In addition, students will become familiar with worldview-thinking; a conceptual framework from which to examine, understand, and converse on the various topics in philosophy. In particular, students will learn to articulate a comprehensive Christian worldview and communicate their perspectives with clarity and relevancy.

OR

PHIL

210

Introduction to Ethics

3 Units

Principle ethical theories and major thinkers who proposed them. Students examine key ethical systems and compare them to biblical teaching with the goal of articulating a Christian approach to ethics. Students explore a variety of ethical issues and acquire a step-by-step model for moral decision making.

Behavioral Sciences

3 Units

APSY

105

Introduction to Psychology *

3 Units

A broad introduction into the study of the mind and human behavior through the review of multiple perspectives within psychology. Students examine relationships between brain and behavior, perception, cognition, development, social behavior, personality, learning, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.
* Required for B.A. in Applied Psychology

Physical and Biological Sciences
(Requirement waived for B.S. in Health Sciences, increases general electives.)

4 Units

BIO

230

Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab

4 Units

The structure and function of cells and tissues; anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.

OR

BIO

240

Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab

4 Units

Continuation of the study of body systems started in BIO 230 including the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 230. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.

OR

CHEM

115

Chemistry for the Health Sciences/Lab

4 Units

This course covers organic and biochemistry topics related to the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on organic nomenclature, functional groups, selected organic reactions, and biochemical pathways. Lab activities will focus on the application of organic and biochemistry with respect to the health sciences. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credits.

OR

PHYS

150

Introduction to Astronomy/Lab

4 Units

The history of astronomy, the solar system, the stellar systems, galactic systems, and cosmology. This course requires basic skills developed in a college algebra environment including solving equations, scientific notation, roots, and exponents. Students uncomfortable with these requirements may wish to complete College Algebra before taking Astronomy. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab, 1 credit.

LAPU Distinctives

9 Units

BIBL

100

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy

3 Units

This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Students study to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Students study to interpret individual texts within each book and study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.

BIBL

230

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts

3 Units

This course introduces New Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention is given to the meaning of the texts with regard to their political, cultural, religious, and geographical settings; the literary structures and genres employed; and how those texts are relevant for faithful Christian living.

MO

101

Momentum: Success in the University*

3 Units

This course lays a strong foundation for a successful transition to college by increasing critical thinking, curiosity, goal orientation, and motivation. It provides an orientation to Los Angeles Pacific University, the Moodle Online Learning System, digital library services, and other support services. Students are introduced to the idea of a Christian liberal arts education, a strengths-based approach to learning and opportunities to develop practical skills and strategies for addressing the challenges of college.
*Must be taken at LAPU

Total Units

28 Units

Applied Psychology Program Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with an applied psychology major, students must complete the following degree components:

General Studies Core

28 Units

View the General Studies Core tab above for more details on the
General Studies course requirements.

28 Units

Program Requisites

12 Units

APSY

105

Introduction to Psychology

3 Units

A broad introduction into the study of the mind and human behavior through the review of multiple perspectives within psychology. Students examine relationships between brain and behavior, perception, cognition, development, social behavior, personality, learning, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.

APSY

285

Abnormal Psychology

3 Units

The classification, explanation, and treatment of disorders described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students examine historical and modern trends in etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

APSY

295

Human Growth and Development

3 Units

An extensive study of psychological development from conception through death. This multidisciplinary approach examines the effects of psychosocial, emotional, cognitive, biological, spiritual, moral, and related factors that impact human development.

STAT

280

Applied Statistics

3 Units

This is an elementary course in basic statistical concepts. Students are introduced to the understanding and use of necessary computational procedures to attain the basic skills in the following: frequency distributions, graphs, central tendency, variability, normal curve, probabilities, correlation, hypothesis testing, and chi-square. Understanding and use of the above statistics are stressed over mathematical development.

Major Requirements

45 Units

APSY

300

Research Methods in Psychology

3 Units

A comprehensive theoretical and practical introduction to planning, conducting, reporting, and evaluating psychological research. Topics include experimental design, quantitative and qualitative procedures, ethical considerations, as well as, critical analysis and scrutiny of published research. Students will plan, conduct, and present research using APA guidelines and writing standards.

APSY

315

Integration of Psychology and Christianity

3 Units

Constructive integration of psychology and the Christian faith. Critically analyzes psychological theories, treatments, and perspectives through a Christian worldview, while also developing an understanding of how psychology informs theology and faith.

APSY

320

Personality Theory

3 Units

An evaluative review of the methods and content utilized in the study of personality. Covers varied approaches and theories to understanding the dynamics of personality and instruments measuring personality along with their validity and ethical considerations.

APSY

325

Learning Theory

3 Units

Foundations of human learning are examined, with an emphasis on experimental research and the underlying assumptions related to research. Both historical and contemporary concepts are discussed with a particular focus on application to individuals, organizations, and institutions.

APSY

330

Cognition

3 Units

An in-depth exploration of human cognition, focusing on both classic and current theories, problems, paradigms, methods, and measurement.

APSY

335

Fundamentals of Testing and Assessment

3 Units

An appraisal of the construction, administration, interpretation, and evaluation of psychological tests and measurements. Evaluates the validity, reliability, applicability, cultural and ethical uses. Students will be involved in the administration and interpretation of select instruments.

APSY

340

Interviewing and Counseling Techniques

3 Units

An overview of basic clinical interviewing and counseling techniques from both the didactic and experiential perspectives. Topics include methods and theories in counseling, roles in the counseling relationship, legal considerations, dealing with resistance, cultural awareness and ethical issues related to counseling.

APSY

350

Social Psychology

3 Units

A comprehensive overview of social psychology that examines how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by actual, imagined or implied social interactions. Includes pertinent research, ethical principles and cultural aspects of social psychology.

APSY

370

Psychopharmacology

3 Units

An introduction to the behavioral, psychological, and physiological effects of chemicals used in the treatment of psychological disorders. Addresses therapeutic and recreational uses coupled with prevention and treatment of abuse and alternatives to medication.

APSY

405

Physiological Psychology

3 Units

A comprehensive study of the physiological and neurological correlates of human behavior. Potential topics include physiological mechanisms in perception, learning, emotion, and motivation.

APSY

410

Psychology of Emotions

3 Units

Analysis of theoretical and empirical issues in the domain of emotions, incorporating current approaches and interactions between emotion and cognition.

APSY

430

Cultural Psychology

3 Units

Reviews research and perspectives on the psychology of culture. Examines diversity including age, race, religion, nationality, disability, language, and gender. Explores the relationship between cultural factors and prejudice, discrimination and oppression. Applies knowledge and principles to effective interaction and service in a multicultural society.

APSY

475

Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychology

3 Units

An in-depth assessment of the values, ideas, and laws that guide the helping professions, including professional codes of conduct, practical ethical principles, and the Christian worldview.

APSY

490A

Practicum A

0.5 Units

Preparation for APSY 490B through the identification of a practicum site, completion of a practicum proposal, and required preparatory training. Practicum proposals must be approved by the instructor. Recommended: Prior completion of all required APSY coursework. Prerequisites: APSY 300, APSY 340, APSY 475, and senior standing; or Assistant Dean permission. Note: This course must be completed in conjunction with APSY 490B; failure to successfully complete APSY 490B in the immediately following session will require repeating APSY 490A.

APSY

490B

Practicum B

2.5 Units

Applied psychology field experience. Students work under an on-site supervisor who oversees and guides their work in cooperation with their university instructor who provides supervision and instruction. Coursework involves completing related discussions, readings, and other required assignments in addition to the work in the field. In order to pass the class, all direct service and indirect service hours must be accomplished during the course. Prerequisites: APSY 490A in the immediately preceding session, APSY 300, APSY 315, APSY 320, APSY 325, APSY 330, APSY 335, APSY 340, APSY 350, APSY 410, APSY 430, APSY 475, and senior standing; or Assistant Dean permission.

APSY

495

Topics in Psychology: Marriage

3 Units

Aspects of marriage theory, research, and the application of these principles. Topics include race, multicultural marriages, socioeconomic class, gender, roles, expectations, sexuality, love, mate selection, communication, divorce, remarriage, parenthood, work/family balance, abuse and violence and their relationship to marriage.

APSY

496

Topics in Psychology: Grief

3 Units

Grief from a multidimensional perspective. Students will navigate how to best utilize resources that provide theoretical foundations, case studies, perspectives from those grieving, and strategic methods for coping to aid persons experiencing grief. Special populations and issues will be investigated as well as spiritual and ethical issues. Students take a personal inventory of grief experiences in their own lives in order to better understand and assist those in need.

Electives

35 Units

Students may choose from any 100-400 level course in the LAPU catalog.
Students may also choose a 15-unit Concentration as part of their Electives.
Explore Concentrations

35 Units

Total Units

120 Units

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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