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B.S. in Psychology: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

Greenville University’s online B.S. in Psychology features topics like counseling, psychopathology, statistics, clinical methods, and more. You will study a broad-based psychology curriculum including experimental, cultural, social, developmental, organizational, and abnormal domains.

This program consists of 39 major credit hours in online psychology courses. In addition to courses required for the major, you will need to complete general education and elective courses for a total of 120 credits.

Greenville’s online psychology courses are 8 weeks in length. Students who transfer the maximum number of credits can complete this program in 1 to 2 years.

Required Courses

This course introduces psychology as a science and emphasizes the interaction of social, cognitive, emotional, motivational, and organizational approaches to understanding human behavior. Discussions within this class include Christian perspectives on current issues in human behavior, cognition, and motivation.

Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion; probability, correlation, and regression analysis; and parametric (t-tests and ANOVA) and non-parametric (chi-square) tests of significance. A basic introduction to Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software is provided.

This course introduces students to common social and behavioral science research methods used in psychological experimentation. Students will learn to design and conduct basic experiments, use the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) for data analysis, and develop valuable writing and presentation skills.

Together, we will examine a range of topics at the intersection of culture and psychology. This course will empower students to recognize and analyze how culture informs our outlook and behavior and apply that understanding to critically examine the outlook and behaviors of themselves and others to enact positive changes. Knowledge gained in this course can be applied to enhance students’ personal relationships and to increase their effectiveness in professions that deal with a culturally diverse public.

This course presents an introduction to social psychology by exploring theories and research related to social perceptions, social influence, and social relations. Major topics to be covered in the course include, but are not limited to, social influence processes, interpersonal attraction, group behavior, aggression, conformity, and attitude formation and change. Students will further explore these topics by designing and conducting a social psychological research project.

This course introduces students to the major schools of theory in the field of personality psychology. Research on the physiological processes that underlie the phenomenon of personality with also be addressed. Students discuss the assumptions of each orientation; each student clarifies his or her own value system and foundation in faith with respect to the theories covered. A comprehensive model of personality is created by students.

Current theories of psychological counseling and the techniques commonly used in therapy are the basis for this course. Students engage in structured peer-counseling in order to practice beginning counseling skills and to develop a personal counseling style. Special emphasis is given to examining how faith and values influence the theory and practice of counseling.

The history of psychology is traced from origins in Western philosophy to its present position among the sciences. Students develop a firm grasp of the major contributors to psychology and the key schools of thought within the field of psychology. Open to upper division students.

This course introduces abnormal behavior and addresses the different perspectives regarding what constitutes “abnormality.” Causes, developmental courses, treatments, and outcomes of the major categories of mental disorders are studied from epidemiological, clinical, and phenomenological perspectives.

This interactive course explores moral and ethical issues commonly faced by psychologists. Students develop personal vocational mission statements, present their portfolios, and prepare for job interviews and graduate school admissions interviews. Working in teams of two or three, students prepare and present an educational workshop for a target audience on a topic of their choice.

In this course, students will be introduced to the field of health psychology through an exploration of the physiological basis of energy regulation through diet, exercise, and lifestyle management. Contemporary research on self-regulation and motivated cognition, research from neuropsychology, positive psychology, and emerging trends in biophysical information processing are included in the projects students undertake to map their own self-regulatory health behaviors.

This course explores current best practices in clinical service within related fields of health science. Students explore quality management criteria, parameters of patient satisfaction, employee management, and community/agency communication patterns that support excellence in patient care. Familiarity with reporting structures for health service facilities within the student’s own state will be included in topics of discussion for this course.

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This course examines human life from the prenatal period to adolescence. Theoretical and empirical investigations explore the process of development and influences of parenting, peer group, environment enrichment or impoverishment, and culturally shaped social resources.

This course examines the transitional years of human development from puberty to early adulthood. Emphasis is on developmental tasks and choices through which adolescents ask the big questions about life, and develop their identity and sense of self-efficacy.

This course will acquaint students with the major themes, theories and theorists in the field of human lifespan developmental psychology. Lifespan development is the scientific study of human development from conception to death. This course focuses on biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural aspects of human development and aims to help students gain an understanding of human development across the lifespan.

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