Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Psychology major offers you the opportunity to explore the human experience while preparing you for jobs in public and private agencies.  Unique to our program is the integration of a distinctly Christian worldview.  You will study how people think, behave, and relate, evaluating each of these through a Biblical lens while also critically evaluating scientific and clinical research.  You will be equipped to research, evaluate and solve problems in the community, home, congregation or work force.

Students are encouraged to pursue a complimentary minor or a double major in the behavioral sciences.  Students graduating with a BA in Psychology from CBU will:

  • Understand the importance of a Christian worldview when practicing psychology
  • Comprehend and conduct research to the highest quality
  • Exemplify what it means to be a Christian intellectual

Why CBU?

CBU's Psychology program will present you with the principals, theories and issues of psychology while providing an appreciation for God's greatest creation:  the human mind.  Available internships, research programs and mentoring will prepare you for the work force or graduate level study.

Career Opportunities

1.   Counseling:  behavior specialist, psychological assessment, individual or group therapy
2.  Research:  developmental psychologist, social psychologist
3.  Business and Industry:  Industrial/Organizational psychologist, business consultant
4.  Education:  college professor, high school teacher

Links

1.   American Psychological Association:  www.apa.org 
2.  Christian Association for Psychological Studies:  www.caps.net  
3.  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists:  http://www.camft.org 

Psychology Major (44 units) BA

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Content: discipline knowledge and skills (theories, concepts, and terms of the discipline)
      • Explain the major historical theories of psychology and their influence on developing theories, the individual and society.
      • Understand and critique methods of critical analysis/research and articulate their influence on the field of psychology and an understanding of human behavior.
      • Verbalize and analyze the terminology of psychology and how it relates to professional practice.
    • Critical thinking: skill in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem solving (reflective and analytical)
      • Use psychology concepts to explain personal experiences and recognize the limitations of personal experience in understanding psychological phenomenon
      • Differentiate the science of psychology from pseudoscience/anecdote
      • Use quantitative and/or qualitative analyses to argue for or against a particular hypotheses within specific contexts (research, professional practice and daily living)
    • Communicate effectively using appropriate speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills
      • Construct thorough literature reviews using APA style and applying fundamental strategies such as thesis development, revision, and correct grammar and syntax
      • Display and communicate quantitative data clearly and concisely using basic statistics, graphs and tables
      • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings appropriate to diverse audiences, integrating visual elements and professional demeanor
      • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and demonstrating respect for diverse views
      • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining needed information. Evaluate the reliability, validity, quality, timeliness, potential biases, and overall credibility of these sources
    • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
    • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

Lower Division Requirements

PSY213 General Psychology
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This introductory course is a survey of the processes of adjustment, growth, learning, remembering, perception, sensation, socialization, and emotions. It is meant to better equip students to understand and articulate their own life experiences, as well as improve their understanding of the behavior of others. This course is a prerequisite to all other courses in Psychology. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY213-A
Mahaffey, Cristin Michelle
01/11/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Building 36 36B
PSY213-C
Smith, Erin I.
01/11/2017 MW 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY213-B
Smith, Erin I.
01/11/2017 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY213-D
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/11/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 204
PSY213-E
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center A110
PSY213-A
Wallace, Douglas S
05/08/2017 M 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B259
PSY213-D
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B220
PSY213-A
Smith, Erin I.
09/05/2017 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY213-B
Smith, Erin I.
09/05/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY213-C
Wallace, Douglas S
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center A111
PSY213-E
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall 124

Methodology Requirements

BEH255 Found Skills in Behav Sciences I
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This course is an overview of the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing. Classroom exercises will not include direct use of SPSS. Prerequisite: MAT115 or STA144. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

BEH255-A
Travis, Erika J.
01/11/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 190
BEH255-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/11/2017 Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 166
BEH255-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
05/08/2017 W 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B218
BEH255-B
Travis, Erika J.
09/05/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B218
BEH255-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/05/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall 127

BEH256 Found Skill in Behav Sciences II
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Continuing study of the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing of the foundational skills in Behavioral Sciences I. In order to complete the course, student will be required to successfully pass the Pre-Statistics Exam. Prerequisite: BEH255. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

BEH256-B
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
01/11/2017 Th 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mission Hall 127
BEH256-A
Travis, Erika J.
01/11/2017 Th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 190
BEH256-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
07/03/2017 W 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B218
BEH256-B
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/05/2017 Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 127
BEH256-A
Travis, Erika J.
09/05/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B218

BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview
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This course examines the basic models of integrating the Christian faith and modern behavioral sciences, including the development of Biblical examples of worldview and epistemology. Emphasis is placed upon the student's development of a personal theory of integration. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

BEH333-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 125
BEH333-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 125

BEH383 Statistics & Rsrch Methodology I
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This course introduces the various quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. Also included are the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing using a statistical analysis application. Prerequisite: BEH 256. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

BEH383-B
Nardi, Nicholas M.
01/11/2017 Th 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 209
BEH383-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
01/11/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B113
BEH383-C
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 Th 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 375
BEH383-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/05/2017 Th 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 367
BEH383-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/05/2017 Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B113

BEH385 Statistics & Rsrch MethodologyII
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This course presents some of the more complex quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. It builds on the various concepts of quantitative research, qualitative research, data collection, analysis, and interpretation introduced in previous courses. This course continues the development of student proficiency with basic and intermediate functions of a statistical analysis application. Prerequisite: BEH 383. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

BEH385-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/11/2017 Th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 367
BEH385-A
Nardi, Nicholas M.
01/11/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B113
BEH385-C
Dimler, Laura M.
01/11/2017 Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 209
BEH385-A
Iverson, Nathan David
05/08/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 209
BEH385-A
Iverson, Nathan David
09/05/2017 Th 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 375
BEH385-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/05/2017 Th 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B113

Upper Division Requirements

PSY301 History & Systems of Psychology
+

An overview of the major schools of thought in psychology presented in historical context. Primary focus will include Psychoanalytical, Behavioral, Humanistic, and Cognitive approaches to understanding human psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY301-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
01/11/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center A110
PSY301-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center A110

PSY320 Life Span Development
+

Principles of psychological development from birth to senescence. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY320-A
Moore, Marilyn
01/11/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 253
PSY320-B
Daggett, Martha Irene
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall 127
PSY320-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B110
PSY320-C
Moore, Marilyn
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 253
PSY320-A
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall 126

PSY322 Theories of Personality
+

Survey of theories of personality emphasizing structure, dynamics, functions, and development of basic attitudes that influence behavior and develop constructive behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY322-B
Mahaffey, Cristin Michelle
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B110
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 183
PSY322-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B112
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B220

PSY325 Tests and Measurements
+

The construction, application, interpretation and evaluation of psychological tests. Tests used to measure general mental abilities, specific abilities and aptitudes, personality, interests and attitudes are surveyed. Prerequisite: PSY 213 and BEH 383. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY325-A
Sale, Beverley A
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B218
PSY325-A
Sale, Beverley A
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A110

PSY328 Cognitive Psychology
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This course provides an introduction into the structure and functions of the mind from the viewpoint of computation, neuroscience, and philosophy. Students will examine the historical significance of this subject, how the field has changed over time, and the current important issues of thought and memory. Topics include attention processing, memory, mental imagery, decision making process, consciousness, creativity, and methods for measuring informational processing. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY328-A
Smith, Erin I.
01/11/2017 MW 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center
PSY328-A
Smith, Erin I.
09/05/2017 MW 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN

PSY346 Abnormal Psychology
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Study of the dynamics, cultural implications and prevention of abnormal behavior including neuroses, psychoses, character disorders, psychosomatic reactions and other abnormal personality patterns. Textual and lecture attention will be given to the impact of the environment and oppressed populations in relation to abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY346-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 183
PSY346-B
Ciecalone, Destiny Noelle
01/11/2017 MF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY346-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center A111
PSY346-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Building 36 36B

PSY422 Theories Of Counseling
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A survey of modern theories of therapeutic counseling with emphasis on gaining an understanding of the psychological principles underlying these methods. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY422-B
Vazquez, Veola E.
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 183
PSY422-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 183
PSY422-A
Vazquez, Veola E.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 183

PSY473 Psychophysiology
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Introduction to the neural and endocrine processes underlying brain function and behavior. Lecture only. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY473-A
Minton, Carol
01/11/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
PSY473-B
Minton, Carol
01/11/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B251
PSY473-A
Minton, Carol
09/05/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center ONLN

Optional Concentrations* (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements**: Anthropology, Christian Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling Ministry, Diversity, Life Span Development, Psychology, Religion and Behavior, or Social Work.

*Each optional concentration requires the completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major.

**Certificate requirements are located in the Academic Program section of the catalog by certificate title.