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 (47 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

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-D
Roth, Erica M.
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-E
Roth, Erica M.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall 124
PSY213-C
Wallace, Douglas S
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center A112
PSY213-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
PSY213-B
Daggett, Martha Irene
01/09/2018 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA ONLN
PSY213-C
Daggett, Martha Irene
01/09/2018 MW 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA ONLN
PSY213-D
Roth, Erica M.
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
PSY213-E
Roth, Erica M.
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
PSY213-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 M 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

Methodology Requirements

BEH255 Found Skills in Behav Sciences I

This course is an introduction to the writing and evaluation of academic research articles. Additionally, students are taught basic logic, APA style, and grammar skills as they relate to writing and evaluating research articles. Students will select a capstone topic and submit the project introduction section. Classroom exercises will not include direct use of SPSS. Prerequisite: MAT115 or STA144. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

BEH255-C
Machado, Reba Joyce
09/05/2017 WF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Building 36 ONLN
BEH255-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall 127
BEH255-B
Travis, Erika J.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Health Science Campus L243
BEH255-A
Travis, Erika J.
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
BEH255-B
Edge, Cianna Renae
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
BEH255-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 W 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

BEH256 Found Skill in Behav Sciences II

This course is a continuation in the study of writing and evaluation of academic research articles. Students will use basic logic, APA style and grammar skills to write a literature review for a capstone research project. Additionally, students will evaluate and choose survey instruments for this project and formalize project methodology. Classroom exercises will not include direct use of SPSS. Prerequisite: BEH255. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

BEH256-B
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 127
BEH256-A
Travis, Erika J.
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Health Science Campus L240
BEH256-A
Travis, Erika J.
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
BEH256-B
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
BEH256-C
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
BEH256-A
STAFF, STAFF
07/02/2018 W 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview

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
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 125
BEH333-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/09/2018 TTh 12:00 AM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall 124

BEH383 Statistics & Rsrch Methodology I

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-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 209
BEH383-C
Fuller, Joshua Auren_K
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center B113
BEH383-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B113
BEH383-A
Fuller, Joshua Auren_K
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
BEH383-B
Gamez, Ana
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA

BEH385 Statistics & Rsrch MethodologyII

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-A
Iverson, Nathan David
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B113
BEH385-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B113
BEH385-A
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/09/2018 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA ONLN
BEH385-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/09/2018 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA ONLN
BEH385-C
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS
BEH385-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

Upper Division Requirements

PSY301 History & Systems of Psychology

This course is an overview of the major schools of thought in psychology presented in historical, philosophical and scientific context. The methods of inquiry, terminology and theoretical systems of historical and contemporary psychology will be surveyed. The primary goal is to understand the connections and progressions of psychology throughout its development. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY301-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mission Hall 124
PSY301-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA

PSY320 Life Span Development

The course addresses principles of psychological development across time and culture. Students will understand universal stages of human development, influences on individual differences and the impact of nature and nurture. The course views human development as a unit of interrelated parts, concentrating on the relationships between the mind, body, and the socio-cultural context. Specific consideration is given to issues of integration, culture, and Biblical worldview. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

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
PSY320-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B110
PSY320-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
PSY320-B
Handojo, Virgo
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

PSY322 Theories of Personality

This course is a survey of theories of personality emphasizing various viewpoints, unique theoretical perspectives, functions, and development of basic attitudes and belief systems that influence behavior throughout the life span. The course equips students to actively integrate faith (i.e., biblical principles) with the theories discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY322-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B252
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B220
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
PSY322-B
Handojo, Virgo
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

PSY325 Tests and Measurements

This course is a survey of the construction, application, interpretation and evaluation of psychological tests. Theory and principles related to psychological assessment and testing will be examined. 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
Park, John C.
09/05/2017 WF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Health Science Campus ONLN
PSY325-A
Larsen, Anne-Marie
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA

PSY328 Cognitive Psychology

This course provides an introduction into the structure and processes of the mind, focusing on topics including perception, attention, memory, decision-making, and consciousness. Students will engage with research examining cognition from a behavioral, information-processing, and a physiological perspective. Additionally, students will engage with the philosophical/epistemological assumptions in the study of cognition, with relevant applications in domains such as artificial intelligence, criminal justice, and theology. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY328-A
Smith, Erin I.
09/05/2017 MW 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY328-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MW 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA ONLN

PSY346 Abnormal Psychology

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-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B111
PSY346-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center A111
PSY346-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
PSY346-B
Handojo, Virgo
01/09/2018 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA

PSY422 Theories Of Counseling

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-A
Vazquez, Veola E.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 183
PSY422-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
PSY422-B
Vazquez, Veola E.
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA

PSY473 Psychophysiology

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
09/05/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall ONLN
PSY473-A
Minton, Carol
01/09/2018 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA ONLN
PSY473-B
Minton, Carol
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

Choose one of the following:

BEH480 Capstone

This course provides students the opportunity to integrate and demonstrate learning from their major, evaluate their own strengths/weaknesses and demonstrate an understanding of the integration of a Christian worldview and their major field of study. Students will evaluate their personal goals, calling and purpose as well as develop skills to move toward successful and fruitful participation in multiple levels of community, including graduate school and careers. Prerequisite: Senior status. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY440 Internship in Human Services

A practical application of basic psychological principles in community or campus responsibilities under professional supervision. Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: PSY 213 and permission of the Dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY440-IN
Gustafson, Jacqueline N.
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
PSY440-IN
Gustafson, Jacqueline N.
01/09/2018 - Instructor OFFC

Optional Concentrations* (12-15 units)

Students can earn an optional concentration in one of the following areas:   Forensic Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Lifespan Development, Medical Anthropology, Social Work or Sports Psychology.

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