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Psychology Pre-Counseling Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits
BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits
ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYCH2700 Child Development
PSYCH2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Required courses:

BIO1000
Human Biology

In this course, learners examine the integrative relationship between human biological systems and the social sciences, arts, and communications. Learners build and apply an understanding of topics such as human anatomy, nature versus nurture, biological psychology, human disease, and concepts related to ancestry and biology. Learners also evaluate the accuracy of biological topics in the media. This course includes a lab experience.

6 quarter credits
ENG1000
English Composition

This course is an introduction to writing research techniques and various forms of writing, including expository writing. Learners strengthen and demonstrate their ability to think critically; to develop and organize writing topics; and to revise their writing for clarity of purpose, readability, and style.

6 quarter credits
MAT2001
Statistical Reasoning

This course introduces fundamental concepts of elementary statistics, including descriptive statistics, methods of counting, probability distributions, approximations, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Learners use these concepts to apply and interpret statistical results.

6 quarter credits
PHI2000
Ethics

Learners in this course explore major philosophical approaches to evaluating moral actions and apply them to contemporary issues. Learners reflect on their own moral beliefs and the ways these beliefs influence and inform their moral judgments and behavior.

6 quarter credits
PSYC1000
Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to the basic theories and principles of psychology and of the scientific methods of psychologists. Learners build understanding of core psychological theories and research and their application in areas of the brain, learning, memory, personality, social influence, lifespan development, psychopathology, and applied psychology. Learners apply the psychological concepts they learn to everyday situations through discussions and assignments.

6 quarter credits

Additional Program Requirements

PSYC1003
Developing Psychology Thinking †

Learners in this course begin to build psychology-related skills needed to succeed in their program. The course introduces learners to critical-thinking, information literacy, and academic writing and research skills in order to develop psychology thinking. Learners explore evidence-based work, APA style, and fundamental principles in psychology. For BS in Psychology and BS in Psychology Pre-Counseling learners only. Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take PSYC1003 during their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

Required courses

66 quarter credits

PSYC3003
Developing a Psychology Perspective ‡

In this course, learners build and strengthen psychology-related skills needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners expand their critical-thinking, organizational, problem-solving, and research skills in order to demonstrate and apply a psychology perspective. Learners also communicate effectively and exhibit ethical behavior. For BS in Psychology and BS in Psychology PreCounseling learners only. Learners may only earn credit for PSYC3002 or PSYC-FP3002 or PSYC3003. Prerequisite(s): ENG1000, PSYC1000, PSYC1003. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
-or-
PSYC3002
Developing a Psychology Perspective §

This course builds and strengthens learners’ academic writing, critical-thinking, problem-solving, research, and organizational skills in relation to psychology, so that they may apply a psychology perspective within their program and the workplace. During the course, learners develop an understanding of ethical principles and standards as they relate to topics in psychology. For BS in Psychology and BS in Psychology Pre-Counseling learners only. Learners may only earn credit for PSYC3002 or PSYC3003. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
PSYC3210 *
Human Lifespan Development

This course is a survey of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development throughout the lifespan as viewed by research and theories, both classical and contemporary. Learners explore the interaction between heredity and the environment, the research methods used by developmental psychologists, and apply stage and non-stage human development theories and research to modern problems and individual experiences. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC3500 *
Learning and Cognition

Learners in this course apply theories, research, and methods of human learning and cognition to lifelong learning and development. Learners gain and demonstrate their knowledge of classical and operant learning, perception, attention, memory systems, and encoding and retrieval processes and the role of reasoning, knowledge, and language in learning and cognition. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC3520 *
Introduction to Social Psychology

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of the social context on an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and the three areas of social perception, interaction, and influence in particular. Learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of social cognition; the social self; interpersonal relationships; helping behavior; group behavior; attitude formation; aggression; conformity; obedience; and social perceptions related to gender, race, and culture. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC3540 *
Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity

In this course, learners integrate their knowledge of theories and research of culture, ethnicity, diversity, and social interaction with current trends and challenges associated with cultural diversity. Learners analyze social issues related to gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, and mental and physical disability and assess the effects of prejudice, discrimination, and institutional racism. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4100 *
History and Modern Systems of Psychology

Learners in this course build and demonstrate their knowledge of the history of psychology as an academic discipline, with an emphasis on the lives of various significant psychologists and the historical and social events that shaped the development of the field as a science. Learners also identify the evolution of the field’s ideas of the mind, paradigmatic approaches influencing the discipline, and various psychology systems that have developed as a result of rapid social and technological change. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4310 *
Biological Psychology

In this course, learners synthesize theories of mind-body connection with the biological bases of behavior. Learners demonstrate their knowledge of the structure and functions of the nervous system; brain evolution and plasticity; methodology of physiological psychology; and the neurological bases of sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, and higher cortical functions. Prerequisite(s): BIO1000, PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4600 *
Research Methods in Psychology

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge of fundamental research methods and tools used in psychology. Learners use research methods and designs to show how the scientific method can be applied to the study of human behavior and thought, including ethical considerations for conducting research with human participants. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000, PSYC4700. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4700 *
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

In this course, learners apply quantitative statistics to the study of human behavior. Learners systematically examine and test hypotheses and relationships using statistical software; interpret, display, and present statistical data; and analyze the validity of arguments based on statistics. In particular, learners gain and demonstrate skills required to conduct statistical sampling, define statistical assumptions and requirements, test statistical differences between and among groups, evaluate correlations, calculate effect size and confidence intervals, and determine practical and statistical significance. Prerequisite(s): MAT2001 or MAT2002; PSYC1000. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

In addition, complete the following master's-level courses:

COUN5004
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors

Learners in this course examine theories of lifespan development and behavior from a counseling perspective. Learners describe effective approaches in counseling, evaluate its historical and philosophical relevance to current practice, and apply theories and practices to advocate for diverse clientele. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and MS in School Counseling degree programs and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Couple and Family Systems, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, and Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services graduate certificate programs. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer

4 quarter credits
COUN5336
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations

This course introduces theory, research, and models that inform ethical and culturally competent counseling, as well as social justice advocacy, in a variety of settings. Learners assess how biopsychosocial characteristics and concerns of diverse populations impact access to and utilization of community-based resources, optimal development across the lifespan, and equity. Learners also present strategies to address the influence that their own heritage, attitudes, beliefs, and acculturative experiences has on the counseling process. In addition, learners identify effective counseling and advocacy strategies with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups, and explore the role of the counselor and advocate in promoting social justice at multiple levels.

4 quarter credits

In addition, choose one from the following three master's-level counseling courses:

For a Pre-Counseling-to-Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy concentration:

COUN5220
Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling

This course provides an introduction to the profession of marriage and family therapy and counseling, and its underlying systemic theoretical framework. Learners evaluate systems theories from a historical perspective and distinguish them from those of other individual-based mental health disciplines. Learners also review the history, philosophy, and clinical practice theories of marital and family therapy and counseling and examine the fundamental therapeutic concepts and skills needed to work with couples and families.

4 quarter credits

For a Pre-Counseling-to-Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration:

COUN5239
Theories of Psychotherapy

This course presents various theories of psychotherapy and their respective philosophical principles and assumptions. Learners evaluate the theoretical concepts and evidence-based practices of psychotherapy and examine appropriate application of theories and interventions to a diverse client population. 

4 quarter credits

For a Pre-Counseling-to-School Counseling concentration:

COUN5280
Introduction to School Counseling

This course introduces learners to the profession of school counseling. Learners examine the history and development of school counseling; investigate ethical and legal requirements for school counselors; explore the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model and service delivery systems, including specific programs and interventions; and analyze the multiple roles and functions of school counselors with various stakeholders.

4 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

63 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

PSYC2300
Introduction to Addiction Theories

Learners in this course examine biological, psychological, and social aspects of addictive behavior and explore causes, prevention, and treatment of addiction. Topics include disease models, relapse prevention, family systems, behavioral addictions, harm reduction, and how to promote motivation for change. Learners also describe how social attitudes and personal perspectives influence their professional development.

3 quarter credits
PSYC2320 *
Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course introduces learners to a variety of mental health disciplines and settings, and presents an overview of the diverse populations with which the disciplines work. Learners build a working knowledge of the communication and psychotherapy skills used in current professional mental health practices, such as addictions counseling, marriage and family therapy, individual counseling, and college counseling. Learners also apply knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods and research findings to problems in living. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

3 quarter credits
PSYC2900 *
Introduction to Psychology of Personality

In this introductory course, learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of theories of personality psychology. Learners apply these theories to human traits, behaviors, and emotional issues within the field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

3 quarter credits
PSYC3110 *
Abnormal Psychology

The focus of this course is abnormal behavior, which learners investigate using the framework of mental pathology. Learners evaluate scientific, empirically based analyses of mental disorders and deviant behavior. Learners also examine the range of psychological disorders and assess the disorders’ biological, psychological, and social consequences. In addition, learners demonstrate their knowledge of abnormal psychology treatment methods. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits

OR

Choose any undergraduate courses.

Capstone courses

6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner's final quarter:

PSYC4900 *
Psychology Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the bachelor’s degree program in Psychology and provides learners the opportunity to demonstrate the research, analysis, writing, and communication skills they’ve gained during their program. Throughout the course, learners examine real-life implications of psychology and how practicing the principles of the field may optimally contribute to society. During the capstone experience, learners also explore how this degree can support their next steps, both professionally and personally. For BS in Psychology and BS in Psychology Pre-Counseling learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4600. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

Total

180 quarter credits

† Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take PSYC1003 during their first quarter.

‡ Learners who have completed PSYC1003 are required to take PSYC3003.

§ Learners who are not required to take PSYC1003 are placed in PSYC3002.

║ Learners who have completed PSYC1003 choose 57 quarter credits of additional undergraduate elective courses.

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