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Psychology Pre-Counseling Bachelor of Science in Psychology Pre-Counseling

Harold Abel School of Psychology


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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Required Courses

BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning OR 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology OR 6 quarter credits
PSYC1001 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits

Additional Program Requirements

PSYC1003† Developing Psychology Thinking 6 quarter credits

Core Courses

54 quarter credits

PSYC3003‡ Developing a Psychology Perspective OR 6 quarter credits
PSYC3002§ Developing a Psychology Perspective 6 quarter credits
PSYC3210* Human Lifespan Development 6 quarter credits
PSYC3500* Learning and Cognition 6 quarter credits
PSYC3520* Introduction to Social Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYC3540* Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity 6 quarter credits
PSYC4100* History and Modern Systems of Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYC4310* Biological Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYC4600* Research Methods in Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYC4700* Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 6 quarter credits

Pre-Counseling Courses

Complete 12 quarter credits of master's level counseling courses.

COUN5004 Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors 4 quarter credits
COUN5336 Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations 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 4 quarter credits

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

COUN5239 Theories of Psychotherapy 4 quarter credits

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

COUN5280 Introduction to School Counseling 4 quarter credits

Elective Courses - 63 Quarter Credits

Recommended elective courses:

PSYC2300 Introduction to Addiction Theories 3 quarter credits
PSYC2320* Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy 3 quarter credits
PSYC2900* Introduction to Psychology of Personality 3 quarter credits
PSYC3110* Abnormal Psychology 6 quarter credits

OR Choose any undergraduate courses.

Capstone Course

Taken during learner's final quarter:

PSYC4900* Psychology Capstone Project 6 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

 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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