Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Azusa Pacific’s 43-unit program in psychology is designed for transfer students who have at least 30 units and are interested in completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the High Desert, Inland Empire, Murrieta, or San Diego regional campus. Students gain hands-on field experience as they learn about human behavior and how to analyze and solve problems in various settings, preparing them to make a difference in the lives of others.

Azusa Pacific’s bachelor’s completion programs allow students who began a program of study at another higher education institution to finish their degree at APU. In order to graduate, students must complete the required program units and General Education units, for a total of 120 units.

Introduction to Statistics 1
Fundamentals of Biology 2
Core Requirements
PRPS 110General Psychology 33
PRPS 250Data Analysis in Psychology3
PRPS 290Human Growth and Development 33
PRPS 292Introduction to Brain and Behavior3
PRPS 362Research Methods in Psychology 44
PRPS 496Senior Seminar: Psychology and Christian Integration3
PRWR 260Writing 2: Psychology Subdisciplines and Career Trajectories 53
Domain A: Social/Cultural/Community/Systems Psychology6
Social Psychology
History of Psychology
Health Psychology
Community Psychology
Multicultural Psychology 6
Psychology of Religion
Psychology of the Family 7
Domain B: Neuro/Bio/Cognitive Psychology3
Psychology of Learning
Bilingualism, Biculturalism, & Cognition
Cognitive Neuroscience
Neurological and Behavioral Disorders
Domain C: Subdisciplinary Courses9
Abnormal Psychology (Required)
Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Adult Development
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Psychology of Exceptional Children
Group Process
Intervention Strategies with Children
Drugs, Behavior, & Society
Stress and Coping
Special Topics in Psychology
Directed Research
Domain D: Applied Integrative Learning3
Field Experience
Research Experience I 7
Transfer or Additional Elective Units43
Total Units86

PRPS 110, General Psychology, 3 Units

This general survey course explores the field of psychology. It includes human development, social psychology, learning, perception, cognition, motivation, personality, psychological testing, and nervous system functioning. Meets the General Education Requirement: Social Science. 

PRPS 250, Data Analysis in Psychology, 3 Units

Using SPSS and other statistical software this course will examine applied statistics emphasizing analysis of variance and covariance for analyzing psychological experiments as well as correlational methods such as multiple regression, and factor analysis. Activities involve selecting the appropriate tests, interpreting the results, and scientific report writing.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and PRMA 130

PRPS 290, Human Growth and Development, 3 Units

This study of human development across the life span emphasizes a multidisciplinary perspective, including such areas as psychology and sociology, processes as social interaction, and the tools for applying developmental psychology to life situations. Meets the General Education Requirement: Social Science. 

PRPS 292, Introduction to Brain and Behavior, 3 Units

The purpose for this course is to provide a foundation of the physiological basis of human behavior. Topics include the structure and function of different brain regions, how neurons communicate, sensory and motor function, and complex brain functions such as speech and cognition. This course serves as an introduction to the neurobiology of various psychological and neurological diseases.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 320, Social Psychology, 3 Units

How are individuals' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influenced by other people? In this course, students are encouraged to become careful observers of social influences on human behavior by learning the theories and methods employed by social psychologists in order to apply these perspectives in everyday social interactions.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 330, Sports Psychology, 3 Units

Sports psychology is a survey course that explores the role of psychology as it is related to the enhancement of athletic performance. Students will spend time on areas related to sports and physical activity such as motivation, self-confidence, goal setting, burnout, anxiety, healthy attitudes toward sports participation, and other sports-related activity. Emphasis is on critically reviewing sports psychology literature and research in an attempt to separate effective and ineffective psychology-related approaches to sport activity.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 340, History of Psychology, 3 Units

The historical growth of psychological science is surveyed here. This course focuses on major theorists and their ideas in relation to the historical context as well as current psychological issues.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110, PRPS 290

PRPS 345, Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development, 3 Units

This course is an advanced examination of emotional, cognitive, physical, and social development from infancy through adolescence. The process of human development as a complex interaction of biological and sociocultural factors are reviewed. Contemporary research topics focusing on genetics, fertility, attachment, communication, cognitive, and moral aspects of development are examined.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110, PRPS 290

PRPS 355, Psychology of Adult Development, 3 Units

This course is an advanced examination of the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social development of individuals from young adulthood through the end of life. The process of adult development as an interplay of biological, psychological, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects are examined. The emphasis is on normal patterns in personal and emotional development in adulthood, as well as on contemporary research in areas of health, gender, marriage and relationships, family and parenting, ethnic/ecological systems, work, ethics, and morality.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110, PRPS 290

PRPS 360, Abnormal Psychology, 3 Units

The major focus of this course is mental illness and abnormal behavior, in light of modern theory and knowledge. Current trends and modern methods of diagnosis, understanding, treatment, and prevention are discussed.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and PRPS 290 or SOCW 310 and SOCW 311

PRPS 362, Research Methods in Psychology, 4 Units

Students engage in a comprehensive overview of both quantitative and qualitative research methods used in psychological research, along with an understanding of the ethical considerations and other challenges involved in good research design. Students also engage in an original research project and learn to write utilizing the style adopted by the American Psychological Association. This class includes an additional lab component. Meets the General Education Requirement: Writing 3: Writing in the Disciplines. 

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and PRMA 130

PRPS 370, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 3 Units

Students survey the basic behavioral science research and thinking as they contribute to industrial and organizational psychology, including worker attitudes and theories of motivation, organizational structure and communication, theories of leadership and decision making, conflict resolution, and methods of personnel selection and appraisal.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 375, Psychology of Conflict Management and Mediation, 3 Units

This class develops a psychological understanding of the dynamics of human conflict; the differences between constructive and destructive conflict; the different ways in which conflict can be managed, resolved and transformed, and develops the basic skills in the management and resolution of conflict.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 or Instructor's consent

PRPS 380, Psychology of Personality, 3 Units

This course acquaints students with the various basic elements of personality and their integration. Students explore concepts regarding the basic components of personality and the processes that undergird an individual's growth and behavior. The course also reviews current and traditional theories of personality.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and PRPS 290 or SOCW 310 and SOCW 311

PRPS 385, Health Psychology, 3 Units

This is a survey course exploring the role of psychology as it is related to human physiology and the health field. Topics include basic neurology, stress management, nutrition, addictive substances, immunological disorders, and other relevant psychophysiological areas.

PRPS 386, Community Psychology, 3 Units

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the field of community psychology. This area of psychology is concerned with the scientific study of social structures and their influence on individuals, groups, and organizations. The main focus will be on the development and application of community-based psychological theory and research to understanding, designing, implementing, and evaluating social change and empowerment. the roles of research and social action at multiple levels of analysis to facilitate social change will be examined.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 390, Cognition, 3 Units

An overview of cognitive psychology is provided. Theories and research concerning sensation, perception, memory, and other higher-order mental processes include imagery, language, creativity, concept formation, and decision-making are discussed.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 400, Multicultural Psychology, 3 Units

This course introduces students to cultural and multicultural psychology sub disciplines in psychology. Students develop knowledge of the history, major tenets, theories, research findings and behavioral practices in multicultural psychology. Students also gain understanding of the cultural bases for psychological processes. Students develop awareness, knowledge and skills for engaging in intercultural and multicultural contexts. Students are also asked to advance their cultural self-knowledge as well as knowledge of diverse others in order to develop multicultural competence in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Meets the General Education Requirement: Intercultural Competence. 

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 405, Psychology of Learning, 3 Units

This course examines several major theories and research in the psychology of learning. How learning theories have developed historically and how learning principles apply to psychological problems are also explored.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 410, Psychology of Exceptional Children, 3 Units

Students examine and analyze the problems faced by the exceptional child. The study includes physical and emotional adjustment, speech and language disorders, various childhood disorders such as mental retardation and depression, and other childhood mental and physical disorders.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and PRPS 290 or SOCW 310 and SOCW 311

PRPS 415, Group Process, 3 Units

Students survey the basic behavioral science research and thinking as applied to human interaction in groups. This includes such topics as group formation, phases, structure, types and uses of groups, group communication, group conflict resolution, and methods of group leadership. The course includes the observation and evaluation of group interaction.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 430, Intervention Strategies with Children, 3 Units

This course provides an introduction to a broad range of assessment and intervention strategies designed to meet the developmental, psychomotor, language, behavioral, and education needs of children. Issues of normative and non-normative child and family functioning in child assessment and intervention planning are considered. Observational techniques, standardized tests, informal assessment measures, developmental assessments, and alternatives to current testing practices are discussed and reviewed from the multiple disciplines impacting child assessment and intervention. The broad range of modalities utilized in intervention with children is given strong emphasis with observation and student practice required at an intervention site.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and PRPS 290 or SOCW 310 and SOCW 311

PRPS 432, Psychosocial Interventions in Pediatric Health Care, 3 Units

This is a core course in the child life specialist curriculum. Course content includes a wide range of recreational and psychosocial interventions for children who are hospitalized, chronically ill, or have disabilities. Students will understand various intervention techniques using developmental play, music, art, dance, and other forms of recreation. Students gain understanding of the role of the child life specialist as a member of an interdisciplinary medical team.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110, PRPS 290

PRPS 440, Psychology of Religion, 3 Units

This course investigates the common ground between psychology and religion. Values, mature religion, the nature of humanity, and religious experience are all areas of study for this purpose.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 445, Psychology of the Family, 3 Units

This course provides an overview of the field of family psychology. The three primary areas of study are: family systems theory, the family lifecycle, and several theoretical frameworks for the study of families. Students are given the opportunity to apply these concepts to their own family of origin.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110, PRPS 290

PRPS 450, Counseling, 3 Units

This course is an introduction to counseling and psychotherapy. Theories and research on the helping relationship are explored. A major portion of the course emphasizes understanding and practicing basic helping skills.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and PRPS 290 or SOCW 310 and SOCW 311

PRPS 453, Bilingualism, Biculturalism, & Cognition, 3 Units

This course provides students with an overview of issues in bilingualism and biculturalism from a cognitive perspective. Theories and research concerning knowledge representation, bilingual cognition (language acquisition, production, comprehension, and variations in executive functions), and bicultural cognition (cognitive consequences of culture-specific knowledge) are discussed. Students enrolled in this course may be required to share information regarding their personal life, family, or relationships.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110, PRPS 390

PRPS 455, Field Experience, 3 Units

This course is designed for students who have completed most of the psychology or sociology major requirements. Each student participates in one or more endeavors that offer an opportunity to apply former training in a professional setting while acquiring new knowledge. This course can be repeated for a total of 6 units counted toward the major, 9 units toward the degree. Meets the General Education Requirement: Integrative and Applied Learning. 

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 463, Drugs, Behavior, & Society, 3 Units

This course provides an overview of drug use historically and in contemporary society from community and bio-psychosocial perspectives. It provides an in-depth study of various psychoactive drugs of abuse, including physiological, psychosocial, health, legal and political aspects of drugs. This course explores drug-taking risk behaviors and issues related to dependence among high risk populations. Strategies for drug abuse prevention/education and intervention approaches are also examined in this course.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 470, Cognitive Neuroscience, 3 Units

Cognitive neuroscience as a field studies the relationship between cognitive processes and the brain. Students will first learn about the major research methods in this field, such as lesion studies, brain imaging, and animal models. The majority of the course will then describe how these methods have been used to inform our understanding about the neural correlates of memory, decision-making, perception, and social cognition.

Prerequisite: PRPS 292

PRPS 472, Neurological and Behavioral Disorders, 3 Units

This course examines the neurobiology of various psychological and neurological diseases. Neurological disorders covered include developmental, tumors, seizures, strokes, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative, and infectious disease. Behavioral disorders include schizophrenia, major affective disorders, anxiety disorders, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, stress disorders, sleeping and eating disorders. The neurobiology of drug abuse will be analyzed based on common features of addiction, pathways affected by commonly abused drugs and heredity factors.

Prerequisite: PRPS 292

PRPS 475, Research Experience I, 3 Units

This course helps students improve their research skills by providing an opportunity to integrate knowledge, skills, and interests in order to conduct a comprehensive research project. Successful completion of the course results in an APA-style paper or submission of a paper or poster presentation to a professional organization or in a professional setting. Concurrent enrollment in another research practicum course is permitted. 12 units of research experience (PSYC475, 476 combined) can be counted toward the bachelor degree requirements. Meets the General Education Requirement: Integrative and Applied Learning. 

Prerequisite: PRMA 130

PRPS 480, Psychological Testing and Measurement, 3 Units

Students gain a thorough background in objective tests and measurements. A brief survey is offered in intelligence, personality, organization, and industrial psychological measures. Terminology is developed, dangers and advantages of psychological instruments discussed, and each student is required to administer and interpret a number of instruments. Special materials fee applies. The course is offered to juniors, seniors, and graduate students only. A materials fee applies.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110, PRMA 130, and Junior/Senior Standing

PRPS 485, Stress and Coping, 3 Units

This course provides an overview of stress and coping theory as it has developed in the research literature in the last century. The interrelationships between stress and mental illness, medical diseases, and industrial-organizational factors are discussed. Students develop a basic understanding of stress as it relates to trauma and post-traumatic symptomology. Students gain an understanding of basic stress management and coping techniques and their clinical applications.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 495, Special Topics in Psychology, 3 Units

This course engages students in focused study of particular topics of direct relevance or urgency in the field of psychology which are not already discussed in the curriculum. Topics vary from semester to semester and may reflect new practices, theories, or faculty research interests in the field. This course may be taken more than once as topics change.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 496, Senior Seminar: Psychology and Christian Integration, 3 Units

This class discusses and critically evaluates the core ideas in the integration of psychology and the Christian faith by teaching the four to five established approaches for how to integrate what is known from psychological science and what is known from Biblical hermeneutics and theology. Upon completion of the course, students are able to define and communicate an awareness of the issues and various approaches for integration. Students are also able to identify and communicate the application of the integration of psychology and the Christian faith in their own lives and practice of psychology.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and PRPS 362; Senior Standing

PRPS 497, Readings, 1-4 Units

This is a program of study concentrating on assigned readings, discussions, and writing arranged between, and designed, by a student of upper-division standing and a full-time professor. An independent study fee is assessed for each enrollment in this class.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110

PRPS 498, Directed Research, 1-4 Units

This course provides instruction in research design and technique, and gives students experience in the research process. The 1-unit expectation encompasses no fewer than 30 hours of work with accompanying reading, log, writing, and seminar presentation within the department or in a university research symposium. No more than 1 unit may be used to fulfill preparatory readings requirement. An independent study fee is assessed for each enrollment in this class.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110 and Junior or Senior standing

PRPS 499, Thesis/Project, 1-4 Units

This is a senior-level "capstone" type of independent study/research experience, involving the student in a unique project with a sophisticated level of research, synthesis, analysis, and communication. The 1-unit expectation encompasses no fewer than 30 hours of work with accompanying readings, log, instructor discussions, and writing of summary analysis and conclusions. The thesis or project may result in formal thesis, published article, electronic media, or artistic creation of a material form. No more than 1 unit may be used to fulfill preparatory readings requirement. An independent study fee is assessed for each enrollment in this class.

Prerequisite: PRPS 110, Writing 3, junior or senior standing, or instructor's permission