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Psychology

Bachelor of Science

About Our Program

The Chaminade psychology program recognizes that many students in this program have the end goal of helping others lead happier, more fulfilling lives. To provide the necessary perspective and maturity, the Chaminade program emphasizes the development of the whole person: mental, behavioral, emotional, and spiritual. Special characteristics of the Chaminade program are:

  • A nurturing, compassionate, accessible faculty.
  • Broadening of perspective and life experience with our truly diverse multicultural campus environment
  • An emphasis on Asian thought
  • Service-learning opportunities that encourage the development of practical people skills as well as a chance to exercise compassion

Undergraduates may also participate in the activities of Psi Chi, a national honorary psychology association. Numerous careers are available in counseling/social services, as well as business, medicine, education, government, and law. Many more career options and advancement are possible with graduate study, and all of our students are encouraged to prepare for graduate work. Chaminade also offers a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology.

B.S. Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate an understanding of:

The Scientific Method and its Application in the field of Psychology

  • Skills and competencies in this area are primarily developed in the required courses of PSY 315 Statistics and PSY 316 Research Methods in Psychology. They are also addressed in all psychology courses. (6 Credits)

Life Span Development

  • Skills and competencies in this area are primarily developed in the required courses of PSY 200 Life Span Development, PSY 321 Personality, and PSY 424 Abnormal Psychology. (9 Credits)

Applied Psychology

  • Skills and competencies in this area are primarily developed in the required courses of PSY 434 Organizational Psychology and PSY 451 Health and Stress Psychology. (6 Credits)

Counseling Theory

  • Skills and competencies in this area are primarily developed in the required courses of PSY 406 Counseling Psychology. (3 Credits)

Social and Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Skills and competencies in this area are primarily developed in the required courses of PSY​ 322 Social Psychology. With the exception of PSY 316 Statistics, cross-cultural issues are discussed in all classes. (3 Credits)

Psychology as an Integrated System

  • Skills and competencies in this area are primarily developed in the required courses of PSY​ 464 Evolutionary Psychology and PSY 490 Senior Seminar in Psychology. (6 Credits)

Specific Focuses in Psychology

  • Skills and competencies in this area are primarily developed in the three required elective courses in Psychology. (9 Credits)
Degree Requirements

Pre-Major Requirements

  • PSY 101 General Psychology

Major Requirements

  • PSY 200 Life Span Development

42 semester hours of upper division Psychology courses to include:

  • PSY 315 Behavioral Sciences Statistics
  • PSY 316 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 321 Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 322 Social Psychology
  • PSY 406 Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 424 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 434 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 451 Health and Stress Psychology
  • PSY 464 Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSY 490 Senior Seminar in Psychology
    Three Elective Courses

Minor Requirements

15 semester hours of upper-division courses to be chosen with the approval of the program advisor.

PSY 101 General Psychology is a pre-minor requirement.

PACE Curriculum

Degree Requirements

Required Coursework

Students working toward a bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable) and major requirements.

General Education Requirements for Bachelor Degrees

Major Requirements

  • PSY 200 Life Span Development
  • PSY 315 Behavioral Sciences Statistics
  • PSY 316 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 321 Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 322 Social Psychology
  • PSY 406 Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 424 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 434 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 451 Health and Stress Psychology
  • PSY 464 Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSY 490 Senior Seminar in Psychology

Upper Division Electives

For additional degree requirements, please consult with your advisor.

Career Opportunities

Careers

Counseling psychologists foster and improve human functioning by helping people solve the problems, make the decisions, and cope with the stresses of everyday life. Employment could be in healthcare institutions, such as community mental health centers, Veteran Health Administration hospitals, or private clinics dealing with issues such as drug abuse, eating disorders, family adjustment issues, smoking, etc. Another career option to consider if you’re interested in counseling is social work, with employment available in numerous government agencies.There are a variety of subfields in social work. Social workers who practice psychotherapy are usually called clinical social workers or psychiatric social workers. Licensure is needed for these careers.

Clinical Psychology: Clinical psychologists assess and treat people’s mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, with these disorders ranging from mild to severe problems. They work in both academic institutions and health care settings such as clinics, community mental health centers, hospitals, prisons, and private practice.

Community Psychology: Community psychologists are concerned with everyday behavior in natural settings–the home, the neighborhood, and the workplace. They also work to promote health and prevent disorders. Whereas clinical psychologists tend to focus on individuals who show signs of maladaptive behavior, most community psychologists concentrate their efforts on groups of people who are not mentally ill.

Developmental Psychology: Developmental psychologists study human development across the life span. They are interested in the description, measurement, and explanation of age-related changes in behaviors such as aggression, moral development, language development, and others. With a bachelor’s and master’s level training in developmental psychology, you might work in applied settings such as day care centers and youth group programs, work with toy companies, parent education programs, hospital and child life programs, and museums, and evaluate educational television.

Educational Psychology: Educational psychologists study how people learn. They design the methods and materials used to educate people of all ages. Many educational psychologists have a Ph.D. and work in universities, in both psychology departments and schools of education.

Environmental Psychology: Environmental psychologists study the ways people and physical environments influence each other. These environments may range from homes and offices to urban areas and regions. Environmental psychologists may do basic research.

Experimental Psychology: “Experimental psychologist” is a general title applied to a diverse group of psychologists who conduct research on, and often teach about, a variety of basic behavioral processes. These processes may include learning, sensation, perception, human performance, motivation, memory, language, thinking, and communication as well as the physiological processes underlying behaviors such as eating, reading, and problem solving.

Family Psychology: Family psychologists are practitioners, researchers, and educators concerned with the prevention of family conflict, the treatment of marital and family problems, and the maintenance of normal family functioning. Family psychologists are often employed in medical schools, hospitals, private practice, family institutes and community agencies.