Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Explore the Mind with a Degree in Psychology

A degree in psychology gives you the opportunity to delve into the mind and sets you up for success in a variety of fields. 

As students work towards their Bachelor of Science in Psychology through MACU’s dynamic degree program, they will gain the knowledge of major psychological ideas and practices through dynamic lectures, coursework, case studies, self-exploration studies and research. Students are taught a broad interest across several different psychology-related fields.

This degree program provides students with an in-depth perspective of human behavior, development and psychological principles, as well as an introduction to common psychological issues. An internship opportunity is included in the degree program, offering students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the career field they wish to pursue.

Why MACU is Your Choice for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology

MACU’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Ethics teaches theoretical and applicable psychological principles from a Christian perspective, giving graduates skills that are applicable to almost any career.

Not only does the Psychology and Ethics degree program at MACU teach students knowledge — it also teaches character. An intentional focus is put not only on what students will become after graduation but also on who they will become. 

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Ethics from MACU, students will be prepared for a career in a variety of fields, including education, social, government and medical agencies, or to proceed to graduate school. This program additionally lays the groundwork for advanced study in the field and the pursuit of counseling licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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Careers Opportunities for Graduates of the B.S. in Psychology Program

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Bachelor's in Psychology

Awards for MACU's Psychology Degree Program

MACU's B.S. in Psychology degree program was named by Online Schools Report as one of the most affordable online Health Care Administration degrees in the country in 2020.

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Courses

Code Course
PSYC2303 Social Psychology
A study of the nature of the social structures which man has developed and their influences on the functioning of human individuals and groups. Emphasis is given to interactive processes involved in socialization, leadership, attitude formation, motivation, cognition, and self-concept formation. Prerequisites: PSYC 1103 and SOCI 1103. Offered every semester.
PSYC2403 Child and Adolescent Psychology
This course is a study of human development from conception through adolescence. Major theoretical approaches of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development will be examined. This study will include parent/child, sibling, and other relationships as they relate to developmental processes and stages. Study will be divided into five periods of childhood: prenatal, infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103 or SOCI 1103. Offered every spring semester.
PSYC3103 Psychology of Learning
Topics include basic learning theories, psychological principles applied to learning theories, psychological principles of behavioral, emotional, belief change and applications to psychology, instruction and educational practice. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered every fall semester.
PSYC3113 History and Systems of Psychology
A survey of psychological thought from early philosophical roots to modern concepts of psychology as a science. Topics include the philosophy of mind, key psychological ideas that changed the world with an emphasis placed on developments since the first psychological laboratory in 1879.
PSYC3303 Development Across the Life Span
This course is a study of human development and the nature of those social structures which impact it, especially the development of personality, attitudes, habits, intelligence, and Christian ideals. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC3633 Psychology of Addictions and Substa nce Abuse
This is an introductory course in alcohol and drug counseling. It will focus on the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of abuse, addiction and chemical dependency counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered every spring.
PSYC3703 Introduction to Statistics
The course is a complete introduction to basic statistics as a method of analysis. Statistics is a powerful tool that is used in the business world and in the behavioral science area extensively. This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of statistical terms and formulas. The student will use Microsoft Excel as the medium technology throughout the course. Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program is required for this course. Prerequisite: MATH 1513. Offered every semester.
PSYC3713 Psychological Statistics
This course provides a foundation study of descriptive and inferential, parametric and non-parametric statistical techniques used in psychological research, including measures of central tendency, variability, correlation, regression analysis, hypothesis testing, t-tests, Chi-square and simple analysis of variance. Prerequisite: MATH 1103 or MATH 2503.
PSYC3803 Introduction to Research Methods
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the various methods of doing research in the behavioral sciences. Surveys, longitudinal, cross-sectional, naturalistic observations and experimental designs will be studied. Each student will complete a research project using knowledge gained from this class and the statistics class, which precedes it. Students will have the opportunity to present and display these projects at the University’s Public Annual Research Day Research Poster Presentation. Prerequisites: PSYC 1103, and PSYC/BUAD/MATH 3703 or PSYC 3713. Offered every spring semester.
PSYC3813 Cognitive Psychology
The exploration of the theory and application of how people accomplish complex cognitive tasks. Emphasis is on research based on human information processing theories which includes pattern recognition, attention, memory organization, language comprehension, problem solving, and decision making are among topics that are presented. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC3903 Stress Management
This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic principles of stress management and their application to personal and occupational stress situations. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC4213 Physiological Psychology and Neuroscience
Survey of neuroanatomy and brain structures, neural activity, genetics, the neurochemical and biochemical basis related to emotions, behavior, mental disorders, and human development. Prerequisite: PSYC 3303.
PSYC4313 Multicultural Psychology
The course will explore ethnic and socio-cultural diversity from a psychological perspective. The study will focus on how diversity affects interpersonal and institutional processes along with its impact on psychological functioning and the utilization of psychological knowledge. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC4333 Positive Psychology
Positive psychology is the study of how human beings prosper even in the face of adversity. Its goal is to identify and enhance the human strengths and virtues that make life worth living and allow individuals and communities to thrive. The study will examine the paradigm shift from pathology to strengths-based psychology. The focus will include pleasure and positive experience, happiness, positive thinking, flow, character strengths, values, talents, wellness, and positive interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC4343 Psychology of Motivation and Emotions
The research into motivational and emotional processes and their practical application will be studied. The areas of study include basic motivational concepts and theories, basic emotions, underlying physiological and neurological processes, and social and cultural concepts. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
PSYC4403 Small Groups: Principles and Practices
This course deals with both the theoretical and practical processes of group relationships. Task accomplishment, decision making, leadership styles and member roles are examined. The course is designed as a learning laboratory stressing the practical application of the principle studies. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered every spring semester.
PSYC4603 Pastoral Counseling
A study of counseling from a Christian perspective as it relates to helping persons deal more effectively with personal, spiritual, and non-pathological problems. Specific issues will be examined. Attention will be given to the development of counseling skills and role-playing. Prerequisites: PSYC 1103. Offered every spring semester.
PSYC4703 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
This course will provide students a general introduction to the study of abnormality and the disordered experiences making up such abnormality. The major diagnostic categories, clinical treatment approaches, and problems of studying abnormal living will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered every fall semester.
PSYC4803 Personality Development
This course provides a general introduction to the classical theories of personality in American psychology and introduces the student to the objectives and challenges of a scientific study of personal life. Emphasis will be given to a critical evaluation of personality theories in light of current knowledge and biblical perspectives. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered every spring semester.
PSYC4813 Professional Ethics and Conduct
This course addresses the legal requirements and behavioral expectations for behavioral science professional. It is designed to equip students entering the field with necessary information with which to function in a professional manner as behavioral science practitioners. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered spring semesters: even numbered years.

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