Bachelor of Science — Psychology

Make A Difference in the Lives of Others with a Psychology Degree from MACU

The B.S. in Psychology program provides you with an in-depth perspective of human behavior, psychological principles, and an introduction to common psychological issues, synthesizing knowledge from the areas of family life studies, psychology, and sociology with biblical studies and general education coursework to provide a solid foundation for understanding human relations in our complex society. Designed to equip students to positively impact their communities through human service careers within the education, social, govern­ment, or medical sectors, this program also lays the groundwork for advanced study in the fields of counseling, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, or industrial/organizational psychology and the pursuit of counseling licensure.

What Will You Learn in Our Psychology Program?

A solid foundation in the understanding of human thought and behavior makes for a great skill set in any career you choose to pursue. You will gain a strong understanding in psychological behavior and the fascinating way God has designed the human mind to develop from childhood to adulthood. With a focus on human behavior and development, you will examine the way psychology affects people and their ability to understand, predict and control human behavior — all important factors in every major market and industry. Human services is a growing field, and your degree from MACU will make it possible for you to take advantage of many job opportunities, including the pursuit of licensure. Some other career paths for Psychology graduates include: 

  • Case Technician
  • Counselor Assistant
  • Crisis Hotline Operator
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Human Services Professional 
  • Mental Health Technician 
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Youth Counselor


Why Choose MACU?

MACU is dedicated to offering high quality, fully accredited degree programs to every student who desires to learn. We offer convenient, affordable payment plans and strive to keep our tuition rates as some of the lowest among private universities in Oklahoma. Our small classroom sizes allow you to truly get to know your professor and receive individualized instruction, while our rich campus life includes sporting events, weekly chapel services, campus clubs and organizations, community service opportunities, small groups and more. 

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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.
PSYC3123 Industrial Organizational Psycholog
This course will serve as an introductory course to the area of Industrial Organizational Psychology as a potential career field. The course will offer a broad description and examination of the psychological principles used in the world of work. Students will examine major theories, their applications in the work place and research conducted on those theories. The role of psychologists in job analysis, employee selection processes, employee training, performance appraisal processes, worker motivation, job satisfaction and skills analysis, eliminating stress in the workplace, group and team communications as well as the leadership skills leading to maximal outcomes will all be discussed in this course. The course will move beyond theory to an overview of the applications of those theories in practice as well. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103. Offered Spring Semester: even numbered years.
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 Substance 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.
PSYC4233 Performance and Sports Psychology
This course is designed to assist students to both learn and understand the application of psychological principles in the area of Sports Psychology and Performance. Various psychological theories and research in the areas of personality, motivation, arousal and regulation, anxiety, competition and cooperation, leadership and imagery will be explored as they relate to human performance as well as emotional, physical and psychological well-being. Psychological development will be discussed as it relates to character and sportsmanship development. The course will serve as an introduction to how these theories and principles are applied in the field of Performance and Sports Psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
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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