Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology Career Opportunities

  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Childcare Worker
  • CIA Agent
  • Crisis Hotline Operator
  • FBI Agent
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Social Service Specialist
  • Youth Counselor

A Psychology Degree with an Ethical Foundation Offered Both Online and On Campus

Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BS) from Mid-America Christian University (MACU) opens doors to a wide range of career options from healthcare to education to law enforcement. The field of psychology is in high demand across many job sectors, with an expected growth rate in the field of 8% over the next decade.

Students working toward a Psychology degree from MACU learn about all aspects of human behavior. It’s a study in the astonishing ways God developed the mind. Blending Biblical principles into the coursework provides a well-rounded, ethical approach to careers designed to have a positive impact on the lives of others. In addition to immediate employment opportunities, a bachelor’s in psychology can serve as the foundation for advanced studies. It’s the starting point for the fields of counseling, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, or industrial/organizational psychology. A BS in Psychology would also be the initial degree in the pursuit of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Combine a Psychology Major with a Concentration in Criminal Justice

MACU’s optional Criminal Justice concentration results in a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Criminal Justice and Ethics, opening the door to careers in law enforcement. Coursework incorporates skills like crisis intervention, communication, and community partnerships in the law enforcement setting through courses in domestic violence, interview techniques, and anti-terrorism. 

Program Information

MACU’s Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Ethics: A Steppingstone Approach to Reaching Your Career Goals

An online psychology degree is not only possible, but affordable. An experienced provider of online education, MACU smooths the way toward your degree. It’s easy to find time in your busy life to focus on one course at a time, taken in consecutive order. MACU’s programs take your previous life skills into consideration. It’s possible to earn up to 30 credits per year for life experiences like community service and volunteer efforts. MACU also offers these advantages:

  • Course credit given for military training
  • Free placement testing
  • No upfront book fees for the initial course
  • Student services, including tutoring

The coursework for the online Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Ethics builds connections between students and professors that help maintain a powerful sense of being part of the MACU community. 

BS in Psychology & Ethics: Work Toward Your Dream Career in the Supportive Learning Environment You Imagined

Campus life at MACU lets you build new relationships as you build your skills. You’ll build friendships living and studying among people who share both your passions and your beliefs. There’s a wealth of activities to try. You’ll have groups and clubs to join, and a vibrant and welcoming city to explore. OKC has professional sports teams, eclectic dining and entertainment districts, and year-round outdoor activities ranging from softball leagues to white water rafting–right downtown.   

The professors and staff at MACU are there for you, getting to know you as an individual, not as a number. Additional benefits of an on-campus psychology degree at MACU:

  • Safe and secure campus, with 24/7 monitoring
  • Degree programs that are affordable
  • Ideal student-teacher ratio
  • Like-minded student body, with an abundance of planned social activities
  • Sports and e-sports teams
  • Experience living in the 22nd largest city in the United States

MACU Offers an Accredited Ethical Approach to a Bachelor of Psychology Degree

The field of psychology is built on trust. What better way to develop your approach to helping those in need of your assistance than through a Christ-centered education program? It’s what makes MACU students stand out, and it’s a difference you’ll encounter with every interaction you have with other students of the university, as well as the staff and faculty.

MACU is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). 

MACU programs are designed to create leaders who are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead of them. An education that incorporates your faith builds moral strength as it builds your intellect– something every job candidate needs.

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Courses

  • 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.