Bachelor of Science With a Major in Psychology
Our 36-credit-hour Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology gives you a well-rounded perspective in this unique field. Learn the fundamentals of general, developmental, social, learning, and behavioral psychology. Design and execute a research plan.
“The psychology major at Baker is unique in that it uses the accelerated format that our business degrees have, allowing the working adult to attain this typically traditional degree more quickly. Having a psychology degree is one of the most versatile degrees around, with job opportunities ranging from sales and marketing to health care and counseling. Our program objectives will lead you to become a more critical consumer of research, as well as improve the ‘soft skills’ that make you a better employee or boss.”
—Deb Marszalek, Psychology Instructor
Prepare for a Variety of Careers
Gain an understanding of human behavior you can use in any field:
- Human resources
- Criminal justice
- Data analytics
- Student services
- Psychology graduate program
Online to Fit Your Schedule
Earn your BSP degree 100% online, taking one course at a time. Lectures and instructor office hours are available through Zoom video conferencing and allow you to make personal connections. Complete the core program in approximately two years.
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YOU CAN DO THIS
You can fit college courses into your existing schedule by taking one class at a time online. Classes are held year-round, and new classes start every seven weeks. Lectures and instructor office hours are available through Zoom video conferencing.
PRIOR LEARNING CREDIT
Our Prior Learning and Assessment (PLA) Center offers flexible, efficient ways to recognize college-level learning you have acquired through life experiences outside the traditional college classroom. You have the opportunity to earn credit through several nontraditional methods, and to save time and money by gaining college credit for what you already know. Contact Us
PREPARE FOR GRAD SCHOOL
The online psychology program is excellent preparation for master’s program in developmental or clinical psychology.
BAKER BUILDS ACHIEVERS
A degree from Baker commands respect in the professional community. It signifies that you have met Baker’s high standards and have acquired the knowledge and skills to excel in your career.
What We Need From You
- Completed application form
- Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended
- For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on the paper-based test, a score of 250 on the computer-based test, or score of 100 on the internet-based test for international applicants, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (Additional requirements will apply.)
Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education previously attended must indicate a minimum grade point average of 2.0. (NOTE: Course work attempted or completed at any post-secondary institution not disclosed at the time of application cannot later be submitted for potential transfer credit, and may affect admissibility to current or future programs.) How to send transcripts to Baker.
Required of applicants with fewer than 12 hours of transferable college credit:
Official high school transcript or state-approved high school equivalency test. The high school GPA must be at least 2.30. The minimum score required for admission using an official state-approved high school equivalency test is based on the scoring standards in place at the time of testing.
Required of applicants who were home schooled with fewer than 12 hours of transferrable college credit:
- A transcript or portfolio of their home-school experience
- Transcripts of completed high school work.
- An original ACT score report from Educational Testing Service with a composite score of 21 or SAT score of 510.
Based on reasonable projections of faculty availability and appropriate curriculum considerations, the following courses can change as deemed necessary by Baker University to fulfill its role and mission. Approximately 18 months are required to fulfill the core program requirements. Courses must be completed in the order recommended by the university.
PY 111 General Psychology (3 hrs.)
This course is an overview of the wide variety of subject areas that comprise the study of behavior. Schools of thought and empirical research findings are presented in the approach to understanding physiology, sensation and perception, learning, memory, development, personality, stress, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social interactions.
PY 234 Psychopathology (3 hrs.)
This survey course uses a multidimensional approach to help students understand how biological, psychological, sociocultural, and even political forces contribute to psychological disorders. Students will learn the diagnostic criteria for the major mental disorders and review research on their causes, course, and treatment. This course provides a foundation for students interested in learning more about mental health and/or pursuing a career in the helping professions. Prerequisite: PY 111
PY 236 Social Psychology (3 hrs.)
This course provide an introduction to the field of social psychology. Research in this field examines the influence of the social context on the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals. One unique aspect of social psychology is the connection between what students learn in the classroom and the situations and circumstances they encounter in their daily lives. Prerequisite: PY 111
PY 243 Human Development (3 hrs.)
This course examines changes in human behavior over the entire life span from conception to death. Topics are presented in chronological order and cover developmental changes in physical, cognitive, and social domains. Traditional theories are integrated with current findings of developmental researchers. Prerequisite: PY 111
PY 254 Research Methods I (3 hrs.)
This is the first of a two-course sequence designed to integrate the research methods used in psychology with the statistical techniques used to evaluate data obtained using these methods. This first course focuses on the nature of science, the fundamentals of scientific research, common research strategies and mechanics, ethical considerations, measurement techniques, correlational methods, and descriptive statistics. The inferential process will also be introduced in the context of classic experimental design. As a result of exercises and writing assignments, students are expected to develop the ability to analyze data and communicate research findings using the appropriate written format. Prerequisite: PY 111
PY 255 Research Methods II (3 hrs.)
A continuation of PY 254, this course emphasizes statistical inference and classic experimental design. One-, two-, and multi-group designs are addressed along with their appropriate statistical analyses. Other topics include single-subject designs, quasi-experiments, surveys, and dealing with categorical data. As a result of exercises and written assignments, students are expected to develop the ability to analyze data mathematically and communicate research findings using the appropriate format. Prerequisite: PY 254
PY 347 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 hrs.)
This course examines the biological aspects of human behavior. It provides students with a basic overview of neuroanatomy, synaptic transmission, and chemical components of the nervous system. These biological factors are subsequently applied to behavioral associations. Prerequisite PY 255
PY 362 Learning & Behavior (3 hrs.)
This course focuses on basic principles and theoretical issues associated with both classical and operant conditioning. Subject areas covered include a brief history of behavior theory, generalization and discrimination, schedules of reinforcement, classical/operant interactions, and biological constraints on behavior. Some applications of behavior theory are also discussed. Prerequisite: PY 255
PY 371 Contemporary Issues (3 hrs.)
Students will discuss contemporary psychological research and theoretical writings. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis, integration, and application of psychological theories and findings to current societal issues. Students will investigate specific topics of interest in-depth and write and orally defend a position paper. Prerequisite: PY 252
PY 383 Clinical & Counseling Psychology (3 hrs.)
This course provides an orientation to the professional application of clinical and counseling psychology. The historical and empirical foundations of the profession are reviewed, as well as its current issues and trends. It focuses on basic helping skills; contemporary and traditional theories; the processes of assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy; and issues of diversity, such as culture, race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. Prerequisite: PY234 Psychopathology
PY 455 Research Methods Application (3 hrs.)
Under close supervision of the instructor and frequent consultation, each student conceptualizes, designs, implements, and reports on an original research study in his or her own interest area in psychology. The process includes data collection and analysis, as well as the submission of an APA-style manuscript and a conference-style oral presentation of the project. Advanced research topics are addressed throughout the course, as are classic and/or recent studies in the field of psychology. To be completed in the last three courses of the psychology major. Prerequisite: PY 255
PY 471 History & Systems (3 hrs.)
This seminar traces the history of psychology from its development out of philosophy and physiology to its culmination in the various systems and schools of thought in psychology. Comparisons and contrasts among these schools of thought are the focus of most class discussion. Prerequisite: PY 255
Students must meet the following requirements to earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology degree:
- Successful completion of at least 124 credit hours (Residency requirements: A minimum of 30 hours of upper-level course work [numbered 300 or higher] must be taken at Baker University.)
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
- Successful completion of a major area of concentration with a GPA of at least 2.5.
- Satisfaction of all general education requirements. Typically, an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science from a regionally accredited institution will satisfy the requirement.
- Satisfaction of all proficiency requirements.
- Submission of intent to graduate form six months before anticipated degree completion
- Payment of all tuition and fees
- Approval by the faculty and Board of Trustees
General Education Course Requirements | 33 credits
- BK 110 Introduction to Undergraduate Studies 3 credits (must be taken at Baker)
- Arts & Humanities (with no more than 6 semester credits counted from any one discipline) 18 credits
- Social Sciences 6 credits
- Sciences 6 credits
Proficiencies | 12 credits
- Written Communication 6 credits
- 3 credits lower-level college compositions with a grade of C- or better completed within the last four years
- 3 credits of upper-level writing (must be taken at Baker)
- CO 102 Oral Communication 3 credits
- BS-Level Mathematics 3 credits (must be taken at Baker)
General Electives | 43 credits
BS With a Major in Psychology Core Courses | 36 credits
We will evaluate your transcripts from other regionally accredited colleges and universities to determine what credits will transfer.
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Each concentration is a collection of five courses (six weeks long) chosen from a variety of classes; they may be taken concurrently with the core courses or following completion of the core.
- Current enrollment in good standing or successful completion of the bachelor's program
- Payment of all tuition and fees
- Access to email and internet capabilities
The concentration offers an enhancement of financial decision-making skills in organizational systems thinking. Students will examine corporate finance, investment decision making, the role of financial institutions, and complexities of international financial markets through practical application.
BML 342 Financial Drivers for Sustainability (offered within core program) 3 credit hours
BUS 4400 North America & the European Union: London, England* 3 credit hours
BUS 4720 Investments 3 credit hours
BUS 4721 International Finance* 3 credit hours
BUS 4722 Financial Institutions 3 credit hours
BUS 4723 Corporate Finance 3 credit hours
BUS 4724 Advanced Financial Planning 3 credit hours
BUS 4725 Government Finance 3 credit hours
*A course cross-listed with another concentration
Total Undergraduate Credit Hour Requirement: 15
Health Care Administration
The concentration focuses on the critical role of health care administration in one of the nation’s fastest growing and most challenging industries, health care. Students will develop foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities related to leadership and management roles in the American health care industry.
BUS 4251 The American Healthcare System** 3 credit hours
BUS 4252 Fundamentals of Healthcare Administration** 3 credit hours
BUS 4254 Healthcare Policy and Politics 3 credit hours
BUS 4256 Healthcare Ethics 3 credit hours
BUS 4258 Information Systems for Healthcare Management* 3 credit hours
*A course cross-listed with another concentration **Required course Total Undergraduate
Credit Hour Requirement: 15
The concentration offers a deep exploration of issues related to effective management of human resources in an increasingly competitive business environment. Students will examine the role of the manager through staffing, employee development and retention, employee relations, and global HR management courses.
BML 348 Strategic Human Resources (offered within core program) 3 credit hours
BUS 4023 Employment Law 3 credit hours
BUS 4740 Employee Development and Retention 3 credit hours
BUS 4741 Staffing 3 credit hours
BUS 4742 Global Human Resources* 3 credit hours
BUS 4743 Employee Relations 3 credit hours
*A course cross-listed with another concentration
Total Undergraduate Credit Hour Requirement: 15