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BS in Psychology, General Psychology, FlexPath Option

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Undergraduate learners in the General Psychology specialization integrate psychology knowledge with associated skills by engaging in a curriculum that presents fundamental psychological concepts, theories, empirical findings, and historical trends. In particular, learners focus on social, abnormal, positive, and biological psychology and lifespan development, motivation and performance, learning and cognition, research methodology, culture and diversity, and ethics. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to build on their knowledge and skills at the graduate level or pursue careers in a variety of settings, including education, public service, law enforcement and corrections, business, human development, and rehabilitation and mental health. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a BS in Psychology through self-paced demonstrations of competencies. These specialization requirements are not designed or intended to meet professional licensure requirements for the counseling or psychology professions.

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General Education Requirements

Choose 22.5 program points with a minimum of 2 program points from each category; see General Education Courses, FlexPath option.

Required courses:

Human Biology

In this course, learners examine the integrative relationship between human biological systems and the social sciences, arts, and communications. Learners build and apply an understanding of topics such as human anatomy, nature versus nurture, biological psychology, human disease, and concepts related to ancestry and biology. Learners also evaluate the accuracy of biological topics in the media. This course includes a lab experience.

3 program points
English Composition

This course is an introduction to writing research techniques and various forms of writing, including expository writing. Learners strengthen and demonstrate their ability to think critically; to develop and organize writing topics; and to revise their writing for clarity of purpose, readability, and style.

3 program points
Statistical Reasoning

This course introduces fundamental concepts of elementary statistics, including descriptive statistics, methods of counting, probability distributions, approximations, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Learners use these concepts to apply and interpret statistical results.

3 program points

In this course, learners apply major ethical theories to evaluate actions and apply them to contemporary issues. Learners reflect on their own value systems and the ways these values influence and inform their judgments and behavior.

3 program points
Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to the basic theories and principles of psychology and of the scientific methods of psychologists. Learners build understanding of core psychological theories and research and their application in areas of the brain, learning, memory, personality, social influence, lifespan development, psychopathology, and applied psychology. Learners apply the psychological concepts they learn to everyday situations through discussions and assignments.

3 program points

Additional Program Requirements

Core courses - At least 33 program points

Developing a Psychology Perspective

This course builds and strengthens learners’ academic writing, critical-thinking, problem-solving, research, and organizational skills in relation to psychology, so that they may apply a psychology perspective within their program and the workplace. During the course, learners develop an understanding of ethical principles and standards as they relate to topics in psychology. For BS in Psychology, FlexPath option learners only. Learners may only earn credit for PSYC3002 or PSYC-FPX3002 or PSYC3003. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

3 program points
PSYC-FPX3210 *
Human Lifespan Development

This course is a survey of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development throughout the lifespan as viewed by research and theories, both classical and contemporary. Learners explore the interaction between heredity and the environment, the research methods used by developmental psychologists, and apply stage and non-stage human development theories and research to modern problems and individual experiences.  Prerequisite(s): PSYC-FPX1000, completion of or concurrent registration in PSYC-FPX3540.

3 program points
PSYC-FPX3500 *
Learning and Cognition

Learners in this course apply theories, research, and methods of human learning and cognition to lifelong learning and development. Learners gain and demonstrate their knowledge of classical and operant learning, perception, attention, memory systems, and encoding and retrieval processes and the role of reasoning, knowledge, and language in learning and cognition.  Prerequisite(s): PSYC-FPX1000, completion of or concurrent registration in PSYC-FPX3520.

3 program points
PSYC-FPX3520 *
Introduction to Social Psychology

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of the social context on an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and the three areas of social perception, interaction, and influence in particular. Learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of social cognition; the social self; interpersonal relationships; helping behavior; group behavior; attitude formation; aggression; conformity; obedience; and social perceptions related to gender, race, and culture.  Prerequisite(s): PSYC-FPX1000, completion of or concurrent registration in PSYC-FPX3210.

3 program points
PSYC-FPX3540 *
Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity

In this course, learners integrate their knowledge of theories and research of culture, ethnicity, diversity, and social interaction with current trends and challenges associated with cultural diversity. Learners analyze social issues related to gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, and mental and physical disability and assess the effects of prejudice, discrimination, and institutional oppression. Prerequisite(s): PSYC-FPX1000.

3 program points
PSYC-FPX4100 *
History and Modern Systems of Psychology

Learners in this course build and demonstrate their knowledge of the history of psychology as an academic discipline, with an emphasis on the lives of various significant psychologists and the historical and social events that shaped the development of the field as a science. Learners also identify the evolution of the field’s ideas of the mind, paradigmatic approaches influencing the discipline, and various psychology systems that have developed as a result of rapid social and technological change. Prerequisite(s): PSYC-FPX3520.

3 program points
PSYC-FPX4310 *
Biological Psychology

In this course, learners synthesize theories of mind-body connection with the biological bases of behavior. Learners demonstrate their knowledge of the structure and functions of the nervous system; brain evolution and plasticity; methodology of physiological psychology; and the neurological bases of sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, and higher cortical functions. Prerequisite(s): BIO-FPX1000, PSYC-FPX3520.

3 program points
PSYC-FPX4600 *
Research Methods in Psychology

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge of fundamental research methods and tools used in psychology. Learners use research methods and designs to show how the scientific method can be applied to the study of human behavior and thought, including ethical considerations for conducting research with human participants. Prerequisite(s): PSYC-FPX4700. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

3 program points
PSYC-FPX4700 *
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

In this course, learners apply quantitative statistics to the study of human behavior. Learners systematically examine and test hypotheses and relationships using statistical software; interpret, display, and present statistical data; and analyze the validity of arguments based on statistics. In particular, learners gain and demonstrate skills required to conduct statistical sampling, define statistical assumptions and requirements, test statistical differences between and among groups, evaluate correlations, calculate effect size and confidence intervals, and determine practical and statistical significance. Prerequisite(s): MAT-FPX2001, PSYC-FPX3520. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

3 program points

In addition, choose 6 program points of undergraduate psychology courses.

Elective courses - At least 31.5 program points

Complete at least 31.5 program points of additional undergraduate courses.

Capstone course - At least 3 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter: 

PSYC-FPX4900 *
Psychology Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the bachelor’s degree program in Psychology and provides learners the opportunity to demonstrate the research, analysis, writing, and communication skills they’ve gained during their program. Throughout the course, learners examine real-life implications of psychology and how practicing the principles of the field may optimally contribute to society. During the capstone experience, learners also explore how this degree can support their next steps, both professionally and personally. For BS in Psychology, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Prerequisite(s): PSYC-FPX4600. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

3 program points






At least 90 program points, including a minimum of 27 program points from the 3000/4000 level

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

† Learners in this specialization choose general education, undergraduate psychology, and elective courses from the FlexPath (-FPX) course list.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.