Psychology B.A.

Core Curriculum Requirements54-52
Major Core Requirements49
Total Units122-120

Psychology Major Core Requirements 

Survey of the Field
PSYC-103CIntroduction to Psychology 13
PSYC-221Developmental Psychology3
PSYC-332Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC-345Theories of Personality3
Research Component
PSYC-220CResearched Writing/Psyc Majors 13
or ENGL-220C Researched Writing
PSYC-265CIntroduction to Behavioral Statistics 13
PSYC-381Research Methods in Psychology4
Psychological Perspectives
PSYC-449Cognitive Psychology3
Behavioral: 3
PSYC-351Principles of Behavior4
or PSYC-420 Behavior Modification
PSYC-340Biological Psychology3
PSYC-324Social Psychology3
PSYC-477CPsychology and Christianity3
Career and Grad Readiness
PSYC-384Next Steps: Career and Grad Readiness1
Application (3 or more units)
Select three or more units from the following:3
Field Practicum
Psychological Research I
Psychological Research II
Research in Neuroscience
Upper Division Electives
Select three courses from the following:9
Death, Grief, and Loss System
Adolescent Psychology
Diversity in the Helping Professions 2
Social & Psychological Aspects of Aging
Managing Crisis
Child Psychology
Human Sexuality
Principles of Behavior
Culture and Psychology
Survey of Human Services
Intro to Industrial/Organizational Psyc Organizational Psychology
Psychology of the Family
Mental Illness in Society
Addiction Studies
Behavior Modification
Group Dynamics
Sport Psychology
Psychology Teaching Internship
Field Practicum
Counseling Theories 2
Counseling Methods 2
Special Topic:
Psychological Research I
Psychological Research II
Introduction to Social Work
Total Units51

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Psychology.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
PSYC-103C Introduction to Psychology 3
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
THEO-PLHDTheology Core Requirement 3
HSPS-PLCRHistory/Political Sci Core Requirement 3
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
KINE-145C Lifetime Fitness/Wellness Lect 1
KINE-146C Lifetime Fitness/Well Activity 1
Year 1 Term 2
PSYC-221 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC-265C Introduction to Behavioral Statistics 3
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
PSYC-220C Researched Writing/Psyc Majors 3
Year 2 Term 1
PSYC-332 Abnormal Psychology 3
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
HIST-PLHDHistory Core Requirement 3
PSYC-2XXPsychology Elective - 200 Level 1-9
NSCI-PLCRScience Lec/Lab Requirement 4
Year 2 Term 2
PSYC-345 Theories of Personality 3
PSYC-324 Social Psychology 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
PSYC-381 Research Methods in Psychology 4
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
Year 3 Term 1
PSYC-PLBEHBehvior Mod Or Princ of Behav 3
PSYC-340 Biological Psychology 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
PSYC-3XXPsychology Elective - 300 Level 1-15
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
Year 3 Term 2
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
PSYC-449 Cognitive Psychology 3
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
PSYC-384 Next Steps: Career and Grad Readiness 1
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
PSYC-PLHDPsychology Elective 3
Year 4 Term 1
PSYC-PLPRREPsyc Practicum Or Research 3-4
PSYC-482 Research in Neuroscience 4
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
ELCT-PLHD10Elective 10 Units 10
Year 4 Term 2
PSYC-477C Psychology and Christianity 3
PSYC-4XXPsychology Elective - 400 Level 1-15
ELCT-PLHD6Electives 6 Units 6
 Total Units119-156