Psychology (B.S.)

Southwestern Adventist University’s Education and Psychology department offers two majors in its undergraduate program in psychology namely:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed for students wanting to obtain entry-level positions in the field of psychology or who are planning on pursuing advanced degrees as part of their career path. To be a licensed counselor you must have a master degree or higher and successfully complete the respective licensure examinations.

  2. Bachelor of Science in Psychology Emphasis School Guidance prepares students to be licensed and certified as a Generalist EC–6 teachers, as well as obtain entry level positions in psychology. Please note that the State of Texas requires candidates who desire a certificate in school counseling to complete two years of successful teaching and hold a valid teaching certificate issued by the State of Texas and a master degree in school guidance/school counseling.

We offer unique opportunities for students planning to become teachers initially, to do a number of microteaching episodes, observing the teaching and learning process in an actual classroom (field experience), culminating in a 14 weeks internship in a school in one of our local school districts. Students also have opportunities to do field experience or internship in a mental health facility once their major is psychology.

University alumni surveys find that psychology grads are currently working as psychology technicians, case managers for social services, fire fighters, ministers, teachers, authors, probation offcers, small business owners and corporate executives.

Job Outlook

A number of institutions hire graduates with a bachelor's degree, thus the outlook for a psychology major is excellent. Training in critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and human behavior make graduates in this field highly versatile and employable.

Earnings

Depending on the area of the country and type of job, grads can expect to earn a salary range of $30,000–$50,000.

Educational Qualifications

Students must be prepared to pursue licensure for becoming teachers first, and for further advancement students must complete a master degree and take the various licensure exams in order to be qualified as a school counselor. Students planning to teach at tertiary level in psychology programs must have at least one area of expertise and a doctorate degree is preferred. A terminal degree is also very advantageous in psychology to make an individual highly qualified.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018. 

 

 

PSYC 212 General Psychology ................................................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 220 Human Growth Development ................................................................................................................................................. 3

PSYC 222 Ethics for Mental Health Professionals ................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 244 Courtship, Marriage, and Family............................................................................................................................................. 3

PSYC 322 Adolescent Psychology.............................................................................................................................................................. 3

PSYC 331 Strength in Diversity ................................................................................................................................................................. 3

PSYC 340 Abnormal Psychology ............................................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 360 Personality Theory & Development ........................................................................................................................................ 3

PSYC 445 Deviant Behavior ....................................................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 460 Applied Social Research Methods ........................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 470 Counseling Theory & Techniques ........................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC Elective................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3

TOTAL: 36 

First Year

First Semester

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition........................................3

BIOL 104—Human Biology with Lab.......................................4

UNIV 101—Principles of Active Learning...............................1

HIST 111—American History ...................................................3

RLGN Elective ............................................................................3

Elective.........................................................................................2

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Semester

BIOL 105—Human Biology II...................................................4

CSIS 102—Microcomputer Literacy.........................................3

MATH 110—College Algebra ....................................................3

KINA 111—Physical Fitness.......................................................1

PSYC 212—General Psychology................................................3

Elective.........................................................................................2

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

COMM 111—Speech ..................................................................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................................3

PSYC 220—Human Growth & Development..........................3

PSYC 244—Courtship, Marriage, & Family.............................3

RLGN Elective ............................................................................3

KINA Course ..............................................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

PSYC 222—Ethics for Mental Health Professionals*..............3

PSYC 322—Adolescent Psychology ..........................................3

HIST Elective (non-American, upper division).....................3

Electives .......................................................................................6

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

PSYC 360—Personality Theory and Development .................3

PSYC Elective..............................................................................3

MATH 241—Intro. to Probability and Statistics......................3

RLGN Elective ............................................................................3

Literature Course........................................................................3

KINA Course ..............................................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

PSYC 331—Strength in Diversity ..............................................3

PSYC 340—Abnormal Pyschology ...........................................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

Electives (upper division)..........................................................6

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

PSYC 460—Applied Research Methods ...................................3

RLGN Elective (upper division)...............................................3

KINA Course ..............................................................................1

Elective.........................................................................................3

Elective (upper division) ...........................................................6

TOTAL:​ 16

PSYC 445—Deviant Behavior....................................................3

PSYC 470—Counseling Theories & Techniques* ...................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

Electives (upper division)..........................................................6

TOTAL:​ 15