Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Edition

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology

Preparation for a successful applied psychology career requires a broad knowledge base for the major elements of psychological sciences. Thus the Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology (BAAP) program equips students with professional knowledge and practical skills in general psychology, recommended concentrations, and electives. The program promotes personal and spiritual growth by emphasizing Christian values, ethical principles, and effective interpersonal relationships in diverse settings. The BAAP program is unique in that it not only provides a broad liberal arts foundation for lifelong learning, but incorporates applied psychological training and development approaches that are experiential, applicable, and practical, utilizing theoretical constructs from researchers in the field. The BAAP program provides students the experience of exploring applied psychology from accomplished instructors, successful practitioners, and cooperating institutions.

The BAAP program prepares students for career opportunities in industries such as social services, government agencies, justice departments, nonprofits, and a variety of areas of ministry, along with the ability to advance to graduate education. The job possibilities include child welfare liaison, probation officer, adolescent residential care counselor, Christian camp counselor, corrections officer, etc. Completing a concentration gives students the opportunity to stand out among others in their field of interest, increasing their marketability for jobs and graduate education. A concentration may also provide opportunities to transfer credits and reduce coursework requirements for certain graduate school programs.

The material within psychology courses can be sensitive in nature. You may read, study, watch, and discuss potentially disturbing topics. Some of the materials may result in difficulties for you. Some courses in the program require self-examination and/or public discussion regarding sexual history; history of abuse and neglect; psychological treatment; and relationships with parents, peers, and spouses or significant others. Please consult your instructor or an appropriate treatment provider should you have concerns or experience any difficulties.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for the B.A. Degree in Applied Psychology

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Demonstrate the ability to integrate principles of applied psychology and Christian faith.
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate knowledge of ethical decision making within the applied psychology disciplines.
  • PLO 3: Identify and use theoretical frameworks and practical skills for effective critical inquiry and information literacy.
  • PLO 4: Develop professional competencies in applied psychology.
  • PLO 5: Analyze the critical role that multicultural awareness plays in understanding psychological processes and behavior.
  • PLO 6: Demonstrate effective communication skills.

The Los Angeles Pacific University Core comprises the General Education requirements and the LAPU Distinctives. Students are encouraged to complete the Core before beginning their major requirements. General Education requirements may be met by transfer work. The LAPU Distinctives are required for all undergraduate degrees at LAPU.

Requirement Title Credits
General Education Requirements25
LAPU Distinctives9
Total Credits34

General Education

Requirement Title Credits
English Communication
COMM 105Public Communication3
ENGL 105Introduction to Academic Research and Writing3
ARTS 110Introduction to Art3
ENGL 115Introduction to Literature3
or PHIL 205 Introduction to Philosophy
or PHIL 210 Introduction to Ethics
Quantitative Reasoning
STAT 280Applied Statistics3
Behavioral Sciences
ECON 203Principles of Microeconomics3
or PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology
Social Sciences
HIST 202World Civilizations3
or HIST 204 U.S. History from 1865
or HIST 420 United States History and the Constitution
Physical and Biological Sciences
BIOL 230Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab4
or BIOL 240 Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab
or CHEM 115 Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab
or NSCI 150 Introduction to Astronomy/Lab
Total Credits25

LAPU Distinctives

Requirement Title Credits
BIBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
BIBL 230Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts3
ISTU 101Success in the University 13
Total Credits9

Must be taken at LAPU.


To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology, students must complete the following degree components:

Requirement Title Credits
Core 128
Program Requisites12
Major Requirements45
Total Credits120

34 credits total; 6 credits are counted below in Program Requisites.

In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology, students must complete the following required courses while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 in their major courses.

Requirement Title Credits
Core Requirement 128
Program Requisites
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 285Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 295Human Growth and Development3
STAT 280Applied Statistics3
Major Requirements
PSYC 085Capstone Orientation0
PSYC 300Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 315Integration of Psychology and Christianity3
PSYC 320Personality Theory3
PSYC 325Learning Theory3
PSYC 330Cognition3
PSYC 335Fundamentals of Testing and Assessment3
PSYC 340Interviewing and Counseling Techniques3
PSYC 350Social Psychology3
PSYC 370Topics in Psychology: Psychopharmacology3
or PSYC 465 Topics in Psychology: Marriage
or PSYC 466 Topics in Psychology: Grief
PSYC 405Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 410Psychology of Emotions3
PSYC 430Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 475Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychology3
PSYC 485Undergraduate Applied Psychology Capstone I3
PSYC 490Undergraduate Applied Psychology Capstone II3
Electives Requirement 235
Total Credits120

6 credits of the 34-credit Core are fulfilled within the Program Requisites and Applied Psychology Major Requirements.


Students may choose from any course in the catalog. If students wish to complete a concentration, they may complete a maximum of two concentrations.

Students may also earn up to 30 credits of electives via Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).