General Psychology

Bachelor of Arts
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The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program is designed to provide students with an understanding of human development, including behavior, emotions and mental processes, as they learn how psychology applies to our diverse global society. You will be introduced to research methods in psychology, critical thinking, inquiry and application as you work towards solving problems related to behavior and emotional and cognitive processes. As a graduate, you may choose to pursue entry-level positions in various industries, including government and nonprofit agencies. Many helping professions require graduate-level education, which also makes this program a great stepping stone to advanced education opportunities in the field of psychology.


The Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology degree requires a total of 120 semester credits*.
*A minimum of 60 semester transfer credits or a conferred Associate’s degree are required.

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours must be in required Psychology courses.
  • A Grade Point Average of 2.0 (letter grade of "C"), or higher is required to remain in academic good standing and to be eligible for graduation.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University.
  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full.
  • Official documents must be on file demonstrating all requirements of basis for admissions have been met (see Section 2 - Admission Policies, Basis for Admissions).

The University will accept a maximum of 90 lower and upper division semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor's degree for coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "C" or better.

Required Courses (10 courses) - 30 semester credit hours

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Foundations for Undergraduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue an undergraduate degree. Academic skills, such as academic integrity, time management, and effective use of the Northcentral Library are introduced. Students will develop the ability to locate, evaluate, use information in the context of academic and professional activities, and use APA form and style in professional communication. This course highlights personal goals, strengths, and overcoming challenges, and provides a roadmap for students to navigate their way towards completion of their educational aspirations.


Abnormal Psychology

This course helps students acquire a better understanding of the origins of maladaptive behaviors and their related problems. Students will explore ethical, legal, and social issues related to abnormal psychology and have the opportunity to apply the study of abnormal to everyday life. Students will be examining factors that contribute to the development of mental disorders, and different courses of treatment for them. Finally, students will do an in depth study of a mental disorder that has significant impact on today’s society.


Human Development

This course explores the physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional-social development of individuals across the life span. The student will be introduced to the basic theories of human development and how maturation, genetics, and the environment impact development throughout the lifespan.


Basic Research Methods in Psychology

This course provides an overview of research design and methods in the behavioral sciences. The content focuses on core research concepts as well as how creativity and critical thinking can lead to new findings through a systematic research process. The course will also prepare the student for more advanced research courses to follow at the graduate level.


Social Psychology

This basic course provides a general overview of social psychology with specific focus on topics such as the balance between personality and social forces in influencing behavior, how and why we form and end relationships, and the role of the media in promoting aggression and violence. These and other topics will be examined through the lens of social psychology theory and research. Students will have a chance to reflect on the everyday application of social psychology and to learn more about themselves, and their world as a result.


Ethics and Professional Issues

This is an introductory course in ethics, which is designed to provide a general overview of psychology and related fields and to prepare undergraduate students for more advanced coursework in the areas of ethics and law in the helping professions.


Multicultural Psychology

This course explores the impact of culture and cultural diversity on behavior, research methodology, and practice in the field of psychology. It introduces theories used by cross-cultural psychologists; examines the influence of culture on personal development, perception, cognition, gender, health, emotions, communication, and personality; and studies cultural awareness and self-identity.


Introduction to Statistics in Psychology

This course will acquaint students with basic mathematical and statistical concepts used in psychological research. Students will study descriptive and inferential statistical techniques that are often encountered in behavioral research. The course will provide an exposure to many basic quantitative areas of data analysis in psychology, and make connections to other applications in life.


Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary psychology is the application of Darwin's theory of evolution to problems of mind and behavior. In this course, we examine major topics of evolutionary psychology such as adaptive design of human brain/mind, parent-child conflict, kinship, mating strategies, altruism, and cooperation, aggression/warfare, culture, and morality and religion. Students will have the opportunity to apply the concepts in this course to real life observations and scenarios.


Capstone in Psychology

Pre-requisite: Completion of all required PSY coursesThis Capstone Course in Psychology represents a culmination of the student’s undergraduate learning. Students will integrate their knowledge and professional growth through an examination of psychology’s history, current status, and future directions. They will plot the development of psychology as a science in relation to other important historical and cultural developments. Students will also review their own progress in psychology, and make plans for their upcoming education.

Psychology Electives - Available to students to complete 120 credit hour requirement.

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Overview of Substance Abuse and Addiction

This course explores various topics in the study of substance abuse addiction. It provides a general overview of the physical, emotional, psychological and cultural aspects of the addictive process on the individual and the various systems that impact misuse, addiction, treatment, and recovery. Topics covered for each category of drug include: general information, incidence and prevalence, mechanism of action, specific psychological and physical effects and treatment approaches.


Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology involves the application of psychological principles to the justice system, which includes law enforcement, the courts, corrections and victim services. This course presents an overview of topics that are of concern both to psychologists and members of the legal system. Concepts that will be addressed include criminal profiling, eyewitness testimony, crime scene investigation, victim services, and offender rehabilitation and treatment. Psychological principles related to this course include social interaction, cognitive processes, development issues and physiological processes.


Community Psychology: Prevention and Change

This course is intended to introduce students to the concepts, values, and practices of Community Psychology. Topics that will be covered include the history of community psychology, stress and social support, social intervention, primary prevention and health promotion, citizen empowerment, and community diversity. This course also will assist students in identifying traditionally underserved populations and their needs.


Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Students in this course will explore how psychological theories and research can be applied in organizational settings to improve individual, team and organizational performance. Topics to be covered include methods of job analysis, employee selection, training, performance appraisal, work motivation, leadership and organizational culture. Students will develop an understanding of human behavior in work settings, the variables that have an impact of workers and their productive efficiency and strategies to improve productive human relations in such settings.


Adult Aging

Aging describes the natural process and developmental changes that occur during adulthood, a much longer span of time than during childhood and adolescence. This course provides an overview of adult developmental issues, with specific focus on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of adult development and aging. Changes in sensory processes, cognitive functions, and social relations, among other factors, and the effects of these changes on the psychological health of the individual as well as ways of coping with these stressors will be examined. End of life issues also will be discussed.


Principles of Mental Health

This course is an introduction and overview to the field of mental health counseling. Topics covered include theoretical perspectives on counseling, current trends, ethics and types of interventions. It examines the clinical, school, group, career and marriage counseling and the activities and challenges mental health counselors may find in these settings.


Critical Thinking and Personal Development

In this course students will learn the skills of critical thinking. They will learn how to read, think, and write critically, to recognize and evaluate scholarly sources, and to make a logical argument. Students will also learn the basics of recognizing a fallacious argument from a sound argument. The skills learned in this course will serve students in their personal lives as well as help them meet their academic and career goals.


Psychology of Learning

Psychology of learning covers behavioral learning theory, including classical and operant learning. In addition, this course focuses on more contemporary theories of learning, such as cognitive, neuropsychological and technology enhanced learning.


Human Sexual Behavior

Students in this course will examine how social, psychological, biological, and cultural influences shape sexual practices, expressions, identities, and representations. Additional topics covered include theoretical perspectives on sexuality, issues in sex research, conception, pregnancy, and childbirth, sexuality and the life cycle, attraction, intimacy, and love, sexuality education, and legal issues related to sexuality.


Psychology and Health

This course examines the contributions and application of psychological principles and theories to the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention and treatment of illness. It explores the various influences on physical and mental health, including culture and lifestyles, and provides a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection. Topics covered include historical perspectives of health, stress and coping strategies, chronic illness, communicable diseases and pain management.


Research Project

The student develops an individual research project, either library or field, under the direction of a faculty member. The student will choose a project that addresses the application of psychological theory to local, state, or global issues. Information literacy, search skills, and the formulation of a research paper will also be a focus of the course.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Bachelor of Psychology Degree Completion tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your BAPSY program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s BAPSY costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $432
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,296
  • Program cost: $26,270
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of program is determined on the program and track student enters, transfer credits if any and other unique student factors.  For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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