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2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

Psychology - Human Services Emphasis (B.A., B.S.)

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Program Summary

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology with a Human Services Emphasis are designed to prepare students who want to work in a wide-array of professional helping careers immediately upon graduation. Similar to the Psychology (B.A., B.S.)  degrees, the Human Services Emphasis includes courses designed to build progressively upon each other as students begin with more general psychology courses, advance through a variety of methods courses with labs, and then finalize their degree with a Capstone course. Throughout this progression, students complete courses covering the major subfields of study in psychology including abnormal, developmental, cognitive, social/personality, biological, and diversity psychology. Additional courses related to the counseling field are included in the Human Services Emphasis to better prepare students to work in a helping profession immediately upon graduation with their B.A.or B.S. degree. The Human Service emphasis is not designed for students who anticipate pursuing an advanced degree upon graduation.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.
  • Exceptions to the requirements below require departmental approval. Students are encouraged to work closely with their Student Success Advisor to develop their program of study.

General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)

Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree Type: Arts or Science Requirement (12* or 16** Credits)

Select one degree type from either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science:

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 


Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Foreign Language Requirement 16 Credits

** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education  Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Psychology - Human Services Curriculum (55 Credits)

Foundation Courses (10 Credits)

Methods Courses (8 Credits)

Select 8 credits from the following lecture/lab pairings*:


* A given lecture/lab pairing may not be broken up or taken separately.

Developmental Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:


PSY 1100 - Lifespan Development  is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for these developmental courses.

Abnormal Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Bio-Psychology Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Cognitive Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Social/Personality Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Diversity Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Capstone Course (3 Credits)

Free Electives (14-38 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Recommended Electives

The following courses are additional recommended electives for students who are pursuing a career in human services and/or graduate study:

Total Credits, B.A./B.S. Degree: 120


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