Earning a Psychology Degree at Regis

Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree prepares students with a broad range of marketable skills and expertise suited across the field of psychology.
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B.S. Applied Psychology

Psychology Degree Overview

The B.S. in Applied Psychology degree program gives students the opportunity to specialize in one of two in-demand areas, positive psychology or health psychology, both of which support a focused, career-driven education centered on application techniques for psychological well-being. The Applied Psychology degree offers both theoretical foundations through readings and lectures, as well as practical application in different occupational settings through case studies, visits by guest lecturers and community projects. Both on-campus and online psychology courses are offered at Regis.

Regis University's Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology curriculum covers a broad base of topics within the psychology field including social psychology, cognitive psychology, addictive behavior, psychology of gender and the positive psychology and health psychology specializations. The positive psychology and health psychology specializations are tailored specifically to prepare students within these broad-based fields for a number of established and emerging career opportunities.

Positive Psychology

This specialization prepares psychology majors with the knowledge and skills needed to create positive environments that promote psychological well-being. Key career areas include:

  • Community Group Leadership
  • Church Group Leadership
  • Youth Camp Organization/Leadership
  • Sporting Activities Counseling/Leadership
  • Organizational Development
  • Human Resources

Health Psychology

This specialization prepares psychology majors with the knowledge and skills needed to identify biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors that can lead to decline in health and develop a preventative psychological approach toward these factors. Key career areas include:

  • Human Services
  • Public Health
  • Assisted Living
  • Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Prevention
  • Medical Consulting

A degree in Psychology from Regis University lays the foundation for you to continue your adult student education in Master of Science in CriminologyMaster of Nonprofit Management, or through other graduate degrees from the College for Professional Studies.

Total Psychology Degree Requirements: 128 credit hours

  • Core studies requirements: 45 credit hours
  • Foundational courses: 15 credit hours
  • Upper division requirements: 27 credit hours
  • Specialization (optional): 15 credit hours
  • Minor (optional): 0 or 12 credit hours
  • General electives: 29 credit hours (if minor is selected); 41 credit hours (if minor is not selected)

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

General Undergraduate Core Requirements (45 credit hours)

Oral Communication Skills (3 credit hours): COM 210, COM 211
English Composition (3 credit hours): EN 203
Advanced Oral or Written Communication (3 credit hours): COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475
Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours) (3 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities Elective (3 credit hours) Any 300-400 EN, all HU courses, all COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437)
Global Issues (6 credit hours): COM 400, COM 412, CR 466, EC 335, EC 400, CIV 410, CIV 420, HS 240E-W, HU 435E-W, HU 421E-W, SO 204, SO 340, SO 341, SO 446, SO 469F, SO 472, IRSH 410E-W, RC 450, RC 458, RC 459

Social Sciences (6 credit hours): CIV 410, CIV 420, CIV 430, CIV 440, COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406 and COM 437), all EC, all ED, all HS, all PY, all SO courses, all CR courses

Mathematics (3 credit hours) 
  • (College-level algebra or higher)
  • MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, all 300-400 level MT courses 
Natural Sciences (3 credit hours): SCI 205E, SCI 206E, SCI 410E, SCI 411E, all CN, CIS or CS courses 
Philosophy (6 credit hours): All PL courses
Religious Studies (6 credit hours): All RC, all RS courses 
Foundational Courses (15 credit hours)
PY 250 General Psychology
PY 469 Lifespan Development*
PY 470 Psychology of Personality*
PY 471 Abnormal Psychology*
PY 483 Research Methods
*Lower division course work acceptable in transfer.

Upper Division Requirements (27 credit hours)

PY 440 Professional Ethics in Psychology
PY 481 Biological Foundations of Human Behavior
PY 493  Senior Capstone 

Select 6 classes (18 credit hours) from the following:

PY 414  Positive Psychology 
PY 415  Health Psychology 
PY 416  Understanding Trauma and PTSD 
PY 441  Social Psychology 
PY 444  The Family 
PY 448  Adolescent Conflict 
PY 449  Child Abuse and Neglect 
PY 454  Cognitive Psychology 
PY 456  Organizational Behavior 
PY 462  Behavioral and Stress Management 
PY 463  Psychology of Intimate Relationships 
PY 468  Psychology of Change 
PY 496H  Special Topics in Psychology: Addictive Behavior 
PY 496J  Special Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Gender 

Optional Specialization (12-15 credit hours)

  • Health Psychology (12 credit hours)
  • Positive Psychology (15 credit hours)
Health Psychology Courses
PY 415  Health Psychology 
PY 416  Understanding Trauma and PTSD
PY 462  Behavioral and Stress Management 
PY 496H  Special Topics in Psychology: Addictive Behavior 
Positive Psychology Courses 
PY 414  Positive Psychology 
PY 441  Social Psychology 
PY 454  Cognitive Psychology 
PY 468  Psychology of Change 
PY 496J  Special Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Gender 

Optional Minor

0-12 credit hours

General Electives (29-41 credit hours)

If a specialization and a minor are completed: 29 credit hours

If a minor or a specialization is completed: 41 credit hours
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 128 credit hours

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

At a minimum, applicants seeking a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the College for Professional Studies must either:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university AND
  • Evidence of work experience

Applicants who do not meet each of these requirements may submit a letter of exception to the Assistant Dean of the school in which the applicant seeks to enroll. The letter should describe the applicant's goals and substantiate his/her ability to be successful at Regis University. Download guidelines for work experience admission appeal.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the undergraduate application form online
  2. Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  3. Complete the personal statement essay. A short personal statement is required to be considered for admission. Download a copy of the personal statement guidelines.
  4. Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form. Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university. Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  5. Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.

Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.
Apply a minimum of 14 days before the start of classes to ensure optimal course selection.

Non Degree-Seeking Applicants Submit the Following:

  • Online application form
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess transferable college credit from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Provide evidence of work experience
  • No official transcripts are necessary. The writing skills placement essay is not required.

Class Starts

Term Class Start Date
Fall 5W3 - 2014 November 3, 2014
Spring 8W1 - 2015 January 5, 2015
Spring 5W1 - 2015 January 5, 2015
Spring 5W2 - 2015 February 9, 2015
Spring 8W2 - 2015 March 2, 2015
Spring 5W3 - 2015 March 16, 2015
Summer 8W1 - 2015 May 4, 2015
Summer 5W1 - 2015 May 4, 2015
Summer 5W2 - 2015 June 8, 2015
Summer 8W2 - 2015 June 29, 2015
Summer 5W3 - 2015 July 13, 2015

Tuition

2014-2015 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2014 - August 25, 2014

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50
Online $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50

Directed study costs $460 per credit hour.

Please note: Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.

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