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

Listed below are the required courses for completing this B.S. Applied Psychology degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

CPS: Undergraduate Core

Advncd Oral/Written

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(3SH)
COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475

English Composition

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EN 203 (3SH)

Global Issues

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Global Issues (6SH)

HU 366 - Leading Lives That Matter

Provides an opportunity to explore the question, "How ought we to live?" in light of educational and professional goals within the context of the Jesuit tradition.

Literature/Hum

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Literature/Humanities (3SH)

Mathematics

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MT 201, MT 204, MT 270 (3SH)

Natural Science

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Natural Science (3SH)

Oral Communication

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COM 210 or COM 211 (3SH)

Philosophy

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All PL courses (6SH)

Religious Studies

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all RC and RS courses (6SH)

Social Science

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Social Science (6SH)

Applied Psychology Major Foundational

PY 250 - General Psychology

Introduces the science of behavior and mental processes through a systematic study of representative areas of psychology.

Cross listing(s): PY 250C.

PY 469 - Lifespan Development

Analyzes human developmental stages from the perspectives of major theories of development--cognitive, learning, humanistic and psychoanalytic.

PY 470 - Psychology of Personality

Studies theories of development and organization of personality including representative examples of classical and modern theories.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 471 - Abnormal Psychology

Uses the biopsychosoical model as the basis for explaining the cause, understanding and treatment of mental disorders. Emphasizes common disorders encountered in clinical practice and specific criterion necessary for making a diagnosis.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 483 - Research Methods

Introduces scientific research methodology. Includes qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on interpreting research studies in a critical manner and the skills necessary to begin original research.

Cross listing(s): COM 483 SO 483.

Applied Psychology Upper Division Major

PY 440 - Professional Ethics in Psychology

Provides an overview of pertinent issues related to ethics in the helping professions. Students formulate their own personal/professional ethics statements.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 481 - Biological Foundations of Human Behavior

Examines relationships between activity of the nervous system, endocrine systems, and behavior. Topics include sensation, perception, consciousness, sexual behavior, eating and drinking, sleeping and dreaming, and learning.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 494 - Senior Capstone

Provides the culminating experience of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory. Must be completed as graded course work at Regis University.

Cross listing(s): COM 494 SO 494 BAS 494.

Upper Division Elect

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Take six (6) upper division Psychology courses from:
PY 414, PY 415, PY 416, PY 441, PY 444, PY 448,
PY 449, PY 454, PY 456, PY 462, PY 463, PY 468, PY 496H,
PY 496J

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

PY 250 General Psychology (3.00)

Introduces the science of behavior and mental processes through a systematic study of representative areas of psychology.

Cross listing(s): PY 250C.

PY 414 Positive Psychology (3.00)

Examines theories and research used to understand and improve psychological well-being. Analyzes topics such as learned optimism, positivity, the undoing effect, and the broaden-and-build model of positive emotion.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 415 Health Psychology (3.00)

Focuses on the relationship between psychological processes and physical health. Emphasizes the biopsychosocial model, health promoting and risk-taking behaviors, and the development of and adherence to health behavior intervention programs.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 416 Understanding Trauma and PTSD (3.00)

Investigates the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related syndromes. Analyzes research on the psychophysiological effects of exposure to traumatic life events, the impact of trauma on the family, and the differences in PTSD and trauma-related syndromes across a variety of demographic and social contexts.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250

PY 440 Professional Ethics in Psychology (3.00)

Provides an overview of pertinent issues related to ethics in the helping professions. Students formulate their own personal/professional ethics statements.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 441 Social Psychology (3.00)

Studies social behavior including the social self; attribution theory; attitude formation and change; attraction, love and intimacy; aggression and altruism; and conformity and obedience.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 444 The Family (3.00)

Provides a comparative analysis of marriages, families, and domestic groups. Examines varieties of family life and their effects on men, women, children, and other social institutions.

Pre-requisite: SO*200

Cross listing(s): SO 481 PY 444.

PY 448 Adolescent Conflict (3.00)

Examines psychological risk factors and consequences of adolescent conflict. Analyzes theory and research on topics such as traditional bullying, cyber-bullying, the formation and dissolution of adolescent friendships, and status and popularity in adolescent social networks.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 449 Child Abuse and Neglect (3.00)

Utilizes a social services perspective to research risk factors, warning signs, and classifications of child abuse. Familiarizes students with abuse reporting regulations and the processes that are implemented once an abuse incident is reported. Compares and contrasts various types of placements, advocacy and support programs.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 454 Cognitive Psychology (3.00)

Focuses on psychological processes such as attention, memory, concept formation, problem solving and language. Examines current research data, theories and applications.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 456 Organizational Behavior (3.00)

Emphasizes organizational environment and behavior concepts. Focuses on human resources and system ideas, motivating employees, job satisfaction, leadership, managing change, communication and group processes, employee counseling, interpersonal and group dynamics.

PY 462 Behavior and Stress Management (3.00)

Examines current techniques in the treatment of behavioral and physiological problems. Includes stress management, relaxation therapy, biofeedback, desensitization, assertiveness training, cognitive therapies, modeling and other behavioral management techniques.

PY 463 Psychology of Intimate Relationships (3.00)

Explores the most recent information regarding the factors leading to the success or failure of intimate relationships.

PY 468 Psychology of Change (3.00)

Examines personal transformation focusing on cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual factors within the context of wellness. Incorporates instruction from various perspectives such as cognitive, existential, health, brain science, and forgiveness psychology. Critical thinking and self-guided strategies for overcoming life challenges are included.

PY 469 Lifespan Development (3.00)

Analyzes human developmental stages from the perspectives of major theories of development--cognitive, learning, humanistic and psychoanalytic.

PY 470 Psychology of Personality (3.00)

Studies theories of development and organization of personality including representative examples of classical and modern theories.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 471 Abnormal Psychology (3.00)

Uses the biopsychosoical model as the basis for explaining the cause, understanding and treatment of mental disorders. Emphasizes common disorders encountered in clinical practice and specific criterion necessary for making a diagnosis.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 481 Biological Foundations of Human Behavior (3.00)

Examines relationships between activity of the nervous system, endocrine systems, and behavior. Topics include sensation, perception, consciousness, sexual behavior, eating and drinking, sleeping and dreaming, and learning.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 483 Research Methods (3.00)

Introduces scientific research methodology. Includes qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on interpreting research studies in a critical manner and the skills necessary to begin original research.

Cross listing(s): COM 483 SO 483.

PY 494 Senior Capstone (3.00)

Provides the culminating experience of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory. Must be completed as graded course work at Regis University.

Cross listing(s): COM 494 SO 494 BAS 494.

PY 496H Addictive Behavior (3.00)

Examines the physical craving for a chemical, to the psychological, behavior, and sociological factors, in which the person develops a primary relationship with an object or chemical.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

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
Spring 5W2 - 2014 February 10, 2014
Spring 8W2 - 2014 March 3, 2014
Spring 5W3 - 2014 March 17, 2014
Summer 8W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W2 - 2014 June 9, 2014
Summer 8W2 - 2014 June 30, 2014
Summer 5W3 - 2014 July 14, 2014

Tuition

Regis University Degree Tuition: B.S. Applied Psychology

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $13,100 - $55,730 30 - 128 $435 $50
Online $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50

Directed study costs $460 per credit hour

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

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