Bachelor of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology

About

The Bachelor of Science program is for undergraduates who are interested in learning about how people grow and change throughout the life course. You’ll get the chance to study child and adolescent development, adult development, adjustment, human relations, developmental theory, and research methodology. Students also take introductory courses in the field of counseling, complete a two-quarter field experience shadowing a psychologist, counselor, or other human service provider.

For additional information, please call the department at 509.359.6227 or email us at psychology@ewu.edu.

Curriculum & Requirements

Applied Developmental Psychology Major, Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology prepares students for entry-level work and graduate study in a variety of developmental and human service careers. The program covers basic areas of human developmental psychology across the life span with a special focus on processes and principles of developmental change.

Required Foundational Courses
CSBS 320STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5
PSYC 305CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT4
PSYC 306ADULT DEVELOPMENT4
PSYC 307PSYCHOLOGY OF ADJUSTMENT5
PSYC 309SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC 314TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS5
PSYC 315PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS4
PSYC 324CONDITIONING AND LEARNING4
PSYC 344INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING PROFESSIONS4
Advanced Courses
PSYC 402BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION4
PSYC 405DEVELOPMENTAL THEORIES AND APPLICATIONS4
PSYC 476CHILD AND FAMILY GUIDANCE4
PSYC 483GROUP DYNAMICS5
Focus Experience–students must complete a minimum of 4 credits of PSYC 493.8
FIELD STUDY IN APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 credit minimum–may be repeated)
SEMINAR
DIRECTED STUDY
Senior Capstone–choose one4-6
INTERDISCIPLINARY SR CAPSTONE
SENIOR CAPSTONE: THE TRADITION OF PSYCHOLOGY
SENIOR CAPSTONE: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY SENIOR SEMINAR
SENIOR CAPSTONE: MINDS AND VINES: PSYCHOLOGY OF WINE
SENIOR THESIS (by faculty invitation)
Total Credits69-71

Catalog Listing

Field Study in Applied Developmental Psychology (PSYC 493)

Each quarter of Field Study consists of completing at least 128 hours at an approved site, and meeting once a week on Thursdays from noon to 12:50 p.m.  To meet the 128 hours, students typically complete approximately 13 hours per week for 10 weeks.

 

Field Study is offered Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. To register for PSYC 493 you first must meet with the department field study advisor—Dr. Heidi Hillman—the quarter prior to the quarter you wish to begin your field study. To start field study Fall quarter please contact the field study advisor approximately the end of April; for Winter quarter approximately the end of October; for Spring quarter approximately end of February. When you meet with the field study advisor (a) possible field study sites, (b) what is expected of Field Study students and(c) learning contracts will be discussed. If you are interested in Field Study, please contact Dr. Heidi Hillman via e-mail hhillman@ewu.edu.

This is a list of sites where our students have completed the field study experience. The list is not exhaustive but should provide you with an idea of the places you might choose for this important experience.

Below are some schools where our students have completed the field study experience: 

Applied Developmental Psychology (BS) students complete a Focus-Experience which can be met in two ways: (a) two consecutive quarters of Field Study, or (b) one quarter of Field Study and 4 credits of PSYC 498 (Seminar) or PSYC 499 (Directed Study). This section addresses the Field Study specifically.