Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology

About

In the Health Psychology Bachelor of Science Program, you’ll gain an understanding of the ways that psychological, behavioral, and cultural factors relate to physical health. You’ll learn about stress, human development, behavior, cognition and more. You’ll also explore how patients interact with healthcare providers and the healthcare system in general. You’ll choose from electives that cover topics such as sexuality, interpersonal communication, drugs and behavior, and research methods.

With a degree in health psychology, you will be prepared to work in social services and health education or pursue a graduate degree. The health psychology degree pairs well with many of the minors offered through the College of Health Science and Public Health.

Curriculum & Requirements

Health Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Math and English proficiency is a prerequisite for many of these courses.
Completing PSYC 309 prior to CSBS 320 is highly recommended.

Grade Requirements: 

  • To declare the BS Health Psychology major, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.0 and taken and passed PSYC 100 or its equivalent with a grade ≥C
    • Transfer students may be given credit for appropriate transfer courses in the major and for electives.
    • Transfer credits will be limited to 20 lower-division courses and no more than 30 transfer credits total applied toward the degree.
  • PSYC 100PSYC 309, and CSBS 320 must be passed with a grade ≥C.
Required Courses
CSBS 320STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5
PSYC 100GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT5
PSYC 231SCIENCE OF STRESS AND COPING 3
PSYC 302ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC 309SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC 316HUMAN MEMORY AND COGNITION5
PSYC 317HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC 324CONDITIONING AND LEARNING (only one course will count toward the major)4
or PSYC 325 COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE
PSYC 420BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR5
Electives–choose two from the following8
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
COMPUTER AIDED DATA ANALYSIS
THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
FOUNDATION OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS
DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR
HUMAN SEXUALITY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
HUMAN PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
HAPPINESS AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
Focus Experience8
Take 4 credits of field study or internship for two consecutive quarters for total of 8 credits, or take field study or internship one quarter (4 credits) plus PSYC 498 (1-4 credits) and/or PSYC 499 for at total of 8 credits.
INTERNSHIP
FIELD STUDY IN CHILD ISSUES AND PROBLEMS
SEMINAR
DIRECTED STUDY
Capstone–choose from the following or consult with your advisor4
SENIOR CAPSTONE: THE TRADITION OF PSYCHOLOGY
SENIOR CAPSTONE: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY SENIOR SEMINAR
SENIOR THESIS
Total Credits67

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