Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Develop analytical and professional skills to serve a diverse, global population

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Students in Cornerstone University’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology program develop leadership, analytical, and problem-solving skills as well as best practices in psychology within a Christian framework.


The regionally-accredited curriculum dives into varied, core subjects which give you with a strong foundation to knowledgeably navigate the workplace while also offering courses specific to psychology. Coursework is divided into individual and group projects through which you'll learn how to effectively manage in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while developing your leadership and communication skills. 

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online and in-class, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Classes meet one night per week in one of our three campus locations and online. Upon starting a degree, you will continue through the program with your classmates as a cohort. With an average of 15 students in each cohort, students receive one-on-one attention from faculty while gleaning insights from other students' personal and professional experience.


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Program Details

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Bachelor degree programs offered by Professional & Graduate Studies are designed for working adults who are forward-thinking individuals with a passion to influence their workplace and community.  

Program Outcomes

This degree program offered by the Professional & Graduate Studies program provides the knowledge and skills required for leadership in one’s profession as well as personal skills needed for effective performance. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles and ethical decision-making from a Christian worldview
  • Develop the written and oral skills needed to function as an effective professional
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills and knowledge of the basic helping skills necessary in psychology
  • Integrate core knowledge and practical experience in order to analyze and resolve human service needed by a diverse and global population
  • Demonstrate professional skills and develop skills for lifelong learning

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete at least 120 credit hours including all general education requirements and psychology courses in the program with at least 32 credit hours completed at Cornerstone University including 12 credit hours of psychology courses
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in all work with 2.5 or more in the major
  • A grade of C- or higher in ENG-119 and COM-211
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Graduation application filed

Admission Requirements

  • Submit application with applicable fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Graduation from High School
  • Minimum of two years full-time work experience since high school
  • Minimum of 56 credits of transferable, college-level credit from accredited colleges/universities
  • Students whose primary language is not English must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79-80 (internet-based) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

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Program Courses

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The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is a 46 credit-hour program that students can expect to complete in 18-22 months.


Principles of Self-Management | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An examination of personal strengths and identification of areas of adjustment that may assist in personal growth. Self-management includes the development of group interaction skills and management of individual and professional priorities. Topics include communication processes within groups, goal setting, prioritizing, identifying personal values and time management.  

Professional Writing | 3 credits; 5 weeks

The study and practice of the various writing styles and skills required in a professional setting with emphasis on clear, concise expression aimed at a specific audience for a specific purpose. The course includes a library and research component, writing of professional letters, compilation of reports and graphs, use of computer technology and the writing of a research paper documented by APA standards. (Satisfies general education English requirement.)  

Professional Communication | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An overview of the communication process in organizations with emphasis on oral presentation skills. (Satisfies general education speech requirement.)  

Psychological Theories, History and Systems | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the philosophical, socio-cultural and historical foundations of psychology as well as people, ideas and influences that have contributed to the modern-day science and practice of psychology. An overview of the study of heredity and physiology, development theories, learning and thinking, motivation and emotion, and theories of personality is included.  

Christian Foundations in Psychology – Issues & Ethics  | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the nurture and development of personal faith and Christian worldview in which students are challenged to develop and defend a Christian worldview relating to diversity, society, the environment and questionable psychological practices. How to demonstrate love with truth and justice is emphasized.  

Multicultural Counseling | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the dynamics of working with people from diverse backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on examining personal biases in order to create an atmosphere of sensitively that diffuses potential barriers and creates opportunities in the counseling process. Discussion of the implication of past research and theoretical studies and how they are impacted by diverse groups and trends for the future is included. 

Lifespan Development Psychology | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An exploration of developmental changes in the physical, cognitive, social and emotional dimensions of the development of human behavior from birth to adulthood. Physical characteristics and psychological concepts of learning, memory, motivation, perception, personality and thinking are examined from the standpoint of how they develop and change during the years.  

Research Methodology and Statistics | 4 credits; 8 weeks

An overview of major research designs and an introduction to basic statistical techniques using EXCEL and APA style for documentation. Focusing on research methodologies, conceptualization, hypothesis and measurement of sampling techniques, students gather, evaluate and synthesize data using statistical measurements, tools and software.  

Psychopathology | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An examination of the causes, dynamics, classifications and treatment of major psychological disorders. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is discussed in identifying the incidence, frequency and various types of dysfunction that occur. Other topics include classification of these disorders and theories as well as potential treatments. Prerequisite: PSY-241. 

Physiological Psychology | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An exploration of the complex interplay between physiological structures/processes and human behavior with emphasis given to gaining a basic understanding of the neurological disorders. Topics include biopsychological development, the neurological basis of psychological disorders, visual-spatial and auditory processing, motor function, language, memory, learning and emotion. Prerequisite: PSY-241  

Introduction to Relationships in Psychology | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the formation, maintenance and termination of relationships. Topics include friendship, courtship and marriage across cultures with an emphasis on the currently changing values and cultural, social, cognitive and emotional bases of intimacy, commitment and family roles.  

Theories in Counseling | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An overview of current approaches to psychological counseling, including psychodynamic, person-centered, behavior, cognitive and reality therapy. Major Christian approaches to counseling are also examined with the emphasis on theory and practical application. Prerequisite: PSY-241 

Current Trends and Specialties in Psychology | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An exploration of current trends and specialties in psychology including personal life coaching, art therapy, music therapy, play therapy, sports and exercise. Focus is on the investigation of careers and competencies needed to practice psychology in various fields.  

Techniques in Counseling | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An advanced course designed to acquaint students intending to become counselors with biblically and psychologically sound techniques. Required reading and learning activities fulfill both practical and theoretical requirements. Prerequisite: PSY-421.

Psychology Capstone | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A psychology capstone course integrating Christian worldview, theory, and real-life application. Students explore an area of their choosing, compiling resources for later use, sharing their findings with the class for mutual benefit, and celebrating completion of the bachelor’s program.  Prerequisites: IDS-402, PSY-332, PSY-354, PSY-421, PSY-452.  

Career Paths

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A Bachelor of Science in Psychology can lead you into various career paths:

  • Counselor
  • Case Management
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Child Care Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Research Associate
  • and more!

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