Ameritas College of Brandman University offers an undergraduate program in psychology. The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, methods of inquiry, research methodology, psychology processes, and the application of psychological principles to diverse areas of human behavior. Students are encouraged to complete elective courses that provide a strong theoretical background and the application of psychology in a field that best suits students’ professional goals. Students are encouraged to participate in practical fieldwork experience and elective independent research projects. Each student’s major is individually designed around a core of lower- and upper-division courses covering history and theories, critical thinking, statistics, research, physiological psychology, and the capstone course. Overall, the psychology undergraduate curriculum is designed for students who want to prepare for graduate study in psychology or related disciplines, graduate study in fields where knowledge of human behavior would be beneficial, professional careers in psychology, or baccalaureate-level careers in human services or in psychological support settings.
The core foundation curriculum in psychology provides the student with the essentials of psychological science and thought. Culminating with the senior capstone, the core curriculum produces an integration of the student’s goals and objectives with psychology’s present and future. In addition to the core foundation curriculum, students pursue a curriculum of electives in psychology chosen in consultation with their psychology academic advisor. Students pursuing the psychology degree must receive at least a “C” grade in all courses used to satisfy the degree requirement. Moreover, psychology major courses taken while attending Brandman cannot be satisfied with a “Pass” grade under a pass/no pass grading system. In addition to PSYU 101, a total of 6 lower-division credits in the psychology elective area will be accepted for credit by CLEP and DANTES examinations.