BA in Psychology - Applied Psychology

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Enhance your Understanding of Human Behavior with a Concentration in Applied Psychology

The world is more connected now than ever before and the level of interaction is unprecedented. To navigate business and personal relationships successfully, you need to have a deep understanding of human behavior. The applied psychology degree program at Southern New Hampshire University puts psychological theories and approaches to work, turning classic concepts and current research into real-world solutions.

SNHU’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology offers a concentration in Applied Psychology, placing an emphasis on human behavior in specific environments. By looking closely at how core principles and research can be used to examine and impact society, this applied psychology degree will deepen your understanding of the societal institutions of health, industry, education, law and community service.

Coursework that Applies Psychological Principles

When you enroll in the concentration in Applied Psychology, you will investigate how different areas of psychology are used to both answer questions and create real-world solutions. By applying the appropriate research methods, you will learn to interpret behavior and mental processes through different psychological perspectives. The applied psychology degree studies specific areas of practical and research-based human behavior, including:

  • Educational Psychology - How and why people learn are at the core of educational psychology. Explore the concepts of readiness, development, reasoning and individual differences as you refine your understanding of human behavior in an educational environment.
  • Sport Psychology - Learn about leadership and what motivates people to perform at the top of their game.  Gain an understanding of f how self-control, aggression, commitment and anxiety relate to each other.
  • Forensic Psychology - Connect psychology to the legal system, with an emphasis on the social psychology of the courtroom. Examine testimony, interviewing strategy, recovered memories and witness credibility from a psychological point of view.
  • Health Psychology - Applying the biopsychosocial model to health beliefs and behaviors can promote healing and wellbeing and improve coping with illness. Health psychology applies principles and theories as they relate to the healthcare system, individuals and practitioners.
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology - Apply psychological theories, principles and research to the workplace and improve office climate, performance and organizational results.
  • Community Psychology - Understanding that context matters is critical to developing a comprehensive perspective. Social issues, community support systems, and policies and interventions that foster collective and individual wellness are the focus of this interactive and interdisciplinary subject.

Applied Psychology Careers

While not leading to licensure or certification, the psychology concepts and communication skills you learn in this applied psychology degree program can help you succeed in a myriad of industries – from business and community to human services and education. This Applied Psychology concentration will also prepare you for potential career paths such as an Applied Behavioral Science Specialist as well as to pursue graduate studies and research opportunities.

Transfer of Credit

If you are a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

Required Core Courses

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

BIO-210: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Discussion/comparison of the principles of mammalian form and function. Includes molecular and cellular mechanisms of major processes (such as muscle contraction, neural transmission, and signal transduction) and examines the structure and function of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Laboratory exercises (BIO-210L) to follow lecture topics.

Select two of the following:

JUS-101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course covers the nature, scope and impact of crime in the United States, independent and interdependent operations and procedures of police, courts and corrections, and introductory theories of crime and delinquency. The course introduces the justice model in a systematic way whereby students delve into the numerous components of the justice system including law enforcement, legal and judicial process and correctional operations. Career opportunities will be fully covered throughout the course.
JUS-325: Law, Justice and Family
A full-fledged review of the justice system's response to the establishment and maintenance of family in the American culture. How the family is defined, its heritage of rights and protections and the differentiated roles of parent and child are central considerations. Further review includes a look at family dissolution, divorce, custody and support disputes and the ongoing problems of visitation. The emerging problems of spousal and child abuse will be keenly analyzed and how the legal systems provide protection from these abuses will be closely scrutinized.
JUS-468: Crimes Against Children
This is a course that examines criminal activity targeted against children. The course will focus on the physical and sexual abuse, neglect, kidnapping, and sexual exploitation of children. Students will explore methods of identifying victims, investigating offenders, and court presentation of criminal cases. Special attention is focused on the dynamics of the relationship between victims and offenders and how that is a factor in the investigation and prosecution of criminal acts.
JUS-485: Forensic Law
An interdisciplinary course covering law, criminal justice, science, and technological issues in the evidentiary arena. Coverage in the course provides a broad-based assessment of expert witnesses, microanalysis, pathological evidence, admissibility and investigatory practice, ballistics, fingerprints, vascar/radar, and photographic techniques. Contrasted with criminalistics, subject matter of this course is primarily evidentiary. More particularly, the course will delve into the rules of evidence, which guide the admissibility of forensic evidence in a court of law. Examination includes threshold tests for reliability and admissibility, qualification of witnesses competent to testify, scientific rigor required for admission and case law determinations on the use and abuse of scientific evidence.
POL-210: American Politics
This course offers a broad introduction to the structure and function of the American political system at the national level, including the roles played by the president, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups and the mass media in the policy- making and electoral processes. This course places special emphasis on how the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to solve what they saw as the political problems of their day continue to shape American national politics in ours.
POL-306: The American Legal Tradition
This course offers a broad introduction to the American legal tradition, including the structure and function of the courts, the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection. As an introduction to what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, students learn how to write parts of a predictive legal memorandum of the type that first-year law students learn how to write, in which they analyze a legal issue of concern to hypothetical clients by applying the reasoning and conclusions in selected judicial opinions to the facts of the clients' case.
Prerequisites:
GOV-110 or POL-210
SCI-215: Contemporary Health
This course exposes students to the three major dimensions of health -- physical, emotional and social. Health, nutrition, substance abuse, infectious diseases and stress management are among the issues that will be discussed. Students will learn to intelligently relate health knowledge to the social issues of our day. For students on program plans/catalogs prior to 2012-13; this course does not satisfy the university core science requirement.
SOC-213: Sociology of Social Problems
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-317: Sociology of the Family
This course is a sociological examination of the family institution in America and other societies. Traditional and nontraditional family patterns are studied to provide students with a structure for understanding sex, marriage, family and kinship systems.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-320: Sociology of Gender
The examination of gender in society. Students will explore the social construction of gender, gender identity development, sexuality and power, and other aspects concerning the meanings and implications of being 'male', 'female', or 'transgendered'.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-326: Sociology of Deviant Behavior
This course is a sociological analysis of the nature, cause, and societal reactions to deviant behavior, including mental illness, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction and sexual deviation. Offered every other year.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-328: Sociology of Aging
Students in this course examine the basic social processes and problems of aging. Social and psychological issues and issues involved with death and dying are discussed. Offered every other year.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112

Major Courses

PSY-108: Introduction to Psychology
This course provides students an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students prepare for more advanced concepts in upper-level Psychology courses by learning the basics of how to evaluate research and exploring various areas of specialization within the discipline. Offered every semester.
PSY-223: Research I: Statistics for Psychology
How do psychologists organize, summarize, and interpret information? Students in this course study applications of statistical methods in psychological research and practice. The emphasis of the course is on the conceptual understanding of statistics so that students can read and conduct psychological research; those skills will be applied to students' original projects in Research Methods II: Methodology & Design. Computation of tests will be conducted on the computer. Students will build upon statistical knowledge and develop an in-depth conceptual and practical understanding of hypothesis testing, tests of significance, standardization, correlation, and analysis of variance in a wide variety of psychological uses. Students will learn the theory of statistical decisions, practical application of statistical software, and how to analyze journal articles. This course typically should be completed during the first semester of the sophomore year.
Prerequisites:
MAT-240
PSY-224: Research II: Scientific Investigations
Students in this course will develop an understanding a variety of research methods, including experimental, survey, correlation and case-history techniques. They will become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each method and understand when each method is best used. Offered every year. Writing intensive course.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H and MAT-240 or MAT-245
PSY-444: Senior Seminar in Psychology
This capstone course integrates previous classroom and practical experience with a focus on current issues in psychology. This course likely will include cross-cultural aspects of psychology, ethics, recent career trends in psychology and other topics dictated by current events in psychology. Coverage may change over time, but the basic focus on integrating the past and anticipating the future for psychology seniors will be the major concern. Offered every year. Writing Intensive Course.
Prerequisites:
PSY-224 and three from: PSY-211, 215, 216, 257, 300 or 305

Select four of the following:

PSY-211: Lifespan Development
The purpose of this course is to engage students in meaningful exploration of theories, basic concepts, and research methodologies in psychological development. Students will gain an understanding of patterns of human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the interplay between these areas. This course will also explore the roles of environmental and genetic factors, culture and history, continuity and change in development. Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-215: Abnormal Psychology
This course offers students an opportunity to better understand human behavior. It also studies the similarities and differences between normal and abnormal reactions to environmental stimuli. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-216: Psychology of Personality
Personality is studied using theories, applications, and individual and group patterns of behavior formation. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-257: Social Psychology
Social psychology is an interesting, dynamic study of how people's thoughts, feelings and actions are affected by others. Issues discussed include prejudice, conformity, interpersonal attraction and violence. The scientific methods of studying such phenomena are emphasized. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-300: Biopsychology
This course explores how the brain influences our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Topics include: evolution, genetics, anatomy and function of the nervous system, psychopharmacology, brain dysfunction, neuropsychological testing, sleep and circadian rhythms, neuroplasticity, emotions, and mental illness.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-305: Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive psychology focuses on mental processes; we explore research and theory relating to memory, thinking, problem-solving, and language. Applied topics will include learning skills to help improve memory, accommodating memory/language disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and dyslexia, and understanding how brain scanning techniques can be used to understand memory.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H

Applied Psychology Concentration Courses

PSY-407: Contemporary Issues in Applied Psychology
This course focuses on recent advances in applied psychology and ethical debates in the field. Students will apply their knowledge and skills toward current issues within their selected area of interest in psychology.
Prerequisites:
Two from: PSY-201, 205, 225, 226, or 258

Select three of the following:

PSY-201: Educational Psychology
This course emphasizes the nature of human learning, with a study of the concepts of readiness, motivation, retention, individual differences, development, reasoning and measurement in relation to the learning process. Consideration of the psychological principles of testing and learning technology are also emphasized. Offered as needed. Writing intensive course.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-205: Forensic Psychology
Students will learn how psychology, as a science and a practice, applies to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. Emphasis will be placed on witness testimony and the social psychology of the courtroom. Topics will include recovered memories, adolescent violence and murder, strategies for interviewing witnesses, expert testimony, and factors influencing the credibility of witnesses, victims and offenders.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-225: Health Psychology
This course introduces students to the field of health psychology through an exploration of ways in which the biopsychosocial (holistic) model is applied to promote health and improve coping with illness. Topics include health beliefs and behaviors, delay in seeking medical care, factors influencing individuals' responses to the health care system and practitioners, acute and chronic illness, treatment adherence, pain and pain management, stress and coping, social support and psychoneuroimmunology. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-258: Industrial Organizational Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology is an applied field in psychology focused to improve the effectiveness of the workplace through research, assessment and interventions allowing for enhancement of the office climate, improvement of group and individual performance and overall organizational goals. I/O psychologists work in a wide variety of organizational settings including human resource agencies, professional administration, marketing, consulting, training and development, and university teaching.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-442: Community Psychology
Community Psychology as a discipline and as professional practice is continually changing - it is the understanding that context matters. This course will encourage students to contribute to this body of applied knowledge. Social issues, community support systems, and policies and interventions that foster collective and individual wellness are the focus of this interactive and interdisciplinary subject.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 and PSY-224

PSY-226 Sport Psychology

Free Elective Credits: 30

Total Credits: 120

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