Bachelor of Science in Psychology


The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is designed to equip graduates for continuing studies in various fields, and as practitioners and researchers dedicated to seeking, articulating, and disseminating biblical truth. The Psychology program has adopted the 5 major learning objectives recommended by the American Psychological Association. The 6th objective supports the mission of Arizona Christian University to train students with a biblical worldview. This is the only program within the Behavioral and Social Sciences department that requires a separate application.

Program Requirements: In order for student to be enrolled, student must complete 2 PSY courses at ACU and maintain a GPA of 3.0.

Why Psychology at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically integrated curriculum, ACU’s Psychology program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU psychology students conduct original research, mentored by experienced researchers in the field.
  • Students graduate from the program prepared as research consumers and practitioners with a distinctively biblical worldview.
  • Students have opportunities to publish their original research.
  • ACU’s psychology program uniquely equips students for graduate work with extensive training in evaluating research literature.

What will I study?

The Psychology program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:

  • Sport Psychology
  • Industrial Organization Psychology
  • Kinesiology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Social Psychology


Career Paths

  • Psychologist
  • I/O Psychology
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Clinical psychologist
  • School psychologist
  • Case Manager
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pre-Psychology Opportunities

Graduates are well-equipped to pursue programs in research psychology, sport psychology, medical school/psychiatry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical psychology, and law school.

Department of Behavioral Health and Social Sciences

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

(602) 489-5300

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Academic Major Courses

Core requirements accumulate to 34 credits, 15 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies, and 8 credits of science courses. 3 Credits of Upper Division Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required.

CourseCourse NameCreditsPrerequisites/Co-Requisites
PSY 202General Psychology3
PSY 210Statistics for Behavioral Studies3
PSY 220Theories of Personality3
PSY 300Tests & Measurements3PSY 210 (Pr)
FAM 312Human Development3
PSY 318Social Psychology3
PSY 322Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 390Introduction to Neuroscience w/ Lab4PSY 202 (Pr)
PSY 475Research Methods3PSY 210 (Co)
PSY 495Advanced Research Methods3PSY 202, 212, Senior (Pr)
PSY 490Psychology Capstone3Senior (Pr or Co)