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Psychology, B.A.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

When you seek to understand the human mind,
the possibilities are endless.

Psychology is the study of the mind and how it shapes our experiences and behaviors. At Fresno Pacific, you’ll examine people from scientific, religious, philosophical, physiological and socio-cultural perspectives.

You'll also gain a hands-on approach to learning, providing you with a unique and relevant experience. You'll take your studies beyond the classroom with research projects and experiences observing and working in the field of psychology.

Learn from faculty with a range of clinical training and perspectives as you study human behavior and mental processes – theoretical and applied.

Program Highlights

  • Choose between face-to-face or fully online program options
  • Meet for class one night per week
  • Progress through the entire program with a cohort of 12-22 adult students
  • Engage diverse classmates from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Study under experienced faculty and who assign relevant coursework
  • Take part in internship, research and career development opportunities

Catalog

As a psychology major at Fresno Pacific University, you will learn to think in new ways as you examine people from scientific, religious, philosophical, physiological and socio-cultural perspectives. A hands-on approach to your learning provides a unique experience. Learn from faculty with a range of clinical training and perspectives as you study human behavior and mental processes in a theoretical and applied manner. Take your studies beyond the classroom with research projects and experiences observing and working in the field of psychology.

Program Prerequisite Courses

  • PSY 119 - General Psychology Credits 3
  • MATH 250 - Introduction to Statistics Credits 3
  • PSY 215 - Introduction to Research Methods Credits 3

Required Courses

  • BIB 314 - Jesus and the Christian Community Credits 3
  • BIB 448 - Biblical Perspectives in Psychology Credits 3
  • PSY 250 - Statistics Minicourse Credits 1 (Optional)
  • PSY 315 - Advanced Research Methods I Credits 3
  • PSY 316 - Advanced Research Methods II 3
  • PSY 341 - Assessment, Testing, and Measurement Credits 3
  • PSY 371 - Cognition Credits 3
  • PSY 374 - Biopsychology Credits 3
  • PSY 381 - Behavioral Psychology Credits 3
  • PSY 396 - Social Psychology Credits 3
  • PSY 401 - Personality Credits 3
  • PSY 419 - Sensation and Perception Credits 3
  • PSY 441 - Introduction to Counseling Theories Credits 3
  • PSY 451 - History and Systems of Psychology Credits 3
  • PSY 472 - Cross-Cultural Psychology Credits 3
  • PSY 480 - Practicum I Credits 1-2
  • PSY 481 - Practicum II Credits 1-2
  • Electives

  • PSY 379 - Human Sexuality Credits 3 or
  • PSY 411 - Abnormal Psychology Credits 3
  • PSY 351 - Child Growth and Development Credits 3 or
  • PSY 361 - Lifespan Development Credits 3

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

You already have a lot going on in your life, which is why our degree completion programs are designed to meet you where you are. You'll be surrounded by other students who will support and encourage you, by faculty mentors who are invested in your success, by opportunities to connect what you learn in the classroom to the real world, and by connections to the employers who will help you move forward in your career.

First Steps to Admission

  • Submit an application for admission (online or visit campus for a paper application)
    * Admission applications are free, no discount codes required.
  • Request official transcripts from previously attended colleges, universities and high schools and send electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu
    • GED Transcripts OR any AA, AS, AS-T, AA-T from an accredited College or University as proof of High School graduation
    • This includes any military transcripts you may have, along with your military release forms (DD214).​​
  • Complete the FAFSA as early as October 1. (FAFSA Code: 001253)
    Enroll in the minimum number of units per semester to qualify for loans.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Student Financial Services Advisor 559-453-2041 sfs@fresno.edu

Requirements

  • 2 years of post-secondary experience
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Check your specific program's requirements

*Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be considered for admission by the Admission Selection Committee. Additional documents may be required. Please ask your Admission Representative for details.

Program Requirements

  • 2.75 GPA for Admissions to cohort
  • Program Application Packet

Program prerequisites

  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Research Methods

Transfer Agreements

The following guidelines are used when considering transfer credit:

  • Courses completed at a regionally or ABHE, ATS, TRACS, or AARTS accredited institution
  • Baccalaureate-level courses
  • Grade of C- or better
  • Courses are not duplicate to credit already received
  • All GE and major courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail
  • No lab is required for Area 5 Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Some majors have lower division prerequisites. Select an institution below to see the school's general education and lower division major requirements

View full transfer policy Find agreements for your school 

*Transfer Agreements are only a tool. Transfer work is not considered official until it has been evaluated by the FPU Registrar’s Office.

Non-traditional Admission

Steps for Re-admission

To reenter into the Degree Completion program within 5 years of last enrollment, the student will need to complete the Degree Completion Re-admission Form. An academic advisor will determine if the student may reenter and if any conditions apply for readmission. The student will be charged at the current tuition rate for any course repeated.

*Note: If student is readmitting after 5 years of last enrollment, the student will need to refer to “First Steps to Admission".

Steps for Non-matriculated Admission

The non-matriculated application is for people who are interested in taking baccalaureate classes through the Degree Completion program, but are not seeking to be admitted into that program. Students must complete this Non-matriculated Application Form only once in order to be qualified to take courses. Applicants must also meet the two-year post-secondary experience requirement to take these courses. Financial Aid is not available, and the course limit is six units per semester with a limit of two semesters total.

For more information, or for help filling out this application, please contact Graduate and Degree Completion Admissions at (559) 453-3690.

Two-year Graduation Guarantee

FPU Degree Completion program guarantees you can complete your degree in just two years. If you meet the qualification requirements, fulfill your responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete your major in a 2-yr. period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete your undergraduate degree.

Incoming requirements
  • Have at least 60 transferable units 
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Have most of your general education courses complete
  • Enroll in an average of 15 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15 units per semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major/minor requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester timeframe.
    • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
* If you are transferring to FPU from the California Community College system with an AA-T or AS-T, your FPU lower-division general education [GE] requirements may be fulfilled. 

Two-Year Transfer Guarantee for ADT Pathways

FPU guarantees a student with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from the California Community College system, can complete their degree in just two years. If a student meets the qualification requirements, fulfills the responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete their major in a 2-year period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete their undergraduate degree at FPU.

Incoming requirements
  • 60 transferable units [grades of C- or better] from the California Community College system with a completed ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer)
  • Selected an ADT matched (similar) pathway from FPU’s undergraduate degree programs
  • Have completed the necessary pre-requisites in the discipline specific to intended major
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Enroll in an average of 15- 18 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed or withdrawn courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15-18 units per semester
    • For TUG you may have to enroll in a summer semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester time frame.
  • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
  • Any courses from a Community College with “D+” or lower are non-transferable and require additional courses and semesters to graduate.
  • This guarantee may not apply to students starting in a spring or summer semester start (TUG only).
  • This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements: 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the possible opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Financial Aid

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
SW, ECD, LA, BM, OL, EMGT, PMGT $530
HCA, RN to BSN, CIS, CRIM, CML $505
General Ed and Electives $530
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $100
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
SW, ECD, LA, BM, OL $520
HCA, RN to BSN, CIS, CRIM, CML $495
General Ed and Electives $520
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $100

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary. 

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Alexandra Green

Mathematics

The grants, the academic awards, the transfer scholarship – all of it makes it so much more affordable to attend FPU. I know that school isn’t cheap for anyone, but FPU helped me realize that I could actually come to this school because they were going to help me so much financially.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers and advanced study in academia, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy and industrial psychology. You'll also be prepared to provide context for careers in law enforcement, education, human resources, consultation, business, public relations and more.

Career Possibilities

  • Counselor
  • Human services provider
  • Law enforcement agent
  • Program manager
  • Child advocate
  • Human resources professional

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center