Psychology, BPS

Offered in: Chicago | Schaumburg | Roosevelt Online

The Flex-Track Program for Adults lets students earn their undergraduate degrees at an accelerated pace while balancing work and family commitments. Courses in the Flex-Track program are conveniently offered on-campus, online, and in “hybrid” mode (combining face-to-face meetings and online interactions). Courses are eight weeks in length, allowing adult students to reduce the time it takes to earn the bachelor’s degree.

The BPS major in Psychology provides students with a better understanding of people's thought processes, emotions, and behaviors. This understanding leads to many careers that involve working with people. Psychology graduates find work in business, sales, counseling, education, and health care. The BPS major in Psychology also prepares students for master's or doctoral work in psychology, leading to careers in school counseling or social work, among others.

This major may be completed in the fully online format through RU Online.

Standards

These quantitative requirements apply to degrees in the College of Professional Studies:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 credit hours at Roosevelt University.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate

Requirements

  • All grades in Psychology courses must be C- or higher. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or above for courses in the major. A minimum of 21 credit hours in psychology must be completed at Roosevelt.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours in psychology must be completed at the 300 level, of which at least 9 credit hours must be taken at Roosevelt.
  • Students intending to pursue graduate school in Clinical or Counseling Psychology are advised to take PSYC 201 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY and PSYC 243 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY.
  • Students are required to take PSYC 200 INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS and PSYC 285 RESEARCH METHODS within the first three semesters of declaring the major.
Core Courses
PSYC 103INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 200INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS3
PSYC 285RESEARCH METHODS3
Psychology Electives
5 Electives in Psychology: PSYC 1XX, 2XX, or 3XX15
Coursework from Each Area of Psychology:
Biological/Cognitive/Learning
Select one of the following:3
EVOLUTION OF BEHAVIOR
FUNDAMENTALS OF BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
LEARNING
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
COGNITIVE PROCESSES
BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
HUMAN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
Social/Diversity Psychology
Select one of the following:3
PSYCHOLOGY STUDY OF RACISM
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
POVERTY & THE INDIVIDUAL
Human Development/Individual/Differences
Select one of the following:3
THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
ADULT DEVELOPMENT
OLDER ADULTHOOD AND AGING
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Applied/Clinical Psychology
Select one of the following:3
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
CHILDHOOD & ADOLESCENCE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY
RELAXATION & MINDFULNESS
Functional Area or Minor
Related Courses in discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor18
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives66
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Introductory
General Education Courses:
PLS 201CRITICAL REASONING AND SKILLS3
PLS 202INFORMATION LITERACY AND RESEARCH WRITING3
PLS 220TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY3
Mathematics:
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or higher)3
Other Requirements
General education (University Writing Requirement):
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
General Electives:
Select additional courses from any area to complete the 120-hour degree requirement
Upper Level General Education Seminars:
PLS 350SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR I: CRITICAL SKILLS3
PLS 351SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR II: SPECIAL TOPICS3
PLS 360NATURAL SCIENCES SEMINAR I3
PLS 361NATURAL SCIENCES SEMINAR II3
PLS 370HUMANITIES SEMINAR I: CRITICAL SKILLS3
PLS 371HUMANITIES SEMINAR II: SPECIAL TOPICS3
PLS 397ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN AND EVALUATION3
PLS 398SENIOR THESIS3
Total Credit Hours42

Senior Seminars

Students may waive one PLS Senior Seminar with 9 credit hours of appropriate transferable credit with at least a 2.0 average in a single seminar area; students with 60 credit hours of transfer credit or an associate's degree in arts or science may waive two Senior Seminars.

Other requirements

  • Students must be 22 years of age when they start the program
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Roosevelt and maintain a 2.0 grade point average to graduate.
  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of 9 credit hours at the 300 level in the major at Roosevelt.
  • Students must consult with an advisor every semester prior to registering to ensure that selected courses are appropriate for their specific BPS major.