bachelor of science in applied psychology

Overview of Applied Psychology

This program will prepare you to better understand human behavior and cognition, provide human service skill development, and will equip you with practical solutions to human problems. You’ll experience traditional psychology curriculum through a Christian perspective, as many classroom discussion topics are taken directly from the Bible.

This program consists of a major in Biblical Studies, core courses in psychology, and the opportunity to pursue an area of interest within the field of psychology through the choice of an internship.

Who Should Apply

Suffering and sorrow is a reality of living outside of the Garden. If you have a heart for God and people and want to be a part of redemptive work in the lives of others, this program will prepare you to become a person of hope, faith and love.

Career Paths

Graduates will be prepared for immediate employment in human services agencies such as group homes and shelters. This program will also prepare you for graduate work in counseling and mental health facilities, schools, churches and government agencies.

Required Credits

120 credits required including: Psychology (35), Biblical Studies (30), General Education (30), Christian Ministry (12), Free and/or Emphasis Electives (13). 


Each academic program of the college provides the context for whole life transformation through biblical life preparation. Students come to learn, learn to serve, and serve to change lives. Through the courses offered in each program, students will develop a Christ-centered worldview and be prepared to make a difference in the world through their lives, work and service to others.

The courses of study in each degree proceed from foundational to exploratory to immersion courses. Areas of study for each degree will include general education, biblical studies, Christian ministry and service, and core courses in the major.

Students will be challenged to grow in their knowledge of self, others, the world and the Bible. They will be challenged to grow in their critical
thinking, development of a biblical worldview and the integration of their faith and learning.

Foundational courses – 39 credits

General Education – 9 Credits
  • College Writing I (3 credits)
  • College Writing II (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
biblical studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Interpretation of Biblical Literature (3 credits)
  • Christian Faith (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 8 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credit)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Faith and Life (2 credits)
Applied psychology – 10 Credits
  • Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)
  • Lifespan Development Psychology (3 credits)
  • Adolescent Psychology (2 credits)
  • Foundations of Addiction (2 credits)

exploration courses – 44 credits

General Education – 18 Credits
  • Worldviews (3 credits)
  • World History (3 credits)
  • Research and Statistical Methods (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • General Education Electives (2 credits)
Biblical Studies – 6 Credits
  • Old Testament Elective (3 credits, Upper Level)
  • New Testament Elective (3 credits, Upper Level)
Christian ministry – 4 Credits
  • Student Outreach (2 credits)
  • Intercultural Outreach (2 credits)
Applied Psychology – 16 Credits
  • Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • Group Process (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Psychological Measurement and Testing (3 credits)
  • Marriage and Family Counseling (2 credits)
  • Professional Ethics (2 credits)

immersion courses – 24 credits

General Education – 3 Credits
  • Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Biblical Studies – 12 Credits
  • Bible/Theology Electives (6 credits)
  • Bible/Theology Electives (6 credits, Upper Level)
Applied Psychology – 9 Credits
  • Integration of Psychology and Theology (Capstone) (3 credits)
  • Psychology Internship (6 credits)

free and/or Emphasis electives – 13 Credits

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derrick Houle


Department Chair: General Education
Program Director: Applied Psychology, Criminal Justice
Instructor: Counseling, Psychology

B.A. in Social Science 
Providence College, Otterburne, MB, Canada
M.A. in Counseling and Psychology 
Providence Seminary, Otterburne, MB, Canada
Clear Waters Life Center, Clearbrook, MN
OHCC since 2000

Derrick Houle