APU Introduces Bachelor of Science in Psychology

by Abigail E. Peck

Azusa Pacific University’s School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences recently launched a Bachelor of Science in Psychology that equips students to understand human behavior and provides a solid foundation in the field. Students learn how to scientifically analyze psychological disciplines and interact in a variety of real-world contexts. Students explore the intersection of faith and psychology and a Christian’s role in the psychological sciences.

The psychology major with an emphasis in science is designed for students seeking a strong foundational knowledge of the brain and neuropsychological functioning along with psychological research skills. Upon completion of this major, students are well trained to pursue graduate education and careers in psychology.

The growing demand for psychologists in mental health care, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals guarantee positions for successful psychology graduates. Overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Department of Labor. The typical starting salary of a psychology graduate is $33,407. The average salary after 10-19 years is $60,317.

“Seventy percent of APU’s undergraduate psychology alumni pursue graduate studies within five years," said Kathryn Ecklund, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Psychology. "The undergraduate psychology degree is an excellent major that prepares students for a variety of graduate and professional career trajectories. This degree program supports students who wish to pursue allied health professions and doctoral studies in research and STEM related fields.”

Abigail E. Peck '18 is a public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. She is a public relations major and leadership minor.