Applied Psychology - BS

Please note that the Applied Research minor will not be offered.

The Psychology bachelor's degree program offers students the opportunity to learn about and understand the complex relationships between human behavior and the world in which we live. Grounded in experiential learning and emphasizing awareness, understanding and appreciation for diversity, culture and global perspectives, this degree incorporates career-related knowledge, skills and abilities that prepare graduates for lifelong learning and professional success.

After taking foundational courses during the first year of the program, students choose one of two areas of emphasis to focus their studies. In Applied Psychology, students pursue advanced work that applies psychological concepts, theories and practice to the real world. This combination of theory and practical application prepares graduates to identify, address and engage everyday personal, professional and societal opportunities and challenges.  

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply key concepts, theories and research findings in the discipline of psychology to understanding, explaining and evaluating human behavior in both real-world and experimental settings.
  • Critically think and problem solve in an empirical manner as evidenced by the ability to use the scientific method, evaluate research findings, conduct applied research and use results to address challenges in the workplace and society at large.
  • Exhibit ethically and socially responsible behavior in professional settings through an understanding of needs of diverse individuals in complex multicultural global environments.
  • Demonstrate written, oral and interpersonal communication skills required of psychology professionals.
  • Define and adopt a professional identity, as well as appreciation and commitment to on-going professional development, as evidenced by applying discipline-specific content to career goals, self-efficacy and self-regulation, project management, teamwork, and collaboration skills.

All Psychology students enroll in a required minor in either Applied Research or General Business. This focus complements major course work, providing students with marketable skills in research design, survey instrument construction, data analysis, critical evaluation or modern business practices that employers need to make decisions. 

A required internship experience enables students to use material learned throughout the program in research or work settings, adding to their résumé and contributing to career employment possibilities. Grounded in a strong scientific foundation, graduates are ready for careers in a wide range of business, nonprofit and government occupations, as well as graduate-level education.

Applied Psychology

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Psychology Foundations
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology4.5
PSYC2030Developmental Psychology4.5
PSYC3001Social Psychology4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
Major Courses
LEAD2012Power and Leadership4.5
PSCI1001Introduction to Political Science4.5
PSYC2100Health Psychology4.5
PSYC2200Professional & Ethical Issues in Applied Psychology4.5
PSYC3100Community Psychology4.5
PSYC3200Cognitive Psychology4.5
PSYC4100Brain, Environment, & Behavior4.5
PSYC4200Cultural Psychology4.5
PSYC4300Contemporary & Critical Issues In Applied Psychology4.5
SOC1001Sociology I4.5
Required Minor22.5
Applied Research
Statistics II
Experimental Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Qualitative Inquiry
Community Action Research
Integrative Applied Research Seminar
General Business
Choose five of the following:
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions
The Legal Environment of Business I
Contemporary Business Management I
Contemporary Business Management II
Human Resource Management
Principles of Marketing
Applied/Experiential Learning
CAR0010Career Management1
PSYC3099Psychology Internship *4.5
A&S Core Experience
Communication Foundation courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Social Sciences9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university22.5
Total Credits181.0

Students are required to complete a 4.5 credit internship.  Students may use up to 9.0 credits from free electives to do an internship of 9.0 or 13.5 credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte or Online.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of options for major, Arts & Science and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.