Psychology

Biola's Undergraduate Psychology Department seeks to promote the investigation and integration of psychology and theology, while providing the foundations appropriate for further learning whether in graduate school, other vocational training, or in general living.

What will I study?

  • Promotion of investigation and integration of psychology and theology
  • Development and promotion of the use of the education in ministry and service
  • Provide the foundations appropriate for further learning whether in graduate school, other vocational training, or in general living.
  • How to actively use psychological knowledge in the functions of the family, the church, and the wider secular community.
  • A choice of eight different specializations from a variety of theoretical, applied, or professional areas: Clinical/Counseling, Cross Cultural, Family & Child, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Psychology & Ministry and Graduate School Preparation.
  • A broad spectrum of issues concerning human nature and functioning from a distinctly Christian worldview

Degree Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed with a minimum of a "C" (2.0) grade in each of the following courses: Introduction to Psychology 200; Psychology and Christian Thought 206; Statistics with Computer Application 209, and 211; Biblical Studies, Foundations of Christian Thought 105; and English 110 A and B.
  • Completed a minimum of 30 hours of General Education and Bible.
  • Accomplished an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all college level work.
  • Filing of an application as a psychology major which shall include an autobiographical essay. The application can be filed any time following the completion of the student's third semester of college work.

What are BU Psychology graduates doing now?

Biola graduates from the Psychology major have gone on to study at the following graduate schools:

Chapman University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Talbot School of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, Rosemead School of Psychology, Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Fuller School of Psychology, Pepperdine University, Talbot Seminary, University of Maryland, University of New Mexico

Go Deeper

For more information, check out this department's website:

Psychology Department Website

Interesting classes I might take

  • Theories of Personality
  • Psychology of Religious Experience
  • Abnormal Psychology

What can I do with a degree in Psychology?

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Correction Officer

Why choose Psychology at Biola?

  • As a division of Rosemead School of Psychology, the Undergraduate Psychology Department shares the graduate program faculty who are highly trained and experienced in their profession. Rosemead, including the Undergraduate Psychology Department, is located in Rose Hall.
  • The Biola Counseling Center and the doctoral programs at Rosemead School of Psychology are available as additional resources to students for personal and educational use.
  • Psi Chi activities provide opportunities for interaction between undergraduates and professors. (Psi Chi is the national honor society for psychology majors).
  • The Journal of Psychology and Theology is produced by Rosemead. The Journal is a leading publication of its kind.
  • Internship Opportunities - 82% of students completed at least one internship
  • After College - 74% of graduates from the Psychology Department are currently employed in a full-time job or enrolled in grad school.
  • Career Satisfaction - 76% of grads agreed job fit aligned with career path

"I value Biola's Psychology program because we are taught through a Christian prospective on a matter that can be controversial--we are constantly reminded that the brain, something so intricate, was uniquely and beautifully crafted by the Lord."

- Denivie Garivay

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