Applied Psychology: Human Services Option (B.S.)

Applied Psychology: Human Services Option (B.S.)
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  Online Program

Our online B.S. in Applied Psychology provides an understanding of human behavior within a sociocultural context.

 Credit Hours: 120  |   Transfer: Up to 90 Credits  |   Tuition Cost


What is the Human Services Option in Applied Psychology?

The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology provides an understanding of human behavior within a socio-cultural context. Students explore the variables affecting human behavior within both individual and group settings. The major positions students for either post-college employment or advanced education. The human services option introduces students to issues associated with providing appropriate services to people with diverse needs.

Why study the Human Services Option in Applied Psychology at UNH College of Professional Studies?

Our B.S. in Applied Psychology provides an understanding of human behavior within a socio-cultural context. You’ll explore the variables affecting human behavior within both individual and group settings, with an emphasis on applying what you learn to real-world settings. By choosing the option in human services, you will delve deeper into applying psychology in this area and learn about providing support services to people across a wide spectrum of needs.

Potential Career Areas

  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologist
  • Child, Family, and School Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Counselor

Course Highlights


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Human Development
  • Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Principles of Psychopathology
  • Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • …and more!

Why UNH CPS?


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

Students pursuing an associate degree at their local community college are encouraged to explore our Transfer Pathway! This resource lists the courses your associate degree should contain at your community college, as well as the remaining courses you’ll need to take at UNH College of Professional Studies to complete your bachelor’s degree!

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  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

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An advisor trained in our professional communication program will contact you to learn more about your academic and career goals.

We’ll also share our course schedule so you can read more about the College’s programs, students, and faculty.

Eligible individuals can apply for tuition assistance through the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance (ECTA) and Preschool Development Grant (PDG), funded by the NH Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration! 100% of tuition is covered for up to two classes per term.

Eligible individuals include childcare workers, preschool teachers, and elementary school paraprofessionals.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE TUITION ASSISTANCE OPTIONS

Curriculum & Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology provides an understanding of human behavior within a socio-cultural context. Students explore the variables affecting human behavior within both individual and group settings. The major positions students for either post-college employment or advanced education. The human services option introduces students to issues associated with providing appropriate services to people with diverse needs.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
PSY 410 Introduction to Psychology 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
4
PSY 470
or PSY 525
Child Development
or Human Development
4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
MTH 504 Statistics 4
PSY 530
or SOSC 602
Social Psychology
or Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
IDIS 560 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences 4
PSY 602
or PSY 685
Theories of Personality
or Principles of Psychopathology
4
Major Elective 4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
HMSV 424 Human Services and the Helping Process 4
HRM 635
or COM 460
or PSY 654
Managing Conflict
or Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics
or Counseling Theories
4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
HMSV 480 Case Management 4
HLTC 690 Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services 4
PSY 725 Cognitive Psychology 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
PSY 740 Biopsychology 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
PSY 797
or PSY 795
Integrative Capstone: Project in Applied Psychology
or Integrative Capstone: Internship in Applied Psychology
4
Elective 4
 Credits8
 Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
 
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
Statistics
MTH 510
Pre-Calculus
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

ENG 420
The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Major Requirements

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Applied Psychology
Foundation Courses
PSY 410Introduction to Psychology4
PSY 470Child Development4
or PSY 525 Human Development
PSY 530Social Psychology4
or SOSC 602 Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
MTH 504Statistics4
Intermediate Courses
PSY 602Theories of Personality4
or PSY 685 Principles of Psychopathology
IDIS 560Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences4
Major Electives
Select one of the following:4
BEHS 675
Terrorism: Domestic and International
or BEHS 695
Internship in Behavioral Science
or CRIM 425
Juvenile Justice
or MGMT 566
Organizational Behavior
or PSY 530
Social Psychology
or PSY 602
Theories of Personality
or PSY 603
Crisis Intervention
or PSY 626
Educational Psychology
or PSY 630
Psychology of Adulthood
or PSY 646
Psychology of Occupational Stress
or PSY 654
Counseling Theories
or PSY 665
Principles of Assessment
or PSY 685
Principles of Psychopathology
or SLA 506
Language Acquisition
or SOCI 675
Child Abuse and Neglect
or SOSC 602
Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Advanced Courses
PSY 725Cognitive Psychology4
PSY 740Biopsychology4
Option in Human Services
HMSV 424Human Services and the Helping Process4
HMSV 480Case Management4
HLTC 690Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services4
Select one of the following:4
COM 460
Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics
HRM 635
Managing Conflict
PSY 654
Counseling Theories
Integrative Capstone
PSY 795Integrative Capstone: Internship in Applied Psychology4
or PSY 797 Integrative Capstone: Project in Applied Psychology
Total Credits56
 

Electives

Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

 
  • Differentiate and critically analyze biological, developmental, cognitive, and sociocultural theories that provide an understanding of behavior and communicate this knowledge effectively.
  • Use computer technology, as well as quantitative and scientific reasoning, to function as informed consumers of psychological research.
  • Apply ethical principles that guide and inform the conduct of research and clinical practice.

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Career Outcomes

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