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  • Curriculum: Standard Track


    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Major

    CM 206: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to be a more effective communicator in professional and personal situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the communication process, the influence of perception on communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction, listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management, and effective communication strategies.

    Prerequisites Required: Any College Composition I course

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    HN 144: HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT (5 Credits)

    Working as a human service professional demands an understanding of the differences and similarities in human behavior. This course will focus on the basic systems or influences that help to define, identity, and explain behavior. Students will examine how family structures, institutions, organizations, and communities contribute to the complex issues facing diverse populations in the twenty-first century. Students will examine ways to incorporate these theories to help them develop practical intervention skills.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    HN 200: SURVEY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS (5 Credits)

    The course exposes students to a broad array of social problems that affect the lives of many Americans. Students will gain insight and tools to analyze social problems, potential solutions, and the effects of these problems on individuals and society. Students will also reflect on their role as change agents for the clients with whom they work.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    MM 207: STATISTICS (5 Credits)

    This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.

    Prerequisites Required: MM 150 or higher

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 115: PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM AND PROFESSION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the discipline of psychology and the Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program. The field of study and skill sets, and issues related to various psychological fields will be discussed. Students will research the psychology degree and course offerings along with their professional goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals.

    Prerequisites Required: None  

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 124: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 210: HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course explores the historical origins of psychological study and the influences that have shaped contemporary views of the field. Students will learn about the origins of the study of the mind, the social and cultural factors that shaped the scientific approach to psychology, and modern-day applications of psychology. Students will also be introduced to the major theories and theorists in this discipline.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS 124

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 215: NEUROSCIENCE (5 Credits)

    This course will provide you with a foundational understanding of the basic concepts of neuroscience as it applies to the practice of psychology. The aim of cognitive neuroscience is to explore the biological factors that influence behavior. This course provides an introductory study of brain development, neural framework, developmental brain disorders, mental processes, social cognition, and more.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS 124

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 220: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course will explore the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and personality development of human beings from conception through the end of adolescence. Students will develop an understanding of developmental theories and research methods used to investigate developmental change, the theoretical bases for our understanding of how human beings change, and the contextual and cultural factors that impact the growth and development of children.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS 124

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    CE 340: INTRODUCTION TO AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS IN YOUNG CHILDREN (6 Credits)

    This course introduces students to autism spectrum disorders in young children. Topics include the historical and theoretical foundations of autism and current diagnostic criteria. Students will differentiate the characteristics of autism including comparing differences in brain structure as well as social, emotional, communication, behavioral, sensory-motor, and cognitive characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 300: RESEARCH METHODS I (6 Credits)

    This course provides learners with a basic understanding of the scientific method and how it applies to the field of psychology. It addresses the research methods used in psychology and the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. It also teaches learners when it is appropriate to use one method over the other and how to evaluate the accuracy of the conclusions of a study. Finally, it addresses the ethical issues related to conducting research in psychology.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS 124

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 330: PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT (6 Credits)

    Personality is defined as a consistent pattern of thinking and behaving; it is the basis of "who we are." The theories regarding the development of personality are numerous, and each contributes to the understanding of the factors that define one's personality. This course examines the major psychological theories of personality and explores research dealing with the influence of genetic and environmental factors. Students will apply various theoretical models to real-world examples of normal and abnormal personality development.

    Prerequisites Required: PS 124

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 340: EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS CHILDREN (6 Credits)

    This course examines the needs of exceptional children. The roles of teachers, parents, and other relevant "others" will be investigated in relationship to current practices, which include mainstreaming, inclusion, least-restrictive environment, and individual education programs.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 360: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS I (6 Credits)

    This course examines the behavior theory, principles, and procedures related to modifying existing behaviors and acquiring new behaviors. Students will begin to understand behavior modification techniques, such as reinforcement, punishment, extinction, discrimination training, generalization, shaping, classical conditioning, conditioned reinforcement, and schedules of reinforcement, by applying these behavior principles to real-world scenarios. Students will examine how behavior management can be used in various career fields.

    Prerequisites Required:

    MM  207

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 365: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS II (6 Credits)

    This course builds on Applied Behavior Analysis I to further examine the dynamics of behavior principles. In this course, students will explore advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) theories and apply them to case studies. Students will be able to explain how behavior-environment relationships play instrumental roles in behavior deficits or excesses. This course also will provide students with information on obtaining certification and licensing in the ABA field. Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams.

    Prerequisites Required: PS 360

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 380: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (6 Credits)

    This course explores the foundations of clinical psychology, including the history, practice, and application of psychology in clinical settings. Students will examine ethical and legal considerations in counseling, the roles and responsibilities of therapist and client, clinical skills, diversity issues, and professional development opportunities. Current topics related to clinical practice will also be covered.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS 124

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 385: TARGETED TOPIC IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a behavior analyst needs to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in a variety of settings. This course will cover diverse scenarios in which the basic concepts and theories of ABA, as well as ethical considerations for responsible conduct, can be applied. Topics to be covered include behavior measurement considerations, experimental design, reinforcement and punishment, extinction, behavior change systems, intervention considerations, maintenance and generalization of skills, ethics, and supervision issues. The course content is based on the basic behavior-analytic skills and client-centered responsibilities areas of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List.

    Prerequisites Required: None  

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 410: SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the strategies and tools that are used for the screening and assessment of various age groups. Topics include the history and purpose of assessment, ethical considerations, interviewing, and an intensive overview of functional behavioral assessment. Students will learn how to apply screening and assessment information to their work with children, adolescents, and adults.

    Prerequisites Required: PS 124

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 430: PROGRAM DESIGN AND EVALUATION (6 Credits)

    This course focuses on the process for designing programs that meet the needs of multiple populations using basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. It builds on fundamental concepts of designing individual behavior management programs and research methods using concepts in organizational behavior management.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS 300

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 440: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (6 Credits)

    This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.

    Prerequisites Required: PS 124 recommended

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    PS 498: BACHELOR’S CAPSTONE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis. This course serves as a final evaluation of competencies learned from coursework completed within the program. The capstone course provides you with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout your program and to assess your level of mastery of the stated outcomes of your degree.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term of study or approval of the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 117
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (30 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Tuition & Fees: Standard Track

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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