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Interested in helping organizations improve the performance and productivity of employees? Consider our online bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology.
Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science Psychology in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology is designed to broaden your knowledge of the principles of psychology as it relates to business and organizational settings.
The bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology can also serve as a foundation for pursuing your Master of Science in Psychology at Kaplan University.†
The online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology includes core curriculum that is foundational to a bachelor’s degree, plus a complement of psychology and business-focused courses. Curriculum in the degree program includes the following:
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With your Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Kaplan University, you’ll could be prepared to pursue entry-level opportunities in work settings such as corporations and businesses, schools, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and more.*Potential career titles associated with this degree include:
In addition, our online bachelor’s degree in industrial organizational/psychology can prepare you for graduate-level studies, which can significantly broaden your career opportunities.†Please note, the professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in this program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
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Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.
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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.
Total Program Credits: 180
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.
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.
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.
Any college composition course
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.
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.
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 studentsa 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.
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.
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
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.
As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any College Composition I course
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.
This course provides an introductory overview of management theory, management functions, organizational structure, daily management responsibilities, ethics, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world management problems and scenarios. Implications for managing change within the context of a global economy and other dynamic environmental forces are also examined.
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.
In this course, students will examine the processes involved in human resources from a managerial perspective. Students will examine the functions of human resource management, including job analysis, staffing, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation, labor relations, and legal requirements.
This course gives students an overview of global business. Students receive an introduction to the terminology and the differences in political, economic, legal, and cultural systems across different nations and the risks and opportunities these represent to a global and international business. This course serves as an introduction to the factors involved in making strategic and ethical decisions in a global business environment. Hypothetical case scenarios are used to illustrate the reality of doing business globally.
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.
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.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles and theories of cognition including topics such as perception, attention, memory, decision making, and language in both children and adults. The course will also examine the brain regions involved in cognitive processes. Students will learn why an understanding of cognitive processes is important for psychology professionals and will apply the principles learned to a variety of settings.
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
This course focuses on public relations
processes and practices. Students will learn how public relations
practitioners work, the role of public relations in
organizations, the theories and processes of public relations,
and how relationships are built with public relations principles.
Topics will include issues management, crisis communication, how
public relations differs from marketing and advertising,
persuasive techniques, ethical considerations, how to use
research to support points, how to analyze media messages, and
how to create effective public relations
This course focuses on strategic communication in a variety of contexts. You will explore the fundamentals of effective strategic communication including self-awareness, critical thinking, and the application of ethical standards. The concepts of crafting an effective message, professional communication, and leadership will be applied. In this class, you will develop strategic communication for diverse audiences.
In this course, you will examine the human resource functions of employee recruitment, selection, and retention. The course focuses on building interviewing and employee selection skills and addresses the topics of attracting and retaining employees, recruitment methods, job analysis, employment testing, and background checks. The course also includes an overview of employment-related laws and covers techniques for employee orientation and onboarding.
MT 203 or enrollment in the Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate
This course examines leadership theory and practice, focusing on elements such as effective leadership behavior, the differences between leadership and management, leading change, and how leadership impacts people and systems in a continually changing global and virtual environment.
This course explores human behavior in organizations. You will examine individual behavior, attitudes, personality, values, perception, and emotions and how these affect organization outcomes. The course also examines the theories, concepts, and application of motivation as well as the importance of stress management, professional ethics, and organizational culture. You will gain an understanding and appreciation for communication processes, channels, and styles. You will also gain a set of organizational design tools.
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.
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
This course is an introduction to the field of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology. Students will acquire foundational knowledge of I/O psychology and human behavior in the workplace by being introduced to the historical influences and current perspectives of the field. The course will provide both real-world and research-based applications to help students understand the potential of I/O psychology in society. Further, students will learn about the basics of personnel selection, training, morale, organization theory and development, consumer behavior, and industrial and labor relations.
This course provides an overview of leadership theories and approaches in the workplace. Students will learn how to critically think about the leadership process. Further, students will examine effective leadership competencies such as conflict management and resolution, communication, training, coaching, and leading groups and teams.
This course provides an overview of the major theories and findings in research on motivation and attitudes. Students will explore individual differences, employee attitudes, and motivation. Additionally, students will be introduced to motivational strategies and models of performance in order to understand the effects on personal and professional behaviors and success in the workplace.
This course will introduce students to employee selection, assessment, classification, and placement in organizations. The course explores the ethical, legal, and professional contexts, measurement of individual differences, performance appraisal and feedback, program design and evaluation, and human performance factors. Finally, students will cover ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve employee and team performance and quality of work life.
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.
Total Program Credits: 180
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