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  Jun 20, 2024
 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum 
    
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum [Archived Catalog]

BS Business Psychology


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Program Overview

The BS Business Psychology program prepares students for a career in business, applying psychological principles to create lasting solutions to tough problems and unlock an organization’s potential. Graduates will be prepared to use their education to further their professional careers in various settings through the program’s three distinctive tracks in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Leadership, or Behavioral Economics, earning graduate program credit while completing their BS Business Psychology degree.

Students in their final year will choose one of three tracks of master’s level program coursework, which will count for 15 credits toward the BS Business Psychology Program, as well as toward the related MA program.  Students completing the graduate courses while enrolled in the BS Business Psychology program will also earn the graduate certificate related to their chosen track;

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Behavioral Economics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

Professional Practice

  • Synthesize relevant psychological research into strategies for addressing complex workplace problems.
  • Collaborate effectively and fulfill various leadership functions in a team environment, to include managing projects and supporting the development of practical workplace solutions.
  • Apply business and human resource management principles to maintain the operations of an organization.
  • Analyze data typically collected in the measurement of organizational behavior and workforce dynamics.

Diversity

  • Advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion when developing workforce initiatives.

Professional Behavior

  • Make ethical decisions in the application of psychological principles to workforce initiatives.
  • Communicate effectively in oral presentations and written reports, translating scientific research and statistical findings to both professional and layperson audiences.

Scholarship

  • Search scientific literature to identify foundational psychological principles and theories.
  • Analyze statistical data and apply logical reasoning to explain human, organizational, and workforce behaviors.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the BS Business Psychology program is open to any person who meets entrance requirements as outlined below. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Generally, a high school cumulative GPA of a 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received (and no degree was earned) to support their application and request for transfer credit.  (See Undergraduate Transfer and Nontraditional Credit Hours Policy  ). The Chicago School does not accept transfer credit for BA300 Foundations of Psychology, BA340 Research Methods, BA380 Statistics, BA448 Managing a Globally Diverse Organization and BUS305 Pathways to Success. Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Application Fee ($50)
  • Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral - high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of an earned Associate degree. Information about acceptable proof of qualifying conferral can be found here  .
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • One Letter of recommendation (optional)
  • Essay of intent
  • SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission, however applicants who have taken the SAT/ACT may submit their scores to enhance their application.

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $100 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.

Policies

The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures  : Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver.

The Curriculum


Business Psychology Major:  55 Credit hours

General Education:  44 Credit Hours

  • Students entering with an A.A.S. or A.A. degree may have this requirement waived
  • Total number of general education credits to be completed at The Chicago School depends on transfer credit as evaluated per The Chicago School transfer credit policy
  • All BS Business Psychology students must complete SBS 100 Introduction to Pychology, MATH 107 Algebra, and PLS 100 Introduction to Biology with Lab or their equivalent.

Specilized Track:  21 Credit Hours

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Behavioral Economics

Program Total:  120 credit hours

General Education for Baccalaureate Programs


Overview

The Chicago School’s bachelor’s programs share a common core of 44 credit hours of general education requirements, including a capstone experience. The coursework is designed to meet general education requirements in all 50 states and the District of Columbia while providing the groundwork for success in the following years of study of the Bachelor’s Degree. 

General Education Courses are all delivered in online format.

General Education Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the general education coursework, students will be able to:

Professional Practice

  • Interact and collaborate with others effectively

Diversity

  • Demonstrate knowledge of individual and cultural difference with consideration for domestic and transnational diversity in a manner that promotes inclusion and understanding.

Professional Behavior

  • Assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, applying differing ethical perspectives to dilemmas, and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.

Scholarship

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the fundamental theories and principles of their major (and chosen minor, if applicable) area of study.
  • Deliver well organized oral and written presentations that include a central message with logical themes, using language and terminology appropriate to the topic and audience.
  • Craft logical evidence-based arguments leading to solutions of practical problems.
  • Acquire and utilize information through library research with the use of computer search engines and information databases, evaluate the reliability of the source, and identify peer-reviewed and scholarly sources.
  • Apply quantitative (mathematical) reasoning to solving practical problems.

General Education Capstone

The CAP 200 Introduction to Research Methods  course serves as an introduction to various research methodologies and techniques. This course helps set a foundation for students to apply learned knowledge of research approaches in future program of study courses, the workforce, and their communities at large. During the course, students will demonstrate their knowledge by completing a research proposal signature assignment. All undergraduate students will complete this course except for those who transfer into the institution with an earned associate degree from an accredited institution.

General Education Required Core (44 Credit Hours)

Students residing in Louisiana are required to complete 9 credit hours of Life and Physical Science to meet graduation requirements.

Writing and Communication (9 Credit Hours)


Mathematics (6 Credit Hours)


MATH 107 is required for BS Business Psychology and BS Healthcare Management students.

Physical and Life Sciences (8 Credit Hours)


Students are required to take at least one Life Science and one Physical Science course. 

If a student resides in Louisiana, they are required to complete 9 credit hours of Life and Physical Science coursework to meet general education requirements.

PLS 100  is required for BS Business Psychology students.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 Credit Hours)


 If a student resides in Arkansas, one of the three courses is required to be completed in US History or US Government. 

BS Business Psychology students must take  SBS100 Introduction to Psychology  

Capstone (3 Credit Hours)


Industrial Organizational Psychology Track (21 Credit Hours)


Courses with the IO prefix are graduate level courses and may be also applied toward the MA Industrial/Organizational Psychology program   providing the student meets the admission requirements for that program. Students successfully completing the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Track may petition for conferral of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate  upon completion of IO 510 Organizational Behavior and any two of the remaining courses with the IO prefix.

Organizational Leadership Track (21 Credit Hours)


Courses with the IO and MP prefixes are graduate level courses and may be also applied toward the MA Organizational Leadership program  providing the student meets the admission requirements for that program. Students successfully completing the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Track may petition for conferral of the Certificate in Organizational Leadership  upon completion of IO 525 Organizational Leadership and any two of the remaining courses with the IO or MP prefix.

Behavioral Economics Track (21 Credit Hours)


Courses with the IO and BE prefixes are graduate level courses and may be also applied toward the MA Behavioral Economics program  providing the student meets the admission requirements for that program. Students successfully completing the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Track may petition for conferral of the Certificate in Behavioral Economics  s upon completion of BE 505 Fundamentals of Behavioral Economics and any two of the remaining courses with the IO or BE prefix.

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