Earning a Psychology Degree at Regis

Earning a Psychology Degree at Regis

Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree prepares students with a broad range of marketable skills and expertise suited across the field of psychology.
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B.S. Applied Psychology

Psychology Degree Overview

The complexity of our modern world challenges us physically, psychologically and socially. Can we do more than just “get by” in this bewildering world? Can we thrive in the midst of these challenges, and support others to do the same?


As a student in our Applied Psychology degree program, you will study how people individually and collectively develop, cope, and thrive in the modern world. You will study psychological theories, apply them to your own life, and consider ways that you can take what you learn to better the world through action.

Our curriculum covers a broad base of topics within the psychology field including lifespan development, abnormal behavior, positive psychology, stress and well-being, health psychology, and forgiveness. Our program, through our Jesuit approach to education, develops you as a whole person. We build your theoretical knowledge of psychology through traditional learning, we tap into your own insights and wisdom through reflection, and we build your skills through application. This approach prepares your mind and your heart for a host of careers that develop positive environments and outcomes for yourself and others.


Popular psychology careers can be found in fields such as:

  • Public Health
  • Hospitals and Health Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Counseling
  • Chaplaincy
  • Medical Consulting
  • Human Resources
  • Social Work
  • Health and Human Services
  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Research

Some of the careers in psychology require advanced study. An undergraduate B.S. degree in Applied Psychology from Regis University also lays the foundation for you to continue your education though graduate study in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy, Criminology, Nonprofit Management, or through other graduate degrees from the College for Contemporary Liberal Studies.



  • Core studies requirements: 45 credit hours
  • Foundational courses: 15 credit hours
  • Upper division requirements: 27 credit hours
  • Minor (optional): 0 or 12 credit hours
  • General electives: 29 credit hours (if minor is selected); 41 credit hours (if minor is not selected)

Regis University's Applied Psychology program is a Bachelor of Science degree, and the full degree is obtainable at the Northwest Denver Campus or online.


A Faster Path To Success through a Combined Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree

In addition, students have the opportunity to apply two graduate level courses to a Division of Counseling and Family Therapy graduate degree (Master of Arts in Counseling or Master or Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy) with the permission of the academic chair.  Additional admissions requirements apply for these graduate programs should you want to submit your graduate admissions application.


Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

General Undergraduate Core Requirements (45 credit hours)

Oral Communication Skills (3 credit hours): COM 210, COM 211
English Composition (3 credit hours): EN 203
Advanced Oral or Written Communication (3 credit hours): COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475
Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours) (3 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities Elective (3 credit hours) Any 300-400 EN, all HU courses, all COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437)
Global Issues (6 credit hours): COM 400, COM 412, CR 466, EC 335, EC 400, CIV 410, CIV 420, HS 240E-W, HU 435E-W, HU 421E-W, SO 204, SO 340, SO 341, SO 446, SO 469F, SO 472, IRSH 410E-W, RC 450, RC 458, RC 459

Social Sciences (6 credit hours): CIV 410, CIV 420, CIV 430, CIV 440, COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406 and COM 437), all EC, all ED, all HS, all PY, all SO courses, all CR courses

Mathematics (3 credit hours) 
  • (College-level algebra or higher)
  • MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, all 300-400 level MT courses 
Natural Sciences (3 credit hours): SCI 205E, SCI 206E, SCI 410E, SCI 411E, all CN, CIS or CS courses 
Philosophy (6 credit hours): All PL courses
Religious Studies (6 credit hours): All RC, all RS courses 
Foundational Courses (15 credit hours)
PY 250 General Psychology
PY 469 Lifespan Development*
PY 470 Psychology of Personality*
PY 471 Abnormal Psychology*
PY 481 Brain and Behavior
*Lower division course work acceptable in transfer.

Upper Division Requirements (27 credit hours)

PY 440 Professional Ethics in Psychology
CAP 483 Research Methods
CAP 493  Senior Capstone 

Select 6 classes (18 credit hours) from the following:

PY 414  Positive Psychology 
PY 415  Health Psychology 
PY 416  Understanding Trauma and PTSD 
PY 441  Social Psychology 
PY 444  The Family 
PY 454  Cognitive Psychology 
PY 456  Organizational Behavior 
PY 462  Behavioral and Stress Management 
PY 463  Psychology of Intimate Relationships 
PY 468  Psychology of Change 
PY 476 The Third Act: Adulthood and the Later Stages of Life
PY 480 Forgiving Others, Forgiving Ourselves
PY 496H  Special Topics in Psychology: Addictive Behavior 
PY 496J  Special Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Gender 

Optional Minor

0-12 credit hours

General Electives (29-41 credit hours)

If a specialization and a minor are completed: 29 credit hours

If a minor or a specialization is completed: 41 credit hours


Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

At a minimum, applicants seeking a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies must either:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university AND
  • Evidence of work experience

Applicants who do not meet each of these requirements may submit a letter of exception to the Assistant Dean of the school in which the applicant seeks to enroll. The letter should describe the applicant's goals and substantiate his/her ability to be successful at Regis University. Download guidelines for work experience admission appeal.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the online undergraduate application
  2. Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  3. Complete the personal statement essay. A short personal statement is required to be considered for admission. Download a copy of the personal statement guidelines.
  4. Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form. Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university. Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  5. Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.

Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.
Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

Non Degree-Seeking Applicants Submit the Following:

  • Complete the online undergraduate non-degree application
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess transferable college credit from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Provide evidence of work experience
  • No official transcripts are necessary. The writing skills placement essay is not required.
Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.


2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2015

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50
Online $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50

2016-2017 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2016

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $14,100 - $56,400 30 - 120 $470 $50
Online $14,100 - $56,400
30 - 120 $470 $50

Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.

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