Prerequisites - Undergraduate Health Psychology Degree
Entering undergraduates must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA with a grade of C or better in basic proficiency and science requirement courses. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this minimum requirement will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Prior to enrolling, students must have completed 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in specific proficiencies and general education requirements. Students may apply to the program while completing prerequisite coursework.
Basic Proficiency and Science Requirements
|English Literature or Composition||9 quarter credits|
|College Algebra||4 quarter credits|
|General Psychology||3 quarter credits|
|Public Speaking||3 quarter credits|
|Survey level General Biology with lab||4 quarter credits|
General Education Requirements
|Natural Science||12 quarter credits|
|Arts and Humanities||15 quarter credits|
|Social Sciences||15 quarter credits|
|Electives||25 quarter creditsThe number of elective credits may vary depending upon the exact number of quarter credits earned in the other prerequisite categories. Total prerequisite credits must equal at least 90 quarter credits.|
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Curriculum - BS in Health Psychology; Public Health Psychology Track
The curriculum tables below list the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course are the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.), the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C) and the total contact hours for the course over the entire quarter (Tot).
After consultation with faculty mentors about their interests and educational and professional goals, students may choose to enter the Public Health Psychology track starting in the winter quarter of their junior year.
Expected Learning Outcomes
The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Health Psychology program follows the American Psychological Association expected learning outcomes for undergraduate education:
- Knowledge base in psychology
- Scientific inquiry and critical thinking
- Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world
- Professional development
- Understanding the importance of the biopsychosocial model with emphasis on the topics of stress, coping, social support, health behavior and the role of spirituality in well-being
The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Fall 2017. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Fall 2017 academic year. For the 2016-2017 course catalog, click here.Click here to download the PDF file.
Tuition for Bachelor's Degrees
Average first-year costs for a typical credit load in the 2016-2017 academic year. The first year is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Tuition & FeesFees include a $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses.
|Bachelor of Science (All Majors)||45||$24,684||$2,250||$26,934|
See also Financial Aid at Bastyr
PLEASE NOTE: For financial aid purposes, cost of attendance includes costs above, plus $21,600 per nine months to cover room & board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Books and Supplies are calculated using a formula not actual.
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Quick Facts - BS in Health Psychology; Public Health Psychology Track
Bachelor of Science with a Major in Health Psychology; Public Health Psychology Track
Kenmore, Washington campus
- Completion of the equivalent of two years of college course work
- 2.75 cumulative GPA
- Grade of C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses
- 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in the basic proficiency, science and general education categories
Length of Program
2 years, full-time
This track is a good choice if you are interested in promoting health and well-being on a community level rather than within a clinical setting. Graduates of this undergraduate program are prepared to enter the workforce within nonprofit, public health and social work arenas, or pursue graduate studies in psychology or social work.
Program Summary - BS in Health Psychology; Public Health Psychology Track
The Public Health Psychology Track (formerly called the Social Advocacy Track) provides training in the knowledge and skills needed to help people achieve optimal development and wellness at all stages in the lifespan. Students learn how to recognize factors influencing healthy development and practice the skills needed to advocate for wellness on behalf of individuals, families and groups.
Students in this track take three lifespan development courses that emphasize the ways in which family, culture, schools, governments and other contextual factors influence developmental pathways and outcomes. They also learn the specific knowledge and skills needed to design, plan and carry out advocacy efforts. This includes advocacy mapping, techniques, communication and evaluation.
Additionally, students in this track gain highly marketable skills in nonprofit administration, grant writing and health intervention program design and evaluation. The track also offers real-world learning through service learning practicum placements in the community.