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BS - Psychology: Pre-Counseling

In Capella University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology Pre-Counseling program, students have the chance to learn about counseling theories and practices. Read on to get more detailed information about this online bachelor's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Pre-Counseling

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students seeking to enter this bachelor's degree program should display strong communication, listening, and problem-solving skills and possess the desire to work in a field that requires them to help people overcome personal and professional issues. Applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students of Capella University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology Pre-Counseling program are given the opportunity to build communication and analytical skills while developing an understanding of counseling approaches and practices. Concentrations are offered in marriage and family counseling/therapy, clinical mental health counseling, and school counseling; courses address relevant clinical theories, systems, and histories of each of these areas. Required courses focus on psychological research methods, human behavior, lifespan development, the connection between biology and behavior, cognitive development, and cultural diversity. Students complete the program in a capstone course, in which they draw on concepts they've learned to examine the societal impact and contributions of the field of psychology.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Pre-Counseling:

Of the 180 credits needed to successfully complete this program, a total of 66 are taken in required counseling and psychology courses. In addition, 45 credits in the general education curriculum, 63 credits in electives, and a 6-credit capstone project must also be completed. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (45 credits)

  • Students select a minimum of six quarter credits from each of the following categories:
    • Communications
    • Humanities
    • Natural Science and Mathematics
    • Social Science

Required Courses (66 credits)

  • Developing a Psychology Perspective
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity
  • History and Modern Systems of Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Students take the following two master's level counseling courses:
    • Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors
    • Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
  • Students choose one of the following courses based on chosen concentration:
    • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling
    • Theories of Psychotherapy
    • Introduction to School Counseling

Elective Courses (63 credits)

  • Students choose any undergraduate courses

Capstone Course (6 credits)

  • Psychology Capstone Project

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After being awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology Pre-Counseling, graduates could be prepared to continue their studies in a master's degree program. Some careers in counseling or psychology could require a graduate degree. These might include clinical director, social worker, or psychology instructor.

Master's degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue, but are not limited to, include:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Counseling
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Career Paths:

Having completed the BS in Psychology Pre-Counseling program, graduates could seek entry-level employment in hospitals, clinics, detention centers, community health centers, government agencies, or correctional facilities. They might assist in evaluating and providing treatments for individuals or families coping with substance or physical abuse, marital issues, or behavioral issues.

Career titles suitable for graduates might include:

  • Case manager
  • Residential counselor
  • Mental health specialist
  • Mental health technician

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