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BS in Psychology - Performance & Sports Psychology

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology aims to help students learn the more about human behaviors in sports and performance settings. Find more information about this bachelor's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology may have a background or interest in the mental aspect of sports and athletics. All applicants to Grand Canyon University must have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Athletes must train their bodies to be in top physical condition but they also need to master the mental aspect of the sport. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology is designed to help students learn the techniques sports psychologists use to evoke greatness in their clients. Students may learn how external and internal factors affect an athlete's performance, how to deal with team dynamics, and how to motivate people to be their best. Students enrolled in this program will have the opportunity to learn the psychology behind coaching, dabble in experimental psychology and delve into team building techniques. The degree path concludes with a capstone project in which students demonstrate their mastery of the curriculum.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for the BS in Psychology - Performance & Sports Psychology:

This program consists of 34 to 40 credit hours of general education (students can choose from a range of courses), plus 64 major credits and 16-22 open elective credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education (34-40 credits)

  • Students select from the following University Foundations options:
    • Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab
    • University Success
    • University Success
    • University Success in the College of Education
  • Students select from the following Effective Communication options:
    • 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy
    • English Composition I
    • English Composition II
  • Students select from the following Christian Worldview options:
    • Christian Worldview
    • Christian Worldview
  • Students select from the following Critical Thinking options:
    • Applications of College Algebra
    • College Mathematics
    • 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Environmental Science
  • Students select from the following Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics options:
    • U.S. History Themes
    • General Psychology
    • Everyday Sociology

Major Courses (48 credits)

  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Research and Ethics
  • Personality Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Cultural Applications
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Health Psychology
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Professional Capstone Project
  • Abnormal Psychology

Emphasis Courses (16 credits)

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Social Aspects of Sport/Psychosocial Aspects of Sport
  • Psychology of Coaching
  • Leadership and Team Building

Electives (16-22 credits)

  • Open Electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology may be able to further their education by pursuing a graduate degree in the diverse field of psychology. Many schools offer master's programs that can help prepare students for advanced positions or leadership roles; some options include:

  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology
  • Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology is intended to equip students to thrive in the real world working with Olympic athletes, sports teams and more. There is a range of career possibilities you could pursue with this degree from Grand Canyon University. Some of these include:

  • Working with a professional sports team
  • Helping an Olympic athlete achieve greatness
  • Assisting a university sports team
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Advising performers from other performance fields (theater, public speaking)

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