The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies: Foundations of Counseling Psychology and Behavioral Health is designed for adult learners who are looking for applied study experience in order to pursue careers in social work or counseling or to fill related roles in healthcare.

The program’s courses introduce students to clinical psychology, counseling, and social work and provide the tools students need to understand research and its application to future practice. Elective courses allow students to explore areas of interest that correspond with local need. For example, students who wish to work with the growing population of older adults might take Developmental Psychology, Social Gerontology, and Psychology of Aging.

Note: Completion of this program does not make students eligible for any professional licensure status.


Units of Basic Requirements


Units of Distribution Requirements


Units in Psychology


Units of Elective Requirements

Basic Requirements – 18 units

All School of Continuing & Professional Studies undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements.

  • Analytical Writing (U11 111)*
  • Critical and Researched Writing (U11 203)*
  • One additional 3-unit advanced writing course, which may be chosen from EComp 304 Exposition, EComp 3120 Argumentation, EComp 324 Writing for Public Speaking, or EComp 331 Technical Writing.*
  • One 3-unit course in numerical applications with a minimum grade of C-
  • One 3-unit course in moral reasoning
  • One 3-unit course in cultural diversity: Courses that satisfy the cultural diversity requirement explore issues of global human diversity and the interactions among cultures.

These requirements are effective as of Spring 2023. Students admitted to School of Continuing & Professional Studies programs prior to Spring 2023 are expected to fulfill the requirements in place at the time of their admission.

This program is offered either mostly or fully online. Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time. F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program. The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment. F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).

*Students who receive a grade lower than a C- in EComp 111 Analytical Writing taken at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies must repeat the course. Students who receive a grade lower than a C- in EComp 203 Critical and Researched Writing taken at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies must, in consultation with the Department of English and the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, choose between two options to satisfy the requirement: (1) repeat the course; or (2) complete a 3-unit composition tutorial with a grade of C or higher. Students who have completed English composition courses at another college or university should be well prepared for the required writing courses at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, and transfer credit will be awarded for this work according to our regular transfer credit policies. However, new students will begin with EComp 111 in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies. Students who feel they have a strong writing background may petition to take a placement test to demonstrate the skills needed to begin with EComp 203 instead. All students will complete EComp 203 and a 300-level writing course at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies.

Distribution Requirements – 27 units

27 units, 9 units in each area noted below.  Field-of-study courses also may fulfill basic and distribution requirements; however, each distribution area must include course work from at least two disciplines:

  • Humanities: (9 credits) Courses from Art History, Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Foreign Languages, Music, and Speech
  • Social Sciences: (9 credits) Courses from Anthropology; Economics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics: (9 credits) Courses from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Physics, and Science

These requirements are effective as of Summer 2023. Students admitted to CAPS programs prior to Summer 2023 are expected to fulfill the requirements in place at the time of their admission.

Additional Information

Advanced Courses

At least 30 units of advanced courses must be completed at Washington University.

Residency Requirement

Students working toward the Bachelor of Science degree at Washington University must complete the final 36 units of course work at Washington University. At least half of the units for the major must be completed at Washington University.

Additional Elective Courses

Students must complete a total of 120 credit units of course work for the degree by taking additional courses in either the liberal arts or professional areas. No more than 10 percent of a student’s course work may be in independent work (including internships, directed readings), and no more than 60 units in one department may count toward the degree.

Grade Requirements

To receive the Bachelor of Science degree, you must maintain a 2.0 GPA in all courses taken and receive a grade of C- or better in all courses applied to your major.

Field of Study Requirements – 21 units

Students in BSIS programs must complete a certificate, tailoring their degree to their educational and professional goals. Students in BSIS programs must also complete a Community Engagement course. A designated course in the psychology program will fulfill this requirement.

Required Core Courses – 12 units

  • Introduction to Psychology (U09 100)
  • Introductory Psychological Statistics (to include a Community Engagement Module) (U09 300)
  • Research Methods (U09 3015)
  • Capstone (course number TBA)

Required Foundational Area Courses – 9 units

Select from the following:

  • Psych 315 – Introduction to Social Psychology (3 units)
  • Psych 322 – Developmental Psychology (3 units)
  • Psych 3401 – Biological Psychology (3 units)
  • Psych 353 – Psychology of Personality (3 units)
  • Psych 359 – Cognitive Psychology (3 units)
  • Psych 365 – Learning and Memory (3 units)

Elective Requirements – 9 units

Students may choose to specialize in an area based on their future occupational interests. Those students should select 3 courses from one content area. Students interested in a broader experience may select any combination of 3 courses from the following electives:

Behavioral Health

  • Psych 1050 – Introduction to Applied Behavioral Analysis (3 units)
  • Soc 1200 – Introduction to Social Work (3 units)
  • Psych 330 – Perspectives on Counseling (3 units)
  • Psych 358 – Health Psychology (3 units)
  • Psych 488– Addiction and Treatment (3 units)

Clinical Psychology

  • Psych 330 – Perspectives on Counseling (3 units)
  • Psych 368 – Introduction to Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (3 units)


  • Psych 308 – Social Gerontology (3 units)
  • Psych 322 – Developmental Psychology (3 units)
  • Psych 325 – Psychology of Adolescence (3 units)
  • Psych 3261 – Psychology of Aging (3 units)

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