Washington State University’s online bachelor of science in psychology gives students a comprehensive understanding of basic psychology and scientific methods. The ability to systematically identify and solve human problems is crucial in workplaces and life situations.
WSU’s B.S. in psychology is designed for students who:
- Wish to study psychology as part of a liberal education;
- Plan to use their training in related vocations such as health and human services, business, management, research and development, sales, and administrative positions;
- Are preparing for graduate work in psychology, social work, education, law, medicine, and business.
For more information on careers, please visit the Department of Psychology website.
Psychology instructors bring proven teaching skills and a commitment to learning to the online environment. Their expertise in select areas of experimental and clinical psychology further enriches their courses. Whether on-campus or online, these instructors are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for psychology with their students.
Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. For more information, see accreditation.wsu.edu/NWCCU-statement.html. WSU’s Department of Psychology is also accredited by the American Psychological Association.
All courses are available online
All undergraduates must complete the WSU General Education Requirements (GER), or the University Common Requirements (UCORE), depending on their status. (These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU's Transfer Information Web page.)
Students must also fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree. Time to degree completion varies depending on semester of enrollment and course availability. Not all courses are available all semesters. Please check with an academic consultant to map out the best plan for you.
(11 semester credits)
- Psych 105 - Introductory Psychology
- Psych 311 - Elementary Statistics in Psychology
- Psych 312 - Experimental Methods in Psychology
(9 semester credits)
- Psych 350 - Social Psychology
- Psych 401 - Historical Development of Psychology
- Psych 470 - Motivation
- Psych 490 - Cognition and Memory
(6 semester credits - choose 2 courses)
- Psych 321 - Introduction to Personality
- Psych 324 - Psychology of Women
- Psych 333 - Abnormal Psychology
- Psych 363 - Psychology of Aging
- Psych 464 - Behavior Disorders of Children and Adolescents
The remaining 4 credits may be satisfied by:
Taking one 3-credit Psychology course and a 1-credit 301 (301 not currently available online)
Taking two 3-credit Psychology courses
These credits can be fulfilled with any of the courses listed above or with the following Psychology courses:
- Psych 230 - Human Sexuality
- Psych 301 - Seminar in Psychology
- Psych 328 - Self Control
Writing in the major: Students must also complete two writing in the major courses. For online students, this requirement will be automatically fulfilled with Psych 312 and Psych 401.
College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements:
All students, including community college transfer students with an approved transferable AA degree from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona or Hawaii, or students pursuing a second major in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be held to the following additional requirements:
- Foreign Language: Complete 2 years of high school or 1 year of college in a single foreign language
Currently Enrolled and Former WSU Students (GER):
- Additional 6 semester credits of Arts and Humanities/Social Sciences/Intercultural Studies - for a total of 18 semester credits in [H] [G] [I] [S] [K]
- Additional 2 semester credits of Science, with 1 of the credits being a lab - for a total of 12 semester credits of GER sciences and 2 lab [L] courses
Freshmen and Transfer Students (UCORE):
- Additional 3 semester credits of [SSCI,] [HUM], or [ARTS] for a total of 12 semester credits of UCORE
- Additional 1 lab credit of [BSCI], [PSCI] for a total of 8 semester credits and 2 labs.
Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.