Psychology

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.

Faculty

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.

Accreditation

Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. For more information, see the WSU Accreditation website. WSU’s Department of Psychology is also accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Why WSU Global Campus?

WSU Global Campus fulfills WSU’s 1890 land-grant mission of expanding access to education. We use new technologies, but uphold old-school values, with courses taught by expert WSU faculty, academic advisors intent on your success, and a diploma backed by a long-established reputation for excellence.

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Program of Study
All courses are available online

All undergraduates must complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE) (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. Your academic advisor will help map out the best plan for you.

The major requires 35 credits in psychology course work, at least 15 of which must be from 300-400 level courses. Students must take at least 10 credits of Psychology at WSU and must maintain at least a C average in Psychology courses.

Students must also take BIOLOGY 102: General Biology, or transfer in an approved general biology course.

  • Core Requirements:
    (14 credits)
    • PSYCH 105 - Introductory Psychology
    • PSYCH 210 - Psychology as a Science
    • PSYCH 311 - Elementary Statistics in Psychology
    • PSYCH 312 - Experimental Methods in Psychology
  • Focus Area Electives—Neuroscience/Cognition:
    (6 credits—Choose two courses)
    • PSYCH 265 - Biopsychological Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs
    • PSYCH 372 - Biological Basis of Behavior
    • PSYCH 490 - Cognition and Memory
    • PSYCH 491 - Principles of Learning
  • Focus Area Electives—Social/Motivational:
    (6 credits—Choose two courses)
    • PSYCH 230 - Human Sexuality
    • PSYCH 321 - Introduction to Personality
    • PSYCH 328 - Self Control
    • PSYCH 350 - Social Psychology
    • PSYCH 470 - Motivation
  • Focus Area Electives—Clinical/Counseling:
    (6 credits—Choose two courses)
    • PSYCH 324 - Psychology of Gender
    • PSYCH 333 - Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYCH 361 - Principles of Developmental Psychology
    • PSYCH 363 - Psychology of Aging
    • PSYCH 440 - Clinical/Community Psychology
    • PSYCH 464 - Behavior Disorders of Children and Adolescents
  • Psychology Elective:
    (3 credits—Choose one courses)
    • PSYCH 301 – Variable Content
    • PSYCH 497 – Teaching Assistant
    • PSYCH 498 – Research Assistant
    • Any course listed above, or a transfer course with a PSYCH prefix.
  • University Writing Requirements:

    Students must complete the Junior Writing Portfolio, and two Writing in the Major courses. For online students, the Writing in the Major requirement will be fulfilled with Psych 312 (required), and choose one course from PSYCH 328, 401, 412, or 440.

  • 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
    • 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.



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