Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Eastern Kentucky University
Full time, Part time
USD 434 / per credit *
Earliest start date
* $250 per credit hour for active duty military
A psychology degree has broad applications and provides students with a strong academic foundation. This versatile degree opens the door to a variety of career options and builds critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. EKU’s online psychology program is real-world-focused, providing the opportunity to design a degree plan that’s meaningful to each student’s interests and career path.
Choose from multiple program options:
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology – General Psychology
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology – Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology – Forensic Psychology
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology – Child and Family Psychology
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology – Workplace Psychology
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology – Psychiatric Rehabilitation
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology – Brain and Cognitive Science
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology – Substance Abuse
What sets our program apart?
This program explores the versatile applications and opportunities of psychology. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as abnormal psychology, social psychology, statistics research, psychological interviewing and reporting, behavior therapy, and clinical psychology.
- Accelerated 8-week terms
- Courses begin 6 times per year
- Reduced tuition for active-duty military members
- Personalized graduation plan
- No campus visits required
- Unique opportunities for joint student-faculty research
- Free online tutoring with our PASS tutoring program
- Free career services assistance
- Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees
Scholarships and Funding
Grants are a type of financial support that does not need to be repaid. Many grants are based on financial need alone, however, some grants also take academic performance, academic degree program, and/or residence status into consideration.
Grants are available at the federal and state level.
Private student loans are not funded or subsidized by the federal government; instead, they are funded by banks, credit unions, or other types of lenders.
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Employer Tuition Reimbursement
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Employee tuition reimbursement programs are typically governed by an employer’s human resources department. Employers may provide up to $5,250 per year in employer education assistance benefits for undergraduate or graduate courses.
Your employer may require you to attain a particular grade or to complete a program in order to obtain reimbursement. The employer may also require that you remain employed for a period of time after completing the course of study. Finally, your employer may require you to provide receipts or other substantiation of the educational expenses.
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These scholarships are awarded by an organization other than the government or university. They are available from a number of groups, organizations, and entities nationwide. These scholarships can be general in nature or very specialized and tied to the type of work you would be doing after graduation.
If you receive an outside scholarship, you must notify your financial aid office so the award can be properly reported as part of your total aid package. Failure to report awards can result in the award not being accepted or a portion of the funds having to be repaid due to overpayment.
Departmental scholarships are awarded by specific EKU departments. The types, size, and criteria for these scholarships will vary by department.
If you receive a departmental scholarship, you must notify your financial aid office so the award can be properly reported as part of your total aid package. Failure to report awards can result in the award not being accepted or a portion of the funds having to be repaid due to overpayment.
EKU is fortunate to have hundreds of generous individuals and organizations that have donated scholarship money for current EKU students from a variety of backgrounds, situations, and interests. These are referred to as EKU Foundation Scholarships. Due to the number of these scholarships and the varying criteria for them, EKU has developed a single Foundation Scholarship application.
After completing the application, you will be considered for any foundation scholarship for which you are eligible. Criteria for these scholarships vary and can include academics, major, interests, place of residence, and more.
Core Courses --- 34
- PSY 200 --- Introduction to Psychology --- 3
- PSY 250 --- Literacy in Psychology --- 3
- PSY 258 --- Beyond the Undergraduate Degree --- 3
- PSY 309 --- Statistics-Research Methods I --- 4
- PSY 310 --- Statistics-Research Methods II --- 3
- PSY 499 --- Senior Exit Course in Psychology --- 0
Together with your advisor, select one course from each of the following areas:
Biological Bases of Behavior
- PSY 311 --- Physiological Psychology --- 3
- PSY 315 --- Sensation and Perception --- 3
Students in the substance abuse or brain and cognitive science concentrations must select PSY 311.
- PSY 317/317L --- Cognitive Psychology --- 4
- PSY 322 --- Cognitive Development --- 3
- PSY 333 --- Comparative Psychology --- 3
- PSY 312 --- Infant and Child Development --- 3
- PSY 314 --- Adolescent and Adult Development --- 3
- PSY 316 --- Aging and Senescence --- 3
Students in child and family psychology must select PSY 312; students in the psychology of the workplace concentration must select PSY 314.
- PSY 300 --- Social Psychology --- 3
- PSY 305 --- Psychology of Personality --- 3
- PSY 308 --- Abnormal Psychology --- 3
Students in the substance abuse, autism spectrum, psychiatric rehabilitation, forensic, or workplace concentrations must select PSY 308 in this area.
- PSY 318 --- Introduction to School Psychology --- 3
- PSY 319 --- Industrial/Organizational Psychology --- 3
- PSY 399 --- Research Development Skills --- 3
- PSY 405 --- Psychological Interviewing and Reporting --- 3
- PSY 406 --- Introduction to Behavior Therapy --- 3
- PSY 490 --- Clinical Psychology --- 3
- PSY 590 --- Tests and Measurements --- 3
Students in the substance abuse concentration must select PSY 490; students in the child and family concentration must select PSY 406; students in the workplace concentration must select PSY 405
Select one of the following concentrations:
- General Psychology --- 9
- Autism Spectrum Disorders --- 12
- Brain and Cognitive Sciences --- 15-16
- Child and Family Psychology --- 12
- Forensic Psychology --- 12
- Psychiatric Rehabilitation --- 15
- Substance Abuse --- 12
- Workplace Psychology --- 12
Capstone --- 3
- PSY 349 --- Applied Learning in Psychology --- 3
- PSY 400 --- Senior Seminar --- 3
- PSY 419 --- Research Development Skills --- 3
- PSY 579 --- Applied Learning in Psychology --- 3
Free Electives --- 28-35
General Education Requirements --- 39
Total Hours --- 120
Program Tuition Fee
A psychology degree has broad applications and can open the door to a variety of rewarding career options.
This versatile degree builds critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills, and prepares students for entry-level psychology jobs or to pursue graduate study or attend a professional school.
Graduate/professional school opportunities include:
- clinical psychology
- school psychology
- industrial-organizational psychology
- general/experimental psychology
Job opportunities include:
- Social services
- psychiatric assistants
- youth counselors
- health educators
- group home counselors
- child care providers
- Public service
- campaign managers
- newspaper reporters
- community recreation mangers
- probation and parole officers
- parks and recreation specialists
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