Bachelor's in General Psychology (BS)
EKU’s online bachelor’s degree in general psychology provides students with a strong academic foundation. This degree opens the door to a variety of career options and builds critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills.Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions or to enroll in an appropriate graduate program.
Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 120 hours
2017-2018 Tuition: $409 per credit hour
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90 hours*
Career Options: Victim’s advocate, crime analyst, court liaison, forensic psychologist, social and human services worker, clinical psychologist
* A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at EKU
Note: Completion of this program does not result in certification or licensure in the autism spectrum disorders field, but will prepare you for certain entry-level positions or to enroll in a related graduate or professional program after graduation.
Enhance your degree with a minor or certificate
Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits.
You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your psychology major as you work toward your degree.
What sets our program apart?
This program explores the science of autism and introduces students to theories and techniques in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention of autism disorders across the life span. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as infant and child development, behavior therapy, child psychopathology and the autism spectrum.
- 8-week terms
- Personalized graduation plans
- Study any time, from anywhere
- No campus visits required
- Unique opportunities for joint student-faculty research
- Online tutoring anywhere with our PASS tutoring program
- Ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the best universities offering online degrees
Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.
CORE COURSES: 34 HOURS
A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses counted toward the major.
Section A:Each of the following courses
- PSY 200: Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 250/250W: Information Literacy in Psychology
- PSY 258
- PSY 309: Statistics-Research Methods I
- PSY 310: Statistics-Research Methods II
- PSY 499
Section B: At least 3 hours from each of the following groups
Group 1—Biological Bases of Behavior
- PSY 311: Physiological Psychology
- PSY 315 or 315L
(students in the Substance Abuse or Brain and Cognitive Science Concentrations must select 311 for this group)
- PSY 317: Cognitive Psychology
- PSY 333
- PSY 350
(students in the Child and Family Psychology must select 312; students in the Psychology of the Workplace Concentration must select either 314 or 316)
(students in the Substance Abuse, Autism Spectrum, Forensic, or Workplace Concentrations must select 308 in this area)
- PSY 318
- PSY 319: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- PSY 399
- PSY 405: Psychological Interviewing and Reporting
- PSY 406: Introduction to Behavior Therapy
- PSY 490: Clinical Psychology
- PSY 590
(Students in the Substance Abuse Concentration must select 490; students in the Child and Family Concentration must select 406; students in the Workplace Concentration must select 405)
Section C: 12 hours of psychology electives
Concentrations (Students may choose one or more concentrations. Those who do not choose one will be placed in the General Concentration.)
Psychology (General)..........................................9 hours
9 hours of psychology electives. At least 3 hours must be numbered 400 or above. (PSY 280, 402 and 403 may not be used as a psychology elective.)
Substance Abuse..................................................12 hours
PSY 305, 405, 406, and 429
Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders............................................12 hours
PSY 312, 406, 408; PSY 477 or 577.
Forensic Psychology............................................12 hours
PSY 300, 305, 314, and 466.
Child and Family Psychology............................12 hours
PSY 314, 405, 408, and one of the following: 318, 321, or 377.
Psychology of the Workplace.............................12 hours
PSY 300, 305, 319, and 590.
Brain and Cognitive Sciences.............................15-16 hours
PSY 315, 317, and 413; one of the following: PSY 333, 530, or approved 497/597; one of the following: BIO 171, 301, 371, CSC 160, MAT 234(4) or 234H(4), or PHI 352.
University Requirements: 42 hours
General Education: 36 hours
Student Success Seminar (GSD 101; waived for transfers with 30+ hrs.): 3 hours
Wellness: 3 hours
Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives category)
Upper Division Courses (42 hours distributed throughout Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives categories)
Free Electives: 28-35 hours
TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS TO COMPLETE DEGREE: 120 hours
PSY 200/200W: Introduction to Psychology
A survey of the major content areas and methods of psychology, including history, biological correlates, cognition, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, development, personality, abnormal, therapy, and social behavior. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for PSY 200W.
PSY 250/250W Information Literacy in Psychology
Completion of developmental reading and writing requirements. Information literacy, reading, evaluating, summarizing scientific literature in Psychology; scientific writing (APA format); basic research terminology. Pre or corequisite: PSY 200.
PSY 258 Beyond the Undergraduate Degree
An exploration of career opportunities in Psychology and information about building the skills and credentials needed. Pre or corequisite: PSY 250W.
PSY 309 Statistics-Research Methods I
Introduction to techniques and problems of the experimental method and statistical analysis in psychology. Representative experiments and data analysis will be discussed. Cross-listed as HEA 450. Prerequisite: MAT 105 or above with a of “C” or better, PSY 250 or ENG 102.
PSY 310 Statistics-Research Methods II
Continuation of PSY 309. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of “C” in PSY 291 or 309. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for PSY 301.
PSY 305: Psychology of Personality
Basic approaches to the study of personality. Theory and fact upon which these approaches are based are related to various kinds of behavior patterns. Prerequisite: PSY 200, ENG 102, CMS 100/102 or departmental approval.
PSY 308: Abnormal Psychology
Descriptive study of the nature, course, classification and prevalence of abnormal behavior, with attention to intellectual, personality, cognitive, sensory and motor functions. Prerequisite: PSY 200, ENG 102.
PSY 311: Physiological Psychology
Facts, concepts, and principles regarding physiological events that underlie behavior. Attention to contemporary research methods and problems undergoing study. Prerequisites: PSY 200 and PSY 250 or departmental approval.
PSY 312: Infant and Child Development
Theoretical and empirical approaches to the development of the infant and child with attention to perceptual, behavioral, social, and cognitive development and the capacity for learning. Prerequisite: PSY 200.
PSY 314: Adolescent and Adult Development
Survey of biological, psychological, social, cognitive, and historical influences on adolescent and adult development. Prerequisite: PSY 200, ENG 102.
PSY 317: Cognitive Psychology
Theoretical and empirical approaches to human cognition. Topics include knowledge acquisition and organization, memory, language, problem solving, and thinking skills. Prerequisites/corequisites: PSY 309 or departmental approval.
PSY 319: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Principles of psychology as applied to industry, business, and organizations. Course will focus on the individual employee, the job, the organization, and the work environment. Prerequisites: PSY 250, ENG 102, CMS 100/102 or departmental approval.
PSY 349 Cooperative Study: Psychology
Work in placements related to academic studies. One to eight hours credit per semester or summer and a total of 16 hours while at EKU. A minimum of 80 hours employment required for each semester hour credit. A maximum of three hours may be applied toward the major; additional hours count as upper division free electives (not psychology electives). Co-op is not applicable toward the 18 hours required for a psychology minor. Graded Pass-Fail. Prerequisites: PSY 250 and instructor approval, a GPA of at least 2.0.
PSY 400: Senior Seminar
The senior seminar examines contemporary psychological issues from each of the five core perspectives. Issues vary from semester to semester. May be retaken once, provided the subject matter differs each time. PSY311 or PSY 315, and PSY 313 or PSY 317 or PSY 333, and PSY 312 or PSY 314 or PSY 316, and PSY 300 or PSY 305 or PSY 308, or departmental approval. Prerequisite or co-requisite: PSY 310, or departmental approval.
PSY 401: Senior Thesis
Design, execution, and writing of a supervised independent research project. Prerequisite: PSY 310, ENG 102, CMS 100/210 or instructor approval.
PSY 405: Psychological Interviewing and Reporting
Principles and techniques of interviewing and case reporting, with emphasis on applications in human services and personnel work. Prerequisite: 12 hours in PSY.
PSY 406: Introduction to Behavior Therapy
Principles and techniques of applying behavioral principles in the analysis of complex human behavior. Emphasis is placed on methods of observing behavior and analyzing functional relationships between behavior and environment. Prerequisite: PSY 250W, PSY 308, PSY 312/314, ENG 102.
PSY 420: Psychology of Women
Psychological theory and research about important facets of girls’ and women’s lives from birth through old age. Prerequisites: PSY 250W and ENG 102.
PSY 466: Forensic Psychology
Survey of the major areas of forensic psychology including mental health law, experimental psychology and the legal system, forensic assessment, theories of criminal behavior and law enforcement/correctional psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 250W, PSY 300, PSY 308, ENG 102
PSY 490: Clinical Psychology
Survey of clinical theories, methods, and approaches. Prerequisites: PSY 250, PSY 308, ENG 102 or departmental approval.
PSY 577 The Autism Spectrum
Introduction to assessment, diagnosis, and intervention in autism spectrum disorders across the life span. Prerequisite: Department approval.
PSY 579: History and Systems of Psychology
A survey of the history of psychology and its various schools of thought and approaches to the study of behavior and mental processes. PSY311 or PSY 315, and PSY 313 or PSY 317 or PSY 333, and PSY 312 or PSY 314 or PSY 316, and PSY 300 or PSY 305 or PSY 308, or departmental approval. Prerequisite or co-requisite: PSY 310, or departmental approval.