Bachelor of Science in Psychology

(Currently Not Accepting Enrollments)

Description and Outcomes

Effective November 11, 2015, this program will no longer be accepting enrollments or reentries. An alternative program may be available/recommended. Check with an Admissions Advisor.

A Bachelor of Science in Psychology may prepare you to pursue career opportunities in various fields where you may implement your psychological knowledge, skills, and values. In addition, the program may prepare you for graduate work to pursue more specialized careers. The program's curriculum is designed to provide you with content knowledge of the major concepts, values, theories, psychological studies, research methods, and historical trends in psychology as they apply to human behavior, learning, and development. You will study how psychology relates to your everyday life and the importance of culture and diversity. Courses are designed to help you develop and use psychological skills, critical thinking, and the scientific approach to problem solving to evaluate behavior and mental processes while applying psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Emphasis Areas

Four emphasis area options are available within the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program. The child development emphasis area provides exploration of behavioral development from birth to adolescence and is designed to prepare you to pursue a career in early childhood education, human services, and community work. The applied behavior analysis emphasis area provides an examination of the design, analysis, and application of learning theories and behavioral principles, and is designed to prepare you to pursue careers working with children and adults in schools and other organizational settings. The industrial/organizational psychology emphasis area helps prepare you to become skilled in the psychology of behavior and attitudes, and is designed to help you pursue a career working to improve the performance, satisfaction, and well-being of employees by applying psychology-related strategies in various work settings. Finally, the addictions emphasis area provides an investigation of substance abuse in our society, including risk factors, prevention, evaluation, and treatment, and is designed to prepare you to pursue careers in clinical and educational settings working with youth and adults.

Accelerated Master's Degree Option

If you are interested in earning a master's degree in human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.

Program Length

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Knowledge Base: Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, enduring conflicts, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods: Apply basic methodology in psychology including research design, data analysis, and the interpretation and evaluation of findings.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills: Use analytical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach in solving problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Application: Apply the appropriate psychological principles, theories, and concepts to personal, social, and organizational issues and problems.
  5. Values in Psychology: Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying ethical standards, values, and considerations in theory and practice in the disciplines of psychology.
  6. Information and Technological Skills: Use contemporary tools and technologies to communicate psychological principles and concepts effectively in diverse social and professional settings.
  7. Global Awareness: Demonstrate an understanding of how academic and applied psychology can improve interpersonal relationships across cultural and national boundaries.

General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.


Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not reviewed the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions, nor intended the program to meet such requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) has verified the Purdue Global course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Examination.

To become certified, you will need to obtain the necessary number of hours of field experience under an appropriate supervisor, as required by the BACB, meet additional degree and practicum requirements, and must also pass the comprehensive exam.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board can be contacted at:

8051 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127
Tel: 720.438.4321

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in Purdue Global's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure.