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Earning your bachelor’s in psychology prepares you to make an impact as a professional in the social services, human resources, education and business fields.

This degree requires a minor, allowing you to study another area of interest while learning the foundations of psychology.

What You'll Do

You’ll study all aspects of human behavior and mental processes in interactive online classes.More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about basic processes (learning and memory), cognitive processes, social psychology, developmental psychology, and clinical/personality psychology.
  • Continue working, secure an internship or balance life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses.
  • Become familiar with statistics and research design vital to psychology.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Psychology?

Psychology graduates work in a wide variety of professional settings including business, education, counseling and health promotion, as well as conservation and community development roles. 

With the ability to pick an additional field of study through a minor, you’ll be prepared to enter the workforce with a solid foundation in psychology, plus knowledge about your desired field.

Career Opportunities

  • Employment counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Human resources advisor
  • Correctional treatment specialist

Outcomes & Careers

  • 95%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Psychology and Counseling report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $91k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a psychologist is $90,710.

  • $89k

    School Psychologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a clinical, counseling, and school psychologist is $89,290.

  • $113k

    Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an industrial-organizational psychologist is $112,690.

Online: Psychology Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Psychology Curriculum

The psychology degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. A minor is required.

Required Courses:

  • PY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PY 220 Psychological Development Across the Lifespan (3)
  • PY 230 Ethics and Diversity (3)
  • PY 250 Applied Psychology (3)
  • PY 271 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (3)
  • PY 358 Social Psychology (3)
  • PY 432 Introduction to Personality (3)
  • PY 440 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PY 496 Historical Survey of Psychology(3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • PY 362 Learning & Memory (3)
  • PY 460 Cognitive Processes (3)

Choose 6 hours:

  • PY 120 The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence (3)
  • PY 222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • PY 301 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
  • PY 325 Psychological Development of the Family (3)
  • PY 353 Social Cognition (3)


  • PY 359 Psychology & the Law (3)
  • PY 362 Learning & Memory (3)


  • PY 460 Cognitive Processes (3)
  • PY 441 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
  • PY 444 Childhood Psychopathology (3)
  • PY 466 Introduction Physiological Psychology (3)
  • PY 525 Maturity & Aging (3)
  • PY 531 Psychological Testing (3)
  • PY 555 Health Psychology (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in a major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination


  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • 1st 8 Week: Aug. - Oct. (3 hours)
  • 2nd 8 Week: Oct. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Total: 15 hours


  • Wintersession: Dec. - Jan. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours)
  • 1st 8 Week: Jan. - Mar. (3 hours)
  • 2nd 8 Week: Mar. - May. (3 hours)
  • Total: 15 hours


  • 1st 4 Week: June (3 hours)
  • 8 Week: June-July (3 hours)
  • 2nd 4 Week: July (3 hours)
  • Total: 9 hours

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counselling

"My research program explores cognitive skill acquisition and automaticity. Specifically, I investigate factors that influence the gains made during practice of a cognitive skill and factors that influence the durability of practice gains across delays. "

Nic Wilkins

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

98% of College of Education, Health and Human Studies graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school within a year.

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