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Psychology

17:1
Avg. student to faculty ratio
86%
Of CSU Grads Land Jobs Related to Their Career Plans
95%
Of Online Undergraduate Students Would Choose CSU Again
$52K
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Degree Overview Open Accordion

CSU's online bachelor's degree in psychology teaches you to creatively and strategically use science to address real-world problems, allowing you to make a difference through a variety of career paths. Hear more from associate professor, Bryan Dik.

Online psychology degree from CSU

Discover the basic theories, principles, laws of behavior, and scientific methods used in psychological research with this online bachelor's degree in psychology. CSU's program blends training in communication and critical thinking with scientific methodology, giving you skills that apply to a wide variety of professions, and preparing you to pursue an advanced degree if you choose.

Develop skills that employers value

This degree features a well-rounded curriculum that cultivates a strong science and liberal arts foundation. Courses help you hone a versatile skill set that is vital to career success — regardless of what field you go into. Through this program, improve your abilities in:

  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Analytical thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Cooperation/teamwork

Learn fundamental psychological concepts

Lecture and lab pairings in this online psychology degree program will give you the opportunity to apply first-hand the scientific principles you learn. Upon completion of your degree, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of psychological concepts across several basic content areas. The areas of study include:

  • Social psychology
  • Organizational psychology
  • Psychological Measurement and Testing
  • Industrial psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Biological psychology

Study online in a collaborative atmosphere

Studying online doesn't mean studying alone. With an average class size of 21 students, you have the opportunity to interact closely with your instructors and peers. Class interactions involve discussion forums, chat, and video conferencing.

"I really needed to go to a school where I felt like I had staff and faculty who were invested in me, because, let's be honest, I was a little bit nervous about going back. I wanted to be able to engage in conversations and build relationships. I knew right out of the gate, that's exactly what I had here."

— Aaron Bachler, online psychology graduate

Watch these videos to hear more of what CSU's online students say about their learning experiences.

In addition to earning your psychology degree, you have the option to further specialize your knowledge with a degree minor. Choose from nine minors, including:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Gerontology
  • Global and Environmental Sustainability
  • Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree. This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300-400 level) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:

Curriculum

The curriculum for this degree is outlined below and is based on the required courses for students following the Colorado Statewide Articulation Agreement for a bachelor completion in psychology. Students may need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the TransferologyTM website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how previous college coursework may transfer to CSU.

AUCC Requirements (31 cr.)

Check other AUCC requirements and consult your advisor with any questions.

Core courses

Lecture/Lab courses (Select three pairs of the following; 12-15 credits)

Upper-division courses (6 credits)

Additional required courses (17 credits)

Elective courses (8-15 credits)

  • Upper-division electives (8-11 cr.)

    Choose any courses 300 level and above.

  • General elective credits (0-4 cr.)

    Elective credits should be chosen in consultation with your advisor. Elective credits can be satisfied by completing courses 100 level or above. The number of elective credits will vary based on your transferable credits.

Degree Minors Open Accordion

Grow your knowledge and focus on a topic that interests you. A degree minor can help you discover new passions and talents, and further specialize your education so you become more marketable to employers. Relevant courses often apply to both major and minor requirements, so a minor can be added without greatly changing your degree plan.

Courses already taken can apply to a minor regardless of when the minor is added to your student record. All minor requirements must be completed prior to graduation. Once you have decided on a degree minor, learn how to add a minor to your transcript.

Undergraduate Minors

Agricultural Business

Build knowledge of production management, financial management, marketing management, international development, and trade through an agricultural lens. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Anthropology

Get a cross-cultural view of humanity and the broadly conceived dimensions of human behavior. You have the option to focus your anthropology studies on one or more sub-disciplinary divisions, including physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, or applied anthropology. To earn the minor, you must complete 22 credits from the following courses:

Business Administration

Computer Science

Add to your knowledge base and feel confident working with fields like computer programming, software development, cyber security, and more.

Required Lower Division Courses

Select one course from the following

Required Upper Division Courses

  • CS courses numbered 300 or above (12 cr.)

Program Total Credits: 24

Please note: Additional Math courses may be required depending on the 300/400 level courses that students choose.

Creative Writing

Explore creative writing in one or more of the following genres: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. In addition to broadening your writing repertoire, gain workshop experience at an advanced level. To earn this minor, you must complete a minimum of 21 credits in courses with E or CO subject codes, with at least 15 upper-division credits.

Required Courses

Select one group from the following

Fiction
Poetry
Nonfiction

Upper-Division Electives

Economics

Gain insight into current socioeconomic problems in the areas of resource allocation, inflation, unemployment, income distribution, environmental degradation, international trade, and monopoly power. This minor prepares you for careers in business management, teaching, government, banking, and public policy. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Gerontology

Prepare for a variety of careers in gerontology and develop an understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of adult development and aging. This interdisciplinary minor prepares you to fill the need for well-trained professionals to support aging adults, and can be paired with any CSU major.

Required Courses

Global and Environmental Sustainability

Prepare to meet today's pressing environmental challenges with this interdisciplinary minor offered by The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). Explore innovative research to understand how to solve problems that arise between humans and the environment. To earn your minor, you must complete 21 credits (12 upper-division credits) from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select one course from each group (A-D)

At least 3 credits must be upper-division (300-400 level). Courses may not satisfy two groups.

Group A: Society and Social Processes (select one)
Group B: Biological and Physical Processes (select one)
Group C: Economy and Profitability (select one)
Group D: Skills (select one)

Upper-Division Elective – select 3 upper-division credits from categories A-D with a subject code not previously taken (3 cr.)

History

Expand the breadth of your knowledge by earning an undergraduate minor in history. Choose from a range of courses based on your interests. This minor may be particularly useful for students who plan to pursue careers in education, public service, government, museums and archives, law, and other professions that require skills in research, writing, and the analysis of information. To earn the history minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses. (Note: You must complete at least 12 upper-division credits and 9 lower-division credits).

Select any 9 credits from the following

Select any 12 credits from the following

Horticulture

Growing and managing plants requires you to understand the science and the business of cultivation, and this online bachelor's degree minor emphasizes both. To earn the horticulture minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses.

Required courses (14 credits):

Select two courses (for a minimum of 7 credits) from the following:

Interdisciplinary Global Studies

Develop an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and peoples with courses in international and global history, politics, languages and cultures, economics, and environmental issues. To earn this minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

  • GR 100 – Introduction to Geography (3 cr.)
  • INST 200 – Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Studies (3 cr.)
  • INST 301 – International Studies Research Methods (3 cr.)

Select four courses below

One course from each category, 12 credits total with at least 9 credits in upper-division (300-400) coursework.

History, Politics, and Society
Languages and Cultures
Economy and Environment

Interdisciplinary Information Science and Technology

This interdisciplinary minor is sponsored by departments in different colleges across CSU: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, English and Journalism and Media Communication. The program is designed for students seeking a broad foundation in information technology, but not seeking to major in a specific information technology-related field. The program requires 21 credits and is open to students majoring in any field other than computer science, computer information systems, and electrical and computer engineering.

Required Course

Elective Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Program Total Credits: 21

Note: Nine credits must be from upper-division courses. A minimum of six credits must be completed from at least two subject codes.

Machine Learning

Media Studies

Understand the role and influence of mass media in American society and other cultures by studying media and film history, criticism, law, ethics, social effects, cultural consequences, and multicultural and international media issues. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Political Science

Gain a foundation in political theory and prepare for careers in law, teaching in the social sciences, journalism, and public service. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select six credits from the following

Select nine credits of upper division classes from the following

Science Communications

The minor in Science Communication is designed to educate highly qualified communicators who have interests in specialized academic disciplines and career fields. Because science often involves complicated research and processes, communicating the results of that work requires special skills. This program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of niche career opportunities in media, corporate communication, science-related industries, and scientific environments.

Required Courses

Select two courses from the following:

Sociology

Develop technical skills and knowledge to study human societies. To earn this minor, complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 12 credits from the following

How to Add a Minor

You must apply and be admitted to the University for a bachelor's degree program before you can add a minor to your student record. Once you are admitted, one or more minors may be added to your student record.

To add a minor, fill out this form and submit it to your student success coach. Include your name, CSU eID, and the minor or minors you are requesting. Your request must receive approval from the academic department of your degree major, which will be coordinated by CSU Online staff. Upon approval, you will be notified the minor has been added to your student record. If you have any questions, contact the Student Success Team at csu_online_questions@mail.colostate.edu or call (970) 492-4898.

Undergraduate Certificates

Spanish for Animal Health and Care

For students interested in working in animal science, veterinary medicine, or related fields, this certificate program teaches intermediate-level Spanish for use in agricultural and animal care settings. Learn to communicate in Spanish about livestock, equine, and small animal breeds, give directions for animal care and handling, issue instructions for safety and drug administration, and more.

Courses

Seed Science and Technology

Prepare for a career as a seed analyst with online courses in seed technology. These courses, led by Colorado State University and supported by three other major universities (Iowa State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Kentucky) and the Crop Science Society of America, offer a comprehensive overview of seed analysis, a technical skill requiring patience, attention to detail, and a scientific understanding of seed biology. After completion, you will be prepared to complete the examinations to become a Registered Seed Technologist.

Courses

Note: Additional study and testing is required to become a Certified Seed Analyst or Registered Seed Technologist.

Career Opportunities Open Accordion

This online psychology degree can lead to upward career mobility or serve as a jumping off point for moving on to a master's program, which is required for professional careers in psychology.

Because of the program's well-rounded curriculum, transferable skills being taught, and electives based on particular fields of interest, this degree will be seen as valuable by not only psychology-based employers, but more importantly, those across industries, including business, government, education, law and medicine.

Students can graduate with a combination of online psychology courses and experiences to qualify for semiprofessional jobs in this or closely related fields. In addition, participation in paid or volunteer work, internships, study abroad, and experiential education opportunities are highly recommended as they will enhance your employment opportunities.

Possible career opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Human services worker
  • Case worker
  • Probation officer
  • Community relations officer
  • Occupational therapist (with advanced degree)
  • Program developer/administrator
  • Human resources administrator
  • Public relations specialist/special events administrator
  • Advertising producer/writer
  • Account services representative
  • Media representative
  • Market researcher
  • Human factors assistant
  • Data analysis assistant
  • Government program administrator
  • Business manager
  • Buying agent
  • Sales representative
  • Real estate broker
  • Lawyer (with advanced degree)
  • Physician (with advanced degree)
Hear from Our Students Open Accordion

Hear about our students' experiences in the online psychology bachelor's program, and what they say about CSU's faculty and courses.

Aaron Bachler

See how Aaron was able to build on the credits he had already earned to finish his degree and change his story.


Jessica Risbell

See how this psychology program has given Jessica the flexibility she needs to raise her family while she develops her knowledge and completes her bachelor's degree.


CSU's Online Students

See what it’s like to study online with CSU, and discover how earning a bachelor’s degree can open up new opportunities for you.


Why Choose CSU? Open Accordion

As a student in CSU’s online psychology bachelor’s program, you receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on campus. Additionally, you can expect:

  • A Degree That Gives You Professional Options: Our program sits at the intersection of the arts and sciences, blending training in communication and critical thinking with scientific methodology. This gives you knowledge that applies to a wide variety of fields, and also prepares you to pursue an advanced degree if you choose.
  • An Applied Learning Experience: Deepen your understanding of how science impacts human behavior by participating in lecture-labs, in which you apply scientific methods to solve complex problems in creative ways.
  • Instruction from Expert Faculty: Study with faculty who incorporate their current research in their courses. Learn from the experts about the latest advances in areas like: the brain’s empathetic system, and the correlation between sensation and perception.
  • A Quality Learning Experience: With an average class size of 21 students, this program gives you the opportunity to interact closely with your instructors and your peers.
  • A Customizable Curriculum: With the choice of six lecture-lab courses in a range of psychological subject areas, this program allows you to choose courses that best suit your educational and professional goals.

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How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1
Summer semester May 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1 Review Admission Requirements

  • Previous college credit may be transferred into the online psychology bachelor's degree program, and minimum credits required can vary depending on previous coursework completed.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 cumulative GPA preferred) from all coursework previously completed*
  • Satisfy admission requirement in mathematics
  • High school graduation or equivalent

* A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.

Additional information may be required for international applicants. Please connect with a coach to learn more.

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Kyle Yates
Phone: (970) 682-7252
Email: kc.yates@colostate.edu

Schedule Time to Talk

3 Complete Online Application

Complete Colorado State University's online undergraduate application and pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online) or waiver (if eligible).

  • Select "Psychology — online degree program" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

5 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.

Questions? Call (970) 682-7252 or email kc.yates@colostate.edu.

Questions?

We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

Kyle Yates
Psychology
Student Success Coach
Schedule Time to Talk

Program Details

Delivery
Credits
120
Tuition
$476 per credit
Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Time Frame
Varies based on intensity of study and previous coursework

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1
Summer semester
May 1

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