Psychology Bachelor's Degree

Explore the fascinating landscape of the human mind and prepare for a career in human services or further graduate study with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

A popular choice for retiring veterans and career changers, the online bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Maryland University College will help prepare you for graduate study or a career as a mental health professional. While acquiring a knowledge base of theory, research, and practice in psychological sciences, you'll hone your quantitative skills, analytical and scientific reasoning, and ability to analyze human behavior.

Your degree could prepare you for a variety of roles in the mental health field, such as a researcher or direct service provider at a mental health or medical facility. Additionally, you can pursue a career in a related field, such as human resources.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Psychology Bachelor's Degree

The core curriculum for the bachelor's degree in psychology, which is aligned with American Psychological Association guidelines, is designed to provide you with a solid grounding in the major theoretical schools of psychology and the findings of research. The program covers the application of psychological concepts and principles to individual cognitive and emotional functioning, the workplace, and interpersonal relationships. The program also emphasizes the application of biological, social, and professional principles and concepts in response to psychological needs.

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology to prepare for graduate study or relevant careers
  • Apply basic knowledge of research methodology, statistics, measurement, guidelines, ethical standards, laws, and regulations to design, participate in, and evaluate research in a variety of contexts
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior to inform personal growth, communicate effectively, solve problems, make decisions, and interact with individuals, communities, and organizations
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, technology, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to current and emerging trends in psychology
  • Value diversity and different perspectives, tolerate ambiguity, and act ethically to communicate appropriately with various populations

Psychology Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Classes in the Major

General Education Requirements

Writing and Communication Classes | 12 Credits

No more than 3 credits in writing can be earned by exam.

Introductory Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options

This requirement must be completed within the first 18 credits. A placement test is not required for Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101). The requirement cannot be met through course challenge exams.

Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options

Communication, Writing, or Speech Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Psychology Bachelor's Degree

Media and Society (3 Credits, COMM 202)

All Available Options

Advanced Writing Class (Upper Level) | 3 Credits

Recommended for Psychology Bachelor's Degree

Advanced Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 391)

All Available Options

Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Historical Perspective Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Psychology Bachelor's Degree

Technological Transformations (3 Credits, HIST 125)

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH or HIST

Arts and Humanities Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Psychology Bachelor's Degree

Introduction to Humanities (3 Credits, HUMN 100)

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH, ARTT, ASTD, ENGL, GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language

Biological and Physical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

Laboratory Science Class | 4 Credits

Recommended for Psychology Bachelor's Degree

Introduction to Biology (4 Credits, BIOL 103)

All Available Options

  • A 3-credit science lecture class with a related 1-credit lab
  • A 4-credit science class combining lecture and lab chosen from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Science Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Psychology Bachelor's Degree

Introduction to Physical Science (3 Credits, NSCI 100)

All Available Options

Math Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Psychology Bachelor's Degree

Finite Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 106)

All Available Options

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions counselor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. Contact an admissions counselor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

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2015-16 Psychology degree planning worksheet

If you began your degree program prior to fall 2015, please refer to the catalog for the year you began your studies to determine degree requirements.

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