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B.S./B.A. in Psychology: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

180 total credits required

The four-year online Bachelor’s in Psychology program explores human behavior through coursework and one-on-one experiences. With a rigorous course plan, the program requires credit hours in 300-level and 400-level coursework. You will complete a methods course with a capstone experience tailored to your local situation. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

You will also be able to choose between two specializations: applied or experimental psychology. With your specialization plus your individual practicum and capstone projects, you will be prepared to enter your desired career field or even graduate programs in psychology.

Transfer Information

EOU offers a generous transfer policy for course credits to make it even more affordable and accessible to learn. The online Bachelor’s in Psychology allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

Required Courses

An examination of fundamental processes of human and animal behavior with emphases on methodology, biological bases of behavior, learning, motivation, perception, and cognitive processes. College level reading and writing skills needed.
An examination of fundamental processes of human behavior with emphases on development, abnormal behavior, and assessment of individual differences. Prerequisite: PSY 201.
An introduction to writing in the academic discipline of psychology. Emphasis on the practice of writing skills and examination of various types of papers in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 202 is required but may be taken concurrently.
Laboratory activities emphasizing the methods used in psychology research including experimental design, data collection, descriptive data analysis, basics of significance testing, graphing results, and interpreting findings. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 202 is required but may be taken concurrently.
This course covers topics related to being a successful undergraduate psychology major at EOU. Course content will introduce the psychology department, the requirements for the psychology degree, career options for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology, graduate school options, and career options for those who pursue a graduate degree in psychology. American Psychological Associate (APA) expectations for research, professional communications, and ethical behavior will be discussed. This course is required for all Psychology majors.
Principles of experimental design and associated data analysis techniques such as regression, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and non-parametric statistics; experience with statistical packages for computers; introduction to exploratory data analysis. Prerequisite: Student has met math requirement for graduation. This course requires students to apply basic principles of mathematics including algebra. Intermediate Algebra or equivalent recommended. Students who have concerns about their level of mathematics preparation should discuss this with their adviser or their instructor. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.

Choose 1-2 of the following Capstone options:

In this capstone course, students will synthesize the skills they have learned throughout their education in psychology by writing a research paper. Students will demonstrate understanding of experimental design, literature search and review techniques, and statistical analyses. Prerequisites: PSY 222, PSY 223, PSY 303, STAT 327, and completion of the Psychology 300 level core (25 credits). Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course.
Advanced study of experimental design, ethical issues in research, and data analysis. Students will review the literature and develop a proposal for a research project on a topic of interest. The research project will be completed in PSY 461. Prerequisite: PSY 222, PSY 223, STAT 327, and completion of the Psychology 300 level core (25 credits). Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course.
In this capstone course, students will revise an individualized research proposal developed in PSY 460, collect and analyze data, and prepare a professional style research poster. Prerequisite: PSY 222, PSY 223, STAT 327, completion of the Psychology 300 level core (25 credits) and PSY 460. Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course.
Students will design and conduct a substantial individual research project, write a publication-style manuscript based on their work, give an oral defense of the thesis, and complete a professional presentation of their work. Prerequisites: Completion of all 300-level requirements, GPA of at least 3.33 in psychology courses at beginning of the senior year, and consent of a psychology faculty ember. Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course.

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