Online B.S. in Psychology Degree
- Flexible online format
- Affordable tuition, with financial aid options
- Extensive advising resources for education and career planning
- Courses include child and adolescent psychology, introduction to clinical and counseling, psychological disorders of childhood, sport psychology, and more.
Major Code: BS4107
Faculty Contact: Dr. Sandra Hoyt
- Program Overview
- Admissions Information
- Degree Requirements
- What Can You Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?
- What To Expect in Online Courses
Online Psychology B.S.
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Ohio University is offered fully online.
You will have access to the highest quality instructors and courses to prepare you for your next step in life. Whether that is promotion in a current career, exploration of a new career field, achievement of a life-long goal to earn a university degree, or even just a better understanding of people and their behavior, this program is designed to help you achieve your goals.
If you are interested in securing a job in a psychology-related field, with this bachelor's degree you will be prepared to seek a career in areas such as:
- Human services (counseling, crisis work, performance enhancement)
- Business (personnel, sales, advertising/marketing, public relations, consumer research, customer service)
- Health services (public health, health prevention programs, prevention research)
While completing the Online B.S. in Psychology, you will explore the field of psychology, gain valuable experience with a diverse online student body, and develop professional relationships with faculty. You will be encouraged to explore service activities (such as volunteering at relevant social service agencies) and can explore opportunities to participate in psychological research.
The Psychology Department is committed to offering an outstanding undergraduate curriculum in psychology. More specifically, the department has the following aims:
- To provide students with engaging courses taught by qualified faculty that insure students develop a strong foundation in the major substantive areas of psychology
- To emphasize the development of excellent quantitative and research skills by capitalizing on the opportunities available in a department widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent research departments in the university
- To encourage participation in service activities that serve both to deepen students’ understanding of psychology and to address the needs of the local community and the broader region
- To provide advising that (1) insures students complete their degree in a timely fashion and (2) insures they complete a program of study that adequately prepares them for their chosen career, whether in psychology or in one of the multitude of fields for which training in psychology is beneficial
The major is delivered in a flexible online format, requiring no face-to-face meetings. Students interested in this option should apply using the BS4107 psychology major code.
About the Coursework
Coursework, in addition to course readings may consist of proctored or un-proctored exams, essay responses, term papers and/or online class discussions. The vast majority of online courses are asynchronous (not live), allowing one to work on assignments on their own schedule.
Careers & Graduate School
Graduates with a degree in psychology are prepared for a diverse array of careers due to their academic program's emphasis on communication and critical and analytical thinking. Career opportunities range from work in the human services sector, such as counseling, crisis work, and performance enhancement; work in research, from social and market research to experimental psychology; and even work in the business sector, with positions in sales, public relations, and customer service. Potential employers of psychology graduates include, but are not limited to, the following: hospitals and healthcare providers; institutions of higher education; rehabilitation facilities; local, state, and national government agencies; social services and non-profit agencies; public and private K-12 schools; research organizations; service providers; etc. A degree in psychology will also prepare students for graduate study.
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University-wide Graduation Requirements
To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.
Liberal Arts an Sciences Distribution Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences
To complete this degree, students must complete all of the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences. The college does have a foreign language requirement of one full year of a single foreign language. Spanish and Sign Language are regularly offered online. Talk with your adviser about other languages that interest you. Students also can transfer in language credit from other accredited institutions. For students entering with an associate's degree or other transfer credit, many of the College-level requirements may already have been met.
Psychology Core Requirements
Complete the following courses for a minimum of 35 hours with PSY prefix:
- PSY 1010 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours: 4.0
- PSY 2120 - Research Methods in Psychology Credit Hours: 4.0
- PSY 2210 - Physiological Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2310 - Cognitive Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2410 - Child and Adolescent Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2510 - Social Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2710 - Abnormal Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- Complete three additional Psychology courses at the 3000-level or higher (excluding PSY 3910, 3920, 3940, 3970T, 3980T, 4930, 4970H, 4970T, 4980H, 4980T, and 4990H).
Your specific course selections each semester will depend in part on what courses you have already completed prior to enrolling in the Online Psychology B.S. Program, as well as your own goals and interests.
Students who have earned a B.S. in psychology can work in entry-level jobs within fields such as the human services area. Careers might include working for a mental health agency and assisting clients with daily tasks and appointments, possibly even assisting with group therapy. Students also might find careers with local or state family services, corrections services, or rehabilitative services. Keep in mind, a bachelor's degree in psychology will not allow you to conduct therapy with clients. (Only licensed counselors and clinicians—those with a master's or doctoral degree—can do that.)
Careers in the field of business, including human resources, personnel, and marketing/advertising also highly value a B.S. in psychology. Understanding how to conduct basic research, how human behavior, thought, and emotion interact, and understanding human motivation and goal seeking is valuable for individuals in these fields.
With a B.S. in psychology, you might also continue on to higher education and obtain a master's degree. In the area of counseling psychology, for example, this would allow you to develop the skills to work one-on-one with clients in a supervised therapeutic setting provided you subsequently obtained your licensure. Master's programs in counseling psychology are looking for candidates who have a good knowledge of psychological disorders, have engaged in fieldwork or volunteer activities in the human services sector, and who have shown the ability to work independently on projects with others. In an online program, you will need to put forth some extra effort to become involved in these opportunities and demonstrate your motivation and ability for graduate-level work.
If you wish to be a clinical psychologist or an academic psychologist, you would need to obtain a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or PsyD). With the competitive nature of doctoral programs in psychology, this would require a significant amount of motivation on your part to independently seek opportunities to become involved in research with faculty. Of course OHIO can support you in this, but it will be more challenging in an online program than in a face-to-face prog