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Bachelor of Science in Psychology Online

Dive deep into the human mind and all its complexities. Gain a thorough understanding of human behavior and thought processes.

01/04/21 Next Application Due Date
01/13/21 Next Class Start Date

Overview


Prepare to support the mental health of people from all backgrounds with the knowledge and skills you will gain in the 100% online Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University. This specialized undergraduate degree program offers you the resources and qualifications to better understand the brain, human behavior, and mental processes.

$299 Per Credit Hour
Up to 90 Transfer Credits
120 Credit Hours

In our bachelor's degree in psychology online program, you will explore the scientific study of a person's thoughts and behaviors. Specifically, you will enhance your own critical-thinking skills by studying scientific research methods and evidence-based techniques; gain insight of individual behavior, motives and thought processes; and understand the biological and social factors that contribute to human development, cognitive skill building, relationship building and overall personality.

Our experiential learning format prepares you with the relevant knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to the workforce upon graduating. The undergraduate-level curriculum goes beyond theory and encourages you, as a student, to think critically and act decisively. Plus, the profession-based learning aspect of the curriculum, influenced by the Professional Advisory Board at Northwest, allows you to apply your studies to real-life contexts. The Board, composed of industry professionals, meet annually to discuss the job market, workforce skills, gaps and needs and provide that information to Northwest faculty, so they may incorporate it in their course learning outcomes.

This online psychology program is fundamental in preparing career-ready graduates

More than 94% of students graduating with this degree find employment or continue their education within six months after graduation.

To gain a well-rounded experience, students will need to select a minor in either Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations, or Business Management.

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Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. HLC accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. For more information, contact the Higher Learning Commission by mail at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, by phone at 800-621-7440 or via email at info@hlcommission.org.

Graduates of this online program will be able to:

  • Utilize their solid research background and understanding of the scientific foundation of psychology
  • Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues, including the roles of race and gender
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem-solving
  • Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

Career opportunities include:

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Consumer Behavior Analyst
  • Children's Advocate/Children's Service
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Sales/Management
  • Family Counselor
  • Youth Counselor
  • Substance Abuse/Recovery Counselor

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Tuition and Fees

Our B.S. in Psychology online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$299 Per Credit Hour

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course
B.S. in Psychology $299 $897

Important Refund Information

1st day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
2nd day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
3rd day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

The School of Business at Northwest is ranked among the top 100 "Best U.S. Colleges for Business Majors" by NerdWallet.com (2017).

Calendar

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working students, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

01/04/21 Next Application Deadline
01/13/21 Start Classes

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/13/21 12/18/20 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 03/05/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 02/23/21 03/01/21 03/09/21 03/10/21 04/30/21
Summer 1 05/11/21 04/21/21 04/27/21 05/04/21 05/06/21 06/25/21
Summer 2 06/28/21 06/08/21 06/14/21 06/21/21 06/23/21 08/13/21

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Admissions

At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the B.S. in Psychology online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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To apply for this program, you must meet the requirements for one of the sections listed below.

  • Students with 24 or more transferrable credit hours:
    • Minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Students with less than 24 transferrable credit hours:
    • Follow freshman admission requirements
  • Transfer students from non-regionally accredited institutions will also be considered a first-time freshman; credit cannot be transferred into Northwest from a non-regionally accredited institution

Returning Students (will need to reapply)

Students who have not been enrolled at Northwest for more than one semester (excluding summer):

  • Must submit a complete and official transcript with a minimum of a "C" if they have attended other institutions
  • Must submit an essay for re-admission if returning after suspension or probation

First-Time Freshman Students

First-time freshman admission is based on a combination of class rank, GPA and ACT/SAT score. One of the following is required:

  • Category I:
    • 21 or higher on the ACT composite (or the SAT equivalent: 980 or 1060*)
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.0 scale)

*Per 2016 SAT redesign.

  • Category II:
    • An admissions index score that equals or exceeds 100 points
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted) or above (on 4.0 scale)

Home-Schooled Students

Applicants must have their ACT or SAT results submitted directly from ACT or College Board. A transcript listing of high school courses and grades in each course is also required for admission.

  • 21 or higher on the ACT (or SAT equivalent), OR
  • GED score of 660 or higher, OR
  • HiSET score of 75 or higher

GED Applicants/HiSET Applicants

A student may be considered for admission after receiving an equivalency certification, meeting the following criteria:

  • GED score of 660 or higher, OR
  • HiSET score of 75 or higher

Official transcripts can be emailed to apply@nwmissouri.edu. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Courses

For the B.S. in Psychology online, the curriculum is comprised of 120 credit hours, including: 44-47 credit hours of Northwest Core (general education), 4 credit hours of our university seminar, 27 credit hours of major coursework, 9 credit hours of advisor-approved electives, 24 credit hours of minor coursework in either Communication – PR, or Business Management, and as many credit hours of general elective courses that are needed to fulfill the 120-credit-hour degree requirement.

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Students must take 44-47 credit hours of general education courses to meet the degree plan requirements.

Students must take the 4-credit-hour university seminar course to meet the degree plan requirements. Students who transfer in 15 credit hours will not be required to take this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to continue to develop students' critical-thinking skills by introducing them to the scientific method and the research and data analysis techniques commonly used in psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 08103 and MATH 17114.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to build on concepts and skills covered in PSYC 08234. Focuses on the design/logic of experimental design, internal and external validity, how to collect meaningful psychological data, how to analyze and interpret data, and the role of theory in psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 08103, PSYC 08234 and MATH 17114. Behavioral Science majors must earn a grade of C or higher in each prerequisite course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to cognitive processes, including perception, attention, memory, mental imagery, problem-solving, language and decision-making. The class balances theory (model building), research (inductive/deductive reasoning) and application to areas such as social psychology, law, education and engineering. Students will view demonstrations of the procedures of a classic experiment in cognitive psychology and gain practical first-hand knowledge of how such experiments would occur. Prerequisites: PSYC 08103 or PSYC 08299.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to define the basic principles of cognitive psychology (e.g., how do people learn, remember, and reason).
  • Students will be able to have an increased understanding of cognitive psychology topics.
  • Students will be able to evaluate their own increase in knowledge about cognitive psychology.

Other:

When I provide a demonstration of the procedures of a classic experiment in cognitive psychology, students should remember that they are not participating in an experiment, but rather gaining practical first-hand knowledge of how such experiments would occur.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines individual patterns of behavior and reviews diverse theoretical positions that explain personality in terms of individual dynamics, biology, culture, and cognition. Emphasis is placed on understanding the research and philosophy of personality in the context of widely recognized theories of psychology. A survey of relevant and current research is included. Prerequisite: PSYC 08103.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe and differentiate among the major psychological approaches which explain personality
  • Develop an understanding of some of the most frequently studied individual differences in personality psychology
  • Critically evaluate both scientific and popular personality tests and research
  • Apply personality psychology concepts to the real world and their own lives
  • Create a product based on a personality psychology concept, theory, or measure that could be used by a lay audience

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course probing the development of human behavior in its social context. Significant theories and methodologies in social psychology developed within the disciplines of sociology and psychology are considered, along with representative research in areas such as social perception and attribution, interpersonal attraction, aggression, altruism, role- and self-development and group processes. Prerequisites: SOC 35101 or PSYC 08103.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive survey of human developmental principles emerging during conception and continuing through to the process of death. Emphasis is placed upon the physical, intellectual, cognitive and social-emotional growth from research, theoretical and applied viewpoints based upon empirically demonstrated psychological knowledge. Prerequisite: PSYC 08103 or PSYC 08299.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores recent literature and research related to biological and cultural factors influencing the development of racial and gender identities. Explores the ways in which stereotypes and social roles affect our lives at the personal, social and institutional levels. You will learn how to communicate effectively about issues of gender and race, identify and define core constructs related to the psychology of race and gender, and participate in discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion from a scientific perspective. Students will integrate knowledge learned in the course into their everyday life. Prerequisite: PSYC 08103.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Communicate effectively about issues of gender and race.
  • Identify and define core constructs related to the psychology of race and gender.
  • Analyze and critique the psychology of race and gender literature.
  • Participate in discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion from a scientific perspective.
  • Integrate knowledge learned in the course into your everyday life.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth survey of the philosophical and historical foundations of psychology, discussing the influence of important people, ideas and schools of thought within their social, cultural, political and economic context. With an emphasis on critically thinking about historical principles and ideologies, the course will include historically engaging experiences as well as philosophical and critical perspectives that led to these approaches and ways of thinking. Prerequisite: 08103 General Psychology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the relationship between behavior, thinking, emotion and the underlying biological mechanisms of behavior, including elementary neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Prerequisites: PSYC 08103 and PSYC 08234.

Students must take 3 of the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an examination of the various career paths within psychology. Students will have the opportunity to explore their skills, interests and values while developing a tentative career plan. Emphasis is placed on preparation for graduate study as well as career options within psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 08103.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Discusses the way psychological theories can be applied to understand behavior in organizations. You will learn how knowledge from I/O can be applied to help managers and supervisor manage organizations through leadership and strategic planning, manage professional development of staff, recruit and manage volunteers, and demonstrate the ability to assimilate, retain, and interpret information. Topics include personnel selection and placement, performance evaluation, leadership and motivation. Prerequisite: PSYC 08103.

Learning Outcomes:

Explain how knowledge from I/O Psychology can be applied to help managers and supervisors, including:

  • Managing organizations through leadership and strategic planning
  • Supervision and human resource management
  • Managing professional development of staff
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Use feedback to increase knowledge and improve exam scores
  • Demonstrate the ability to assimilate, retain, and interpret information (Critical Thinking outcome in Northwest Competencies)

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Learning Outcomes:

Studies behavior patterns considered by society to be maladaptive. The emphasis is on diagnostic categories, relating diagnostic categories to symptom patterns and studying the etiology of symptom patterns. Students will reflect on and evaluate their critical-thinking processes, assimilate, retain, and interpret information, and recognize the role of diagnosing and identifying abnormal behavior and aiding in psychotherapy. You will also learn how to present information clearly and gather, distill, and present information. Be able to define and discuss numerous patterns of abnormal behavior and evaluate legal and ethical considerations for people with mental illness. You will learn to consider multiple perspectives, recognize biases, deal with ambiguity, and form and defend reasoned positions. Recognize how psychology may be applied to various majors and everyday life. Therapeutic approaches are also presented. Prerequisite: PSYC 08103 or PSYC 08299.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Communicating: Use speaking and writing to respond to a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Critical thinking: Reflect on and evaluate their critical-thinking processes. Assimilate, retain, and interpret information. Recognize the role of diagnosing and identifying abnormal behavior and aiding in psychotherapy.
  • Managing Information: Present information clearly. Gather, distill, and present information. Define and discuss assessment strategies used to evaluate abnormal behavior.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Demonstrate knowledge of concepts that influence interpersonal interactions in diverse settings and that relate to cultural competence. Gain an understanding of how biology, cognition, emotions, and the social-cultural world impact behavior. Be able to define and discuss numerous patterns of abnormal behavior. Evaluate legal and ethical considerations for people with mental illness.
  • Valuing: Consider multiple perspectives, recognize biases, deal with ambiguity, and form and defend reasoned positions. Recognize how psychology may be applied to various majors and everyday life.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Builds on concepts from PSYC 08234 and PSYC 08334 through the implementation of a research project. Course objectives include choosing a research design, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings to peers. Statistical analyses will also be covered, with an emphasis on cleaning data and testing hypotheses.

Students must take 24 credit hours of minor coursework in either Communication – PR, or Business Management.

Students must take as many credit hours of general elective courses that are needed to fulfill the 120-credit-hour degree requirement.

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