Online Psychology Degree

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS in Psychology Degree Program)

Professionals in the social services field play a critical role in a person's social and emotional well-being. Ashworth College's online psychology degree program will give you the strong foundation needed to contribute at work that often leads to positive change in people's lives. A Bachelor of Science in Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors because of the many flexible ways it can be used by graduates. Ashworth College's online psychology degree program curriculum not only includes core courses in human growth and development, psychological research, and learning theory, but also courses that develop foundation skills in work-critical areas like writing/communication, technology, and math and statistics. A BS in Psychology can also be the start to an advanced degree.

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Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students' undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

SP180 - Principles of Public Speaking 

This course teaches the students fundamental principles while emphasizing skills development in the practice of public speaking. It covers purposes, methods and steps in preparing speeches, develops communication skills in listening, speech criticism, audience analysis and writing, and provides effective delivery techniques to present a variety of speeches.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

R04 - Human Relations  

This course is an examination of the four major issues in human relations: understanding and managing one's self, dealing effectively with others, fostering career success, and managing one's personal life. These issues are presented within the premise that career and personal success are interrelated.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   S01 - Introduction to Psychology I  

This is an introduction to the study of psychology, including psychological research, biology and behavior, and the relationships between the environment and behavior. The course also covers neurons, hormones, and the brain, body rhythms and mental states, sensation and perception, learning and conditioning, and behavior in social and cultural contexts.
Credit Hours: 3

S02 - Introduction to Psychology II  

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Psychology I. This course explores thinking and feeling, the developing person, and health and disorders. Also covers emotion, motivation, theories of personality, development over the life span, and approaches to treatment and therapy.
Credit Hours: 3

S06 - Social Psychology 

This course is an introduction to the behavior of individuals as members of the larger society, with emphasis on beliefs, judgments, attitudes, conformity, persuasion, group influence, prejudice, aggression, intimacy, altruism, conflict, peacemaking, and practical applications.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 100-200 Level)   General Education Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts 100-200 Level)   S03 - Human Growth and Development I  

This is an in-depth look at physical, cognitive and psychosocial development from birth through middle childhood. In this course, the student will discover how the complex processes of heredity, environment, and maturation interact to create the varied and unique human beings that we become. The student will also learn about the theories and research methods used to study people of all ages and cultures.
Credit Hours: 3

S04 - Human Growth and Development II  

A continuation of Human Growth and Development I, this course covers physical, cognitive and psychosocial development from adolescence through late adulthood and death.
Credit Hours: 3

S07 - Abnormal Psychology  

In this course, we will examine the contributions of sociocultural, psychological, and biological forces in an attempt to understand our own and other's behaviors. The course places particular emphasis on classification, treatment, and assessment of various disorders, including anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, substance related disorders, eating disorders, and impulse control disorders.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C17 - College Mathematics or MA240 - College Algebra*  

C17: This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

MA240: This course introduces the major concepts of college-level algebra. The course begins with basic concepts such as sets and numbers but quickly moves into intermediate algebra topics, emphasizing concepts most often used in computer science. The student will gain extensive experience in evaluating and manipulating expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

S08 - Psychology of Personality  

In this course, you will learn about factors shaping personality, including biological (genes and evolution), intrapsychic (factors within the mind that influence behavior, thoughts, and feelings), dispositional (aspects of personality that are stable over time and relatively consistent), cognitive and experiential (perceptions, thoughts, feelings, desires, beliefs, and other conscious experiences), social and cultural (social institutions, social roles and expectations, and relationships), and adjustments to life’s events.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Semester 5

MA260 - Statistical Analysis I  

This is an introduction to the foundations of statistical analysis, including distributions, measures of location and dispersion, probability, the normal probability distribution, sampling and testing methods, and decision analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: MA140, MA270

S05 - Social Problems  

This course invites you to look at problems of poverty, urban sprawl, and white-collar crime, among others, as determined and resolved at a societal level. The course places an emphasis on sexual variance, alcohol and drugs, crime and delinquency, violence, poverty, family problems, physical and mental illness, war, population, aging, urban problems, and environmental destruction.
Credit Hours: 3

PS350 - Biological Psychology  

Biological Psychology will teach you about several aspects of psychology and biology, and how the two concepts interconnect. The first part of this class will cover the history of the field, the structure and functions of neurons, neuroanatomy, psychopharmacology, and research methods. The second part of this course class will also present the concepts of inputs and outputs, the sensory systems, and the motor systems. The third part of this course will focus on species-typical behavior, sleep, reproduction, emotional behavior, and ingestion. The final part of this course will cover learning, human amnesia, verbal communication and neurological, mental, and behavioral disorders.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (300-400 Level)   Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Semester 6

PS320 - History and Systems of Psychology  

This course provides a comparative overview of the major fields within psychology, the theories and approaches to understanding human behavior. It will cover the historical roots of the discipline, as well as the major current perspectives and lead theorists in modern psychology, from Sigmund Freud to Abraham Maslow, from BF Skinner and Jung to Carl Rogers and Albert Ellis. Students explore career alternatives regarding positions psychology majors can aspire to as they look at their own careers as professionals on the human side of the workplace.
Credit Hours: 3

PS400 - Cognitive Psychology  

This course examines the psychology of cognition, including the major concepts and theories, the research, and the applications. The course will discuss topics such as perception and consciousness, attention, memory, information processing, language, reading, and decision-making.
Credit Hours: 3

PS370 - Research Methods in Psychology  

The purpose of this course is to give you an understanding of how psychologists conduct research. The course will cover the basic research designs (descriptive, correlational, quasi-experimental, and true experiment) and the methods of data collection (observation and self-report). Over the next few weeks, you will gain experience in theory/hypothesis development, study design, and research reporting.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (300-400 Level)   Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Semester 7

PS380 - Multicultural Psychology  

"Cross-cultural psychology is the critical and comparative study of cultural effects on human psychology," (Shiraev & Levy, 2013). According to, (Shiraev & Levy, 2013), "Cross-cultural psychology examines psychology diversity and the underlying reasons for such diversity." Students will examine academic viewpoints regarding cross-cultural psychology. Students will review key theories, approaches and research methods of cross-cultural psychology. Principles of critical thinking will be introduced and applied to cross-cultural psychology by identifying common errors and providing useful antidotes. Cross-cultural aspects of sensation, perception and states of consciousness will be explored. Cross-cultural analysis of emotion and motivation will be examined. Intelligence will be interfaced with cross-cultural psychology and issues related to human development and socialization will be examined. The course will also focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and explanation of psychological disorders from cross-cultural perspectives. This course will address the advantages, challenges and opportunities presented by a diverse workplace and society.
Credit Hours: 3

PS420 - Learning Theories  

This course will supply you with the knowledge needed to continue pursuing your psychology education and applying learning concepts to multiple areas within the field. The course will introduce you to the specific branch of psychology that deals with how people and animals learn, as well as how their behaviors are later changed as a result of learning. Researchers in the field, and those who have come before you, have performed their due diligence in taking general principals of learning and making them applicable to various learning situations. Throughout this course, you will be exposed to some of the most important theories, controversies and experiments that have arisen from learning psychology. At the completion of this course, you should take with you an understanding of basic psychological learning concepts, and demonstrate the ability to integrate concepts into the applied field of behavior modification. There are also numerous resources available to you, in addition to your basic text, so please take the opportunity to utilize all that is available to you throughout this process.
Credit Hours: 3

PS390 - Statistical Reasoning in Psychology  

This course provides the foundation to understanding statistics. In psychological research, we measure behavior (by collecting numerical data) and infer causes and functions of that behavior from data analyses. All psychological concepts and constructs are based on our interpretation of the data collected. The concepts, terms, computations, and other information taught in this book are integral to understanding research articles, designing experiments, and interpreting the results. We will cover basic research designs, creating / understanding charts and graphs, using statistical software, hypothesis testing, and more.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (300-400 Level)  

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Elective (300-400 Level)  

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Semester 8

PS450 - Industrial Organizational Psychology  

This course examines the psychology of behavior at work, including the major theories, the research, and the applications in the work place. The course will discuss topics such as job analysis, employee selection and training, the performance assessment, worker motivation, job satisfaction, stress, communication in the workplace, group processes, leadership styles, and organizational structure and development.
Credit Hours: 3

PS460 - Psychological Tests and Measurements  

This course examines the basics of Psychological Testing, including the major concepts, methods, and theories, the research in the field, and practical applications. The course will discuss topics such as Measurement & Assessment, Achievement and Aptitude Tests, Psychological Assessment, assessment strengths and limitations.
Credit Hours: 3

PS490 - Psychology Capstone: Research Study  

The capstone course requires students to synthesize the knowledge gained throughout their program and demonstrate mastery of the concepts, theories and practices through a comprehensive research paper. This course emphasizes the student initiative in defining and investigating topics or issues focusing on integration and application of theory through research. The student will expand on a topic that has been studied in the foundation course or will investigate a related topic by doing in depth research into the subject. The student will acquire research skills in design, methodology and writing in an effort to incorporate a focus on current trends and application to the field of psychology. The final research paper must not only describe current trends within the chosen topic area, but should demonstrate how the topic relates to the broad field of psychology. The student fulfills the requirement for the course through the submission of written assignments and submission of a final scholarly research report.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (300-400 Level)  

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*If students expect to complete a bachelor's degree, MA240 is required.

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Why Choose Ashworth for your Online Psychology Degree?

  • Tuition for our BS in Psychology program is among the lowest in the nation. No need for a student loan. We offer monthly payment plan with 0% interest. Our cost per credit hour is...
  • Our online bachelor's in psychology program allows you to enroll in one semester at a time and complete each of 8 semesters in as few as 4 months based on your study pace.
  • Convenient online courses allow you to complete your studies at your own pace. You have the flexibility to accelerate your psychology degree or progress at a slower pace.
  • You can take all exams and submit all assessments online—exams are auto-graded for instant feedback.
  • We accept students to our online psychology program year-round so you do not have to wait for the semester to begin.
  • Courses in our online psychology degree program provide education that you can apply to a wide range of careers like human resources, sales, marketing, and criminal justice.
  • Upon graduation, you can further your education by entering Ashworth College's Master of Science or MBA programs without any additional academic preparation.

State Requirements

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Our BS in Psychology Program

As part of Ashworth College's online psychology degree program, you'll learn about concepts, principles, and applications of general psychology.

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  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs*


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Your BS in Psychology Program Includes:

  • Comprehensive textbooks with most courses
  • Comprehensive online course materials
  • Online exams and assessments
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Personalized faculty feedback on all written assessments
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Personalized Career Guidance
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty and staff via Ashworth's Online Community

Will I be a practicing psychologist upon graduation of Ashworth College's Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?

In the US and Canada, individuals must have obtained a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) and be licensed to practice as a psychologist.

What career options are available to graduates who earn a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?

Bachelor's level psychology graduates work in business and industry settings, educational institutions, and in government and not-for-profit organizations. Specifically jobs in social work, labor relations, human resources and training, sales, marketing, and child care are attractive options for psychology majors. Psychology majors often use their degree to enter graduate education programs in other professional fields. You can also choose to further your education by entering Ashworth College's Master of Science or MBA programs without any additional academic preparation.

Are these psychology degree courses all online or do I get books?

Most psychology degree courses include a physical textbook that is shipped to the student at the start of the course. All other course materials—including lecture notes, required readings, exams, and assessments—are available online via Ashworth's Learning Management System (LMS).

Why should I enroll in Ashworth college online psychology degree program over other programs out there?

Ashworth College online psychology degree program is among the most affordable online programs in the nation. Also, you can start your studies immediately – we accept students year-round. Finally, you can study at your own pace, either accelerate your studies or slow down, whatever works the best for you.

Earn your online psychology degree on your terms. We accept eligible transfer credits, too. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.