An Online Bachelor's Degree Completion in Psychology
UNC is proud to bring one of our most popular undergraduate programs to you online: the Psychology Bachelor of Arts. This degree is focused on the study of the human mind and behavior will give you the skills to thrive in a variety of roles. Learn why people do what they do, and how thoughts and feelings impact our interactions.
You Will Develop...
- The ability to understand human behavior
- Recognition of and appreciation for diversity
- Research design and analysis
- Report writing and presentation
- The ability to consider behavior in the context of groups
- Critical Thinking
The Benefit of a Bachelor's Degree
Why finish your degree? Besides the knowledge and skills you'll gain, you will also open the door to better employment opportunities and earnings. Based on final 2017 earnings data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that – compared to those who have only completed some college credit – those with a bachelor's degree...
- Earned 51% more money each week ($1,173 compared to $774).
- Had a lower unemployment rate (2.5% compared to 4%).
Visit the full Bureau of Labor Statistics article to view the full interactive charts for tearnings and unemployment data by education level.
Access to a Variety of Careers
This program educates adults who bring positive impacts to their jobs, their communities and even their family and social circles. Employers value psychology graduates for their widely relevant analytical and interpersonal skills, ability to think clearly, penchant for problem solving and appreciation for a wide variety of behavior. Graduates are working in business, human services, law enforcement and management. Your degree will open doors to a wide spectrum of new opportunities.
Of course, many graduates are interested in the more direct application of psychological science, which was recently ranked in the top 10 highest demand fields. With a psychology bachelor's degree you can be a counselor in a residential treatment center, or a behavioral health technician in a psychiatric unit, where you will form relationships with mentors. You'll also be well-prepared for future graduate study once you know the psychotherapy path that interests you. Learn more about careers in psychology.
A Program Designed for Adult Learners
This online bachelor's degree completion program is designed for busy adults of any age who need to fit their college completion into busy lives, no matter where they live.
- Open Entry: You can begin the program any term (Fall, Interim, Spring or various Summer sessions).
- Fast Progress That Won't Overwhelm You: In addition to any courses you take in Fall and Spring terms, you can also take up to four courses in the Summer and courses are offered in the Interim (Winter) Session.
- Quality Brought to You Online: This Psychology Bachelor of Arts is the same as our on-campus program. Courses are taught by the same faculty scholars who teach on campus.
- Transferable Skills: This broad liberal arts degree, which deals in the understanding of others, is highly valued by employers because it prepares you with communication and research skills that can be applied to any industry, providing you with more career options.
- 43 in Psychology
- 120 total (including transfer credit) for graduation
Time to Completion:
About 2 years, varies by student
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online program: start any term
The online program coursework is designed to take approximately two years, depending on your enrollment preferences and your plan for elective credits. Full-time enrollment (12 hours or more during each term) increases the amount of federal financial aid for which you may qualify.
Flexible Enrollment Each Term
Fall and Spring Terms
During Fall and Spring terms, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of 16-week courses.
Multiple courses are offered in the Summer term in the two 6-weeks sessions. If you take two 3-credit hour courses each session you will earn 12 credits in the Summer.
A variety of Psychology courses are also available during this 4 week session that runs between the Fall and Spring terms.
Online Course Tutorial
If you do not have recent experience taking classes online, you will have the chance to complete our online course tutorial. This tutorial will help you learn our Canvas course platform, and prepare you to succeed in your online courses!
Required Psychology Major Credits (43 Credit Hours)
Most, but not all, courses are available online. To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.
Required Psychology Courses (15 Credit Hours)
- PSY 120 Principles of Psychology (3)
- PSY 200 Psychological Statistics and Design (3)
- PSY 300 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
- PSY 380 Introduction to Physiological Psychology (3)
- PSY 491 Psychology Field Experience (3) - this course incorporates an internship experience that you will be able to complete in your local area.
BIO Course (4 Credit Hours)
- BIO 100 Exploring Biology + Lab (4 hours total) or equivalent
"Group" Courses (12 Credit Hours)
You will choose from available courses to fulfill the following:
- Foundation Group (6 Hours)
- Experimental Group (3 Hours)
- Social/Development (3 Hours)
Additional Psychology Coursework (12 Credit Hours)
A variety of online psychology courses are available to fulfill the additional hours, including some 500 level courses for qualified students. You can also take additional internship (PSY 491) hours.
Additional Credits Required for UNC Graduation
- 120 total credit hours are required for graduation from this UNC program. For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Undergraduate Catalog.
- Many of these credits may come from the courses you transfer as you apply. See the Eligibility & Transfer Credit tab for details about transferring your previous college credit.
Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Coursework
UNC requires a set of courses intended to provide a core of liberal arts knowledge and skills that will make you a continual learner across disciplines. Many of these courses will hopefully be fulfilled from your transferred credit.
View the current LAC requirements and policies. The lists of course requirements by category are available at the bottom of the page.
*** Please note that this program has a required specific LAC stipulation: you must complete PSY 120, which can fulfill 3 hours of LAC area 5.c.
Waiver of Liberal Arts Core Requirements
Individuals with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or a Bachelor’s degree (regardless of date of completion) from a regionally accredited institution will have their Liberal Arts Core requirements waived. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information about LAC waiver and transfer evaluation policies.
Note: this program requires completion of PSY 120 even if overall LAC requirements are waived by UNC.
The remainder of your 120 total credit hours will be comprised of elective credits you take at UNC or elsewhere. You may be interested in adding in electives (or a minor) from our online Communication Studies BA or Sociology BA degree completion programs. A wide range of other courses are available as well.
Taking LAC or Elective Courses Online
If you are missing any of this coursework:
- The UNC Course Search – use the "Go to schedule of classes" button (many LAC course offerings are during Summer sessions; UNC does not currently have online LAC courses in the following subjects: Math, and Science with lab).
- The Colorado Online and Distance Education site lists a variety of online and independent study courses offered by Colorado 4-year state institutions.
- You can also search for online courses at Colorado Community Colleges Online.