Psychology

The Department of Psychology, within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, offers a dynamic major, minor and certificate in Human Factors to undergraduate students. Our course work includes introductory courses in general psychology, psychology as a profession, statistical and research methods, and spans topics from love to drugs and behavior. Our diverse award-winning faculty are all active researchers in areas such as texting while driving, physical health and its effects on mental health, sexual attraction, gender issues and persuasion.

Psychology undergrads can do so much more than just take classes. Students have the opportunity actively engage in research as research assistants or interns at local mental and behavioral health agencies. We also offer opportunities as teaching assistants, academic peer advisors, and members of our Student Advisory Group and local Psi Chi honor society chapter.

Our courses combine traditional online learning – where you study individually at home at your own pace – with interactive learning. Interactive learning increases your engagement with classmates and instructor, as well as with the materials covered. In this manner it improves learning outcomes. Our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Through group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forums to answer a problem set.
  • Through contributions to  discussion forum, where you directly respond to other student’s posts.
  • Through “peer reviews,” where you review and comment upon assignments submitted by other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Converse directly with the instructor via course messages, media comments and email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours via discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available for in-person office hours for students on or near campus; and (for some courses) we offer (voluntary) Q&A sessions in a classroom.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSP)

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.

Psychology Major Requirements.  All courses must be completed with a minimum “C” Grade.

  • 1010 General Psychology (4) (PSY 1010 is a prerequisite for all 3000 level courses)
  • 2010 Psychology as a Science and a Profession (3) (During or after PSY 1010)

To Declare Psychology Major Status:  You must complete PSY 1010, PSY 2010, 10 credit hours at the U & have a 2.8 GPA or above.  Apply through appointment with PAC Office or online at HERE.

  • 3000 Statistical Methods in Psychology (4) (QB, QI) (Prerequisite QA (MATH 1030, 1050, or 1090) & PSY 1010)
  • 3010 Research Methods in Psychology (4) (QI, CW) (Prerequisite PSY 1010 and 3000)

Core Areas—Complete 1 course from 4 of the total Core Areas (must complete Psychology 1010 before)

Developmental Core:

  • 3215 Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • 3220 Childhood and Adolescent Development
  • 3230 Adult Development and Aging
  • 3240 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
  • 3250 Abnormal Child Psychology
  • 3260 Social and Personality Development

Clinical Core:

  • 3250 Abnormal Child Psychology
  • 3320 Survey of Clinical Psychology
  • 3400 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • 3460 Health Psychology

Cognitive Core:

  • 3120 Cognitive Psychology
  • 3130 Mind and Nature
  • 3140 Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • 3620 Environment and Behavior
  • 3150 Sensation and Perception
  • 3172 Human Performance & Engineering Psychology

Social Core: 

  • 3410 Social Psychology     
  • 3620 Environment and Behavior
  • 3440 Personality Theories
  • 3440 Personality Theories

Neuroscience Core:

  • 3140 Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • 3150 Sensation and Perception
  • 3711 Brain and Behavior
  • 3470 Neuropsychology of Emotions & Personality

Elective Psychology Classes: Remaining hours beyond above requirements (generally 4‐5 courses needed)

Allied Hours:  Complete 12 credit hours, of which 6 must be upper division (3000 and up).   Waived with completion of a minor or double major. Departments from which allied hours are accepted: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Economics, Educational Psychology, Ethnic Studies, Family and Consumer Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, Health Promotion and Education, Mathematics, Philosophy & Cognitive Science, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, Urban Planning, and Writing.

For a full, detailed explanation of the degree and it’s requirements download the Psychology Major Handbook.    

To view all FCS courses available online in the Summer 2017 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all FCS courses available online in the Fall 2017 term view the Class Schedule.

Students transferring from another institution must have their transcripts reviewed by the Admissions Office. Once transfer of credit has been made, the transfer student should visit the Psychology Advising Center within their first semester to find out whether or not Psychology courses taken at another institution fulfill the psychology major/minor requirements at the University of Utah. The Psychology Department cannot guarantee any transfer of credit prior to the University of Utah accepting the credit.

A degree in psychology prepares students for their career or continued education within the field of psychology.  With a bachelor’s degrees you may also apply your knowledge in many other fields, such as,  public affairs, education, business, sales, the service industry, health, the biological sciences and computer programming. You may also work as an employment counselor, interviewer, personnel analyst, probation officer or writer.

Annual salaries can vary based on the position held; they range from $30,000 – $100,000+.

University Application Deadlines


Spring - November 1


Summer - March 15


Fall - April 1

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Online Courses

Several degree programs offer the opportunity to take a portion of your major courses online; this gives you the opportunity to leverage your courses to fit your timeline and your schedule.

*At this time students are not able to fulfill all University of Utah general education requirements online, but can combine traditional courses with online courses in our hybrid program.

Tuition

Tuition for online courses is based on residency. Online and on-campus courses have identical tuition. Online students pay an additional $60 fee per course to cover the costs of operating online courses. Please visit University of Utah’s tuition rate schedule for more information about tuition and to calculate tuition rates by program.

As an estimate, a resident undergraduate student with no declared major, taking 12 credit hours of online courses, can expect to pay $4,450.23* per semester.

*Tuition calculations are based on the Fall 2017 term, are an estimate only, subject to change without notice, and vary per program. Many programs also offer financial aid, scholarship opportunities, or tuition assistance opportunities for which qualifying students may apply.

Credits Required

41 total credit hours and successful completion of an internship (practicum) are required for a BSP degree.

Time to Completion

Students can expect to complete the major specific BSP coursework and internships in three to four semesters, at 12 - 15 credits per semester.

Last Updated: 6/22/17