Psychology

The Department of Psychology, within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, offers a dynamic, research- based major and minor to undergraduate students. Our offerings include introductory courses in general psychology, psychology as a profession, statistical and research methods, and spans topics from development, human behavior, relationships, memory, thinking and social influences. Our diverse, award-winning faculty include researchers in areas such as texting while driving, human error, health, sexual attraction and relationships, moral issues, gender identity, persuasion, physical health and its effects on mental health, diversity among cultures, among many others.

We offer over 15 different online courses each fall and spring semester in addition to a smaller online course offering the summer.  Four essential courses introduce you to professional writing, research and the real-world application of our studies.  Rather than emphases in Psychology, we provide requirements through Core Areas as we find it is important that you, as a student, learn about the variety of psychological subjects and how they can be incorporated in everyday life. The remainder of the Psychology program is your chance to focus and hone in on specific topics that interest you and will help you in your next phase of career goals. For these topics, you are able to engage in additional coursework, but we encourage you to gain hands-on experience through deeply engaged learning experiences.

The Department of Psychology provides numerous deeply engaged learning experiences for our local students. There are opportunities to actively engage in the community as research assistants or interns at local organizations to gain the application of psychology in diverse settings. We also offer opportunities as teaching assistants, academic peer advisors, and members of our local Psi Chi honor society chapter.

Our courses combine traditional online learning – as you study individually at home – with interactive learning. Every online psychology course is developed by our exceptional teaching faculty.  We utilize a variety of educational materials including studio- quality recordings of lectures and discussion forums. Interactive learning increases your engagement with your fellow classmates and your instructor, as well as with the materials covered. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn. Our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

If you are new to Online learning, we can also provide a tutorial prior to the start of courses.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Through group assignments, where you collaborate via email or discussion forums to answer real- world problems.
  • Through contributions to discussion forums, where you directly respond to other student’s posts.
  • Through “peer reviews,” where students exchange, review and comment upon assignments submitted by each other.

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

  • Converse directly with the instructor via course messages, media comments and email.
  • Receive clear, structured instructions about what is expected within each course and assignment.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours via discussion threads or over the phone.
  • Instructors are often 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.

Students may choose the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology option, which is fully available online. You also have the option to receive the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, with the language requirement having to be completed on-campus.  Please see your advisor for details on these options.

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same faculty members. The majority of psychology faculty members are also active researchers within their various fields.  There is no distinction on a student’s transcripts or diploma between an online or on campus degree.

Psychology is an open major, which means there are no specific requirements for declaration. Once you are accepted as a student with the University of Utah, please declare the Psychology major by following this link.

Students will complete 41 credits in Psychology coursework, with 25 of these being upper-division (3000 level or higher), and 12 allied credits, with 6 of these being upper-division.

2018-2019 Psychology Major Requirements:  

All courses must be completed with a minimum “C” grade.

Required Courses:

  • 1010 General Psychology (PSY 1010 is a prerequisite for all 3000 level courses, AP Score of 3 or higher will count for PSY 1010)
  • 2010 Psychology as a Science and a Profession (During or after PSY 1010)
  • 3000 Statistical Methods in Psychology (QB, QI) (Prerequisite QA (MATH 1030, 1050, or 1090) & PSY 1010)
  • 3010 Research Methods in Psychology (QI, CW) (Prerequisite PSY 1010 and 3000)

Core Areas- complete 1 course from 4 of the 5 following areas of study:

Developmental Core:

  • 3215 Development in Infancy
  • 3220 Childhood and Adolescent Development
  • 3230 Adult Development and Aging
  • 3260 Social Development
  • 3290 Stress and Development

Social Core: 

  • 3410 Social Psychology  
  • 3415 Social Cognition   
  • 3430 Science of Subjective Wellbeing & Positive Psychology
  • 3440 Personality Theories
  • 3460 Health Psychology
  • 3620 Environmental Psychology & Sustainability

Clinical Core:

  • 3250 Abnormal Child Psychology
  • 3320 Science and Practice of Clinical Psychology
  • 3330 Stress Management
  • 3400 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • 3460 Health Psychology

Cognitive Core:

  • 3120 Cognitive Psychology
  • 3140 Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • 3150 Sensation and Perception
  • 3172 Human Performance & Engineering Psychology

Neuroscience Core:

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

Elective psychology courses are what fulfill the remaining hours of your major. Any course that is not actively counting as a requirement will be placed into elective credit.

Allied courses need to be related to the study of psychology but cannot be from a psychology department. These are waived if students are completing a minor or a double major. There are many choices that students can take to meet these requirements, and we encourage students to meet with an academic advisor for consultation of these courses.

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 Fall 2018 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all FCS courses available online in the Spring 2019 term view the Class Schedule.

To calculate an estimate of tuition costs please use the University of Utah Tuition Calculator.  Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. Online students do 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 at the University of Utah.

If you are a transfer student, please work with a Psychology academic advisor to determine if any previous coursework will count towards the requirements in Psychology.

A degree in psychology prepares students for a variety of careers and graduate programs.  We are known as a “hub science” because our scientific contributions help to create solutions to all sorts of world challenges.  The bachelor’s degree prepares any student to start employment within the psychological field and is also part of preparing to apply to graduate programs in therapy, research, etc. 

Upon completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, you are able to start working in a field related to Psychology, or you also have the option to apply to graduate school in many fields. Some examples of careers that our alumni have pursued are public policy, education, medicine, professional research, business, sales and marketing, human resources, therapy, health, law and computer programming.  

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

For more examples and average/median salary projections visit:   https://careers.utah.edu/alumni-career-outcomes/career-outcomes-by-major/

Have additional questions? We are here to help you with a dedicated Virtual Advisor, Kate Keddington, who is available year-round. Kate can help you via phone, email, or virtual appointments in navigating your degree. To make an appointment with Kate, please visit: https://psych.utah.edu/undergraduate/advising.php

University Application Deadlines


Spring - November 1


Summer - March 15


Fall - April 1

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Credits Required

Fifty-three total credit hours are required for the Psychology Major. Forty-one credits are completed within psychology courses and 12 allied credits are completed in related departments outside of psychology.  This does not include general education/bachelor degree requirements or the university's 122 credit rule, which are all needed for any first- bachelor’s student. Second degree- seeking students are encouraged to apply. General requirements will vary depending upon previous coursework.

In order to receive a degree, students must meet the Residency Policy by completing at least 30 credits at the University of Utah.

Time to Completion

Students can expect to complete the major coursework within three to four semesters, at 12 - 15 credits per semester. Part-time scheduling is also available.

 

Last Updated: 11/30/18