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An undergraduate degree from the Department of Psychology, within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, gives students a broad understanding of psychological subjects and how they can be incorporated into everyday life. 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.

The Department of Psychology provides deeply engaged learning experiences for our local students. There are opportunities to actively engage in the community as research assistants or interns 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.

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Every online psychology course is developed by our exceptional teaching faculty. We use 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.

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

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

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

  • Communicate directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

Students may choose the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology option, which is fully available online. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology is attainable through on-campus language courses. Please see your advisor for details on these options.

Courses are taught by the same instructors, whether they are online or on campus. 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.

All psychology courses and allied courses must be completed with a minimum C grade.

Required Courses

PSY 1010

General Psychology (PSY 1010 is a prerequisite for all 3000 level courses, AP Score of 3 or higher will count for PSY 1010)

PSY 2010

Psychology as a Science and a Profession (During or after PSY 1010)

PSY 3000

Statistical Methods in Psychology (QB, QI) (Prerequisite QA (MATH 1030, 1050, or 1090) & PSY 1010)

PSY 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

PSY 2200

Childhood and Adolescent Development

PSY 3215

Development in Infancy

PSY 3230

Adult Development and Aging

PSY 3260

Social Development

PSY 3290

Stress and Development


Social Core

PSY 2500

Social Psychology  

PSY 3415

Social Cognition

PSY 3430

Science of Subjective Wellbeing & Positive Psychology

PSY 3440

Personality Theories

PSY 3460

Health Psychology

PSY 3620

Environmental Psychology & Sustainability


Clinical Core

PSY 2300

Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

PSY 3250

Abnormal Child Psychology

PSY 3320

Science and Practice of Clinical Psychology

PSY 3330

Stress Management

PSY 3460

Health Psychology


Cognitive Core

PSY 2100

Cognitive Psychology

PSY 3140

Cognitive Neuropsychology

PSY 3150

Sensation and Perception

PSY 3172

Human Performance & Engineering Psychology


Behavior / Neuroscience Core

PSY 2710

Brain and Behavior (SF)

PSY 3140

Cognitive Neuropsychology

PSY 3150

Sensation and Perception

PSY 3470

Neuropsychology of Emotions & Personality


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 secondary 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 full program details, please visit the General Catalog: https://catalog.utah.edu/#/home

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 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. 

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

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

 

Questions? Ask an advisor.

For more information please contact one of our PSY Academic Advisors.

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Credits Required

53 total credit hours are required for the Psychology Major. 41 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. Students seeking a second degree 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.

University Application Deadlines


Spring - November 1


Summer - March 1


Fall - April 1

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Last Updated: 9/10/20