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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online degree at the University of Louisville Online

The bachelor's in psychology is a 121 credit-hour program that follows the requirements of the College Arts & Sciences.

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Education Requirements Hours
General Education Minimum Requirements 31
Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language (completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language) 12
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences (in addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above) 9
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above (may be incorporated into other degree requirements) (6)
Total 22
Department of Psychology
Psychology 201*, 301, 302 6
Psychology 305, 306, 307, 308 (core requirements) 12
CUE (may include WR) 3
Psychology electives (six additional courses; may include WR) 18
Total 39
In addition to the Psychology courses above, BA students must also take two of the following sequences:
  • Anth 201 and a 300+ Anth elective
  • Phil 311, and Phil 321 or 323
  • PolS 201 and a 300+ PolS elective
  • Soc 201 and a 300+ Soc elective
Electives in one Social Science Department other than Psychology 6
Electives in a second Social Science Department other than Psychology 6
Minimum Electives Total 12
Additional Elective Courses 17
Minimum Program Credits Required - Total 121

*Psych 201 counts as 3 hr of SB, taken as GenEd requirement.

Course Descriptions

PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology – SB

Introduction to the methods and major content areas of psychology: sensation, perception, learning, cognition, human development, abnormal and social psychology. Note: Students are required to participate in one or more standard experiments or to submit abstracts of published studies as part of PSYC 201.

PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 201; MATH 111 (or equivalent) or above. Elementary statistical methods as applied in the social sciences: probability; distribution (theoretical and empirical), statistics and parameters; sampling; tests of hypotheses including ANOVA; regression and correlation; contingency. Note: Students may not receive credit for both this course and SOC 301, CJ 326 (formerly JA 326), BSTA 201, MATH 109, BIOL 350.

PSYC 302 Research Methods for Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 201; MATH 111 (or equivalent) or higher; PSYC 301. Introduction to scientific methods in psychology: formulation of hypotheses, design of experiments, execution of experiments, analysis of data, communication of results.

PSYC 305 Brain and Behavior

Prerequisite: PSYC 201. The course will focus on relationships between brain function and human behavior. It will introduce the structures, systems, and methods by which human behavior is reflected in neural activity. It will examine how nerve cells function individually and work together; the structure of the nervous system; how our sense organs provide the nervous system with information about the outside world; how the brain controls movement; and how sleep, eating, sex, stress, and social interaction are represented in the brain. We will also investigate how the nervous system is influenced by bioactive substances including natural hormones (e.g., during a response to stress), pharmacological therapeutics, and recreational drugs. Note: Students who have previous credit for PSYC 344 cannot earn credit for this course.

PSYC 306 Life Span Developmental Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 201. A review of human growth and development across the lifespan. This course examines physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through old age. This course is relevant for students in psychology, neuroscience, communicative disorders, education, nursing, and public health. Notes: Students cannot receive credit for this course and also PSYC 363 or PSYC 365. Note: Previously taught as PSYC 363.

PSYC 307 Cognitive Processes

Prerequisite: PSYC 201. Survey of theory and research on cognition, i.e., thinking, concept attainment, memory, language, creativity, problem solving, and decision-making. Note: Previously taught as PSYC 322.

PSYC 308 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 201. An introduction to taxonomy, nature, causes, and treatments of maladjusted behavior. Note: Previously taught as PSYC 385.

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