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Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is designed for working professionals who want to understand how the various facets of human psychology impact everyday decision making.

Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville, the bachelor’s in psychology degree focuses on psychological concepts ranging from brain-behavior relationships to abnormal psychology, cognition, mental health and human development. By blending the study of these ideas with important research methods, this degree equips you with a practical understanding of how to effectively appreciate and influence human behavior in various settings throughout the marketplace—and make a difference in the lives of others.


Complete this degree on your time through fully online classes.

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Transfer in previous credit or take general education and major core courses at UofL.

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Take advantage of UofL’s military-friendly rate of $250 per credit hour (for active duty).

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"Psychology is relevant for almost everything. It’s relevant for business, it’s relevant for nursing, it’s relevant for healthcare and mental healthcare… But it’s also really relevant in non-profits and in dealing with special populations and social issues."


How Much Will I Pay?

$539 per credit hour
$250 per credit hour active-duty rate

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.


  • Become an intelligent consumer of information and an active investigator within the fields of cognition, behavior and brain science.
  • Develop technological skills and familiarity with research methods and statistics, as well as the analytic skills necessary for solving personal, professional and societal problems.
  • Build a versatile set of skill and knowledge, for which employers around the country actively recruit.
  • Earn a research-based psychology degree taught by the same research-focused faculty within the Department of Psychology as the on-campus program.
  • Build upon your associate degree or transfer in equivalent credit from other regionally-accredited institutions.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes.


According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring managers look for employees with leadership, teamwork, communication and problem-solving abilities, above all others. By combining robust critical thinking and research skills with an understanding of foundational psychological concepts, a psychology degree can prepare you for a wide variety of career paths in fields such as:

  • Human resources
  • Mental Health
  • Market research
  • Public relations
  • Family advocacy and support
  • Case management
  • Counseling
  • Non-profit organizations


Preferred Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete undergraduate application
  2. Submit $25 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to UofL, applicants must meet the following:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school
  • GED or equivalent by petition (e.g., home school education)
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher
  • Composite ACT score of 20 or higher
  • Completion of pre-college curriculum

To be admitted to the B.A. in Psychology, applicants must have completed 30 hours of degree-applicable credit with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and have completed the following prerequisite courses:

  • Psychology 201 with a grade of C or better
  • Psychology 301 or an approved substitute with a grade of C or better
  • Math 111 (College Algebra) or higher level math course

Credit Transfer

Students may transfer up to 60 hours from a community college and up to 90 hours from a regionally-accredited 4-year college. Transfer applicants must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

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The online bachelor’s in psychology from UofL is a 121 credit hour program that follows the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences:

  1. General Education requirements (31 credit hours)
  2. Arts & Sciences programmatic requirements (22 credit hours)
  3. Core psychology courses and electives (68 credit hours)

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Courses Hours
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language (completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on language taken) 12
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward General Education) 9
WR - 2 approved courses at the 300 level or above (may be incorporated into other degree requirements) (6)
Total 22

Core Program Courses

Courses Hours
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology* 3
PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychology 3
PSYC 302 Research Methods for Psychology 3
PSYC 305 Brain and Behavior 3
PSYC 306 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 307 Cognitive Processes 3
PSYC 308 Abnormal Psychology 3
CUE (may include WR) 3
Electives* 18
Total 39

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

Electives Courses

Courses Hours
Electives in social sciences other than psychology 6
Electives in a third social sciences area 6
Electives in any area of study 17
Total 29

Core 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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