Penn State's online bachelor of science degree in psychology is designed for students interested in learning about behavior, normal and abnormal, how it's studied, and how it relates to different areas. Graduates are prepared for various positions in human services, industrial settings, or laboratories. Some may go on to professional school, e.g., medical school or law school, or continue their training in psychology, working toward a master's or a doctoral degree.
The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete a minimum of 123 credits. To earn this degree you must successfully complete:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
- 50 credits required for the major
- 16 prescribed course credits
- 34 additional major course credits
- 24 additional option and supporting course credits
- 15 business option credits
- 9 supporting course and related areas credits
- 36 General Education credits
- 13 elective credits
The 24 credits of business courses focus on economics, finance, management, law, and accounting, making this degree ideal for professionals who wish to combine their interests in business and psychology.
Students may take an internship for credit. Enrollment in PSYCH 495 is by permission and requires approval of an internship placement and plan of study. A maximum of 3 credits of PSYCH 495 may be applied to 400-level course requirements for the psychology major. Three credits requires a minimum of 120 hours of work, plus an academic component. Enrollment is limited to 10 students and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please read the program guidelines before submitting the internship form.