2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    Jan 17, 2022  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

BS in Psychology

Build a gratifying career and become a positive force in people’s lives. You want more than just a job—you want a meaningful career. Build the foundation for a rewarding future with our online BS in Psychology program. Explore the latest psychology concepts, research, and theories, and gain the skills to help others improve their lives.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design and data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, a scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science serving a global society.
  6. Apply cultural competencies to effective and sensitive interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credit hours
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (35 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (25–35 cr., depending on concentration)
  • Psychology elective courses (10–20 cr., depending on concentration)
  • Elective courses (45–65 cr., depending on concentration)


General Education Courses (46 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000, 4000, or 5000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Psychology Elective Courses (10–20 cr.)

Psychology elective courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the requirements on each concentration page.

Electives (40–65 cr.)

Electives are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the elective requirements on each concentration page.

Note on Licensure

The BS in Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.