B.S. Psychology

Our 100% online degree prepares you to apply the knowledge of human behavior to solve real world problems.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
CAREERS AND SALARY Annual Employment Report
Delivery Online

Psychology is the scientific study of the thoughts, feelings, motivations, and behaviors of individuals. The goal of this program is to prepare you to contribute to the improvement of the human condition. Designed according to American Psychological Association guidelines, the program's online customized instruction (CI) provides a foundation in both basic psychological theory and application of psychology to real-world issues.

UW-Stout’s online Bachelor of Science in Psychology is ideal if you're committed to living or working away from campus. You’ll learn the same material and the same amount of material as an on-campus student. Wherever you’re living, our faculty and adult learner support staff will provide the guidance you need to succeed as a distance learner.

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Program Requirements

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Key advantages of the B.S. Psychology online program are the ability to transfer college credits from your previous studies, the flexibility of choosing when you study, and access to Canvas, our online learning environment. In Canvas, you'll find course materials, participate in course discussions, take tests and quizzes, post assignments, and connect with your professors and classmates.

Our unique program offers:

  • 100% online courses in applied areas such as Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Consumer Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology 
  • Flexible program that can be tailored to individual interests and goals 
  • Individual faculty advisor 
  • Multiple applied learning activities – including internships
  • Proven preparation for graduate school admission

Concentrations, Minors, Certificates

You'll graduate from our program with strong skills in writing, critical thinking, and working with people which makes you an attractive candidate for a wide variety of entry-level positions in human services, education, health, government, and business. Importantly, you'll also have the background to pursue advanced training in areas such as counseling, research, medicine, and law.

Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

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Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • $353 per undergraduate credit — customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.
  • Transfer credits from another program or institution, see Transfering to UW-Stout for more information.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

APPLICATION AND TRANSFER INFORMATION

Application

To apply for the on-campus and online Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, you need to apply to UW-Stout.

Financial Aid

Students who are attending another institution, but are planning to receive their degree from UW-Stout, may be eligible to receive aid from UW‐Stout. In these cases, UW‐Stout is considered the Home Institution and the other campus is considered the Visiting Institution.

Transfer Students

Note: When filling out the application form, be sure to make a note in the student comment section that you intend to apply to the "online program." 

Objectives & Outcomes

The Psychology Program is designed according to the most recent recommendations from the American Psychological Association. Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in psychology should meet the following goals:

Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology

Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.

Goal 2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.

Goal 3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.

Goal 4. Communication
Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Goal 5. Professional Development
The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

Career Opportunities

Psychology is a diverse field and graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of areas. The psychology program is designed to help you develop critical skills for success in whatever career you choose. 

With a bachelor’s degree graduates get jobs like these:

  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Career Counselor
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Life Skills Counselor
  • Market Researcher
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Neuropsychology Assistant
  • Probation Officer
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Worker

Graduates go into graduate and professional programs in:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Engineering Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Social Psychology
PSYCH Advisory Board

2020 PSYCH Advisory Board

Elizabeth  Buchanan Interim Director Research Services, UW-Stout
Desiree  Budd CEHHS/Psychology Department of Psychology, UW-Stout
Malurie Gray Psychology Alumnus; Master's Student Clinical Mental Health Counseling, UW-Stout
Kathryn  Hamilton Associate Professor, Chair Department of Psychology, UW-Stout
Samuel  Heutmaker Psychology Student UW-Stout
Kyle Johnson Psychology Alumnus; Universal Banker and Interim Service Manager BMO Harris Bank
Michael  Mensink CEHHS/SOE  
Tanya Potter Volunteer Coordinator & LGBT Victim's Advocate Bolton Refuge House
Kristin  Risley Associate Professor - Co-Director Department of English and Philosophy - UW-Stout Writing Center
Gina Sprague Psychology Alumnus; Doctoral Student California School of Professional Psychology
Phillip  Stoeklen Psychology Alumnus Applied Research  Center, UW-Stout
Janine  Thull Director Advisement Center, UW-Stout
Cait Versella Psychology Alumnus; Research Coordinator The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Cameron  Weaver Senior Clinical Psychologist Primary Care Behavior Health, Hennepin County Medical Center
Sarah  Wood Program Director Department of Psychology, UW-Stout

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