A popular choice for retiring veterans and career changers, UMGC’s bachelor’s degree program in psychology will help prepare you for graduate study or a multitude of careers in the field. While acquiring a knowledge base of theory, research, and practice in psychological sciences, you’ll hone your quantitative skills, analytical and scientific reasoning, and ability to analyze human behavior.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Psychology Bachelor's Degree

The curriculum for the bachelor’s degree in psychology, which is aligned with American Psychological Association guidelines, is designed to provide you with a solid grounding in the major theoretical schools of psychology and the findings of research. The program covers the application of psychological concepts and principles to individual cognitive and emotional functioning, the workplace, and interpersonal relationships. The program also emphasizes the application of biological, social, and professional principles and concepts in response to psychological needs.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology to prepare for graduate study or relevant careers
  • Apply basic knowledge of research methodology, statistics, measurement, guidelines, ethical standards, laws, and regulations to design, participate in, and evaluate research in a variety of contexts
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior to inform personal growth, communicate effectively, solve problems, make decisions, and interact with individuals, communities, and organizations
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, technology, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to current and emerging trends in psychology
  • Value diversity and different perspectives, tolerate ambiguity, and act ethically to communicate appropriately with various populations

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Analyze a case study, providing an appropriate diagnosis, a rationale for that diagnosis, and suggestions for treatment
  • Create a stress-management program and prepare a presentation
  • Participate in a career review project in which they research potential jobs or graduate programs and submit a resume or an application for graduate school

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

  • Analyze a case study, providing an appropriate diagnosis, a rationale for that diagnosis, and suggestions for treatment
  • Create a stress-management program and prepare a presentation
  • Participate in a career review project in which students research potential jobs or graduate programs and submit a résumé or an application for graduate school

Psychology Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • PSYC 100
  • PSYC 300
  • PSYC 301
  • PSYC 310
    or any upper-level PSYC course
  • PSYC 321
  • PSYC 335
  • PSYC 341
    or any upper-level PSYC course
  • PSYC 351
    or any upper-level PSYC course
  • PSYC 353
  • PSYC 436
  • PSYC 495

Related Required Courses

Note: The following related required courses for the major are listed under general education ourses and may be applied to general education or elective requirements.

  • STAT 200

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111S
    or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general education elective
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
    or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 394
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • STAT 200 (related requirement for the major)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    or ECON 203
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for graduate study, research, or direct services work at a mental health or medical facility. It can also provide useful skills for work in related fields, such as human resources, advertising, customer relations, or program management.