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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Build a solid foundation in psychology

You’re passionate about helping others. You’re ready to make a difference with your career. Use that drive and take the next step with a degree in psychology. At Capella University, you can earn a BS in Psychology that’s online, from an accredited university, and on your schedule. Explore an affordable, flexible degree that can help you build a solid foundation to expand your understanding of human behavior, helping to prepare you to pursue a variety of academic or professional options. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • GuidedPath
  • FlexPath available
  • 10–13 General education courses
  • 9 Core courses
  • 2 Specialization courses
  • 11–21 Elective courses
  • 180 Total credits (135 max transfer)

Classes Start October 11th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL21).

FlexPath lets you finish the degree you started, with a bachelor’s in psychology in 16 months for $15,000.*

*Based on fastest 25 percent of students. Your program length and cost will vary by your degree program, transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

BS in Psychology program highlights

Know your learning style?

We get that you’re busy, so we have two learning options to fit your needs.GuidedPath for those who need more structure and FlexPath our self-paced option.

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Reduce your tuition by $8,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for an $8K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree. 

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Credit for prior learning

Earn credit for knowledge you’ve gained through professional experiences, training, and industry certifications with our Prior Learning Assessment.

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Gen ed courses included

Capella students receive access to ACE® Credit-recommended courses for college-level credit from our affiliate, Sophia Learning.*

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Expertly designed

Professionally aligned curriculum that is designed around APA guidelines to ensure you’re learning the latest theories and practices.

Move forward with combined options

Take on master’s-level courses and have the credits applied to both your bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements.

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 *All transfer and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two core courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

“FlexPath’s self-paced format allowed me to set my own deadlines. As a result, I was able to complete work sooner if needed, or take my time with content that was a bit more difficult.”

Shayla Proctor
BS in Psychology
Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$8K toward your bachelor's

Apply for an $8K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Bachelor’s in psychology sample courses

The Capella online bachelor’s in psychology program integrates knowledge with associated skills by engaging in a curriculum that’s focused on psychological concepts, theories, empirical findings, and current trends.

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Introduction to Addiction Theories

Learners in this course examine biological, psychological, and social aspects of addictive behavior and explore causes, prevention, and treatment of addiction. Topics include disease models, relapse prevention, family systems, behavioral addictions, harm reduction, and how to promote motivation for change. Learners also describe how social attitudes and personal perspectives influence their professional development.

3 quarter credits
Criminal Psychology and Behavior

In this course, learners gain a basic understanding of the impact criminal psychology and criminal behaviors have on the law, police, and communities. Learners also examine the uses of criminal psychology relative to criminal behaviors, and theories surrounding these behaviors. In addition, learners analyze popular criminal defenses relative to criminal psychology and behaviors, and explore examples in well-known criminal cases.

6 quarter credits
Introduction to Psychology of Social Media

In this introductory course, learners apply psychological principles and concepts to the personal and business use of social media. Learners examine trends, motivations, and challenges in the use and abuse of social media and evaluate the psychological rewards and risks of connecting with others, gaining attention, and engagement. Learners also analyze prosocial and antisocial social media uses and the basics of social media marketing.

3 quarter credits
Introduction to Human Sexuality

In this course, learners examine the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional aspects of human sexuality as they relate to current and historical perspectives. Learners analyze social and biological foundations of human sexuality and develop their understanding of sexuality in individuals and their relationships. Learners also apply theory and historical perspectives to their study of human reproduction, contraception and abortion, sexuality and social policy, and sexual behavior and contemporary society. In addition, learners demonstrate their knowledge of ethical practices that guide professional behavior in the field of human sexuality.

3 quarter credits
PSYC3540 *
Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity

In this course, learners integrate their knowledge of theories and research of culture, ethnicity, diversity, and social interaction with current trends and challenges associated with cultural diversity. Learners analyze social issues related to gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, and mental and physical disability and assess the effects of prejudice, discrimination, and institutional oppression. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits


Focus your studies on a specific area of interest.


Learn and apply theories, treatments, and current research techniques needed for psychological and behavioral aspects of addictions. 

Behavioral Health

Learn to serve in the behavioral health field; prepare to pursue graduate programs or careers as a case manager, victims’ advocate, and more. 

Forensic Psychology

Focus your study on criminal behavior and the roles forensic psychology professionals play in legal proceedings and treatment.

What you'll learn

Whatever your professional or academic goals, our online BS in Psychology can help you build the skills to get there. Learn to: 

  • Apply information analysis and research methods.
  • Develop effective communication.
  • Think critically and creatively.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the bigger picture.
  • Understand ethical behavior.
  • Value empirical evidence.

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Perspectives in psychology

Narrow your degree options, find your path, evaluate your goals

Find your helping professions path by answering five quick goal-related questions.

What Can You Do with a Bachelor's in Psychology?

A BS in psychology can prepare graduates for jobs in business, nonprofits, government, and more.

Exploring 3 Growing Fields in Psychology

Here are three psychology fields to consider.

Psychology professional paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with our online BS in Psychology.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Case manager
  • Mental health technician
  • Human resources generalist
  • Residential counselor
  • Recruiter
  • Research assistant
  • Training manager
  • Academic advisor
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Mental health specialist

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Individual and family services
  • Health practitioner’s office
  • Government support
  • Insurance carrier
  • Consulting service
  • Community or technical college
  • Outpatient care center
  • Skilled nursing facility

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Three career paths to explore with a bachelor’s in psychology

While the psychology field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here are some of the more common paths:

Use critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving to position yourself as a market research analyst, which involves collecting and analyzing data related to consumer behavior.

Prepare for roles in marketing firms and advertising agencies that research and analyze various demographics or other data as directed to meet a marketing or business objective.

Focus on theories, training, and current research techniques for the psychological and behavioral aspects of addictions.

Prepare for roles in treatment centers that work with addicted populations, or in social services positions that focus on addiction identification and treatment.

Focus on criminal behavior and the role forensic psychology plays in legal proceedings and treatment.

Prepare for roles in victim advocacy or move into case management where various aspects of a person’s life are managed through a central resource.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Interested in understanding human behavior?

A bachelor’s degree in psychology can provide you with the background that can set you up to succeed in numerous career paths. The Undergraduate Psychology Guide can help you find your niche.

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Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.

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