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General Psychology Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Expand Your Career Potential

Capella’s online bachelor's in psychology program can help you build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that are valued in a wide range of professions. Plus, you can add a concentration specific to your career goals.

This program is designed around American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines to ensure you’re learning the latest theories and practices for a deeper understanding of human learning, emotions, and behaviors.*

*APA does not accredit undergraduate psychology programs.

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 10–13 General Education Courses
  • 15 Core Courses
  • 2 Specialization Courses
  • 11–21 Elective Courses

Classes Start October 8th

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

See the Big Picture

Show you understand major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

Stand by Your Work

Apply information analysis, research methods, technology tools and applications that are appropriate for psychology.

Speak the Language

Develop effective communication and quantitative literacy skills.

Think-Critically & Creatively

Use critical-thinking, creative-thinking, and problem-solving skills in psychology.  

Resolve the Issues

Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Act Like a Psychology Professional

Understand ethical behavior, value empirical evidence, and respect the complexity of diversity.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Two Learning Formats

Learn with our traditional GuidedPath online format, or learn at your own speed with our self-paced FlexPath format. 

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Our faculty is made up of active professionals with top academic credentials and real-world experience, exposing you to the latest theories and practices.

Flexible Online Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines. 

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 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 (90th 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.

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

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 (PLA) process.

Specialize at the undergraduate level. By adding one of our optional concentrations in addiction, behavioral health, or forensic psychology, our program will help prepare you for the next level– whether that’s a job or further study in a graduate program. 

Get the right kind of support, right when you need it. Capella offers multiple support services, including on-demand assistance to give you well-timed help, psychology success labs, psychology club, access to our Career Center and Library, and more.

Accredited & Respected

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

Sample Courses

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

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSYC2300 Introduction to Addictions Theories
PSYC3130 Criminal Psychology and Behavior
PSYC2210 Introduction of Psychology of Social Media
PSYC2800 Introduction to Human Sexuality
PSYC3540 Culture, Ethnicity and Diversity


Concentrations let you hone in on your specific area of interest that can get you even closer to your exact career goals. The concentrations you earn will be included on your transcript.

Addictions Concentration

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

Behavioral Health Concentration

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

Forensic Psychology Concentration

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

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 distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Career Center

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

Relevant Blog Posts

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online bachelor’s in psychology degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Case manager
  • Advocate for disabled adults
  • Care coordinator
  • Employment/placement specialist
  • Residential counselor
  • Market research analyst
  • Mental health worker
  • Program coordinator
  • Victim’s advocate
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Social services worker
  • Intake counselor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Nonprofit organization
  • Residential care facility
  • Market research firm
  • Law enforcement agency
  • Retail industry
  • Social service agency
  • Government—local, state, and federal
  • Human resources department
  • Marketing department
  • Advertising agency
  • Two-year, land-based or online
  • College or university

*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.

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