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  • BS in Psychology


    The field of psychology studies and explores various questions about the human brain and its behavior. These questions are structured around an understanding of brain function and cognition influenced by various psychological, environmental, and social factors. Psychologists devote their careers to figuring out how this affects the way we grow, learn, and act in day-to-day life.

    As a student in Drexel University's accredited online psychology program, you'll be given tools and resources to become successful in a wide array of professional fields, including forensics and law, the health sciences, business, education, applied neurosciences, and counseling. The program's multidisciplinary approach delves into various subsets of psychology, and combines numerous topics, issues, and methods applicable to real-world challenges.

    An online bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drexel offers invaluable skills that can be leveraged for success no matter what career path you choose, making you an indispensable asset to any employer.

    Program Features

    • Fully Online - You'll never have to come onto campus to take classes or exams
    • Interactive Online Platform - Designed to challenge and engage, while remaining convenient for working professionals
    • Outstanding Faculty - Internationally-renowned faculty with a reputation for being some of the most passionate and knowledgeable educators in psychology
    • Research Methods and Statistics - Sequences in statistics and research methodology, key skills for finding employment opportunities in research and corporate settings 
    • Scientist/Practitioner Model - Online psychology courses merge theory with practical applications, offering a solid foundation to continually build upon

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    College Requirements 
    ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
    ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
    ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
    COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
    Select one of the following:8.0
    MATH 101
      & MATH 102
    Introduction to Analysis I
       and Introduction to Analysis II
    MATH 121
      & MATH 122
    Calculus I
       and Calculus II
    PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.0
    UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
    CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
    UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
    Economics elective4.0
    Fine Arts elective3.0
    History electives6.0
    Philosophy elective3.0
    Sociology elective 
    Anthropology elective 
    Two English (ENGL) courses, 200-level or above6.0
    Select one of the following sequences:8.0
    BIO 107
    Cells, Genetics & Physiology 
    BIO 108
    Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory 
    BIO 109
    Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution 
    BIO 110
    Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory 
    CHEM 111
    General Chemistry I 
    CHEM 112
    General Chemistry II 
    PHYS 103
      & PHYS 104
    General Physics I
       and General Physics II
    Free electives51.0
    General Psychology Requirements 
    PSY 111Pre-Professional General Psychology I *3.0
    PSY 112Pre-Professional General Psychology II *3.0
    100-Level Requirements 
    Select two of the following:6.0
    PSY 120
    Developmental Psychology 
    PSY 140
    Approaches to Personality 
    PSY 150
    Introduction to Social Psychology 
    Required Psychology Courses 
    PSY 212Physiological Psychology3.0
    PSY 325Psychology of Learning3.0
    PSY 240Abnormal Psychology3.0
    PSY 280Psychological Research I3.0
    PSY 264Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I3.0
    PSY 265Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II3.0
    PSY 290History and Systems of Psychology3.0
    PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
    PSY 360Experimental Psychology3.0
    PSY 380Psychological Testing and Assessment3.0
    Advanced Psychology Electives 
    Select four of the following:12.0
    PSY 210Evolutionary Psychology 
    PSY 213Sensation and Perception 
    PSY 222Psychological Problems of Modern Youth 
    PSY 225Child Psychopathology 
    PSY 242Psychology of Disability 
    PSY 244Culture and Personality 
    PSY 245Sports Psychology 
    PSY 250Industrial Psychology 
    PSY 252Death and Dying 
    PSY 254Psychology of Sexual Behavior 
    PSY 310Drugs & Human Behavior 
    PSY 322Advanced Developmental Psychology 
    PSY 332Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering 
    PSY 336Psychology of Language 
    PSY 337Human-Computer Interaction 
    PSY 342Counseling Psychology 
    PSY 345Narrative Psychology 
    PSY 350Advanced Social Psychology 
    PSY 352Environmental Psychology 
    PSY 355Health Psychology 
    PSY 356Women's Health Psychology 
    PSY 357The Psychology of Eating Disorders and Obesity 
    PSY 370Forensic Psychology 
    PSY 371Law and Psychology 
    PSY 410Neuropsychology 
    PSY 450Autism Spectrum Disorders 
    PSY 463Memory 
    Senior Seminar Sequence OR Psychology Electives** 
    PSY 490Psychology Senior Thesis I4.0
    PSY 491Psychology Senior Thesis II4.0
    PSY 492Psychology Senior Thesis III4.0
    Total Credits180.0

    *Students with AP psychology, or transfer students with PSY 101 credit, should check with their advisor.

    **If you do not wish to elect the research seminar sequence, you're required to take four additional advanced psychology electives instead.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college credits with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
      • GPA of 2.5 or above
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have been out of high school for a minimum of 2 years

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $489 per credit. (A 40% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $814 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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