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General Psychology Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of 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
  • FlexPath Available
  • 10–13 General Education Courses
  • 15 Core Courses
  • 2 Specialization Courses
  • 11–21 Elective Courses
  • 180 Total Credits (135 Max Transfer)


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.

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 WINTER)

With our self-paced FlexPath format, you can finish the bachelor’s degree you started in 12 months for $10,000*

*Generally, the fastest 10 percent of students finish in a year. 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 may apply.

BS in Psychology Program Highlights

Two Flexible Online Learning Formats

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Scholarships for New Students

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

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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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Low-Cost General-Ed Courses

Sophia Learning, Capella’s learning partner, offers low-cost, self-paced general-education courses designed to be completed in 60 days for $329 per course.

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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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Cost & Learning Formats

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.

“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. 

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.

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

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.

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

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.

See more of what you’ll learn »

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 resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Perspectives in Psychology

Diving into Psychology Research as an Undergraduate

BS in psychology students have a unique opportunity to develop creative and analytical skills through research.

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
  • 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

*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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Ready for the Next Step?

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