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Bachelor of Science in Psychology Online

This B.S. in Psychology online degree program prepares you to become a qualified professional and allows you to continue on to graduate studies in psychology or related field.

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120 credit hours
$249.40 per credit hour

LSUA's 100% online Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program is an affordable path to a rewarding career in people-oriented fields in the health, science, education and business sectors. This degree also provides a foundation for graduate studies in psychology or a closely related field.

In LSUA's Bachelor of Science in Psychology online you will:

  • Gain a full perspective on all types of psychology and behavioral management
  • Prepare for professional roles such as social worker, teacher, psychiatric technician, correctional treatment specialist, counselor and more
  • Improve your career opportunities and provide a better future for you and your family

Online Courses

Coursework in this 120-hour online B.S. in Psychology provides a full perspective of psychology and human behavior to prepare you for a career in psychology or a related graduate program.

Students must complete 39 hours of General Education Courses—ENGL (6), Social Science (6), Math (6), Natural Sciences (9), Humanities (9), & Fine Arts (3). CMIS (1),* 40 hours of Foundation Courses, 21 hours of approved electives as well as 20 additional hours from general education courses and/or approved electives.

General Education Courses
ENGL 1001 English Composition

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 0092. ENGL 1001 offers an introduction to composition and analysis of the essay and its rhetorical strategies. A grade of "C" or higher required to advance to ENGL 1002.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 1002 English Composition II

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in English 1001. The study and practice of rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking, culminating in the research paper. A grade of "C" or higher is required to advance to all sophomore English courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FIAR 1001 Introduction to Fine Arts

An introduction to the fundamental problems and concepts of art in the fields of design, sculpture, graphics, painting, and ceramics as they relate to the home, community, religion, commerce, and industry. Discussions, lectures, outside readings.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2027 Poetry

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and uses of poetry over time and across cultures. [CENL 2313]

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2031 The Novel

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and development of the novel over time and across cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2084 Myths, Legends, and Folklore

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of myths, legends, and folklore and their relationship to narrative patterns in literature. May include examples from non-Western cultures, such as Native American, Asian, African, and Islamic cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMST 1061 Communication Fundamentals

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication, with opportunities for communication skills acquisition and practice.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMST 2060 Public Speaking

Exploration of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of materials, and delivery skills. Creation and presentation of speeches and analysis of other speakers.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 1001 History of Western Civilization I

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies in Western Civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation Era.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 1003 History of Western Civilization II

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies of Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the present.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2055 American History I

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from the earliest times to 1865. Topics include interactions between Europeans, Indians, and Africans in America; the impact of English colonial developments; American slavery; causes and consequences of the American Revolution; development of antebellum America; foreign policy and territorial expansion in North America; and the American Civil War.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2057 American History II

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from 1865 to present. Topics include Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, Progressivism, Twentieth-Century American foreign policy and wars, the Great Depression and New Deal, the Cold War and civil rights movement, and contemporary domestic and foreign policy developments.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 1021 College Algebra

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog, or a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 0092, or permission of the department. Functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations; and inequalities. A graphing calculator is required.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 2011 General Statistics

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1021, MATH 1023 or MATH 1313; or permission of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Graphical display of data; descriptive statistics; probability; the normal distribution; standard scores; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing based on one sample; regression; and correlation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 1029 Contemporary Mathematics

Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 1021. A survey of practical mathematics for non-science majors. Topics can be chosen from—but not limited to—sets, logic, number systems, number theory, geometry, finance, graph theory, voting, and mathematics history.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 1001 General Biology I

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021. An introduction to biological principles including scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1201 to meet a degree's requirement.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 1002 General Biology II

Prerequisite: BIOL 1001. A taxonomic survey of living organisms (bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals) and viruses. Includes study of structure and functions of organs and systems with emphasis on advanced plants and vertebrates. Also covers basic evolutionary and ecological principles and reinforces use of the scientific process. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1202 to meet a degree's requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 2030 Introduction to Environmental Science

Prerequisite: ENGL 1002. Basic ecological principles related to populations, communities, and ecosystems. The scientific approach to environmental issues and society's response to these issues are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHSC 1001 Physical Science I

Prerequisite: eligibility for MATH 1021. A non-technical survey course covering a broad range of topics in the field of chemistry and physics. It is not intended for students who wish to pursue further work in chemistry or physics, and may not be substituted for basic courses covering these areas of science.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHSC 2063 Meteorology

Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 1021 or MATH 1313. Atmospheric processes and how they contribute to resulting weather events; current weather observations and forecasting techniques; severe events; weather service of NOAA.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CHEM 1001 Intro Chemistry for Non-Science Majors I

Fundamentals of chemistry covering the basic topics of general, inorganic, organic, nuclear, and biochemistry. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 1201 to meet a degree's requirements. [CCEM 1003/1103] Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
POLI 2051 American Government

A survey of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of American government with emphasis on the national government. Topics include constitutional development, federal-state relationships, electoral politics, law, public policy and civic responsibility.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2000 Introduction to Psychology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001. A survey course with emphasis on introducing the student to the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3001 Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCL 2001 Introductory Sociology

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHSC 1002 Physical Science

Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in PHSC 1001. A non-technical survey course in the physical sciences. Topics are taken primarily from the fields of astronomy, meteorology, and earth sciences. Students cannot use both this course and any other course in college-level astronomy to meet a degree’s requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHSC 1003 Physical Science Lab

Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in PHSC 1001. Laboratory course in the fundamentals of physical science.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 1003 General Biology Lab

Prerequisite: credit for or enrollment in BIOL 1001. Laboratory exercises to explore biological principles including cell structure and function; cellular metabolism; genetics and heredity; and to illustrate use of the scientific method.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Foundation Courses
PSYC 2000 Introduction to Psychology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001. A survey course with emphasis on introducing the student to the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2900 The Psychology Major: Working Toward the Future

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000. This course introduces the beginning psychology major to the careers in psychology, applying to graduate school, and special knowledge that is needed to be successful as a psychology major in the 21st century.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
PSYC 2525 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences

Application of statistical procedures to problems in the behavioral and social sciences. Focus on both non-parametric and inferential statistical procedures and the experimental designs they are used to analyze.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3001 Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3017 Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 and PSYC 2525; or permission of instructor. Lecture and laboratory beginning course in applying the scientific method to the problems of psychology.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3800 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A review of the ethical standards and legal mandates governing the research and professional practice of psychology. The perspectives of both consumers and psychologist providers are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 4900 Senior Seminar in Psychology

Prerequisite: 18 hours of psychology. A recapitulation of the various theoretical orientations and perspectives in the field of psychology, including current issues in the field.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3140 Social Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060 or SOCL 2001; or consent of instructor. A study of the nature of social behavior, social stimulation, and response; a psychological analysis of society and social institutions. Offered SP.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3032 Principles and Theories of Learning

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A survey of current theories of learning.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 4017 Advanced Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in PSYC 3017 or permission of instructor. Student will propose, conduct, analyze and interpret an original research project (experiment) and develop a written paper and a professional presentation of the results of the project.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 4082 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A study of the nature and development of abnormal personality and behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 4020 Tests and Measurement

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. Test construction, standardization, validation, intelligence, clerical, mechanical, and spatial aptitude feats; interests and personality tests; test batteries.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 4060 Drugs and Behavior in Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. The study of the psychopharmacology of psychoactive and other drugs and the effects these drugs have on behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3081 Personality Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A study of major theories of personality.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Electives
CJUS 3025 Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice

A look at leadership and ethical issues faced in a criminal justice setting.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 4001 Terrorism and Homeland Security

This course is an intensive inquiry into domestic and international terrorism while at the same time examining how local, state, and federal agencies draft and implement public safety via Homeland Security to protect America and its visitors from terrorist acts. Additionally, this course examines the role that Homeland Security Agencies and their policy makers play in planning and responding to natural disasters.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 4461 Criminology

A general introduction to the sociological study of crime including theories of crime causation, their relationship to society, and the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 3530 Corrections Within the Community

An in-depth study of correctional programs and practices that function outside the traditional institutional setting. Survey of community corrections in terms of historical contributions; legal, social, and ethical considerations; professionalism; roles of staff, administration, and community resources in relationships among and between the community systems.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 4476 Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice

Examination of the role of minorities in the criminal justice system: as victims, as offenders; as defendants; as prisoners; as employees; and as professionals. Addresses the changing role of women as criminal justice professionals within the framework of conflict theory. Additional topics include causes and prevention of violence and sexual harassment in the criminal justice workplace.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 4390 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit when topics change. Examination of the literature and analysis of current issues relevant in criminal justice.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 3215 Juvenile Delinquency

A study of the problems of juvenile delinquency with emphasis on theories, preventive programs, juvenile law, courts, treatment, and current problems in the juvenile justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 3152 Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving

A study that blends the concepts of community policing and problem oriented policing into a combined approach to provide quality police service. A proactive philosophy that promotes solving problems that are criminal, affect our quality of life, or increase our fear of crime. Encourages developing strategies to identify, analyze and address community problems at their source.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 4045 The U.S. Prison System

A thorough review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). A review of the different levels of institutions, prison policies, and practices of the BOP.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 4018 Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice

Study of constitutional law and its applicability.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 3570 Probation and Parole

A study of the theory and practice of probation and parole as a function of the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MKTG 3401 Principles of Marketing

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. The field of marketing; marketing environment, functions, and institutional structure at a macro level; marketing strategy and policies at a micro level; problems of cost and productivity; viewpoints of society, consumer, and marketing manager.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 3200 Principles of Management

Prerequisites: a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. Management functions, including planning, organizing, staffing/human resource management, leading/interpersonal influence, and controlling in both domestic and international spheres.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4012 Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Examination of the role of public health in preparing, responding, and recovering from community emergency.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Louisiana State University of Alexandria offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Upcoming Start Dates:

July 3

Apply by June 5

August 28

Apply by July 24

Tuition & Financial Aid

LSUA has some of the best tuition rates in the region to make your education affordable and accessible. LSUA staff can help you locate additional funding opportunities that can assist you with your financial needs.

Tuition Breakdown

$249.40

Per Credit Hour

$748.20

Per Three Credit Hour Course

Financial Aid

LSUA works with students to help them remove financial barriers to education, and to make sure you are comfortable. There are loans and grants available.

Admissions

Are you a first-time freshman or a transfer student? Find out what you need to be admitted.

If you are a Louisiana resident, you must:

  • Complete LA Core 4 Curriculum, or its equivalent at time of high school graduation
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Require no Developmental Courses
  • Have either 2.0 GPA or greater in Core Courses, or ACT Composite of 20* or greater

If you are a transfer student, you must:

  • Have earned 12 non-developmental course hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Have completed a college-level English and Math course designed to fulfill general education requirements.

Note: Students transferring with fewer than 12 non-developmental hours, or students transferring from schools not regionally accredited, must have at least a 2.0 college GPA and meet First-Time Freshmen criteria.