When you earn your B.S. in Psychology from Walden, you can gain the knowledge and experience you need to make a difference in your profession as you move your career forward.

Gain a broad understanding and global perspective of psychology and its relevance in our increasingly diverse society so you can change your world and the world of those around you.

In our bachelor’s program, you will apply psychological theories to current, relevant issues through online psychology courses that focus on helping you gain perspective in these vitally important areas:

  • Social awareness, responsibility, and civic engagement
  • Cross-cultural competence
  • Evidence-based decision making in an information-rich world

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Walden’s B.S. in Psychology program offers a variety of concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

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Addictions

Addiction can take many forms. Individuals today are coping with addictions to a variety of substances and activities, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, shopping, and self-injury. Managing addiction involves more than just identifying available treatment options. Uncovering the internal and external behaviors that cause these disorders is critical to helping individuals who suffer from them. Through the Addictions concentration, you can explore current theories about what causes individuals to develop addictive behavior and what can be done to prevent it. You’ll focus on substance abuse education, study prevention and treatment methods, and discover the factors that put some people at a higher risk of addiction. This concentration can also help you earn some of the hours you need to pursue an addiction counselor certification.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (35 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose all four listed below or choose any four 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Applied Psychology

For individuals in the helping professions who want to gain knowledge in psychology or help prepare themselves for an advanced degree, the Applied Psychology concentration provides a foundation. Learn about psychological development at all stages of life. Study the most common psychological disorders and keys to effective diagnoses. Improve your abilities in research, statistics, and data analysis.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose two of the four courses listed below or any two 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose 13 courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Child and Adolescent Development

Every day, children and adolescents deal with tough situations that can have a critical impact on their lives and development. This age group often faces serious issues, such as bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, strained relationships with parents, and school pressures. The Child and Adolescent Development concentration explores the cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development of school-age children and adolescents. By focusing on childhood and adolescence in psychology, you’ll learn strategies for working with these age groups in a variety of settings to address the challenging issues they face today.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (35 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose all four listed below or choose any four 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Criminal Justice

Through the Criminal Justice concentration, explore cognitive, behavioral, and psychological theories of criminal behavior from the serial killer to the terrorist. Discover and analyze types of victimization and how to work with victims of crime as you prepare for or grow your career in the fields of criminal justice, social service, or law enforcement.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (35 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

In addition to the three required courses, choose four additional courses from the other six described below.

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose all four listed below or choose any four 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

General Psychology

In this concentration, you will gain a solid foundation and knowledge of psychological principles and practices that relate to many different occupations. The curriculum will help you build on your ability to relate to all types of people as you increase your understanding of life in a complex world.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose two of the four courses listed below or any two 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose 13 courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four courses must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Human Services

Through the Human Services concentration, you can gain knowledge to help create meaningful and positive change in your community. Following an interdisciplinary approach, you’ll examine many of the challenges facing society today—including poverty, drug addiction, and domestic violence—and learn how to work effectively with families, human services agencies, and organizations to implement solutions that improve quality of life. You can develop skills in such areas as crisis intervention and conflict management and then apply those skills to better serve clients in your community. This concentration can also help you prepare for a career as a caseworker, advocate, or policymaker.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (35 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

In addition to the six required courses, choose one additional course from the two remaining courses.

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose two of the four courses listed below or any two 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Infant and Toddler Development

The Infant and Toddler Development concentration examines the development of infants and the importance of quality relationships to their emotional and social well-being. Study to assess developmental delays at an early age and identify treatment alternatives. Explore healthy living and learning environments that foster infant/toddler growth socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (35 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose all four listed below or choose any four 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Preparation for Graduate Studies

If you’re considering an advanced degree in psychology in the future, begin preparing now through the Preparation for Graduate Studies concentration. Expand your knowledge across all major areas from human development to professional ethics. Learn to conduct research, analyze data, and present your findings. Increase your understanding of what influences social behavior as you develop the quantitative and qualitative analytical skills needed for graduate study.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose two of the four courses listed below or any two 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose two of the four courses listed below or any two 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose 13 courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Preschool Child Development

The Preschool Child Development concentration explores the cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical development of the preschool child. Observe and assess the learning needs of preschool children. Study best practices to foster and enhance child development in the areas of learning and social skills.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (35 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

Psychology Elective Courses

In addition to the psychology elective courses, you will take nine elective courses (45 cr.) from the remaining B.S. in Psychology courses or from any other Walden bachelor’s program.

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose all four listed below or choose any four 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

In addition to psychology elective courses, you will take nine elective courses (45 cr.) from the remaining B.S. in Psychology courses or from any other Walden bachelor’s program.

Workplace Psychology

If you want to apply knowledge of psychology in a nonprofit, government, or business environment, the Workplace Psychology concentration will help you handle all types of work situations as you identify various influences on behavior. Learn the basic principles of decision making and factors that affect it. Apply principles of conflict management and peace building as solutions for individual and group issues.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

You can take these courses while you are taking general education courses, as long as you’ve completed the necessary prerequisites.

Concentration Courses

In addition to the three required courses, choose two additional courses from the other four described below.

Psychology Elective Courses

Choose two of the four courses listed below or any two 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other B.S. in Psychology concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose 13 courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter hour 

$56,110

Technology Fee  Per quarter

$120

$1,920

   

Total

$58,030

   

Transfer up to 135 credits 

$43,290

   

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits

$14,740

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Call 1-866-492-5336 for information about a full range of options for:

Accelerate Your Degree Completion

From criminal justice to psychiatry and legal counseling, the field of psychology can be applied across a range of dynamic, fast-paced fields. Walden’s B.S. in Psychology can prepare you for a career such as one of the following:

  • Affirmative action officer
  • Case manager
  • Community relations officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Court liaison
  • Customs inspector
  • Forensic treatment specialist
  • Health educator
  • Jury consultant
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Law enforcement advocate
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Psychiatric assistant
  • Researcher
  • Victims’ advocate

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

As a psychology master’s degree student at Walden, you can have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen your knowledge by taking up to 70% of your courses in psychology.
  • Broaden your knowledge by choosing electives from the B.S. in Business Administration, the B.S. in Child Development, or any other under graduate course.
  • Focus on your interests by taking psychology courses while completing general education requirements. Civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness are reflected throughout the general education program.
  • Expand your experience in a program that takes an international approach to psychology through:
    • Courses that examine global themes such as culture, perspectives, conflict, peace building, and cross-cultural psychology.
    • Textbooks and study materials that present global perspectives on topics such as health psychology.
    • Assignments that investigate psychology in other cultures and the impact of globalization on various areas of study within the discipline.

Make your learning experience as enjoyable and successful as possible. Walden’s proactive university services help you balance your educational, personal, and professional needs and goals. Explore new perspectives by working with students around the world who are passionate about learning.

The B.S. in Psychology program is based on the most current guidelines for learning outcomes in undergraduate psychology programs.

When you choose Walden’s B.S. in Psychology program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in program:

Psychology or Human Services?

Walden offers two online bachelor’s degree programs that can help you gain practical skills and advance your career as an advocate for individuals and communities coping with life challenges.

When deciding between Walden’s online B.S. in Human Services degree and online B.S. in Psychology degree, consider which features are right for your career goals:

  B.S. in Human Services  B.S. in Psychology 
The ideal candidate: Both degrees are designed for individuals who have a strong desire to help others. 
  • For individuals who want to gain the knowledge and practical skills to improve the quality-of-life services for the individuals and communities they serve. 
  • For individuals who want to gain a broad understanding of and global perspective on psychology and its relevance in an increasingly diverse and global society. 
What you’ll study: 
At the core of both programs is a focus on the role of social awareness, multiculturalism, and advocacy in dealing with both individual and community issues. 
  • A unique blend of child, family, and community relationship studies; intergroup conflict management; crisis and intervention training; and case management handling that provides a base of practical knowledge and skills. 
  • A focus on psychology inquiry, professional issues and ethics, cross-cultural psychology, and psychology as a natural and social science. 
Unique coursework: 
Each program offers courses that are tailored to meet its learning outcomes. 
  • Mobilizing and Coordinating Community Response
  • Sustaining Quality of Life in the City
  • Intercultural Communication 
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Adjustment in the 21st Century
Potential career options:* Graduates of either program will be well-prepared for a number of occupations across a variety of areas. 
  • Social or community service managers
  • Social or human service assistants
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health support or aide
  • Community activist
  • Child advocate
  • Parole officers
  • Social or community service managers
  • Community or social service specialists
  • Psychology teachers 

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:


  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design and data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, a scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science serving a global society.
  6. Apply cultural competencies to effective and sensitive interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.