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Bachelor of Arts

Online BA in Psychology

College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Overview

Florida International University offers a fully online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. It’s an exciting program that can open the doors to an incredible range of careers. Fast, convenient and flexible, FIU’s undergraduate psychology program equips students with a solid grounding in scientific research and human behavior, along with skills in critical thinking and problem solving techniques. The FIU online program reflects current trends in the field of psychology with introduction to five key areas of concentration within psychology: experimental, social, applied, personality/abnormal and developmental.

Take the next step.

With over 2,400 undergraduate psychology majors and a large number of undergraduate minors, FIU strives to balance the interests and goals of a diverse student body with a curriculum that is broad, methodologically rigorous, and research-based.   The program reflects current trends in the field through its emphasis on the science of psychology (integrated via the Research Sequence) and by way of courses in psychological theory and practice.

Your online bachelor's degree in psychology from FIU will provide opportunities in a variety of career paths, from social services to human resources to statistical analysis. With a B.A. in psychology, you can also pursue a graduate degree in psychology or a related field.

FIU’s fully online B.A. in Psychology offers the very same quality of education offered through our on-campus Department of Psychology. You’ll study with our renowned faculty, and get 1-on-1 guidance from your personal success coach. We’ll make sure your online learning experience is the best it can be.

Why Apply?

The psychology major offers excellent training in how to understand human behavior using scientifically rigorous methods. A degree in psychology can provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge applicable to such fields as business, education, law, medicine, and social work, as well as psychology.

Students who major in Psychology are also given a variety of opportunities to become directly involved in ongoing research, participate in our active student organizations, and conduct their own studies through our various research labs.

This program provides theoretical and practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Human growth and development
  • Psychology of infancy and childhood
  • Personal Adjustment
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology of Sexual Behavior
  • Research Methods in Psychology

The study of psychology provides students with strong skills in research, writing and analysis, as well as a deep understanding of interpersonal relationships. These skills make psychology program graduates excellent candidates for positions that include school counselors, education specialists, case managers and rehabilitation specialists.  

For students seeking a long-term career in psychology, a bachelor's degree in psychology is an excellent foundation for the necessary advanced degree, which may include a master's, Ph.D., Psy.D. or doctorate in psychology.

Employment of clinical, counseling and school psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Greater demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers and social services agencies should drive employment growth. In 2010, the median annual wage of psychologists was $68,640. (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Demand is also expected to increase for mental health counselors. Employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is expected to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.  In 2010, the median annual wage of mental health counselors was $38,150. (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Courses

A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Students must complete all University Core Curriculum, University, and College of Arts, Sciences & Education requirements.  For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.  Students must earn a "C" or better in all Gordon Rule University Core Curriculum courses, College of Arts, Sciences & Education Foreign Language requirement courses and major prerequisites and requirement courses. Students may earn a D- in the rest of their coursework (non-Gordon Rule UCC and electives).

In addition to the above requirements, students pursuing a B.A. in Psychology must complete the following:

Major Prerequisites (12 credits total)

Introduction to Psychology PSY 2012
Psychological principles underlying the basic processes of sensation, perception, cognition, learning, memory, life-span developmental, social behavior, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.

Introduction to Statistics STA 2122
A course in descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include probability distribution of discrete and continuous random, variables, sampling distributions, large sample estimation and hypothesis testing for means and proportions.
Prerequisite: High school algebra.  The following equivalent is also accepted: STA 2023 or STA 3111.

Human Biology BSC 2023
This course, intended for non-science majors, introduces the biological and general scientific principles governing human structure, function, health, and relationship to the planetary environment.
The following equivalents are also accepted: BSC-1005, BSC-1010/1011, BSC 1085/1086, BSC 2085/2086.

Additional Lower Division Psychology Course
Select one of the following courses:
Human Growth and Development DEP-2000
Introductory Industrial/Organizational Psychology INP-2002
Personal Adjustment CLP-2001
Psychology of Infancy and Childhood DEP-2001 
Psychology of Sexual Behavior SOP-2772

Coursework for Psychology Major (36 credits total)

Research Sequence (9 Credit Hours, Courses must be taken in order)

Introduction to Statistics II STA 3123
This course examines small sample statistical inference for means and variances as well as T, chi-square and F distributions.  Students will also study the analysis of variance, regression, correlation, basic nonparametric test, goodness of fit tests and tests of independence. STA 3112 can be taken as an alternate to this course.
Prerequisite: STA 2023, STA 2122, STA 3111.

Research Methods in Psychology PSY 3123
This course places an emphasis on the role of methodology and experimentation in subfields of psychology. Students have the opportunity to evaluate different designs and conduct original research projects.
Prerequisite: STA 3112 or STA 3123.

Senior Seminar in Psychology PSY 4931
An advanced seminar for seniors that includes an analysis of major contemporary trends in psychological theory and research.
Prerequisite: Department consent required.

Area Requirements (15 credits total.  Select 1 course in each of the 5 areas, A-E)

Area A: Cognitive & Neuroscience

Animal Cognition PSB 4250
Examines the issues and concepts relating to the evaluation of cognitive abilities in animals, as well as the theoretical, methodological and philosophical issues and problems in the study of animal cognition.  

Cognitive Processes EXP 4604
Investigation of the mental processing, underlying experiences and behavior. Topics include: games, puzzles and problems; intuitive and creative thought; conceptualization, reasoning and clinical diagnosis; choices and decisions; conceptions of time and space; and thought in abnormal or altered states of consciousness.

Introduction to Bio-Psychology PSB 4002
A study of the more important psychobiologic correlates of behavior in basic psychological phenomena.

Memory & Memory Improvement EXP 3523
This course provides an introduction to human memory considers the topics from a number of points of view. The following issues are addressed: the nature of memory and its phenomena; the capabilities and limitations of an ordinary and an extraordinary memory; and the skills that can aid an ordinary memory.

Neuropsychology PSB 4240
This course provides an introduction to the study of the effects of brain damage on psychological processes as well as the relation of the brain to cognition and behavior.

Sensation & Perception EXP 4204
Basic concepts in sensation and perception are explored in this course, with an emphasis on models of peripheral and central neural processing. Psychophysical techniques, such as subjective magnitude estimation and signal detection theory, are also covered.

Area B: Social

Attitudes & Social Behavior SOP 4414
A review of classic and contemporary social psychological research on attitudes and persuasion. Emphasis is placed on using persuasion processes to ameliorate social problems.
Prerequisite: PSY 2012.

Global Psychology:  Cross Cultural Perspectives on Psychological Research and Theories SOP 4731
As a Global Learning Initiatives course, this course examines the cultural contexts informing human behavior and psychological internationally. Students examine psychology research through direct application to global phenomena.
Prerequisite: PSY 2012.

Introductory to Social Psychology SOP 3004
This course provides an introduction to the study of the relationship of the individual to social systems, including topics such as social behavior, attitude development and change, social conflict, group processes, mass phenomena, and communication.  

Psychology of Women SOP 3742
This course examines women from various perspectives, such as biological, anthropological, mythological, religious, historical, legal, sociological, and psychoanalytical points of view.

Social & Personality Development SOP 3015
This course provides a survey of social and personality development throughout the life cycle, while placing emphasis on the interaction between psychological and environmental variables in life-span development changes.

Area C: Applied

Principles and Theories of Behavior Modification EAB 4794
Studies different approaches to the modification of problem behavior, through the application of learning principles and theories.
Prerequisite: EAB 3002.

Introduction to Community Psychology CYP 3003
Provides an introduction to the issues and scope of Community Psychology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of the community psychologist as an agent of social change.  

Introduction to the Experimental Analysis of Behavior EAB 3002
This course provides an introduction to and survey of the principles, methods, theories, and applications of the experimental analysis of behavior.

Legal Psychology SOP 4842
This course places emphasis on interpersonal courtroom processes and may include topics such as scientific jury selection, proximics, persuasive argumentation, witness demeanor, eyewitness testimony, and similar influences upon juror decision making.  

Organizational Psychology INP 4313
Focuses on the “organizational” topics associated with the field of industrial/organizational psychology and includes topics such as leadership, team effectiveness, work and family issues.  

Personnel Psychology INP 4203
This course looks into the techniques and procedures applicable to the selection, placement, utilization, and evaluation of personnel in organizations, while placing emphasis on empirical procedures.  Topics such as quantitative methods and models for selection, criteria analysis, performance appraisal, management training, and job satisfaction are discussed.

Psychological Testing PSY 4302
An introduction to the rationale underlying the use of psychological tests. Topics include basic test terminology, test administration, interpreting standard scores, reliability, validity, tests of intelligence, interest inventories, personality tests, the ethics of testing, and the fairness of tests for different segments of the population.
Prerequisites: STA 3123 or equivalent.

Area D: Clinical/Personality

Childhood Psychopathology CLP 4134
Various forms of abnormal behavior in infancy, childhood, and adolescence are examined within the context of traditional and contemporary psychological theory. Problems of differential diagnosis and forms of remediation are also discussed.
Prerequisite: PSY 2012

Abnormal Psychology CLP 4146
Behavior pathology is examined in the light of traditional and current concepts of mental health and illness. Problems of diagnosis and treatment and the role of social mores are discussed.

Psychology of Health & Illness CLP 4314
This Global Learning initiative course provides an overview of the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine with an emphasis on psychological, social, cultural, and global factors affecting health and health care/policy.
Prerequisite: PSY 2012

Psychotherapy CLP 4374
Current approaches to the treatment and improvement of psychological disorders are critically surveyed in this course, while emphasis is placed on the examination of the various techniques of psychotherapy and behavior therapy. Broader strategies of prevention and mental health promotion like consultation, counseling, and programmed agency services are also studied.

The Application of Behavior Analysis to Child Behavior Problems EAB 3765
This course studies the applications of the theories and methods of behavior analysis to various childhood behavior disorders including anxiety and phobia, attention deficit disorders, autism and obesity. Prerequisite: EAB 3002

Motivation & Emotion EXP 3304
Introduces several perspectives from learning theory, perception, and personality theory to explore ways in which people move through their physical and social environment.

Theories of Personality PPE 3003
An examination of various theories of personality. Consideration is given to traditional and contemporary approaches to personality development.

Area E: Developmental

Psychology of Adolescence DEP 3305
An examination of psychological, sociological and biological factors contributing to the changes from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to young adulthood

Psychology of Adulthood DEP 3404
This courses studies the transition from youth to middle age while placing focus on changing roles in family, work, and societal settings, as these factors influence personality and other aspects of psychological function.

Psychology of Aging DEP 4464
An examination of the factors that contribute to the psychological profile characterizing old age are studied in this Global Learning initiative course. Biological and sociological components are considered, and their impact on perceptual, cognitive, and personality processes is analyzed.

Children's Learning DEP 4164
Learning in infancy and childhood, with particular emphasis on simple conditioning, discrimination shifts, mediation, transposition, observational, and concept learning.
Prerequisite: Students enrolling in this course should have completed successfully at least one prior course in developmental psychology.

Development in Infancy: The Basis of Human Knowledge DEP 3115
Provides a comprehensive review of current methods, theories, and findings in cognitive and perceptual development in the first year of life. Special emphasis on the bases of knowledge; object and event perception, memory, and imitation.

Psychology Upper Division Electives (12 credits total)

Psychology majors are also required to take 4 additional psychology courses (a total of 12 credit hours).  These courses must be in the 3000/4000 levels.  Students can take up to 6 credits of independent psychology work courses to fulfill part of their elective requirements: PSY-4916 Independent Research and/or PSY-4941 Independent Field Experience.

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

 In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.
  • Program Completion Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree.  Students must complete the University Core Curriculum, University requirements and College of Arts, Sciences & Education requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Psychology major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. The College of Arts, Sciences & Education's advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met.  For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Bennett Schwartz

Bennett Schwartz
Dr. Schwartz’s research areas include metacognition, human and non-human memory. In particular, ongoing projects include research on the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon and episodic memory in great apes. He is the author of Tip-of-the-tongue states: Phenomenology, mechanism, and lexical retrieval (2002).

Dionne Stephens

Dionne Stephens
Dr. Stephens' research examines socio- historical factors shaping minority populations’ sexual health processes, with emphasis on gender and ethnic/ racial identity development. This work is conducted through the Heath Disparities and Cultural Identities Lab. Her current research examines the sexual script development's influence on sexual risk outcomes (including STI acquisition, intimate violence and HPV vaccination uptake), across racial/ ethnic groups.

@ A Glance


120Credits Required

$21271/ $32977
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Tuition per Credit
  • Fully online degree
  • Every online undergraduate student is paired with a success coach
  • Demand for psychologists expected to grow 22 to 37 percent through 2020
  • Program starts: Fall, Spring, Summer
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