Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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One of UMass Lowell's most popular degree programs, this program can be taken entirely online or as a mix of online and on-campus classes.

UMass Lowell's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides students with theoretical foundations in various subfields of psychology: experimental, developmental, social, personality, and clinical psychology. The curriculum emphasizes the application of psychological knowledge and skills in many areas of human functioning. Program faculty have expertise in a broad spectrum of subfields and are committed to the excellence of their students.

Geared towards working professionals, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The program can be completed entirely online, or as a mix of online and on campus courses. The convenience of the online format makes earning a degree much more attainable for many who would otherwise not be able to do so because of their busy home and work schedules. Students are able to take courses three times per year, during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a widely-respected, fully-accredited university. As an early pioneer of online education, the University has won several awards and earned national recognition for the quality of its online programs.

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Program Outline

Total Credits Required: 120

  1. 42.101 College Writing I (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  2. 92.--- General Education - Mathematics (3cr) (92.151/111 recommended)
  3. 47.101 General Psychology (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  4. --.--- General Education - Social Science (SS) (3cr)
  5. --.--- Language Course Level 1 (3cr)
  6. 42.102 College Writing II (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  7. --.--- General Education - Science w/Lab (4cr)
  8. --.--- General Education - Arts/Humanities (AH) (3cr)
  9. 47.260 Child and Adolescent Development (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  10. --.--- Language Course Level 2 (3cr)
  11. 47.269 Research I: Basics* (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  12. --.--- General Education - Social Science (SS) (3cr)
  13. --.--- General Education - Science w/Lab (4cr)
  14. --.--- Language Course Level 3 (3cr)
  15. 47.--- Experimental Psychology Elective (see choices below) (3cr)
  16. --.--- General Education - Arts/Humanities (AH) (3cr)
  17. --.--- General Education - Science (non-lab) (3cr)
  18. --.--- Language Course Level 4 (3cr)
  19. 47.369 Research II: Statistics (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  20. --.--- General Education - Arts/Humanities (AH) (3cr)
  21. 47.300/400 Psychology Elective (see choices below) (3cr)
  22. --.--- General Education - Social Science (SS) (3cr)
  23. --.--- Free Elective (3cr)
  24. 47.375 Research III: Laboratory (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  25. 47.300/400 Psychology Elective (3cr)
  26. --.--- Psychology or Free Elective (3cr)
  27. --.--- Free Elective (3cr)
  28. --.--- Free Elective (3cr)
  29. 47.4-- Advanced Psychology Seminar (3cr)
  30. --.--- Psychology or Free Elective (3cr)
  31. --.--- 300/400 Free Elective (3cr)
  32. --.--- Free Elective (3cr)
  33. --.--- Free Elective (3cr)
  34. 47.4-- Advanced Psychology Elective (3cr)
  35. --.--- Psychology or Free Elective (3cr)
  36. --.--- 300/400 Free Elective (3cr)
  37. --.--- Free Elective (3cr)
  38. --.--- Free Elective (3cr)

*Students must earn a minimum grade of C in 47.269 before taking 47.369.

General Education Course Information

For "General Education" course information, see UMass Lowell's Gen Ed website. Psychology majors fulfill Gen Ed Diversity & Ethics requirement by completing the courses in the above outline.

Language Course Information

Students in the Psychology major are required to demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a foreign language by completing four language courses - See course listing for 50.--- or 54.--- courses.

Experimental Psychology Electives - Choose 1:

  1. 47.273 Brain, Mind and Behavior (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  2. 47.276 Theories of Learning (3cr)
  3. 47.277 Sensation and Perception (3cr)
  4. 47.278 Cognitive Psychology (3cr)

47.300/400-Level Psychology Electives - Choose 2:

Approved 300/400-Level Psychology courses include, but are not limited to the following courses:

  1. 47.308 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  2. 47.312 Learning and Behavior (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  3. 47.335 Psychology and Women (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  4. 47.355 Sport and Exercise Physiology (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  5. 47.363 Introduction to Disability Studies (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  6. 47.360 Adult Development and Aging (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  7. 47.351 Human Sexuality (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!

Advanced Psychology Seminars - Choose 1:

  1. 47.472 Seminar: Personality (3cr)
  2. 47.473 Seminar in Social Psychology (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  3. 47.474 Seminar: Developmental Psychology (3cr)
  4. 47.475 Seminar in Clinical Psychology (3cr) - Available Fall 2015!
  5. 47.476 Seminar: Experimental Psychology
  6. 47.477 Seminar: Contemporary Trends in Psychology (3cr)

Advanced Psychology Electives at the 400-level or higher - Choose 1:

  1. 47.4-- Any 400 level Seminar
  2. 47.496 Practicum in Psychology (3cr)
  3. 47.491 Directed Study: Psychology (3cr)
  4. 47.5-- Graduate Level Course (Seniors w/instructor's perm.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is open to individuals who have at minimum earned their high school diploma or who have successfully completed the GED test or the High School Equivalency Testing Program.

How to Apply

To apply into this program, please complete our Online Application Form or print and complete our pdf Application Form.

Transfer Credits / Credit for Prior Learning

Have you taken credit courses at another accredited college or university in the past? You may be able to count those courses towards your degree at UMass Lowell. Please review our transfer credit policy and email our advisors at for additional details.

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