100% Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

An undergraduate degree is your foundation for a more enriching life and fulfilling career, no matter which major you choose. However, a bachelor’s in psychology may have an edge over other degrees in terms of marketability. If you want to build skills that can benefit you in any profession, opening up the potential for employment in a variety of fields, you may want to consider a BA in psychology program.

Why Earn a BA in Psychology?

The University of Texas Permian Basin’s 100% online bachelor’s in psychology program gives you a firm background in general education topics before delving into branches of psychological science including social psychology, abnormal psychology, positive psychology, and others. You can transform the expertise you acquire into a career as a social worker, counselor, teacher, researcher, or HR specialist. But these are just a few examples. Our BA psychology degree also helps you develop skills that every employer is looking for, including:

  • Written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Reasoning
  • Research

Our online psychology degree is delivered in an asynchronous, 100% online format that enables you to complete coursework at your own pace, from practically anywhere in the world. You’ll find this flexibility invaluable if you’re simultaneously managing professional and personal commitments while earning your degree.

Psychology General Education

Students must complete 42 credits from the following areas of study to complete general education requirements: communication (ENGL 1301 & 1302); American history (HIST 1301 & HIST 1302); political science (PLSC 2305 & PLSC 2306); BIOL 1306/1106 and another lab science (8 credits); language, philosophy, and culture (3 credits); mathematics (MATH 1314/1332/1324/2412); COMM 1315; component area (COMM 1115); creative arts (3 credits); social science other than psychology (3 credits).

ENGL 1301 – Composition I8 weeks3
ENGL 1302 – Composition II8 weeks3
HIST 1301 – History of the United States to 18778 weeks3
HIST 1302 – History of the United States Since 18778 weeks3
PLSC 2305 – American National Politics8 weeks3
PLSC 2306 – State and Local Politics8 weeks3
BIOL 1306 – General Biology I8 weeks3
BIOL 1106 – General Biology I Laboratory8 weeks1
MATH 1314 – College Algebra8 weeks4
MATH 1324 – Applications of Discrete Mathematics8 weeks4
MATH 1332 – Contemporary Mathematics I8 weeks3
MATH 2412 – Precalculus8 weeks4
COMM 1315 – Introduction to Public Speaking8 weeks3
COMM 1115 – Communication Lab8 weeks1

Psychology Requirements

Below is a list of the courses required for the psychology online major. No more than 12 credits of lower-level psychology hours, including the introductory course, will be applied to the psychology major. Any remaining lower-level psychology hours will be applied toward your 120-credit-hour requirement. Additionally, PSYC 3104 must be taken concurrently with PSYC 3304.

PSYC 1301 – Introduction to Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 3301 – Introductory Statistics8 weeks3
PSYC 3311 – Social Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 3321 – Abnormal Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 3344 – Lifespan Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 3350 – Positive Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 3304 – Experimental Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 3104 – Experimental Psychology Lab8 weeks1
PSYC 4302 – History and Systems of Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 4304 – Physiological Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 4305 – Drugs and Behavior8 weeks3
PSYC 4306 – Industrial and Organizational Psychology8 weeks3
PSYC 4393 – Senior Seminar8 weeks3

Upper-Level Electives

Students need 48 upper-level course credits to graduate. Any 3000- or 4000-level courses may count toward this requirement. It cannot be a course used in general education requirements, major or minor.

There are no Upper-Level Electives courses available.


Any course/any level, 3 credit hours. Cannot be a course used in general education requirements, major or minor.

There are no Electives courses available.

PSY Minor

A minimum of 18 credits are required for the minor chosen in consultation with the major advisor, at least 12 credits of which must be junior/senior. Psychology majors cannot have a minor in Child and Family Studies.

There are no PSY Minor courses available.

Admission Requirements

In order to prevent delays in processing applications, UT Permian Basin is temporarily modifying the freshman admission process by moving to a test-optional policy that will apply through Spring 2022. See the Test-Optional Policy section below for additional details.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 24 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher in previous college-level coursework
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (dual-credit high school courses must be included)
  • Completed application

Incoming Freshman Admission Requirements

If you have completed less than 24 hours of transferable college-level work from a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school or receiving your GED, please provide the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including dual-credit work while in high school)
  • Official high school transcript showing GPA, class rank, and expected graduation date or GED scores
  • SAT and/or ACT scores from within the last five years (see below for minimum score requirements)
  • Completed application

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin 
Office of Admissions 
4901 E. University Blvd. 
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Minimum Score Requirements for Freshman Admission

High School Graduation Class RankSATACT
Top 25%No minimum scoreNo minimum score
2nd Quarter102020
3rd Quarter116024
4th Quarter128027

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

If you are a freshman applicant, you may request a fee waiver when you apply by sending us your official college application fee waiver form provided by the SAT or ACT. You may also request a fee waiver if the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report is zero.

Test-Optional Policy

Students will be reviewed on a holistic basis focusing on the strength of the high school record, overall grade point average, grades within the core subjects, dual credit work, and additional information (resume and/or extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and work experience provided with the ApplyTexas application). We also recognize the value of standardized tests as a piece of the review process and will consider scores alongside the other required application credentials, if provided.