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- Next Start Date
- October 10
- Est. Program Length
- 2–4 years
- Course Length
- 8 weeks
- Cost per Credit
- Credit Hours
- Credits Accepted
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Psychology Career Opportunities Start Here
Transform your passion for helping others into a rewarding career in a growing field with the online B.S. in Psychology – Behavioral Health program from East Central University Online. Through a fully online curriculum founded on innovation, this online psychology degree provides the skills you need to understand the dynamics of human behavior and succeed in a profession that promotes human welfare.
Delivered through an interactive, digital classroom, experienced educators from ECU Online guide each course required for this online psychology degree with their diverse professional backgrounds in psychology. Flexible schedule options allow you to complete your behavioral health degree online at your own pace as you discuss course materials with your instructors and classmates and prepare for career success.
Topics of Study
Our online psychology degree is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of behavioral health as you prepare for a variety of in-demand careers. As a student, you’ll explore diverse topics, including:
- Child and adolescent psychology
- Professional communication
- Relationship-building techniques
- Personality disorders
- Psychology of seniors
- Abnormal psychology
- Clinical counseling methods
- Mental health testing best practices
Additionally, you are required to complete select elective courses while completing your behavioral health degree online, allowing you to gain specific skills in the area of psychology of your choice.
Upon completion of the online psychology degree, you will be fully equipped to demonstrate the following through your career:
- Communicate efficiently with colleagues in a variety of professional settings
- Establish strong relationships with clients
- Counsel individuals of all ages
- Evaluate individuals to determine mental health problems
- Apply mental health testing best practices for diagnosing psychological disorders
- Provide childcare in diverse settings
- Advocate for individuals struggling with mental illness
Courses & Requirements
Our online psychology degree requires the completion of 124 credit hours.
Undergraduate students are required to complete 44 credit hours of prerequisite coursework.
Major in Psychology (34 credit hours)
- PSYCH 1113
A survey of the major areas in psychology including motivation, perception, learning, memory and cognition, physiology, personality, social psychology, and abnormal behavior and treatment. (NOTE: This course satisfies gen ed requirements and must be completed prior to enrollment in HURES 2083 Human Behav and Soc Env I and HURES 2103 Interviewing Techniques.)
- HRPSY 3253
- PSYCH 2313
- PSYCH 2403
- PSYCH 4001
- PSYCH 4133
- PSYCH 4413
Psychology of Aging
Prereq.: PSYCH 1113. A survey introduction to the psychological aspects of later life with particular emphasis on the behavioral changes associated with the emotional, motivational, personality, social and environmental conditions of the elderly.
History and Systems of Psychology
Prereq.: 1113. A survey and integration of periods and principal fields of psychological thought, with emphasis upon the evolution of scientific method and its application to behavior.
Prereq PSYCH 1113 The sociocultural perspective is a theory used in fields such as psychology and is used to describe awareness of circumstances surrounding individuals and how their behaviors are affected specifically by their surrounding social, and cultural factors.
Psychology Senior Seminar
Prereq.: Psychology major, senior standing. Psychology majors will learn about the various career options that exist for them and start to create a career plan necessary for them to pursue a graduate degree or work in the field with a psychology bachelor’s degree.
Prereq.: Five hours psychology. Study of behavior likely to be labeled abnormal with emphasis on factors involved in acquisition maintenance, and change of such behavior.
Psychology of Personality
Prereq.: 1113. This course examines personality processes and the various theoretical approaches to the study of personality including psychodynamic, behavioral, phenomenological, trait, and social learning theories.
- PSYCH 3023
- PSYCH 3053
- PSYCH 3463
- PSYCH 4213
Introduction to Health Psychology
Prereq PSYCH 1113 Study of how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with and affect the promotion of good health and the prevention of illness. Emphasis is placed on how effectively people cope with and reduce stress and pain. This includes the recovery, rehabilitation, and psychosocial adjustment of patients with serious health problems.
Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Prereq PSYCH 1113 Survey of theories, models, and techniques in clinical and counseling psychology. Students will be exposed to the science and practice of clinical and counseling psychology with an emphasis on professional ethics for psychologists. The course is intended to provide information for those considering a career in clinical or counseling psychology.
Child & Adolescent Psychology
The study of overall human development of the individual from birth through adolescence with emphasis on applied issues in education and nursing. This course may not be taken for psychology degree credit.
Psychological Tests & Measurements
Prereq.: Five hours psychology. A study of psychological testing principles and procedures, with special emphasis on intelligence tests, aptitude tests, achievement tests, interest inventories, developmental scales, and group personality tests. Experience is provided with tests commonly used for the identification, intervention, and placement of exceptional individuals
3 credit hours of approved 3000- or 4000-level electives in psychology (may include additional courses from the list above). EDPSY 3513 and PSYCH 4112 may not be taken for psychology degree credit.
To pursue the B.S. in Psychology – Behavioral Health program, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade-point average for all undergraduate coursework to date
How to Apply
To apply, you must submit the following materials:
- Online application
- High school or college transcripts from an accredited institution
- ACT/SAT scores
Have a question about this program or the admission process? Request a digital brochure and get connected to one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors.
Costs & Financial Aid
Tuition & Fees
|Tuition||124 credit hours||$306.84*||$38,048.16|
|Total with transfer credits (up to 94)**||$9,205.20|
*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $618.84 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $89 will apply for all students and possible charges for course related fees.
At ECU Online, we strive to ensure your education is as affordable as possible. Learn more about your options for financing your education by visiting our Financial Aid page.View Financial Aid
East Central University is a proud military-friendly school. Discover how your status as a U.S. military veteran or active-duty service member can help you earn your degree by visiting our Military & Veterans page.View Military Benefits
Native American Students
Eligible Native American students can find financial aid programs, heritage scholarships, grants, and academic support services to help ensure their success at ECU.View our Native American Students page
Are You the First in Your Family to Go to College?
At ECU, we recognize that “going first” can be difficult. We provide the extra financial support, scholarships, resources, services, and skills you need to succeed.View our First-Generation College Students page
If you’ve taken college-level courses elsewhere, you could save time and money earning your degree by transferring credits to ECU and may qualify for scholarships.View our Transfer Students page
As you complete your behavioral health degree online, you’ll develop professional communication and technical skills that are essential to the field of psychology. When you graduate, you’ll have the academic credential to pursue professional school and the expertise to succeed in a variety of behavioral health positions, including:
Mental Health Counselor
Licensed mental health counselors help patients of all ages by listening to them explain their problems and developing possible solutions for improvement. These behavioral health professionals are employed by various health facilities, including hospitals, private practice offices, mental health clinics and government agencies. Many specialize in helping individuals of a specific age group.
Average annual salary: $48,519
Case managers help diverse individuals achieve healthy and comfortable lives by connecting them to support groups and health programs, referring them to employment opportunities and checking in routinely to ensure they’re capable of living comfortably. Many individuals who receive assistance from case managers are struggling with mental illness, addiction or transitioning to civilian life after incarceration.
Average annual salary: $40,202
Career and salary information is from Payscale.
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