Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Gain a broad understanding of psychology and learn the skills you need to work in a wide range of fields.

Develop an understanding of human learning, emotions, and behaviors with this BS in Psychology designed around the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. Learn skills in research, writing, problem solving, and synthesizing and evaluating information. Prepare to continue study at the graduate level or pursue careers in a variety of fields, including public service, law enforcement, business, sales, market research, health care, and social services.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned.

2014-2015 Demonstration of Program Outcomes BS in Psychology

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Apply information analysis and research methods and use technology tools and applications appropriate for psychology.
Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
Conceptualize the application of one's values, skills, and knowledge of psychology to realize personal goals, professional opportunities, and societal needs.
Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Demonstrate the ability to understand ethical behavior, tolerate ambiguity, value empirical evidence, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
Develop effective communication and quantitative literacy skills.
Use critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving in psychology.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q2 2014 – Q1 2015 capstone courses



Bachelor of Science in Psychology specializations

  • General Psychology

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's BS in Psychology program is designed around the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.
  • Capella's BS in Psychology faculty have a wide range of professional and academic experience.
  • Capella's BS in Psychology curriculum reflects input from both academic and professional psychologists.
  • Capella's BS in Psychology degree draws on the faculty and curriculum expertise of its graduate level programs in psychology and mental health.

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Apply information analysis and research methods and use technology tools and applications appropriate for psychology.
  3. Develop effective communication and quantitative literacy skills.
  4. Use critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving in psychology.
  5. Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand ethical behavior, tolerate ambiguity, value empirical evidence, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  7. Conceptualize the application of one's values, skills, and knowledge of psychology to realize personal goals, professional opportunities, and societal needs.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Career & Professional Accomplishments Bachelor's Degree 

Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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