Bachelor’s in Psychology

Turn Your Passion for Understanding People Into a Rewarding Career

About the Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Program

The field of psychology provides many opportunities for aspiring professionals like you to change lives. Whether they focus on mental and behavioral health, substance use disorders, or child advocacy, psychology experts are at the forefront of building healthier, more resilient communities. Now is the time for you to embark on a career of meaning — and it starts with finishing your degree.

The online bachelor’s in psychology program at Athens State University prepares you for a lifetime of impact with affordable tuition, flexible scheduling, and a supportive learning environment that emphasizes group discourse and critical thinking. You have your choice of two degree options: the Bachelor of Science in Psychology or the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The BA option allows you to complete an approved minor and fast-track your path to graduate studies. The B.S. option does not require a minor and could be a better fit if you wish to enter the workforce immediately after completing your undergraduate degree.

Regardless of the degree you choose to pursue, we’ll show you the wide variety of rewarding career paths available to you and empower you to meet your unique goals with robust support.

Passionate individuals like you transfer to Athens State for their online bachelor’s in psychology because we know what it takes to get you across the finish line. How will you improve the well-being of people in your community? We can’t wait to find out.

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What You’ll Learn

Our highly collaborative curriculum prepares you to take on today’s most pressing mental health challenges with confidence. During your time in our online bachelor’s in psychology program, you’ll:

  • Benefit from experiential learning opportunities, such as immersive internships, that give you real-world experience

  • Learn crucial written and oral communication skills to collaborate effectively with other mental health professionals

  • Garner a deep understanding of research processes, scientific methodologies, and problem-solving pertaining to the field of psychology

  • Develop strong critical thinking skills to become an empathetic and forward-thinking professional who can uncover promising solutions

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Affordable Tuition

Cost per credit for the online bachelor’s in Psychology is just $241 plus fees.

Athens State boasts one of the most affordable tuition rates among state universities in Alabama and Tennessee.

Athens State offers a flexible tuition payment plan that works with your budget.

Support You Can Count On

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83% of Athens State alumni are employed following graduation — outperforming average national employment rates.*

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Dedicated Faculty

Our faculty members are committed to your success, taking the time to shed light on career opportunities available to you and giving you the resources to succeed.

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Small Classes

Small class sizes — typically around 18 students — deliver a personalized learning experience.

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Our classes place particular emphasis on engaging in difficult topics with group discussions — preparing you to be an empathic and conscious leader in a highly collaborative field.

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Our online bachelor’s degrees are designed with flexibility at the forefront, so students can balance their studies with their busy lives.

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Founded in 1822, Athens State University is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in Alabama, with 200 years of academic excellence.

*according to a 2019-20 Alabama economic impact study by Emsi Burning Glass

How to Apply

Students seeking admission to the the on-campus, hybrid, or online B.S. in Psychology program must have:

  • At least 36 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited institution(s) prior to term of admission
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 15 credit hours applicable to Athens State general education requirements
  • Eligibility to return to previously attended colleges or universities

Have questions about the eligibility of your transfer credits? Feel free to reach out to our admissions team at or (256) 252‑3216.

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Discover a Career of Fulfillment

Psychology is a dynamic field that offers many rewarding career paths. This degree prepares you to pursue roles such as*:

Substance Use Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, or Mental Health Counselor

Median Annual Salary: $48,520

Human Resources Specialist

Median Annual Salary: $62,290

Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median Annual Salary: $49,150

Correctional Treatment Specialist

Median Annual Salary: $60,250

Social and Community Service Manager

Median Annual Salary: $74,000

*salary statistics provided by the u.s. bureau of labor statistics

Our Awards

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Honorable mention in “Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Overall Value,” making us a top 20% school in the nation for overall value

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Ranked as a Top 5 online college in Alabama

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Top 5% nationwide — “Top Ranked Education for Veterans”

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