Psychology, Comprehensive BS

Comprehensive Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $396.00

Program Overview

The online Psychology, Comprehensive BS program provides students with a solid foundation for understanding psychology. 

Students of this program gain: 

  • A general foundation in the various content areas in the field of Psychology
  • Suitable preparation in methodology for students planning to attend graduate school
  • A sound basis for enhanced understanding of self and others
  • Preparation for careers in human service areas and high school teaching

The Psychology, Comprehensive BS program develops student research skills that allow them to become critical consumers of scientific research in many different disciplines. Examples include physiological, developmental, social, clinical and applied psychology. 

Unlike many online undergraduate programs, all students complete and present an independent research project. These skills increase students’ marketability for both employment and future graduate studies.

Career Outlook: Careers in psychology can span many different fields including education, business, criminal justice and mental health. 

Job options may include: 

  • Psychiatric Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Personnel Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Training
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Daycare Supervisor
  • Foster Care
  • Psychometrist
  • Enter Law and/or Medical Schools

The University of Nebraska at Kearny offers several psychology degree options including: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Comprehensive Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High School Diploma

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit the $45 application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

The number of required unrestricted electives needed to reach 120 total credit hours overall will depend upon the specific program chosen.

Students will complete 16 credit hours of Psychology electives. 30 General Studies credits are required in addition to the following:

Bachelor of Science Option:

  • 6-8 hours of science courses beyond the General Studies requirement.
  • Courses from BIOL, CHEM, CYBR, GEOG (as a natural science), MATH (MATH 115 or higher), or PHYS are considered science-related courses.
  • MATH 102 College Algebra

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSY 203General Psychology3
The fundamental concepts of psychology as derived through the scientific investigation of behavior are described.
PSY 250 GSBehavioral Statistics3
PSY 270Research Methods I3
Data collection methods and research designs including their appropriateness for specific areas of study are presented.
PSY 271Research Methods II3
Techniques for designing a specific research project are presented. Students conduct the proposed study and present their findings in an APA style research paper.
PSY 300Orientation to Psychology1
An informal review of academic, professional, and career planning issues of a psychology major.
PSY 495Psychological Inquiry3
Allows students to empirically study psychological topics previously covered in their upper level courses. Subject areas vary by semester and instructor. Examples include cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, industrial psychology, psychology and law, social psychology, etc.
3 credit hours of Psychobiology3
PSY 312 Sensation and Perception | PSY 313 Physiological Psychology | PSY 430 Memory and Cognition
3 credit hours of Social Psychology3
PSY 318 Experimental Social Psychology | PSY 406 Theories of Personality | PSY 415 Group Dynamics
3 credit hours of Developmental Psychology3
PSY 453 Experimental Child Psychology | PSY 455 Adolescent Psychology | PSY 462 Adult Development and Aging
3 credit hours of Clinical Psychology3
PSY 407 Psychopathology | PSY 450 Psychological Testing
3 credit hours of Applied Psychology3
PSY 440 Health Psychology | PSY 477 Psychology and Law
PSY 370History and Systems of Psychology3
The ideas of individuals who have influenced the development of psychology as a science from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century are reviewed.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GERO 3070Death and Dying3
An interdisciplinary survey of literature in the field of thanatology, with an emphasis on working with the older patient and his or her family.
PSY 230Human Development3
Human growth and development is surveyed from the prenatal period through old age and death. Emphasis is placed on physiological, cognitive, and social/personality developments at the various age levels.
PSY 231Abnormal Behavior and Society3
An introduction to the various models for understanding abnormal behavior, e.g., genetic and developmental models; the descriptions of predominant mental disorders, and major modern treatment interventions. The course is recommended for those majoring in fields other than psychology.
PSY 371Environmental Psychology3
The relationships between behavior and natural and man-made environments are addressed.
PSY 372Cross-Cultural Psychology3
Examines psychological processes related to perception, cognition, human development, psychopathology, gender influences and social behavior from a cross-cultural perspective. Current theories, methods and research findings are discussed.
PSY 376Psychology and Criminal Behavior3
Criminal behavior and rehabilitative efforts will be investigated in light of psychological research, theory and clinical experience. Various potential causes of criminal behavior will be explored. Psychology's role within the legal system will also be addressed.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.