Online Psychology Degree

Earning the Psychology Degree at a Distance

Contact Person: Prof. DeAnna Timmermann, dtimmerm@eou.edu  541 962-3679

Course Sequences

Plan your Psychology degree program early in your undergraduate career.  The Psychology Program has been purposively designed to follow a course sequence model.  General Psychology (PSY 201 & PSY 202), Writing in  Psychology (PSY 222), and Introduction to Laboratory Methods (PSY 223) should be taken during your first year at EOU.  Writing in Psychology (PSY 222) should be completed either before or concurrently with your first 300-level psychology core knowledge elective course.  After the completion of those courses and Statistics & Experimental Design (STAT 327) and one other 300-level Psychology elective course, you should submit an Admit to Program form (listed under “Psychology Online”) for approval.  All 25 credits of 300-level Psychology electives should be completed before you take Methods/Labs in Experimental Psychology (PSY 440) in the Winter quarter of the academic year you plan to graduate. 

Program Requirements

1. EOU Online students must be admitted to the Psychology Program. Program admission requires the successful completion (a grade of C- or higher) of the following courses: PSY 201, PSY 202, PSY 222, PSY 223, STAT 327, and one other 300 level psychology course offered by Eastern.

    • Transfer courses from another college or university must be approved by a member of Eastern’s psychology faculty. This approval must be documented on your program admission form.
    • The program admission forms are available from the Advising website list (“Admit to Program Psychology Online”) and should be completed with your Regional Advisor.  Admit to Program forms should be submitted by the end of your Junior year.

2. All psychology majors are required to take STAT 327, statistics. Upper division (300 or 400 level) statistics courses taken at another college or university may substitute for STAT 327. If you want a course to be considered a substitute, contact Dr. Ettinger at the EOU Psychology Department. This substitution must be documented on your program admission form.

3. All 400 level psychology courses have 300 level prerequisites.     These prerequisites must be completed before enrolling in a 400 level course and can not be taken concurrently.  If you have taken an upper division (300 level) course at another university that you believe meets the prerequisite for a 400 level course at Eastern you must receive this approval in writing (or email) from the 400 level course instructor before registration.

4. All of Eastern’s programs require the completion of University Writing Requirements (UWRs). UWRs are writing intensive courses. For psychology these are: PSY 222 (writing for psychology), PSY 441 (capstone course), and either PSY 335 (cognitive psychology) or PSY 370 (personality). The PSY 222 course should, if possible, be taken prior to the upper-division psychology courses.

5. The online Psychology capstone sequence is PSY 440 and PSY 441. These courses are currently offered Winter (PSY 440) and Spring (PSY 441) terms, respectively, and are limited in enrollment. PSY 440 is the prerequisite course for the degree capstone course PSY 441.  In turn, PSY 440 has a prerequisite of all the courses needed for an approved Admit to Program Psychology online form (see Advising website) AND the completion of 25 credits of 300-level PSY electives.   Thus, a student needs to complete the required coursework to submit an Admit to Program form, as well as 25 credits of 300-level PSY electives, by the Fall of the academic year in which the Psychology capstone course sequence is to be taken.  To register for PSY 440 and/or PSY 441, follow the process below for restricted courses.

Process to Request Registration for Restricted and Closed Online Psychology Courses

A. Restricted Courses: If a course has open spaces available, a student may find that he/she cannot register for the course through Webster because of a Student Attribute Restriction. A course may be restricted due to class level (Freshman, Sophomore, etc.), a needed major/minor declaration, a needed modality status (online vs. on campus), a suppressed CRN, or some other reason. Currently, for online PSY 222 and PSY 223 courses, as well as for upper-division online psychology courses, students need to be online students who are declared as Psychology majors or minors to register through Webster. If a student would like to request instructor permission to register for a restricted online psychology course with available spaces, an email needs to be sent to the instructor of the course with the following information:

    • Name and EOU ID#
    • Whether you are primarily an online or on-campus student
    • Expected graduation date
    • The psychology course in which registration is requested
    • The reason(s) for the need for that particular course (for program requirements, course not offered in another modality, personal interest, counts for other program, etc.)
    • Institution and term at which any prerequisites for the course (as stated in the EOU catalog) were completed with a grade of C- or higher.

B. Closed Courses: If a course does not have open spaces available, a student can email the instructor of the course to request permission to register for the course. The information in the above list needs to be included in the email request. If permission is granted to add the course, a completed Registration Form (available here) needs to be emailed to the instructor as an attachment. Please note – although Psychology faculty try to accommodate needs for graduating Seniors and new Transfer students, faculty load issues limit the ability of faculty to add students to courses over their set limits.

 

 

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