Bachelor of Science in Sports Psychology

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Health, exercise, motivation, team dynamics, and other areas of applied sports practice have psychology as their foundation. Therefore, the online undergraduate sports psychology degree is a good choice for student athletes who are interested in an academically rigorous program of study that includes a sports and fitness related focus. Sports psychology is also a good choice for students interested in areas of rehabilitation, motivation, and physical activities for the elderly, as well as activities in organizations that serve the mentally ill, defiant, and criminal populations.

Careers in Sports Psychology

A bachelor’s degree in sports psychology can lead to a number of diverse career paths. Qualified professionals can find employment with professional sports franchises, gyms, athletic clubs, high school or college athletic programs, and fitness training centers. Those who study sports psychology can also become sports or lifestyle coaches, athletic directors, or exercise program coordinators.

With an online undergraduate sports psychology degree, professionals may enter work with clinics or counseling centers or open sports related clinics or training facilities. For those interested in academia and research, a bachelor’s degree can be the first step toward teaching sports psychology courses at the university level, attending medical school for psychiatry or sports medicine, or researching topics related to motivation, performance enhancement, sports injury rehabilitation, leadership, and team-building.

About the Program

Faulkner University’s online Bachelor of Science in Sports Psychology is a well-rounded program featuring courses in Christian literacy, western cultural heritage, communication, technology, math, and science, in addition to the core psychology classes listed below under the Degree Plan tab. Students may also take classes in sociology, anthropology, government, kinesiology, and other elective fields. The degree program includes an internship and capstone research project, as well. Like all of our online options, the Sports Psychology program is designed to accommodate busy professionals looking to start a new career or advance in their current field through collegiate education.

Benefits of Faulkner University

Faulkner University is a non-profit, faith-based institution that has been educating full-time, part-time, and non-traditional students for over 70 years. Students at Faulkner University are more than just a number, and our online degrees focus on individualized attention to the whole person. Tuition is comparable to other private universities in the area, and we offer a 50% cost reduction for all first responders. Contact us to learn more about our online Bachelor of Science in Sports Psychology, or apply to be a student today!


Degree Plan

Core Requirements 50 hours

Christian Literacy 18 hours

BI 1315 Biblical Worldview I (3 hours)

BI 1316 Biblical Worldview II (3 hours)

BI 2318 Understanding the Bible (3 hours)

BI 2319 Christian Ethics (3 hours)

BI 3311 Marriage and Family (3 hours)

BI 4311 Christian Cultural Heritage (3 hours)

Cultural Heritage Literacy 9 hours

HU 2315 Western Tradition I (3 hours)

HU 2355 Western Tradition II (3 hours)

HY 2320 American Cultural Heritage (3 hours)

Information and Communication Literacy 9 hours

EH 1301 English Composition I (3 hours)

EH 1302 English Composition II (3 hours)

EH 2301, 2303 or 2304 English/American Literature (3 hours)

Mathematical and Scientific Literacy 7 hours

MH 1338 Finite Math – or higher (3 hours)

BIO 1300 Perspectives of Biology – or higher/approved (3 hours)

BIO 1100 Perspectives of Bio. Lab – or approved matching lab (1 hour)

Personal and Social Literacy 7 hours

PE 1300 Lifetime Fitness (3 hours)

FAF1111 or 2111 Faulkner Foundations (3 hours)

PY 1310 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)

Major Requirements 71 hours

Psychology Major Field 29 hours

PY 1100 Seminar: Foundations in Psychology (1 hour)

PY 2100 Seminar: Special Topics in Psychology (1 hour)

PY 3100 Seminar: Readings in Psychology (1 hour)

PY 4100 Seminar: Senior Seminar in Psychology (1 hour)

COU 2320 Introduction to Counseling (3 hour)

PY 2301 Developmental Psychology (3 hours)

PY 3330 Behavioral Statistics (3 hours)

PY 3150 Research Methods Lab (1 hour)

PY 3350 Research Methods (3 hours)

PY 3360 Social Psychology (3 hours)

PY 4315 Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (3 hours)

PY 4351 Internship (3 hours)

PY 4391 Capstone Research Project (3 hours)

Degree Requirements 12 hours

PY 3315 Theories of Human System Dynamics (3 hours)

PY 4330 Physiological Psychology (3 hours)

PY 4307 Industrial Organizational Psychology (3 hours)

PY 4302 Sports Psychology (3 hours)

Electives 12 hours (4 courses)

Choose ONE Department Elective From This List: 

COU 3324 Counseling Skills (3 hours)

COU 2355 Drugs and Society (3 hours)

COU 3370 Group Dynamics (3 hours)

COU 3355 Substance Abuse (3 hours)

COU 3365 Conflict Management (3 hours)

PY 3385 Behavior Modification Theories (3 hours)

PY 4335 Health and Rehabilitation Psychology (3 hours)

Choose THREE Department Electives From This List: 

PE 2301 Individual and Dual Sports (3 hours)

PE 2303 Team and Recreational Sports (3 hours)

PE 3303 Kinesiology (3 hours)

PE 3360 Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)

PE 3331 Health Education (3 hours)

PE 3334 Motor Learning (3 hours)

PE 4311 Prevention & Treatment of Ath. Injuries (3 hours)

Or other P.E. approved courses

Free Electives 18 hours

Core Curriculum Requirements 50 hours

Professional and Major Field 71 hours

Total Hours Required for Graduation 121 hours


Admission Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate with a regular or advanced diploma or have a GED certificate
  • If out of high school for less than five years, ACT (minimum 18 composite) or SAT (minimum 970) scores are required. ACT or SAT scores are not required for anyone having graduated high school more than five years ago.
  • ACT or SAT scores are not required for transfer applicants with a minimum of 24 transferable hours from a regionally accredited college or university.

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Tuition and Fees

2019-2020 Financial Information

Adult – Montgomery Campus $325 per semester hour
Adult/AA – Birmingham Extension Center $310 per semester hour
Adult/AA – Huntsville Extension Center $305 per semester hour
Adult/AA – Mobile Extension Center $325 per semester hour
Military Qualified Students (60 hours or less) $250 per semester hour
Eagle I Initiative Fee $100 per semester ($50 if 11 hours or less)
Registration Fee $120 per semester ($60 if 11 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $60 per semester hour
Emergency Response Fee $10 per semester, if at least one course is on campus
Applicable Course Fees see full tuition and fee schedule

If enrolling as a traditional student, please see the full tuition and fee schedule for applicable rates.


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