B.S. in Psychology (120 cr)

Psychology is the scientific study of how humans and animals adapt their behavior to the physical and social environments in which they live. Psychology professionals play an active and useful role in our society. Those in human service occupations often work in hospitals, clinics, and private practice. Psychologists also conduct research and work in experimental, educational, and industrial settings.

As a psychology major, you will gain an understanding of yourself and the behavior of others, as well as broad-based problem solving skills. Our graduates are prepared to work in a wide range of settings, including mental health clinics, social welfare agencies, government, personnel departments, and business and industry. The B.S. in Psychology also provides background for students entering graduate work in psychology and such related areas as law, social work, and business. If you are planning to major in Psychology, see a member of the Psychology faculty to plan your course of study.

General Education Requirement

Written Communication Competency (6 cr)

  • Choose one college level composition course:
    • ENG-H140 Advanced Freshman Composition
    • ENG-W131 Reading, Writing, And Inquiry I
  • Choose one second college level composition course:
    • ENG-W132 Elementary Composition II
    • ENG-W230 Science Writing
    • ENG-W231 Professional Writing Skills
    • ENG-W233 Intermediate Expository Writing
    • ENG-W270 Argumentative Writing
    • ENG-W290 Writing for Teachers

Speaking and Listening Competency (3 cr)

Quantitative Reasoning Competency (3-4 cr)

Natural Sciences Competency (5-6 cr)

Humanistic Artistic Competency (6 cr)

Must include at least two different disciplines.
This may include at most one studio course.

Social-Behavioral Competency (6 cr)

Must include at least two different disciplines.

  • ANTH-A103 Human Origins and Prehistory
  • ANTH-A104 Culture and Society
  • ANTH-A200 Topics in Anthropology of Culture and Society
  • ANTH-B200 Biological Anthropology
  • CJUS-P100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P200 Theories of Crime & Deviance
  • CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture
  • ECON-E103 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • EDUC-P250 General Educational Psychology
  • GEOG-G110 Introduction to Human Geography
  • INFO-I101 Introduction to Informatics
  • INFO-I202 Social Informatics
  • JOUR-J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • POLS-Y103 Introduction to American Politics
  • POLS-Y105 Introduction to Political Theory
  • POLS-Y107 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS-Y109 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS-Y212 Making Democracy Work
  • SOC-S100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC-S215 Social Change
  • SOC-S217 Social Inequality
  • SOC-S230 Society and the Individual
  • SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication
  • SWK-S102 Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
  • SWK-S221 Human Behavior & Social Environment I: Individual Development and Functioning
  • SWK-S251 Emergence of Social Services
  • WOST-W200 Women in Society: Intro. to Women’s Studies

Program Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-2 cr)

A passing grade is required in the First Year Seminar course. This course is mandatory for all beginning freshmen and for transfer students with no more than 12 credit hours of transferring coursework. This course must be taken in the first semester after admission to Indiana University East.

Ethics (3 cr)

Choose one:

Biology (3-4 cr)

Choose one course in Biology (lab recommended)

Major Requirements (39 cr)

A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major.

General Core Requirements (12 cr)

Advanced Core Requirement (15 cr)

  • PSY-P326 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • One of the following:
  • One of the following:
  • One of the following:
  • One of the following:
    • PSY-P324 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY-B366 Concepts and Applications in Organizational Psychology

Psychology Electives (6 cr)

See your academic advisor for more information

Diversity Requirement (3 cr)

Choose one approved course in consultation with your advisor.

Capstone Course (3 cr)

  • Choose one of the following:
    • PSY-P495 Readings and Research in Psychology
    • BSS-B490 Senior Seminar, to be taken during the senior year


Choose additional courses to reach 120 credit hours total.

Writing Requirement

A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG W131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled. This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.

General Grade Requirement

No course with a grade below a 1.7 (C-) will be accepted in the major/concentration area. A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit Hours

For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of concentration must be completed at Indiana University East.

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