BS in Psychology Degree (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 Requirements (30 cr)

General Education Requirements »

General Education course recommendations for this degree:

General Education course requirements for this degree:

Remaining General Education Requirements can be fulfilled as you and your advisor see fit.

Program Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-3 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 as a part of the Natural Sciences Competency (lab recommended).

Diversity Requirement (3 cr)

Choose one approved course in consultation with your advisor.

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. No course with a grade below a 1.7 (C-) will be accepted in the major/concentration area.

General Core Requirements (12 cr)

Advanced Core Requirement (15 cr)

  • PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • One of the following:
  • One of the following:
  • One of the following:
  • One of the following:
    • PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY-B 366 Concepts and Applications in Organizational Psychology

Psychology Electives (6 cr)

See your academic advisor for more information

Capstone Course (3 cr)

  • Choose one of the following:
    • PSY-P 495 Readings and Research in Psychology
    • BSS-B 490 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-W 131 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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