B.S. in Behavioral & Social Sciences, Psychology Concentration

As of July 1st, 2010 the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will no longer accept majors into this program. Click here for information on the B.S. in Psychology.

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences degree is a multi-disciplinary degree with a strong core of introductory and advanced courses in the behavioral and social sciences.

Students choose one of three concentrations (political science, psychology, or sociology) as part of the Behavioral Sciences major. Students complete the degree with a multi-disciplinary capstone seminar course to be taken their final semester before graduation in which they examine a contemporary issue or problem from the various behavioral and social science perspectives, thereby integrating the knowledge gained throughout the degree and its major.


Students, in consultation with their advisor, may request an exception or waiver of degree requirements due to special circumstances. The Student Request for Exception or Waiver Form is available from the student's advisor. The student portion of this form should be completed and then returned to the advisor, who will forward it to appropriate individuals.

General Requirements for Graduation

  • Complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses at 300 and 400 levels, with at least 18 credit hours in the major area.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper division courses (200 level or above) at Indiana University East
  • Complete at least 15 of the 21 hours in Concentration courses at Indiana University East

General Education (39 cr)

Composition & Communication (9)
College-level Mathematics (3)
Natural Science & Mathematics (9)
Humanities & Fine Arts (9)
Behavioral & Social Sciences (9)
  • Satisfied by concentration requirements

Additional Requirements (3-5 cr)

First-Year Seminar (0-2)

Students entering the program with less than 12 credit hours of transferable credit are required to complete the First Year Seminar (UCOL-U 101).

Information Literacy (3)

Degree Requirements (42 cr)

These courses are required by all B.S. in Behavioral & Social Science degrees.

General Core Requirements (15)

BSS-B 130 Must be completed within first 30 hours of coursework.

Advanced Core Requirements (15)
Diversity Studies (3)
Research Methods (3)
  • Choose one from:
    • PSY-P 211Methods of Experimental Psychology
    • SOC-R 251Social Science Research Methods
    • Other research courses may be used with Advisor approval.
Statistics (3)
  • PSY-K 300Statistical Techniques (Research Methods course is a prerequisite)
Behavioral & Social Science Senior Seminar (3)
  • BSS-B 490 Senior Seminar, to be taken during the senior year

Concentration Requirements (21 cr)

NOTE: You may only choose two of PSY-P 390, PSY-P 457, PSY-P 495 and PSY-B 309 for this requirement.

Electives (27-29 cr)

Sufficient additional courses must be taken to bring total credit hours for the degree to at least 123.