Psychology

B.S. in Psychology (121 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

Written Communication Competency (6 cr)
  • Choose one college level composition course:
    • ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition I
    • ENG-H 140  Advanced Freshman Composition
  • Choose one second college level composition course:
Speaking and Listening Competency (3 cr)
Quantitative Reasoning Competency (3-4 cr)
Natural Sciences Competency (5-6 cr)
Humanistic Artistic Competency (6)
Social-Behavioral Competency (6 cr)

Additional Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-2)
  • UCOL-U 101 First Year Seminar or
  • HON-H100 Freshman Honors Seminar
    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)

Choose one

Biology (3-4)

Choose one course in Biology (lab recommended)

Major Requirements (39 cr)
General Core Requirements (12)
Advanced Core Requirement (15)
Psychology Electives (6)

See your academic advisor for more information

Diversity Requirement (3)

Choose one approved course with advisor permission.

Capstone Course (3)
  • One of the following:
    • PSY-P 459 History and Systems of Psychology
    • PSY-P 495 Readings and Research in Psychology
    • BSS-B 490 Senior Seminar, to be taken during the senior year

General Electives

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
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.