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Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Business Psychology

Students on Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 requirements OBPSYBS

Through academic, applied, and research experiences, students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Psychology degree program will gain a variety of skills in data analysis, research methodology, oral and written communication, leadership adeptness, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students will learn how to apply their knowledge in psychological and brain sciences to design work environments, equipment, and systems to make them more efficient, safer, and easier to operate, by understanding the capabilities and limitations of the human user, consumer, and worker. Through the study and application of principles in leadership, perceptions of fairness, team dynamics, employee satisfaction, worker motivation, and workplace stress, students will learn how the emotional and motivational side of work impacts operational effectiveness of organizations. Students will also gain an understanding of buyer behavior and consumer decision-making by examining the fundamental issues of consumer behavior from psychological and data-analytic frameworks.

Requirements

The major requires at least 60 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Entry-level sequences. One of the following options:
    • Option One.
      1. Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences. One (1) course:
        • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences
      2. Methods of Experimental Psychology. One (1) course:
        • PSY-P 211 Methods of Experimental Psychology
    • Option Two.
      1. Introductory Psychology I. One (1) course:
        • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I
      2. Introductory Psychology II. One (1) course:
        • PSY-P 102 Introductory Psychology II
      3. Methods of Experimental Psychology. One (1) course:
        • PSY-P 211 Methods of Experimental Psychology
  2. Psychological and Brain Sciences Core.
    1. Social Psychology. One (1) course:
      • PSY-P 304 Social Psychology and Individual Differences
    2. Cognitive Psychology. One (1) course:
      • PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology
    3. Neuroscience. One (1) course:
      • PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience
      • PSY-P 346 Neuroscience
  3. Career Planning Sequence.
    1. Careers Module 1. One (1) course:
      • PSY-C 109 Careers Module 1 - Welcome to PBS
    2. Careers Module 2. One (1) course:
      • PSY-C 209 Careers Module 2 - Self Exploration
    3. Careers Module 3. One (1) course:
      • PSY-C 309 Careers Module 3 - Practical High Gear Exploration
  4. Data Analysis and Modeling.
    1. Mathematics. One (1) course:
      • MATH-J 113 Introduction to Calculus with Applications
      • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-S 118 Honors Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications
      • The following two-course sequence:
        • MATH-D 116 Introduction to Finite Mathematics I
        • MATH-D 117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics II
      • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
      • MATH-M 120 Brief Survey of Calculus II
      • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I
      • Any MATH-M 200–299 except MATH-M 247; MATH-M 298
      • Any MATH-M 300–399
      • Any MATH-M 400–499 except MATH-M 491
      • Any MATH-S 200–299 except MATH-S 299
      • Any MATH-S 300–399
      • Any MATH-S 400–499 except MATH-S 499
    2. Statistics. One (1) course:
      • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
      • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques
      • ANTH-A 306 Anthropological Statistics
      • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
      • ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
      • ECON-S 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors
      • LAMP-L 316 Junior Seminar: Analytical Problem Solving
      • MATH-M 365 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
      • POLS-Y 395 Quantitative Political Analysis
      • SOC-S 371 Statistics in Sociology
      • STAT-K 310 Statistical Techniques
      • STAT-S 300 Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
      • STAT-S 301 Applied Statistical Methods for Business
      • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
      • EDUC-Y 402 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
      • SPEA-K 300 STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES
      • SPH-Q 381 INTRODUCTION TO BIOSTATISTICS
    3. Data Analysis Tools. Three (3) credit hours:
      • CSCI-A 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND COMPUTING
      • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (Approved topics: "INTRO TO MATLAB CODING FOR PSYCH BRAIN SCIENCES" (TPC 154))
      • BUS-K 201 THE COMPUTER IN BUSINESS
      • BUS-K 204 THE COMPUTER IN BUSINESS: HONORS
    4. Data Modeling. One (1) course:
      • PSY-P 357 Topics in Psychology (Approved topics: "INTRO DATA ANALYSIS FOR PSYCH AND BRAIN SCIENCES" (TPC 7); "THINKING LIKE MACHINES" (TPC 4))
      • PSY-P 404 Computer and Statistical Models in Psychology
  5. Economics.
    1. Economics I. One (1) of the following
      • ECON-B 251 Fundamentals of Economics for Business I
      • ECON-E 251
    2. Economics II. One (1) of the following
      • ECON-B 252 Fundamentals of Economics for Business II
      • ECON-E 252 Fundamentals of Economics II
  6. Organizational and Business Psychology Core.
    1. Business Environment. One (1) course:
      • PSY-P 452 Psychology in the Business Environment
    2. Organizational and Business Psychology Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • PSY-P 323 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • PSY-P 350 Human Factors/Ergonomics
      • PSY-P 366 Consumer Psychology
  7. Upper-Level Psychology. Two (2) courses:
    • Additional course from the Data Modeling list or the Organizational and Business Psychology Electives list
    • PSY-P 319 Psychology of Personality
    • PSY-P 336 Psychological Tests and Individual Differences
    • PSY-P 351 Psychobiology, Self, and Society
    • PSY-P 357 Topics in Psychology (Approved topics: "HOW TECHNOLOGY CHANGES YOUR BRAIN" (TPC 3); "SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW" (TPC 2))
    • PSY-P 386 Social Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 443 Cognitive Development
    • PSY-P 446 Group Processes
    • PSY-P 447 Social Influence Processes
    • PSY-P 448 Social Judgment and Person Perception
    • PSY-P 449 Social Psychology of Public Opinion
    • PSY-P 453 Decision-making and the Brain
    • PSY-P 455 The Role of Psychology in Legal Doctrine
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (Approved topics: "AGGRESSION IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS" (TPC 141); "INTRO TO MATLAB CODING FOR PSYCH BRAIN SCIENCES" (TPC 154); "METACOGNITION" (TPC 177); "MORAL MACHINES" (TPC 149); "NEURAL LANGUAGE OF MUSIC PERCEPTION" (TPC 132); "NEUROSCIENCE OF HUMAN MOVEMENT" (TPC 142); "PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE OF SLEEP" (TPC 342); "PSYCHOLOGY AND THE MEDIA" (TPC 182); "PSYCHOLOGY IN EDUCATION" (TPC 179); "SITUATIONS MATTER: EXPERIENCE, ATTITUDE, BEHAVIOR" (TPC 146); "SLEEP & SLEEP DISORDERS" (TPC 153); "SPEECH PERCEPTION AND SPOKEN WORD RECOGNITION" (TPC 319); "THE CONNECTED BRAIN" (TPC 124); "THE SCIENCE OF WELL BEING" (TPC 151); "THE SOCIAL BRAIN" (TPC 136); "TRUTH ABOUT LIES: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DISHONESTY" (TPC 171))
    • PSY-P 460 The Psychology of Gender
    • PSY-P 461 Human Memory
    • PSY-P 466 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
    • PSY-P 478 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
    • PSY-P 484 The Science of Moral Judgment
    • PSY-Y 414 The Connected Brain
  8. Applied Learning. Three (3) credit hours:
    • ASCS-X 373 Internship: Theory into Practice (approved internships only; see academic advisor)
    • PSY-P 421 Laboratory in Social Psychology
    • PSY-P 424 Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
    • PSY-P 433 Laboratory in Neuroimaging Methods
    • PSY-P 435 Laboratory in Human Learning and Cognition
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (Approved topics: "NETWORK SCIENCE IN THE COG AND PSYCH SCIENCES" (TPC 336); "RESEARCH & APP OF SLEEP & CIRCADIAN SCIENCE" (TPC 150))
    • PSY-P 472 Laboratory in Brain Electrical Activity
    • PSY-X 476 Practicum in Psychology (Approved topics: "APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS" (TPC 13))
    • PSY-Y 403 Networks in Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience
    • With departmental approval one (1) of the following:
      • PSY-P 499 Honors Thesis Research
      • PSY-X 397 Supervised Research I
      • PSY-X 398 Supervised Research II
      • PSY-X 497 Supervised Research III
      • PSY-X 498 Capstone Supervised Research
  9. Breadth Requirement. Two (2) courses:
    • COGS-Q 101 Introduction to Cognitive Science
    • COGS-Q 260 Programming for the Cognitive and Information Sciences
    • COGS-Q 350 Mathematics and Logic for the Cognitive and Information Sciences
    • COGS-Q 351 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Computer Simulation
    • COGS-Q 370 Experiments and Models in Cognition
    • MSCH-A 301 Media and Consumer Behavior
    • MSCH-A 315 Advertising and Consumer Culture
    • MSCH-C 209 Introduction to Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communication
    • MSCH-C 226 Visual Communication
    • MSCH-J 423 Public Opinion
    • MSCH-M 326 Network Design
    • MSCH-S 315 Media Processes and Effects
    • MSCH-S 348 Audience Analysis
    • SOAD-D 375
    • SOAD-M 350 Omnichannel Innovation
    • SOC-S 210 Economic Sociology
    • SOC-S 302 Organizations in Society
    • SOC-S 315 Work in the New Economy
    • SOC-S 338 Sociology of Gender
    • BUS-C 104
    • BUS-C 106 BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS-HONORS
    • BUS-C 204 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
    • BUS-D 312 BUILDING MANAGERIAL CROSS CULTURAL COMPETENCIES
    • BUS-F 419 BEHAVIORAL FINANCE
    • One of the following:
      • BUS-G 300 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS AND STRATEGY
      • BUS-G 304 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
    • BUS-G 303 GAME THEORY FOR BUSINESS STRATEGY
    • BUS-J 306 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
    • BUS-K 303 TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS ANALYSIS
    • BUS-K 304 TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS ANALYSIS - HONORS
    • BUS-K 353 BUSINESS ANALYTICS & MODELING
    • BUS-L 312 THE ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF BUSINESS
    • BUS-L 333 NEGOTIATION, RESOLVING CONFLICT AND LEADING CHANGE
    • BUS-M 300 INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING
    • BUS-M 303 MARKETING RESEARCH
    • BUS-M 311 INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING COMMUNICATION
    • BUS-M 312 RETAIL MARKETING MANAGEMENT
    • BUS-M 330 CONSULTATIVE SELLING
    • BUS-M 344 CREATIVITY AND COMMUNICATION
    • BUS-M 346 ANALYSIS OF MARKETING DATA
    • BUS-M 360 SALES FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
    • BUS-M 370 I-CORE - MARKETING COMPONENT
    • BUS-M 405 CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
    • BUS-M 431 BRAND MANAGEMENT
    • BUS-M 432 DIGITAL MARKETING
    • BUS-S 326 WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS
    • BUS-W 430 ORGANIZATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN
    • BUS-X 333 MANAGING BUSINESS FUNCTIONS
    • BUS-Z 302 MANAGING AND BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS
    • BUS-Z 340 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RESOURCES
    • BUS-Z 370 I-CORE - LEADERSHIP COMPONENT
    • BUS-Z 404 EFFECTIVE NEGOTIATIONS
    • BUS-Z 447 LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK AND DIVERSITY
    • ILS-Z 341 INFORMATION VISUALIZATION
    • INFO-I 101 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATICS
    • INFO-I 123 DATA FLUENCY
    • INFO-I 202 SOCIAL INFORMATICS
    • INFO-I 222 THE INFORMATION SOCIETY
    • INFO-I 300 HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING
    • INFO-I 303 ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATICS
    • INFO-I 356 GLOBALIZATION, WHERE WE FIT IN
    • INFO-I 370 METHODS FOR HCC
    • INFO-I 422 DATA VISUALIZATION
    • INFO-I 423 BIG DATA APPLS & ANALYTICS
    • INFO-I 436 TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
    • INFO-I 437 DESIGN STRATEGY
    • INFO-I 440 HUMAN ROBOT INTERACTION
    • INFO-I 441 INTERACTION DESIGN PRACTICE
    • SPEA-A 354 ARTS MARKETING FUNDAMENTALS
    • SPEA-V 236 MANAGING AND LEADING ORGANIZATIONS
    • SPEA-V 241 MANAGEMENT FOUNDATIONS AND APPROACHES
    • SPEA-V 326 COMMUNICATION FOR GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
    • SPEA-V 326 COMMUNICATION FOR GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
    • SPEA-V 362
    • SPEA-V 373 HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
    • SPEA-V 379 PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AND PROGRAM EVALUATION
    • SPEA-V 389 RISK AND HAZARD MITIGATION
    • SPEA-V 432 LABOR RELATIONS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
    • SPEA-V 435
    • SPEA-V 443
    • SPEA-V 473 MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, AND POLICY
    • SPEA-V 476 COMPENSATION STRATEGY AND SYSTEMS
    • SPEA-V 477 STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
    • SPEA-V 478 EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
    • SPEA-V 479 EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
  10. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the PSY subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

    This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (PSYBA)
    • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychological Science (CLPSYSCIBS)
    • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychological Science - TSAP Version (CLPSYSTSBS)
    • Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Business Psychology - TSAP Version (OBPSYTSBS)
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (PSYBS)
    • Certificate in the Psychology of Business (PSYBUSACRT)
    • Minor in Psychology (PSYMIN)
    • [Name unavailable] (PSYTSBA)
    • [Name unavailable] (PSYTSBS)

    Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.