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Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Certificate in the Psychology of Business

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements PSYBUSACRT

A student may earn a certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. Through academic, applied, and research experiences in this interdisciplinary certificate program, students will develop an in-depth understanding of how psychological concepts can be applied in a business setting in fields such as Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Human Factors, Design, Marketing, and Advertising. The certificate is designed to prepare students for either further graduate training in applied business psychology or for advanced entry level positions in industry.

Students should consult the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences website for additional information about applying, including application deadlines, required materials, and an overview of the application process.

Requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Entry-Level Sequence. One of the following options:
    1. Option One.
      1. Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences. One (1) course:
        • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences
    2. 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
  2. Core.
    1. Social or Cognitive Psychology. One (1) course:
      • PSY-P 304 Social Psychology and Individual Differences
      • PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology
    2. Psychology in the Business Environment. One (1) course:
      • PSY-P 452 Psychology in the Business Environment
    3. Business Psychology Elective. Two (2) courses:
      • PSY-P 323 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • PSY-P 350 Human Factors/Ergonomics
      • PSY-P 366 Consumer Psychology
  3. Advanced Elective. One (1) course:
    • Additional course from the Core Business Psychology Elective 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); "INTRO DATA ANALYSIS FOR PSYCH AND BRAIN SCIENCES" (TPC 7); "SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW" (TPC 2); "THINKING LIKE MACHINES" (TPC 4))
    • 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 466 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
    • PSY-P 478 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
    • PSY-P 484 The Science of Moral Judgment
    • PSY-Y 419 The Psychology of Gender, Work, and Leadership
  4. Breadth Courses Outside of Psychological and Brain Sciences. 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 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
  5. Certificate GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Certificate 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 certificate.
    3. Certificate Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Certificate 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 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 Science in Organizational and Business Psychology (OBPSYBS)
  • Minor in Psychology (PSYMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for certificate 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.