Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (PSYBA)Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides broad coverage of modern scientific psychology and the strategies and methods by which knowledge is acquired in this field. B.A. students learn about concepts, theories, strategies and tactics that apply to human behavior. The B.A. program offers the opportunity to pursue a concentration or specialization in the field, such as human development, memory and cognition, animal behavior, clinical psychology, or social psychology. Courses emphasize improvement of an individual's critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills. The program also requires sufficient background in science and psychology to enable strong students to qualify for demanding graduate programs. Furthermore, B.A. psychology students are encouraged to engage in research and participate in internships and other hands-on activities to enhance their learning experience. Psychological knowledge, techniques, and skills obtained in the B.A. program are applied in many careers and provide background for students entering graduate work in psychology and related areas, as well as the professions of medicine, dentistry, law, and business.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 30 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Entry-level sequences. One of the following entry-level sequences:
    • Two (2) courses:
    • Three (3) courses:
  2. Career Planning Sequence. Complete one (1) course from each module of the Career Planning Sequence.
    1. Careers Module 1. One (1) course:
    2. Careers Module 2. One (1) course:
    3. Careers Module 3. One (1) course:
  3. Statistics. One (1) course:
    • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    • SPH-Q 381 Introduction to Biostatistics
  4. Social Psychology. One (1) course:
  5. Cognitive Psychology. One (1) course:
  6. Neuroscience. One (1) course:
  7. Advanced course. One (1) course:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  8. Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • One 3 credit hour research course may substitute for an elective course:
  9. Capstone. One (1) course:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  10. Addenda requirements*.
    1. Mathematics. One (1) course from the Mathematics list or an approved equivalent (any 200–499 level or higher course with an "M" prefix).
      • Both of the following:
      • Course approved by director of undergraduate studies.
    2. Biology. A one-semester course in biology completed with a C- or higher.
    3. Science elective. One additional course completed with a C- or higher selected from one of the following departments: Anthropology (ANTH-B 200 Bioanthropology only), Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science (excluding CSCI-A 110), Mathematics (in addition to the course used to satisfy the Mathematics requirement above), and Physics. Course must be a minimum of 3 credit hours to meet requirement.
    4. Outside Focal Area. A single outside focal area is required of all majors in psychology. The outside focal area must consist of 12 credit hours at any level or of three courses at the 200–499 level, taken in one department. The following disciplines are examples of outside concentrations chosen by psychology majors: animal behavior, anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, cognitive science, computer science, criminal justice, foreign languages, gender studies, history and philosophy of science and medicine, human development and family studies, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, or sociology. Students can fulfill this requirement by completing an optional minor, offered by many departments. (See individual departments' sections in this Bulletin for specific required courses.)
  11. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. 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.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.