Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (PSYBS)Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology is designed for students desiring a career in industry or research. In addition to the broad coverage of modern psychology and the strategies and methods by which scientific knowledge is acquired in this field, the program emphasizes broad preparation in sciences and the development of math and computer skills. The B.S. degree program also requires more advanced courses and laboratory work in psychology than the B.A. program. B.S. psychology students are strongly encouraged to develop a concentration or specialization in the field as well as to get actively involved in research, thereby affording them the background and skills to be competitive for demanding graduate programs or employment in such fields as health care, medicine, business, and education. The student who graduates with a B.S. in psychology should be well prepared for graduate training in psychology and related fields, for professional schools, and for jobs (not necessarily in psychology) that use scientific training and quantitative techniques.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 34 credit hours (approximately 92 credit hours with the Additional Requirements), 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. 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. Three (3) courses:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  8. Capstone. Two (2) courses:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  9. Additional Requirements*.
    1. Mathematics. Two (2) 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. Social and Historical Studies. Three (3) courses that carry CASE S&H credit outside of psychology department.
    3. Biology. Two (2) courses:
    4. Natural and Mathematical Sciences. one of the following combinations:
      • Additional Mathematics. Two additional mathematics courses beyond the two courses listed above
      • Physics.
        1. Physics I. One (1) course:
        2. Physics II. One (1) course:
      • Chemistry. All courses from one option of the Chemistry list.
        • Option 1
          • All of the following:
        • Option 2
          • One (1) course from the Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lecture list:
          • One (1) course from the Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab list:
          • One of the following:
      • Additional Biology. One additional course in biology for majors (such as BIOL-L 111 or BIOL-L 211) and one other course from the mathematics, physics, and chemistry courses listed above. ANAT-A 215 may substitute for the biology course.
    5. 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.)
  10. 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 Additional Requirements require a passing grade and, unless otherwise noted, do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science 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.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 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: 3 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 3 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: Not required
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: Not required
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the first 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.