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

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

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 36 credit hours (approximately 72–76 credit hours with the Additional Requirements), 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:
      2. Methods of Experimental Psychology. One (1) course:
    • Option Two.
      1. Introductory Psychology I. One (1) course:
      2. Introductory Psychology II. One (1) course:
      3. Methods of Experimental Psychology. One (1) course:
  2. 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. 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) courses:
      • Both of the following:
      • Course approved by director of undergraduate studies.
    2. Social and Historical Studies. Three (3) courses that carry CASE Social and Historical Studies credit offered by College departments other than Psychological and Brain Sciences.
    3. Biology Lecture. One (1) course:
    4. Biology Laboratory. One (1) course:
    5. Natural and Mathematical Sciences. One (1) of the following options:
      • Additional Mathematics. Two additional mathematics courses not used to fulfill the Mathematics requirement above.
      • Physics.
        1. Physics I. One (1) course:
        2. Physics II. One (1) course:
      • Chemistry. One (1) of the following Chemistry options.
        • 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.
        1. Approved Biology Courses. One (1) course:
          • ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy
          • Course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
        2. Math, Physics, or Chemistry Course. One (1) additional course from the mathematics, physics, or chemistry courses listed above. If Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry is chosen, both lecture and lab are required.
    6. 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. 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.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

Notes

  • * 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: 1 course
      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.

Most students must also succesfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.