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Why Psychology

We’re a community of learners and students thrive here. Students here reap the benefits of an interactive learning environment , challenging material and lab work, and unparalleled research and internship opportunities.

As early as their freshman year, our undergraduates are able to participate in research with renowned faculty. Students support each other through peer-advising, providing a unique environment where students become leaders by helping others.

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What is psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.  The goals of psychology are to describe, explain, predict, and change behavior (observable actions) and mental processes (thoughts, feelings, memories, beliefs). In our department, we focus on four major themes throughout the undergraduate curriculum: (1) psychology is a science; (2) behavior is a function of person variables, environmental variables, and the interaction of person and environment; (3) psychology has evolved in a socio-historical context, and its major theoretical perspectives reflect this phenomenon; and (4) socio-cultural context influences how psychological concepts are understood and applied.

IUPUI psychology specialties include: psychobiology of addictions, health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, severe mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.

Why study psychology?

Psychology is inherently interesting ... don't you want to understand why people do what they do?  Understanding behavior can help you in everyday life and in almost every job situation. Also, an undergraduate psychology degree provides you with a strong background in communication skills, critical thinking, scientific methodology, ethics and diversity - skills that are in high demand in the workplace.

Qualities and skills a psychology major develops

  • Caring and Empathetic
  • Communication and Quantitative Skills (PUL*)
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (PUL*)
  • Inquisitive
  • Interpersonal Skills, Including Listening Skills
  • Observational  and Investigative Skills
  • Open-Minded and Tolerant
  • Professional Values and Ethics (PUL*)
  • Understanding of Relationships and Interactions
  • Understanding of Society And Culture (PUL*)

*PUL = Principles of Undergraduate Learning define a set of abilities and skills that undergraduate students are expected to master. They reflect the expertise that graduate and professional schools and the workforce are seeking.

What can you do with a degree in Psychology?

Here's what our 2014 graduates are doing with their degrees:

  • ABA Therapist for The Hope Source (BA)
  • ABA Therapist for Cornerstone Autism Center (BA)
  • Addictions Counselor for Advantage Counseling (BS)
  • Behavior Analyst for Applied Behavior Center (BS)
  • Behavior Analyst for BACA Z (BA)
  • Clinical Psychology for IU Health (BS)
  • Direct Support Care Staff for Meaningful Days Services (BA)
  • Direct Support Professional for Opportunities for Positive Growth (BA)
  • Disability Claims Adjudicator for Indiana State Government (BS)
  • Distance Learning Manager for the Department of Defense (BS)
  • Family Case Manager for the Department of Child Services (BA)
  • HR Benefits Specialists for Celadon Trucking (BA)
  • HR Administrator for Freedom Mortgage (BA)
  • HR Talent Coordinator for Marcano's (BS)
  • Mentor Outreach Manager for AmericCorps VISTA (BS)
  • Outpatient Case Manager for Wasbash Valley Alliance (BS)
  • Research and Development for Bridging Distance, LLC (MS)
  • Solution Center Specialist for Indianapolis Health Information Exchange (BA)
  • Therapist for BACA Prep (BS)

32.2% of those who graduated in 2014 went to graduate or professional school and are currently enrolled in the following programs:

  • Counseling at Ball State University (MS)  
  • Substance Abuse Counseling at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (MS)
  • Mental Health Counseling at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (MS)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy at Christian Theological Seminary (MA)
  • Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine (MD)
  • Public Health at Indiana University (MPH)
  • Dentistry at Indiana University (DDS)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University (MS)
  • Psychology at IUPUI (PhD)
  • Addictions Neuroscience at IUPUI (PhD)
  • Clinical Psychology at IUPUI (PhD)
  • Medical Neuroscience at IUPUI (PhD)
  • Occupational Therapy at IUPUI (MS)
  • Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Indianapolis (PsyD)
  • Management and Organizational Psychology at the University of Iowa (PhD)
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Xavier University (MA)

Education - Where will your degree take you?

Bachelor Degree

Masters Degree

Doctoral Degree

Entry level case management and assistant positions to psychologists in mental health, vocational rehabilitation,social service and correctional settings. Preparation for admission to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, optometry. Positions in sales, service or business management(including human resources),entry level positions in government.

 

Positions in counseling, industrial organizational psychology,marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, social work, and school psychology, government, research high school teachers and community college instructors Positions in independent research at universities, university faculty, clinical, school and counseling psychology and private practice

Occupational outlook and average salary

Psychology is a very broad field with a wide range of career options; salary can differ depending on the position. I/O Psychology is the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. economy. 

For specific data on the job outlook and salary for a career where psychology is the foundation, refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook at or ONET.

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Psychology Bachelor Degrees

The psychology department provides our majors with a well-balanced and scientifically rigorous curriculum. Students completing an undergraduate degree in psychology will graduate with a strong background in communication skills, critical thinking, scientific methodology, ethics and diversity - skills that are in high demand.

Requirements & Course of Study

The psychology department offers both Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in psychology. Both of these degrees are held in equally high esteem by potential employers and graduate school admissions committees.

For students who first enrolled at IUPUI as a degree-seeking student during the 2012-2014 academic year and after, the degree requirements vary as follows:

  • Both degrees are four-year programs consisting of 120 credit hours and are awarded by Purdue University. Both programs require at least four science lectures courses (minimum of 12 credit hours), and at least one of the courses must have a laboratory component. In the BS program, two of the courses must be biology and/or chemistry courses.
  • The BA degree requires that students have a first-year proficiency in a foreign language, which is not required for the BS.
  • The BA program requires one college-level mathematics course (3 credits), while the BS program requires two (total of 6 credits). 

Requirements vary depending on a student's date of enrollment.  Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI Bulletin.

Requirements vary depending on a student's date of enrollment.  Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI Bulletin.

2014-2016 Bulletin | 2012-2014 Bulletin | 2010-2012 Bulletin | Degree Maps | Degree Planning Sheets | General Ed | General Ed Course Consideration

Capstone Experience

The senior capstone provides students with an excellent opportunity to complete their academics through a research project, on-the-job practicum or scholarly seminar. This experience provides psychology majors with a final opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills they will need to succeed after graduation on the job or in graduate school.

Senior Capstone Options

Our Psychology Advisors suggest that you choose a capstone that best fits your interest and career goals.

PSY-B 433 Capstone Laboratory in Psychology (3 cr.) 

PSY-B 454 Capstone Seminar in Psychology (3 cr.)

PSY-B 482 Capstone Practicum in Clinical Psychology (3 cr.)

PSY-B 499 Capstone Honors Research (3-6 cr.)

Psychology + Health Psychology Minors

Whatever career you pursue, a minor in psychology can complement your primary major, enhance your employability, allow you to develop a secondary area of expertise, or give you a chance to explore a passion. The skills that you acquire through the study of psychology such as analyzing data, communicating complex information and understanding human behavior are all abilities that are highly prized by employers.

Two options are available:

Psychology Minor

This Psychology Minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of selected course work and is designed to compliment your primary major while providing insight into the understanding of psychology. Requirements vary depending on a student's date of enrollment at IUPUI. Additional Foundation courses beyond the two required - from PSY-B310, 320, 340, 370 - can count toward the Content course requirements.  However, PSY-B305 Statistics and PSY-B311 Research Methods are considered Research Methods courses.  PSY-B305 and PSY-B311 cannot count in the Content course requirements for the Psychology minor.  If you have further questions about what will or will not count for the Content course requirement, please contact Jared Trullinger at jstrull@iupui.edu.  Note that students majoring in Psychology cannot earn the Psychology minor. 

Health Psychology Minor

The Health Psychology minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of selected course work and is designed to prepare students for a strong introduction to this sub-discipline of psychology that will complement a broader interest in health and health-related careers. If you have additional questions about courses which can count for the Health Psychology Elective, or would like to propose a course with rationale, please contact Jared Trullinger at jstrull@iupui.edu.  Note that students majoring in Psychology cannot earn the Health Psychology minor.  

Click here for requirement information from the IUPUI Bulletin for Minors in Psychology and Health Psychology.

Apply for a Psychology or Health Psychology Minor

To be awarded a minor, you complete the application & audit request form at least ONE SEMESTER BEFORE YOU PLAN TO GRADUATE. In the event that the audit reveals that you will not complete the requirements for your minor before you graduate, you will be informed through your IUPUI email.

Neuroscience BS Degree

Neuroscience at IUPUI is an interdisciplinary program of the School of Science that offers students the opportunity to pursue undergraduate degree training in neuroscience, a rapidly advancing field that addresses the structure and function of the nervous system.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience offers an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in biology,  psychology, and mathematical sciences, with the nervous system as a common focus. Students may pursue concentrations in behavioral, cellular/molecular, or computational neuroscience, culminating in a capstone research experience.

Learn more about the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program at IUPUI.