IUPUC Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Division of Science

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology is a science that studies behavior and mental processes. Behavior consists of actions and mental processes that include perceptions, thoughts, and feelings. Understanding human behavior is essential for improving the quality of life of individuals and improving relationships within and between societies.

There are many areas within psychology and many types of psychologists. Although about half of all psychologists work to help people with psychological problems, others seek new knowledge or apply their understanding of psychology to solve problems and improve the way things work. Research psychologists seek new knowledge using the scientific method to describe, predict, and understand behavior and mental processes. For example, developmental psychologists study how infants acquire language skills, psychobiologists investigate how brain function influences drug addiction, and social psychologists study how peer pressure influences decisions. Research psychologists often teach in colleges and universities.

Applied psychologists use psychological principles to help change behavior and solve real-world problems. For example, school psychologists help children adjust academically and socially, industrial/organizational psychologists suggest how companies can improve employee morale, human factors psychologists determine the best place to put gauges in an airplane cockpit, and clinical psychologists help people change their thoughts and behaviors to relieve anxiety or depression. Some applied psychologists also teach in colleges and universities and some engage in research.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements


IUPUC offers a certificate in Case Management and a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling and Prevention. These certificates, which can help students prepare for positions as Case Managers and Substance Abuse Counselors, are available to students whether or not they are majoring in psychology.

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