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.

Learn more about our undergraduate degree programs.

Qualities and Skills Developed by a Psychology Major

  • 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.

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.

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 instructorsPositions in independent research at universities, university faculty, clinical, school and counseling psychology and private practice

Where do psychology majors find jobs?

With a bachelor's degree in psychology, your career opportunities will be many and varied. After graduation from IUPUI, you could go to graduate school, earning a masters or doctoral degree in psychology. This advanced training could lead to a career as a clinical or counseling psychologist, a psychology professor, a researcher, or some combination of the three. You may opt for another professional school, such as law, physical therapy, or medical school. Many of our majors plan to earn a masters degree in social work.  Your psychology background would be extremely helpful in any of those career paths.

However, the vast majority of undergraduates who major in psychology do not go on to earn advanced degrees. Instead, they take a job immediately after graduation.  Because our graduates can think critically about behavior and mental processes, they can use their knowledge in almost any setting.

Although the job possibilities are too long to list, psychology majors can be found in:

  • Child Development
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Consulting Firms
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Hospitals & Other Health Care Settings    
  • Human Resources
  • Law Firms
  • Market Research Firms
  • Mental Health Services
  • Military
  • Private Practice
  • Private Research Firms
  • Public & Private Schools
  • Real Estate Offices
  • Religious Organization
  • State & Federal Government, Social Service, and Nonprofit Agencies

IUPUI psychology grads have been employed by:

  • Child Protective Services
  • CNO Financial Group
  • Community Hospitals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • First Investors
  • Gleaners Food Bank
  • Indiana Department of Commerce
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • IUPUI Admissions
  • IUPUI University College
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Law enforcement
  • Midtown Mental Health Center
  • Noble of Indiana
  • OneAmerica
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Rolls-Royce
  • St. Vincent Stress Center
  • U.S. Army
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Wishard Health Service

Occupational Outlook + 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.

Science PREPs Office: Pre-Professional + Career Preparation for Science Majors

  • Explore career options and evaluate majors based on your interests, skills and values.
  • Plan for graduate or professional school.
  • Find jobs, internships and job-shadowing programs. 

Learn more at Science PREPs.