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BS in Psychology

Trine University
Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

BS in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology program is one of the more popular majors, offering a solid education in this behavior science through diverse course offerings, covering forensic psychology, abnormal psychology, psychology of addiction, counseling, personality, human sexuality and marriage and family.

Many students combine psychology by double majoring in criminal justice, one of the nation's fastest growing job fields. The list of minors at Trine is impressive and includes communication, criminal justice, history and psychology, among many others. We have advisors who are knowledgeable and will assist you in getting as much value as possible from your experience at Trine.

Admission requirements

  • Admission into the Allen School of Engineering and Computing and the Rinker Ross School of Health Sciences requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. In addition, students must have successfully completed the equivalent of Trine's English Composition I, Calculus I, and Chemistry I with a "C" or higher.
  • Admission into the Franks School of Education requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Admission into the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences and the Ketner School of Business require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

General Education Requirements

  • Principals of Psychology
  • English Compositions I
  • Technical Communications
  • Effective Speaking
  • or Interpersonal Communication
  • Humanities Elective
  • Humanities Elective
  • Social Sciences Elective
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Government
  • Plants and People
  • Sciences Elective
  • or Mathematics Elective
  • Gen Ed Elective
  • American History I
  • or World Civilization I 
  • American HIstory II
  • or World Civilization II

Program Requirements

  • University Experience
  • Electives
  • Students wishing to pursue graduate training in psychology should take as part of their electives:
  • College Algebra
  • Statistics

Required Core

  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Clinical Internship
  • or Psychology Capstone Demonstration
  • Choose three of the following clinical courses:
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Human Behavior & Counseling
    • Human Sexuality
    • The Psychology of Addiction
    • Counseling Theories and Practices
  • Choose two of the following social core courses:
    • Psychology of Personality
    • Social Psychology
    • Political Psychology
  • Choose one of the following developmental core courses:
    • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    • Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • The Family

Additional Psychology Core Electives

  • Choose six of the following courses:
  • Topics in Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Issues of Substance Abuse in Family Systems
  • Advance Forensic Psychology
  • Counseling Issues in Substance Abuse
  • Issues & Ethics in Psychology & Counseling
  • Topics in Sociology
  • Sport Psychology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.


The psychology major will provide students with:

  • competency in psychology, including requisite skills in analyzing human behavior.
  • a broad range of research and skills relating to psychology.
  • understanding and be able to apply psychological concepts and principles.
  • knowledge of the ethical questions and issues in psychology.
  • a broad understanding of all major areas of psychology.

Career opportunities

  • Mental and Behavior Health Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment Programs
  • Probation Departments
  • Victim's Advocate
  • Juvenile Treatment Programs
  • Community Service Programs
  • Civic Organization Administration
  • Graduate Programs—Psychology and Law School

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Trine University

Trine University, established in 1884 as a university to educate and nurture future professors and teachers, has evolved over time into an institute of inculcating and imparting  knowledge and learning. Through Trine’s small class size of 17:1, invaluable focus and...

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Why study at Trine University

Trine's philosophy of teaching has always been to put the student first. The small class sizes of 17:1, be it a 100-level or a 400-level course, are intended to provide individual attention to students and allow our experienced professors to understand students and help bring their potential out. The individual, focused attention also allows students to clear their doubts in a one-on-one session or be able to take part in study groups that happen in the evening for students to learn in a holistic, enriching environment. The state-of-the-art facilities at the university, whether in athletics, engineering, business and management or arts and sciences, enable Trine students to gain real-world experience and get a leg up in the field.

Education at Trine is focused at producing graduates whose skills are tailored to industry, allowing students to embark upon successful career paths. Learning to operate different kinds of manufacturing equipment or processes, making your own video game, learning when to disinvest from a company — all these learnings and experiences are delivered in a way to maximize learning and retention.

As an incentive for undergraduate students to join, Trine offers on-campus jobs, scholarships, and financial aid packages of different calibers. With the efforts of both well-connected professors and the Career Center, motivated and high-performing undergraduate students are able to participate in internships and co-ops under the curricular practical training (CPT) program after their first academic year. Trine’s hybrid graduate classes are a unique blend of seated and virtual classes that allow those students to pursue industrial experience while taking classes. CPT allows for undergraduate and graduate students to have US work experience during their degree program.

With an employment rate of more than 99% within six months of graduation over the past seven years, Trine University prepares you for the workforce. Part of the reason for this is that Trine is located in the industrially rich region of the Tri-State area. With so many different companies in the region, this is a melting pot of opportunity, international and domestic, for Trine University students. Trine is also just 40 minutes away from Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana. Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Indianapolis are just a three-hour drive away from the university, offering convenient excursions for food, culture, transportation and leisure. Such an environment makes Angola, Indiana, a very calm and peaceful city, devoid of most distractions from studies while still allowing students to kick back and relax over the weekends.

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Trine University

1 University Ave
IN 46703 Angola Indiana
United States of America

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