PSYS 100 General Psychology requires you to complete 4 hours of extracurricular research activities that provide you an opportunity to experience psychology as a science. A maximum of 2 of these credits can be fulfilled through the participation of online studies. These studies must be included within the department’s Sona system- our online research tracking system.

You can fulfill this requirement by volunteering to participate in approved studies or completing alternative research activities (such as critical evaluation of psychological research reported in the media).

How does this requirement affect grades?

This participation requirement does not affect your grade the way that test scores do.

If your grade for the course is a C-, D or an F, then you will receive the grade you've earned regardless of whether you complete this assignment.

If you earn an A, B, or C for the course and do not complete this requirement, you will receive an incomplete (I) for the course. Ball State automatically changes an incomplete to an "F" if course requirements are not completed. 

  • Prior to Fall 2014 your research requirement must be completed within 12 months. 
  • As of Fall 2014 your research requirement must be completed by May 1 of the following year. 
  • For Spring and Summer courses your research requirement must be completed by December 1 of the current year.