B.S. in Human Factors Psychology
The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Factors Psychology emphasizes human behavior, ergonomics, and human capabilities. The program seeks to develop a student with the capacity to design, conduct, and apply human factors research to the design of simple and complex systems. The goal of the program is to educate and graduate professionals who are equipped for employment as human factors specialists or to continue their education in graduate school.
Human Factors Psychology is an applied discipline that develops knowledge concerning the abilities and limitations of humans to sense, store, and process information, as well as to act. This knowledge is applied to the design, use, and maintenance of human/machine systems. Depending on its goals, the system is then optimized with respect to human performance. The environmental factors affecting system performance are recognized as important and are considered systematically. When relevant data are not available, they must be uncovered through research efforts. This requires considerable skill in experimental design and quantitative methodology. Students will receive training in the content and techniques of human factors, including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design and survey methods.
The Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology can be earned in eight semesters assuming appropriate background and fulltime enrollment. Successful completion of a minimum of 123 credit hours is required, with a CGPA of 2.0 or higher. For Human Factors Psychology majors, all HF and PSY courses must be passes with a grade of C or better.
Students are encouraged to choose a minor field of study. Minors that complement Human Factors are Air Traffic Control, Aviation Safety, Computer Science, Flight, and Mathematics. Most minors can be accommodated within the 18 hours of open electives required in the program.
Students will be encouraged to have an applied practicum experience. This requirement may be fulfilled in several ways, including co-ops, internships, or working on an on-campus research team. Practicums provide opportunities to gain practical experience in real-world settings. A practicum experience is highly regarded by employers and increases the student’s employment potential after graduation. Typically, students will engage in practical experience activities toward the end of the degree program so they can take maximum advantage of their undergraduate experience.
General Education Requirements
For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.
|Communication Theory and Skills||9|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Physical and Life Sciences (one course must include a laboratory)||6|
Embry-Riddle courses in general education may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories.
|UNIV 101||College Success||1|
|For the Advanced Communication requirement, Human Factors majors are required to take one Advanced Communication class for a total of three credits. This exists in addition to the nine credits (three classes) taken for the Communication General Education Requirement.|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Mass Communication Law and Ethics|
|Aviation and Aerospace Communication|
|Media Relations I|
|Advanced Professional Writing|
|Web Design Workshop|
|Advanced Technical Writing|
|Media Relations II|
|Values and Ethics|
|Technology and Modern Civilization|
|Traversing the Borders: Interdisciplinary Explorations|
|Communication and Organizational Culture|
|Communication and Society|
|The Nature of Language|
|Applied Cross-Cultural Communication|
|Six credit hours from any CS course or from the additional courses listed below. These courses are in addition to those taken as General Education.|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Introduction to Computer Based Systems|
|Advanced Computer Based Systems|
|Digital Circuit Design|
|Digital Circuit Design Laboratory|
|Introduction to Computing for Engineers|
|Software Engineering Practices|
|Psychology and Human Factors|
|HF 300||Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals||3|
|HF 302||Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques||4|
|HF 306||Human Factors III: Performance Processes||4|
|HF 310||Human-Computer Interaction||3|
|HF 312||Ergonomics and Bioengineering||3|
|HF 400||Human Factors IV: System Design||4|
|PSY 310||Sensation and Perception||3|
|PSY 312||Research Analysis in Psychology||4|
|PSY 315||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|PSY 322||Research Design||4|
|PSY 335||Physiological Psychology||3|
|HF 490||Practicum in Human Factors Psychology||3|
Take three courses from each of the following two groups of courses (18 credit hours total).
|Group I: Applied Systems in Human Factors||9|
|Automation and Systems Issues in Aviation|
|Drugs in Society and Aerospace|
|Human Factors and System Safety|
|Human Performance in Extreme Environments|
|Human Factors in Space|
|Human Factors in Entertainment Systems|
|Human Factors Engineering: Crew Station Design|
|Simulating Humans in Complex Systems|
|Human Factors in Simulation Systems|
|Applied Ergonomic Design, Analysis, and Evaluation|
|Group II: Psychological Foundations of Human Factors||9|
|Training and Development|
|Personality: A Systems Approach|
Other courses with approval of advisor.
|Total Specified Elective Credits||18|
|Open Elective Credits||18|
|Total Elective Credits||36|
|Total Degree Credits||123|