B.S. in Industrial Psychology and Safety

The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology & Safety provides the student with skills and knowledge for a career in workplace psychology/human resources, aviation safety, occupational safety, organizational training or related disciplines, and is normally completed in eight semesters. The program delivers an effective foundation in human behavior and cognition as it relates to safety and organizational effectiveness that prepares the student for a wide variety of organizational settings or for advanced study at the graduate level.

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology & Safety is housed within the Department of Behavioral & Safety Sciences. The Department is located in the Robertson Aviation Safety Center where classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices are convenient for daily interaction with other students and faculty. The Department of Behavioral & Safety Sciences also provides a unique opportunity on the Prescott campus for students to interact with graduate students and collaborate on research and practice activities.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology & Safety is designed to provide the student the following expertise:

  • Knowledge of basic psychological principles and theories, and how those are applied to the study of individuals and organizations, including the role of psychological constructs and research as they relate to the science and practice of safety. This includes sufficient Psychology coursework for graduate study in Psychology or related disciplines, if desired.
  • Understanding of the breadth of application for the discipline of industrial psychology and safety, including personnel selection, group dynamics, leadership, human factors in organizational systems, occupational safety and product safety, as well as aviation safety and air accident investigation.
  • Ability to understand research processes, techniques and procedures and to draw appropriate conclusions from the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Use of appropriate tools to understanding the performance of individuals and organizations from an evidence-based perspective and develop tools to improve both safety and organizational effectiveness.

Degree Requirements

The successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology & Safety requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students will complete a general education core, a math and science core, and a Psychological Science/Safety core. Completion of a minor is strongly recommended but not required.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
COM 122 English Composition 3
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X) 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 222 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
SF 201 Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety 3
UNIV 101 College Success *(1)
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Sophomore Year
Lower-Level Computer Science or Information Technology Elective 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
PS 114 Introductory Physics II (and Lab) 4
PSY 226 Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research 3
PSY 326 Group and Team Behavior 3
PSY 350 Social Psychology 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Junior Year
BA 319 Managerial and Organizational Behavior 3
SF 325 Human Factors and Ergonomics I 3
SF 345 Safety Program Management 3
SF 420 Analysis of Observational Data 3
PSY 311 Sensation, Perception, and Cognition 3
PSY 322 Research Design 4
PSY 410 Personnel Selection and Assessment 3
Elective Courses 9
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Senior Year
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
BA 420 Management of Production and Operations 3
SF 415 Human Reliability and Safety Analysis 3
PSY 345 Training and Development 3
PSY 401 Psychology of Leadership 3
PSY 494 Tests and Measurements Theory 3
SF 425 Human Factors and Ergonomics II 3
SF 475 Senior Project 3
Elective Courses 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

Notes: Open elective credits required will be calculated, based upon selection of the minor, to complete the minimum of 120 credits requirement for the degree. A student must also complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-level courses. Open elective courses can count toward this total.

* UNIV 101 meets open elective or credit in excess of degree requirements.