B.S. in Human Factors Psychology/M.S. in Human Factors

Accelerated Master of Science in Human Factors

In conjunction with the Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology and the traditional master’s degree in Human Factors, the Department of Human Factors and Systems also offers a combined master’s degree program in Human Factors. The combined master’s program offers upper-level undergraduates in the major the chance to begin their graduate work while completing their bachelor’s degree program. All undergraduate Human Factors students who meet eligibility requirements that include a CGPA of 3.20, 75 credit hours toward their BS degree and completion of the GRE may apply for consideration for admission. The application must accompany 2 letters of recommendation from faculty in both the undergraduate and graduate programs to indicate (1) the applicant’s potential to successfully complete graduate-level work, and (2) evidence that the applicant has attained the foundational competencies for graduate degree studies.

Student applications will be reviewed for the program, and students accepted into the five-year master’s program will be notified of such at the end of their junior year. During their senior undergraduate year, they will take HFS 510 and HFS 610  Five-year master’s students are required to complete 30 credits of graduate work to complete the degree program.

All undergraduate Psychology and Human Factors courses must be passed with a "C" or better to count towards degree completion. Graduate courses used to satisfy both the BS and MS degree requirements must be passed with a “B” or better.

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 Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science3
Physical and Life Sciences (one course must include a laboratory)6
Total Credits36

Embry-Riddle courses in general education may be chosen from the approved list of General Education courses, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories.

Core Requirements

College Success
UNIV 101College Success1
Advanced Communication
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
Environmental Communication
Media Relations I
Communication and Organizational Culture
Visual Design
Advanced Professional Writing
Web Design Workshop
Advanced Technical Writing
Nonverbal Communication
Media Relations II
Values and Ethics
Cross-Cultural Communication
Interdisciplinary Explorations
Communication and Society
The Nature of Language
Nonverbal Communication
Computer Science
Six credit hours from any CS or 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
Computer and Network Technologies
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
Graphical Communications
Software Engineering Practices
Psychology and Human Factors
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals3
HF 302Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques4
HF 306Human Factors III: Performance Processes4
HF 310Human-Computer Interaction3
HF 312Ergonomics and Bioengineering3
HF 400Human Factors IV: System Design4
PSY 310Sensation and Perception3
PSY 312Research Analysis in Psychology4
PSY 315Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 322Research Design4
PSY 335Physiological Psychology3
HF 490Practicum in Human Factors Psychology3
Total Credits51

Specified Electives

Take two courses from each of the following two groups of courses (12 credit hours total).

Group I: Applied Systems in Human Factors6
Automation and Systems Issues in Aviation
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
Aerospace Physiology
Group II: Psychological Foundations of Human Factors6
Aviation Psychology
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Training and Development
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Other courses with approval of advisor.
Open Elective Credits12
Total Credits24
Undergraduate Year Four
HFS 510Research Design and Analysis I (Fall)3
HFS 610Research Design and Analysis II3
Total Credits at End of Year Four123
Graduate-Level Studies
Two graduate-level HFS courses are taken in the senior year as described above. Thirty credits remain.
HFS 515Ergonomics3
HFS 600Human Factors in Systems3
HFS 612Human Factors Methods3
HFS 615Sensation and Perception3
HFS 620Memory and Cognition3
HFS 635Human-Computer Interaction3
HFS 675Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction3
HFS Graduate Electives *3
Option I
HFS 700Thesis6
Option II
Six Upper-Level credits of HFS electives (500-600 level)6
Total Hours30
Total Degree Credits153