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.

Degree Requirements

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 passed 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 Skills9
Humanities - Lower level3
Social Sciences - Lower level (PSY 101)3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Lower or Upper level 3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Upper level 3
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 those listed below, 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
Technology and Modern Civilization
Interdisciplinary Explorations
Communication and Society
The Nature of Language
Nonverbal Communication
Computer Science
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
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 three courses from each of the following two groups of courses (18 credit hours total).

Group I: Applied Systems in Human Factors9
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 Factors9
Aviation Psychology
Learning and Motivation
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Training and Development
Social Psychology
Personality: A Systems Approach
Abnormal Psychology
Other courses with approval of advisor.
Total Specified Elective Credits18
Open Elective Credits18
Total Elective Credits36
Total Degree Credits123

Suggested Plan of Study 

Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year may have prerequisites and/or co-requisites. Please check the course descriptions at the back of this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.

Year One
UNIV 101 College Success 1
COM 122 English Composition 3
COM 219 Speech 3
CS 120 Introduction to Computing in Aviation 3
HU 14x Lower Level Humanities 3
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3
BIO 120 Foundations of Biology I OR CHM 101 Basic Chemistry OR PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
BIO 120L Foundations of Biology I Lab OR CHM 101L Basic Chemistry Lab or PS 113L Introductory Physics I Lab 0-1
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
 Credits Subtotal28.0-29.0
Year Two
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
HF 302 Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques 4
PSY 312 Research Analysis in Psychology 4
PSY 312L Research Analysis in Psychology Laboratory 0
PSY 335 Physiological Psychology 3
HU/SS Upper or Lower Level Elective 3
Physical Science Elective 3
Computer Science Elective for HF 3
HF/PSY Specified Elective 3
Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Three
HF 306 Human Factors III: Performance Processes 4
HF 310 Human-Computer Interaction 3
HF 312 Ergonomics and Bioengineering 3
HF 490 Practicum in Human Factors Psychology 3
PSY 322 Research Design 4
HF/PSY Specified Elective 3
Computer Science Elective for HF 3
HU/SS Upper-Level Elective 3
Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Four
HF 400 Human Factors IV: System Design 4
PSY 315 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 310 Sensation and Perception 3
HF/PSY Specified Electives 12
Advanced COM/HU Elective for HF 3
Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 123.0-124.0