B.S. in Human Factors Psychology

Students will:

  • Describe the basic characteristics of human anatomy, physiology, sensation, and perception, with emphasis on vision, audition, and vestibular systems.
  • Describe the basic characteristics and limitations of human memory and cognition.
  • Relate basic ergonomic and bioengineering factors to human-machine system design and performance.
  • Critically evaluate scientific research.
  • Interpret basic applied statistical analyses for the behavioral sciences.
  • Apply basic experimental designs for the behavioral sciences.
  • Apply human factors psychology principles to human-machine system performance in various domains.
  • Apply human-machine system analysis and design methodologies across various domains.
  • Function effectively in human factors and ergonomics team projects and demonstrate professional communication skills.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology can be earned in eight semesters, assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. Successful completion of 120 credit hours is required, with a CGPA of 2.0 or higher. 

Students are encouraged to choose a minor field of study, such as Aviation Safety. 

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

Program Requirements

General Education

Embry-Riddle degree programs require students to complete a minimum of 36 hours of General Education coursework. For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog.

Students may choose other classes outside of their requirements, but doing so can result in the student having to complete more than the degree's 120 credit hours.  This will result in additional time and cost to the student.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science/Information Technology3
Mathematics6
Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Sciences)6
Humanities and Social Sciences12
3 hours of lower-level Humanities
3 hours of lower-level Social Science
3 hours of lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Science
3 hours of upper-level Humanities or Social Science
Total Credits36

Human Factors Psychology Core (96 Credits)

The following course of study outlines the quickest and most cost-efficient route for students to earn their B.S. in Human Factors Psychology. Students are encouraged to follow the course of study to ensure they complete all program required courses and their prerequisites within four years.

Courses in the core with a # will satisfy general education requirements.

Computer Science Elective (includes CS, IT, SIM, DS prefixes)6
General Education - Communication Theory and Skills #9
General Education - Computer Science or Information Technology Elective #3
General Education - lower-level Humanities #3
General Education - lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Science #3
General Education - upper-level Humanities or Social Science #3
General Education - Mathematics Electives (One of the math courses taken will need a prerequisite of college algebra or higher.) #6
General Education - Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Sciences) Elective #3
General Education - Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Sciences) with Lab Elective #3
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals *3
HF 302Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques **4
HF 306Human Factors III: Performance Processes *4
HF 310Human-Computer Interaction3
HF 312Ergonomics and Bioengineering3
HF 400Human Factors IV: System Design4
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology #3
or PSY 222 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 103Professional Development in Psychology1
PSY 226Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research **^3
PSY 311Sensation, Perception, and Cognition *3
or PSY 315 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 320Aviation Psychology **3
PSY 321Psychology of Gaming3
PSY 322Research Design *^4
PSY 335Physiological Psychology *3
PSY 345Training and Development **3
PSY 410Personnel Selection and Assessment **3
PSY 494Tests and Measurements Theory *3
PSY 496Capstone in Psychology *3
UNIV 101College Success1
Total Credits96

Specified Electives (9 Credits)

PSY 222Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology *3
PSY 306Psychology of Deception Detection *3
PSY 313Personality and Profiling **3
PSY 336Forensic Psychology3
PSY 337Criminality3
PSY 350Social Psychology **3
PSY 365Abnormal Psychology *3
PSY 370Occupational Health & Performance3
PSY 401Psychology of Leadership *3
SF 326System Safety3
SF 410Industrial Safety and Health3
SF 415Human Reliability and Safety Analysis3
SF 420Analysis of Observational Data3
SF 440Construction Safety and Health3

Open Elective (15 Credits)

Open Electives15
Total Credits120
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Offered in Fall Only

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Offered in Spring Only

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General Education Courses

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PSY 226 and PSY 322 are rigorous, foundational courses in the field of psychological sciences. Therefore, both must be taken at ERAU to ensure students receive the highest quality of instruction, as well as benefit from the university's unique academic resources.

All Army ROTC students are required to complete SS 321 - U.S. Military History 1900-Present (3 credits) in order to commission.

Human Factors Psychology - General

Freshman Year
FallCredits
COM 122 English Composition 3
Computer Science/Information Technology Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 3
Open Elective 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Spring
Computer Science/Information Technology Elective 3
Humanities Lower-Level Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 3
Natural Science Elective with Lab 3
PSY 103 Professional Development in Psychology 1
PSY 320 Aviation Psychology 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Sophomore Year
Fall
Communications Elective 3
Computer Science/Information Technology Elective 3
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
PSY 311 Sensation, Perception, and Cognition 3
Cognitive Psychology
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Spring
Communications Elective 3
HF 312 Ergonomics and Bioengineering 3
Human-Computer Interaction
Natural Science Elective 3
Open Elective 3
PSY 226 Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Junior Year
Fall
HF 306 Human Factors III: Performance Processes 4
Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques
Open Elective 3
PSY 322 Research Design 4
PSY 335 Physiological Psychology 3
Specified Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal17.0
Spring
HF 312 Ergonomics and Bioengineering 3
Human-Computer Interaction
HF 400 Human Factors IV: System Design 4
Psychology of Gaming
Humanities/ Social Science Upper-Level Elective 3
Open Elective 3
PSY 410 Personnel Selection and Assessment 3
Training and Development
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Senior Year
Fall
PSY 494 Tests and Measurements Theory 3
PSY 496 Capstone in Psychology 3
HF 306 Human Factors III: Performance Processes 4
Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques
Specified Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal13.0
Spring
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective 3
PSY 410 Personnel Selection and Assessment 3
Training and Development
HF 400 Human Factors IV: System Design 4
Psychology of Gaming
Specified Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal13.0
 Credits Total: 120