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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

COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
Humanities Lower Level3
Humanities/Social Science Upper Level6
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
Information Technology/Computer Science3
Math *6
Physical and Life Science3
Physical and Life Science with Lab4
Total Credits37

Core Requirements

College Success
UNIV 101College Success1
Advanced Communication3
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.
Computer Science6
Six credit hours from any Upper Level CS course.
Human Factors Psychology
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
HF 490Practicum in Human Factors Psychology3
PSY 226Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research3
PSY 311Sensation, Perception, and Cognition3
PSY 315Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 322Research Design4
PSY 335Physiological Psychology3
Total Credits50

Specified/Open Electives

Take Three courses from each of the following two groups of courses (18 credit hours total).

Group I - Applied Systems in Human Factors (9 credit hours)
SF 326System Safety3
SF 410Design of Engineering Hazard Controls3
SF 415Human Reliability and Safety Analysis3
SF 420Analysis of Observational Data3
SF 440Design of Engineering Hazard Controls II3
HF Elective
Group II - Psychological Foundations of Human Factors (9 credit hours)
PSY 222Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSY 306Psychology of Deception Detection3
PSY 313Personality and Profiling3
PSY 326Group and Team Behavior3
PSY 3363
PSY 337Criminality3
PSY 345Training and Development3
PSY 350Social Psychology3
PSY 365Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 401Psychology of Leadership3
PSY 410Personnel Selection and Assessment3
PSY 494Tests and Measurements Theory3
Total Specified Electives18
Open Electives18
Total Elective Credits36
Total Degree Credits123