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.
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 122||English Composition||3|
|COM 221||Technical Report Writing||3|
|or COM 222||Business Communication|
|Humanities Lower Level||3|
|Humanities/Social Science Upper Level||6|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Information Technology/Computer Science||3|
|Physical and Life Science||3|
|Physical and Life Science with Lab||4|
One of the mathematic courses taken will need a prerequisite of college algebra or higher.
|UNIV 101||College Success||1|
|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.|
|Six credit hours from any Upper Level CS course.|
|Human Factors Psychology|
|HF 300||Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals||3|
|HF 302||Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques||4|
|HF 306||Human Factors III: Performance Processes||4|
|HF 310||Human-Computer Interaction||3|
|HF 312||Ergonomics and Bioengineering||3|
|HF 400||Human Factors IV: System Design||4|
|HF 490||Practicum in Human Factors Psychology||3|
|PSY 226||Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research||3|
|PSY 311||Sensation, Perception, and Cognition||3|
|PSY 315||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|PSY 322||Research Design||4|
|PSY 335||Physiological Psychology||3|
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 326||System Safety||3|
|SF 410||Design of Engineering Hazard Controls||3|
|SF 415||Human Reliability and Safety Analysis||3|
|SF 420||Analysis of Observational Data||3|
|SF 440||Design of Engineering Hazard Controls II||3|
Group II - Psychological Foundations of Human Factors (9 credit hours)
|PSY 222||Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology||3|
|PSY 306||Psychology of Deception Detection||3|
|PSY 313||Personality and Profiling||3|
|PSY 326||Group and Team Behavior||3|
|PSY 345||Training and Development||3|
|PSY 350||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 365||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSY 401||Psychology of Leadership||3|
|PSY 410||Personnel Selection and Assessment||3|
|PSY 494||Tests and Measurements Theory||3|
|Total Specified Electives||18|
|Total Elective Credits||36|
|Total Degree Credits||123|