B.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology builds future leaders and scholars in the science of human behavior at work. One of the 15 recognized specialties in professional psychology in the United States, I/O Psychology contributes to an organization's success by improving the performance, experience, job satisfaction, and occupational safety and health of the entire organization, as well as the overall health and well-being of its employees. The program, normally completed in eight semesters, delivers an effective foundation in human behavior and cognition as it relates to individual and organizational effectiveness that prepares the student for a wide variety of organizational settings and for advanced study at the graduate level.

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is housed within the Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences. Using a scientist-practitioner approach to education, our faculty work side-by-side with students on research and industry collaborations. Students have numerous opportunities to attend professional networking events, present at scientific conferences, pursue internships, and engage with future colleagues. Our faculty are active scholars and noted professional experts in their fields, and their primary focus is on the success of the students in the Bachelor of Science program.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed to provide the student the following expertise:

  • Knowledge of basic psychological principles and theories, and how those are applied to the study of individuals and organizations. This includes sufficient Psychology coursework for graduate study in Psychology or related disciplines, if desired.
  • Understanding of the breadth of application of psychology beyond traditional clinical roles, including in areas such as personnel selection, group dynamics, leadership, human factors in organizations,  occupational safety/health, employee assessment, and more.
  • Ability to understand research processes, techniques and procedures and to draw appropriate conclusions from the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Use of appropriate tools to understanding the performance of individuals and organizations from an evidence-based perspective and develop tools to improve both individual and organizational performance.

Degree Requirements

The successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology requires a minimum of 121 credit hours. Students will complete a general education core, a math and science core, and a Psychological Science core. Completion of a minor is strongly recommended but not required.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
BIO 120
BIO 120L
Foundations of Biology I 4
COM 122 English Composition 3
Computer Science or Information Technology Elective Lower-Level 3
Humanities Lower-Level 3
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3
Physical/Life Science 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 222 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
UNIV 101 College Success *(1)
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Sophomore Year
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
Humanities or Social Science Elective Upper-Level 3
Physical/Life Science w/Lab 4
PSY 226 Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research 3
PSY 326 Group and Team Behavior 3
PSY 350 Social Psychology 3
PSY 365 Abnormal Psychology 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Junior Year
BA 319 Managerial and Organizational Behavior 3
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
PSY 311 Sensation, Perception, and Cognition 3
PSY 322 Research Design 4
PSY 410 Personnel Selection and Assessment 3
Open Elective 12
PSY 411 Multivariate Data Analysis 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Senior Year
BA 353 Management of Production and Operations 3
HF 306 Human Factors III: Performance Processes 4
Humanities or Social Science Elective Upper-Level 3
Open Elective 9
PSY 345 Training and Development 3
PSY 401 Psychology of Leadership 3
PSY 472 Industrial/Organizational Psychology Capstone 3
PSY 494 Tests and Measurements Theory 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 121.0

Notes: Open elective credits required will be calculated, based upon selection of the minor, to complete the minimum of 121 credits requirement for the degree. A student must also complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-level courses. Open elective courses can count toward this total.

* UNIV 101 meets open elective or credit in excess of degree requirements.