Students fascinated with the challenges involved in optimizing the performance of both humans and their technology would fit into the Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology degree program. 

Bachelor of Science in
Human Factors Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology

Students fascinated with the challenges involved in optimizing the performance of both humans and their technology would fit into the Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology degree program. In this program, students learn how to integrate an understanding of human psychology with systems design to help create technologies that are more intuitive to use and make people more effective. Thus graduates enter the workplace as human factors specialists prepared to help make this increasingly technology-driven world more human-friendly.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology degree is housed in the Department of Human Factors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Typical First Year

A typical first year will include General Education courses, plus core requirements from Human Factors and Psychology and related foundation courses such as Mass Communication Law and Ethics, Aviation, and Aerospace Communication or Computer Science.

Degree Details

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Factors Psychology can be earned in eight semesters and requires 123 credit hours. Students are encouraged to specialize with a minor that complements Human Factors, such as Air Traffic Control, Aviation Safety, Computer Science, Flight, or Mathematics. Most minors can be accomplished with the 15 hours of required open electives.

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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
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science3
Mathematics6
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
COM 320
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
COM 322
Aviation and Aerospace Communication
COM 350
Environmental Communication
COM 360
Media Relations I
COM 364
Visual Design
COM 410
Advanced Professional Writing
COM 411
Web Design Workshop
COM 412
Advanced Technical Writing
COM 415
Nonverbal Communication
COM 460
Media Relations II
HU 330
Values and Ethics
HU 335
Technology and Modern Civilization
HU 338
Traversing the Borders: Interdisciplinary Explorations
HU 362
Communication and Organizational Culture
HU 363
Communication and Society
HU 375
The Nature of Language
HU 415
Nonverbal Communication
HU 420
Applied Cross-Cultural 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
BA 120
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
BA 221
Advanced Computer Based Systems
CEC 220
Digital Circuit Design
CEC 222
Digital Circuit Design Laboratory
EGR 115
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
EGR 120
Graphical Communications
SE 300
Software Engineering Practices
Psychology and Human Factors
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals3
HF 302Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques4
HF 305Human Factors III: Test and Evaluation4
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
Aviation
Select one of the following:3
AS 120
Principles of Aeronautical Science
SP 110
Introduction to Space Flight
WX 201
Survey of Meteorology
Private Pilot Certificate
Practicum
HF 490Practicum in Human Factors Psychology3
Total Credits54

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
HF 315
Automation and Systems Issues in Aviation
HF 321
Drugs in Society and Aerospace
HF 325
Human Factors and System Safety
HF 326
Human Performance in Extreme Environments
HF 330
Human Factors in Space
HF 352
Human Factors in Entertainment Systems
HF 410
Human Factors Engineering: Crew Station Design
HF 415
Human Factors in Simulation Systems
HF 412
Simulating Humans in Complex Systems
HF 422
Applied Ergonomic Design, Analysis, and Evaluation
HF 440
Aerospace Physiology
Group II: Psychological Foundations of Human Factors9
PSY 320
Aviation Psychology
PSY 340
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
PSY 345
Training and Development
PSY 350
Social Psychology
PSY 365
Abnormal Psychology
Other courses with approval of advisor.
Total Specified Elective Credits18
Open Elective Credits15
Total Elective Credits33

Total Degree Credits123
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