BA/BS in Engineering Psychology

Engineering Psychology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the School of Engineering and the Department of Psychology. Engineering Psychology (and Human Factors Engineering, within the School of Engineering) applies knowledge of human behavior to the design of web sites, software, electronics and other equipment. Areas of application include the internet, computer systems, biomedical engineering, environmental design, and product design. Students in the School of Engineering or School of Arts and Sciences will receive the Bachelor of Science degree from their respective college. 

Program Requirements and Policies

  • The major requires 15 courses of at least 3 semester-hour credits.
  • Course requirements differ for students whose first semester on campus was prior to Spring 2018. However, these students may also choose to opt into the new requirements provided in the section below by emailing Professor Lisa Shin, Director of Undergraduate Studies, to express such intent. 
  • Students scoring 4 or 5 on the Psychology AP exam, 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (Higher Level) exam, or A or B on the GCE A-level exam earn credit for PSY 1. In other words, the student earns 3 semester-hour credits and does not need to take PSY 1 for the major. Students may substitute Child Study and Human Development 1 for PSY 1 for prerequisite purposes, but they must take an additional psychology course in order to reach the 11 courses required for the major.
  • No course can be used to fulfill multiple requirements. 

Course Requirements

Requirements for students whose first semester on campus was before Spring 2018: 

  • Engineering Science 2: Introduction to Computing in Engineering
  • Engineering Science 18: Computer Aided Design w/ Lab
  • Engineering Psychology 61: Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Engineering Psychology 120: Project Study In Human Systems
  • Engineering Design 161: Human Factors in Product Design
  • Engineering Design 162: Human-Machine System Design
  • Psychology 1: Intro to Psychology
  • Psychology 31: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (or one of: BIO 132, CEE 6/CH 136, CEE 156, CSHD 140)
  • Psychology 32: Experimental Psychology
  • Psychology 53: Engineering Psychology
  • Psychology 130: Advanced Engineering Psychology
  • Physics 11: General Physics I OR Computer Science 11: Intro to Computer Science
  • Mathematics 32 or 39 or 61 OR Computer Science 15 or higher
  • Two Psychology Electives (any PSY course not listed above)

Requirements for students whose first semester on campus was Fall 2018 or later: 

  • One of: ES 2, COMP 11, COMP 15, ME 1, ME 40, or a COMP elective higher than COMP 10
  • PSY 1: Intro to Psychology
  • One of: ES18, ME 1, or ME 40
  • One of: COMP 11 or PHY 11
  • One of: COMP 11, COMP 15, MATH 32, MATH 61, or a COMP elective higher than COMP 10
  • PSY 31: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (or one of: BIO 132, CEE 6/CH 136, CEE 156, CSHD 140)
  • PSY 32: Experimental Psychology
  • PSY 53: Engineering Psychology
  • PSY 130: Advanced Engineering Psychology
  • EM 52: Technical and Managerial Communication
  • ENP 64: Fundamentals of Human Factors Engineering
  • ENP 161: Human Factors in Product Design and Development
  • One of: ENP 166 or COMP 171
  • ENP 120: Project Study in Human Systems
  • PSY or ENP core elective (any PSY or ENP course not listed above)

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