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Undergraduate Program

Concentration: Engineering Psychology

Advising Faculty:

- Dr. Holly A. Taylor
- Dr. Nathan Ward
- Dr. James Intriligator
(Mechanical Engineering)

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 College of Liberal Arts will receive the Bachelor of Science degree from their respective colleges after meeting the general requirements set by each college.

Requirements for students whose first semester on campus was before Spring 2018 consist of 15 courses of at least 3 semester-hour credits distributed as follows (note that these students may also opt into the new requirements provided in the section below by emailing Professor Sommers, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, to express such intent):

  • 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 - Man-Machine System Design
  • Psych 1 - Intro to Psychology OR Psych 9 - Intro to Cognitive and Brain Science
  • Psychology 17- Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology 31- Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • 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 - Data Structures
  • Psychology Elective

Requirements for students whose first semester on campus was Fall 2018 or later consist of 15 courses of at least 3 semester-hour credits distributed as follows (note that no course can be used to fulfill multiple requirements):

  • One of: ES 2, COMP 11, COMP 15, ME 1, or an approved COMP elective
  • PSY 1 - Intro to Psychology
  • One of: ES18 or ME1
  • One of: COMP 11 or PHY 11
  • One of: COMP 11, COMP 15, MATH 32, MATH 61
  • PSY 31 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • 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

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.