Nearly three of every four aviation accidents are the result of human error. Therefore, providing insight into human behavior is an integral part of making improvements to aviation safety. Embry-Riddle’s Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology & Safety leverages psychological principles and applies them to individuals and organizations in a variety of fields, including human resources, aviation safety, occupational safety, and organizational training. The number of positions for professionals in the field of industrial psychology is growing with demand increasing in both the corporate and federal sectors.
Students benefit from the hands-on learning environment at ERAU, where there’s a strategic emphasis on applying psychological principles to the work environment.
Through a unique combination of theory and practice, students learn techniques designed to improve the performance of organizations, and the satisfaction and safety of employees.
Dedicated professors share their professional industry experience and mentor students in labs for a firsthand look at how to apply industrial psychology in real-world scenarios.
ERAU students can opt to join a host of professional associations such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, International Society of Air Safety Investigators, and Association for Aviation Psychology.
The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology and Safety degree program blends good business practices with the studies of Ergonomics, Hygiene and Toxicology. With approximately 70 percent of aviation accidents resulting from human error, there is a growing need for professionals who understand human behavior and can create systems that make us safer. Students learn from industry experts, gaining hands-on training in a one-of-a-kind crash lab.
On our Prescott campus, students learn from faculty experts in the Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Lab — the most complete facility of its kind in the U.S., and the largest one at any university. In this crash lab, students get field investigation experience through select aircraft accident scenarios.
Among the many labs on campus, students also have access to the extensive Aviation Safety and Security Archives, a one-of-a-kind collection of primary sources from leading human factors and accident investigation researchers.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology & Safety provides the student with skills and knowledge for a career in workplace psychology/human resources, aviation safety, occupational safety, organizational training or related disciplines, and is normally completed in eight semesters. The program delivers an effective foundation in human behavior and cognition as it relates to safety and organizational effectiveness that prepares the student for a wide variety of organizational settings or for advanced study at the graduate level.
The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology & Safety is housed within the Department of Behavioral & Safety Sciences. The Department is located in the Robertson Aviation Safety Center where classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices are convenient for daily interaction with other students and faculty. The Department of Behavioral & Safety Sciences also provides a unique opportunity on the Prescott campus for students to interact with graduate students and collaborate on research and practice activities.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology & Safety is designed to provide the student the following expertise:
The successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology & Safety requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students will complete a general education core, a math and science core, and a Psychological Science/Safety core. Completion of a minor is strongly recommended but not required.
|BIO 104||Foundations of Biology I||4|
|COM 122||English Composition||3|
|HU 14X Humanities||3|
|MA 111||College Mathematics for Aviation I||3|
|MA 112||College Mathematics for Aviation II||3|
|PS 113||Introductory Physics I||3|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSY 222||Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology||3|
|SF 201||Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety||3|
|UNIV 101||College Success *||(1)|
|CS/IT Computer Science Elective||3|
|Upper Level HU/SS Elective||3|
|BA 201||Principles of Management||3|
|COM 221||Technical Report Writing||3|
or COM 222
or EC 211
|PS 114||Introductory Physics II (and Lab)||4|
|PSY 226||Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research||3|
|PSY 326||Group and Team Behavior||3|
|PSY 350||Social Psychology||3|
|BA 319||Managerial and Organizational Behavior||3|
|SF 325||Human Factors and Ergonomics I||3|
|SF 345||Safety Program Management||3|
|SF 420||Analysis of Observational Data||3|
|PSY 311||Sensation, Perception, and Cognition||3|
|PSY 322||Research Design||4|
|PSY 410||Personnel Selection and Assessment||3|
|HU/SS Upper Level||3|
|BA 420||Management of Production and Operations||3|
|SF 415||Human Reliability and Safety Analysis||3|
|PSY 345||Training and Development||3|
|PSY 401||Psychology of Leadership||3|
|PSY 494||Tests and Measurements Theory||3|
|SF 425||Human Factors and Ergonomics II||3|
|SF 475||Senior Project||3|
Notes: Open elective credits required will be calculated, based upon selection of the minor, to complete the minimum of 120 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 meets open elective or credit in excess of degree requirements.
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Embry-Riddle Prescott's Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Laboratory (RAAIL) is the most complete facility of its kind in the country — and the only scenario-based accident investigation facility available for use by students at any university.