The Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology at Embry-Riddle, one of the only bachelor’s programs in this field in the country, is designed for students who want to analyze the way something functions and its level of efficiency, and work toward improving it. The B.S. in Human Factors Psychology at ERAU integrates an understanding of how humans function intellectually, emotionally and physiologically with interdisciplinary knowledge and theory, to improve efficiency and functionality in products and systems with which we interface. Because the field of human factors field is vital to successful product and system design, there is great diversity among the industries in which human factors professionals establish their careers. Because Embry-Riddle is closely associated with the aviation/aerospace industry, many of our graduates launch their careers with its companies.
The technological aspect of nearly all the programs at Embry-Riddle puts students in an environment where they can develop and test the skills they learn. Many advances that have entered mainstream society have come from aviation and aerospace, where Human Factors holds a key role.
Students are educated in content and techniques of human factors research, including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, survey methods, computer techniques, and other research methodologies.
Within this program, students have the option to accelerate their studies and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as little as five years.
Among the many co-curricular activities in which students can become involved are the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Aerospace Medical Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Institute of Industrial Engineers, International Council on Systems Engineering, Society of Automotive Engineers, and Women in Aviation International.
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 and Behavioral Neurobiology in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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.
With a host of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus is well suited for human factors research endeavors. The department has a strong record of collaboration with EagleWorks, ERAU’s Aerospace Engineering Research Center, which helps take our research to other levels.
Among the facilities used by students in Human Factors Psychology is the Technically Advanced Aircraft Performance Lab (TAAP) focused on evaluating equipment, such as the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) navigation system and others that are designed to relieve much of the cognitive workload for pilots.
Embry-Riddle offers two combined programs that allow well-qualified students the chance to begin graduate work toward their Master of Science in Human Factors (MSHFP) or the Master of Business Administration (MBA) while finishing their B.S. in Human Factors Psychology.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Factors Psychology emphasizes human behavior, ergonomics, and human capabilities. The program seeks to develop a student with the capacity to design, conduct, and apply human factors research to the design of simple and complex systems. The goal of the program is to educate and graduate professionals who are equipped for employment as human factors specialists or to continue their education in graduate school.
Human Factors Psychology is an applied discipline that develops knowledge concerning the abilities and limitations of humans to sense, store, and process information, as well as to act. This knowledge is applied to the design, use, and maintenance of human/machine systems. Depending on its goals, the system is then optimized with respect to human performance. The environmental factors affecting system performance are recognized as important and are considered systematically. When relevant data are not available, they must be uncovered through research efforts. This requires considerable skill in experimental design and quantitative methodology. Students will receive training in the content and techniques of human factors, including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design and survey methods.
The Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology can be earned in eight semesters assuming appropriate background and fulltime enrollment. Successful completion of a minimum of 123 credit hours is required, with a CGPA of 2.0 or higher. For Human Factors Psychology majors, all HF and PSY courses must be passes with a grade of C or better.
Students are encouraged to choose a minor field of study. Minors that complement Human Factors are Air Traffic Control, Aviation Safety, Computer Science, Flight, and Mathematics. Most minors can be accommodated within the 18 hours of open electives required in the program.
Students will be encouraged to have an applied practicum experience. This requirement may be fulfilled in several ways, including co-ops, internships, or working on an on-campus research team. Practicums provide opportunities to gain practical experience in real-world settings. A practicum experience is highly regarded by employers and increases the student’s employment potential after graduation. Typically, students will engage in practical experience activities toward the end of the degree program so they can take maximum advantage of their undergraduate experience.
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 Skills||9|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Physical and Life Sciences (one course must include a laboratory)||6|
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.
|UNIV 101||College Success||1|
|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|
|Mass Communication Law and Ethics|
|Aviation and Aerospace Communication|
|Media Relations I|
|Communication and Organizational Culture|
|Advanced Professional Writing|
|Web Design Workshop|
|Advanced Technical Writing|
|Media Relations II|
|Values and Ethics|
|Technology and Modern Civilization|
|Traversing the Borders: Interdisciplinary Explorations|
|Communication and Society|
|The Nature of Language|
|Applied Cross-Cultural Communication|
|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|
|Introduction to Computer Based Systems|
|Advanced Computer Based Systems|
|Digital Circuit Design|
|Digital Circuit Design Laboratory|
|Computer and Network Technologies|
|Introduction to Computing for Engineers|
|Software Engineering Practices|
|Psychology and Human Factors|
|HF 300||Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals||3|
|HF 302||Human Factors II: Analytic Methods and Techniques||4|
|HF 306||Human Factors III: Performance Processes||4|
|HF 310||Human-Computer Interaction||3|
|HF 312||Ergonomics and Bioengineering||3|
|HF 400||Human Factors IV: System Design||4|
|PSY 310||Sensation and Perception||3|
|PSY 312||Research Analysis in Psychology||4|
|PSY 315||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|PSY 322||Research Design||4|
|PSY 335||Physiological Psychology||3|
|HF 490||Practicum in Human Factors Psychology||3|
Take three courses from each of the following two groups of courses (18 credit hours total).
|Group I: Applied Systems in Human Factors||9|
|Automation and Systems Issues in Aviation|
|Human Factors and System Safety|
|Human Performance in Extreme Environments|
|Human Factors in Space|
|Human Factors in Entertainment Systems|
|Human Factors Engineering: Crew Station Design|
|Simulating Humans in Complex Systems|
|Human Factors in Simulation Systems|
|Applied Ergonomic Design, Analysis, and Evaluation|
|Group II: Psychological Foundations of Human Factors||9|
|Training and Development|
|Personality: A Systems Approach|
Other courses with approval of advisor.
|Total Specified Elective Credits||18|
|Open Elective Credits||18|
|Total Elective Credits||36|
|Total Degree Credits||123|
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Drawing on her extensive academic and industry experience, professor Dr. Barbara Chaparro connects the Research in User eXperience (RUX) Lab to industry clients allowing it to function like a small consulting firm. Her students at Embry-Riddle are conducting research and gaining practical experience that will help them in their future careers.