Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology and Safety

Bachelor of Science in
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Students work side-by-side with faculty and peers on research projects and industry collaborations that prepare them for careers in the psychology work environment.

No matter what industry or location around the world, there is a critical need to understand human behaviors within the workplace. Industrial-organizational psychology (also called work or business psychology and industrial engineering) helps companies succeed by improving the performance, health and safety of organizations and their employees.

At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Bachelor of Science in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology builds future leaders and scholars who work in every industry at every level, creating science for a smarter workplace.

With the wide range of industries (including aviation) that graduates in this field can choose to enter, it’s no wonder why U.S. News & World Report has ranked I-O psychology as one of the best science jobs in the nation today. The Department of Homeland Security has also designated I-O psychology as a STEM degree program.

What is I-O psychology? Real-world practices include:

  • Organizational change and development
  • Performance management and motivation
  • Employee and leadership selection, development and training
  • Workplace design
  • Team processes
  • Health, safety and well-being

I-O psychologists study a wide variety of topics, including motivation and training, group performance and effectiveness, occupational stress, employee selection and assessment, industry-specific concerns, organizational behavior and more.


About Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Prescott, AZ Campus

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology degree on the Prescott Campus prioritizes three key areas of instruction: faculty expertise, student opportunities and the intersection of science and practice.

Our psychology faculty are experts in their fields and work side-by-side with students on research projects and industry collaborations. They share recent research findings and industry concerns with their students, preparing them for careers in the current I-O psychology work environment.

I-O psychology students are fully involved in the program from day one. Throughout their studies, they can join Psych Club or Psi Chi (honor society), present at scientific conferences, pursue internships, work on consulting projects with companies or conduct experiments alongside our faculty.

Embry-Riddle’s I-O psychology program is a hands-on learning and networking degree that puts students in a position to succeed after graduating making an immediate impact on improving the performance and well-being of an organization and its members.

Embry-Riddle students can join a variety of professional groups, such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the International Society for Air Safety Investigators and the Association for Aviation Psychology, to name a few.

Both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. News and World Report have named I-O psychology as a top growth field for future professionals. The training provided in the I-O psychology program prepares students to pursue graduate study or immediately enter the workforce upon graduating.

In fact, Embry-Riddle has a 96% placement rate in either employment or continued education within one year of graduation.

I-O Psychology graduates have gone straight into the industry in positions such as:

  • Training and development specialists
  • Talent recruiters and developers
  • Human resources generalists
  • Health and safety engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Consultants
  • Research associates

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