Human Factors, Certificate

Program Code: HMFAC_UCT

Admission Requirements

Completion of prerequisites for the required courses

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Human Factors, a minimum of 15 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 244Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors Engineering Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 444Engineering Psychology3
Additional Courses
PSYCH 253Introduction to Psychology of Perception Keystone/General Education Course3
or PSYCH 256 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following: 13
Cornerstone Engineering Design
Introduction to Social Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Social Problems Keystone/General Education Course
Critical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society Keystone/General Education Course
STS/PHIL 233

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how psychological science can be applied to personal and societal problems.
  2. Identify how psychology theory and research in cognitive, sensation & perception, social, motivation & emotion, and experimental psychology can be used to understand the human-machine relationship.
  3. Appraise the interactions between technology and society.
  4. Apply human factors psychology theories and research to the design of products.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Heather Lum, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
102 Turnbull
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6190
hcl11@psu.edu

Career Paths

The certificate in Human Factors can be pursued by students in most Penn State Behrend degree programs. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

Psychologists and engineers with human factors expertise work in every organization where design, safety, and reliability are important issues. They improve the comfort, function, and convenience of consumer products. They design work tools and work spaces to optimize flow, productivity, and employee safety. They improve the user experience in everything from health care and transportation to interactive gaming and military supply.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A graduate program in human factors offers you the opportunity to specialize in a field such as cognitive engineering, human-machine design systems, motor learning, the psychology of human-technology interaction, applied cognition, and applied research.

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Professional Resources

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences