Human Factors Certificate

This 15-credit interdisciplinary certificate program is designed to prepare students with in-depth knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of people and the application of psychological concepts to the design and safety of products and services; including consumer goods, military products, interactive websites and games, and assistive technologies. This certificate requires that students take introductory psychology as well as the two human factors courses (9 credits). Students will also need to take 1 additional psychology course (3 credits), and one course (3 credits) outside of their major of study in order to foster the interdisciplinary nature of this certificate.

Requirements (15 credits)

Students must have a C or better in each certificate course, and at least one course must have been completed in or after spring 2013.

Completion of prerequisites for the required courses.
 

MUST TAKE THE FOLLOWING 3 COURSES:

  • PSYCH 100: Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYCH 244: Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors Engineering (3 credits)
  • PSYCH 444: Engineering Psychology (3 credits)
     

TAKE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • PSYCH 253: Introduction to Psychology of Perception (3 credits)
  • PSYCH 256: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
     

TAKE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES: 
(This course must be outside of the student’s major field of study.)

  • EDSGN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design (3 credits)
  • PSYCH 221: Introduction to Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOC 005: Social Problems (3 credits)
  • STS 200: Critical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society (3 credits)
  • STS 233/PHIL 233: Ethics and the Design of Technology (3 credits)

 

Visit the Registrar's website to download the certificate application.

For more information, please contact Dr. Heather Lum, Assistant Professor of Psychology, at hcl11@psu.edu or 814-898-6190.