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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

GS

PSYCH 244

Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors Engineering

3 credits

GS

PSYCH 444

Engineering Psychology

3 credits

 

Take one of the following courses:

PSYCH 253

Introduction to Psychology of Perception

3 credits

GS

PSYCH 256

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

3 credits

GS

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

GS

SOC 005

Social Problems

3 credits

GS

STS 200

Critical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society

3 credits

GS

STS 233/PHIL 233

Ethics and the Design of Technology

3 credits

GH

 

Application for Certificate Completion Form

 

Coordinator:

Dr. Charisse Nixon, Associate Professor of Psychology

Phone: 814-898-6041
E-mail: cln5@psu.edu

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