Certificate Program in Human Factors Psychology

This certificate program is designed to provide background and experience in human factors psychology for undergraduate students preparing for graduate study or entrance into the workforce. The program is designed to provide undergraduate students with the appropriate background and training to conduct research in a human factors laboratory within the psychology department. The certificate program consists of six required courses, one of which is repeatable for additional credit. The special investigations course (PSY 608) will involve a research project in one of the human factors laboratories in the psychology department. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to function within a human factors, cognitive psychology, perceptual psychology, experimental psychology or business setting. The six required courses (17–19 credit hours) are:

PSY 301Psychological Statistics3
PSY 311Research Methods in Psychology4
PSY 322Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 405Human Factors Psychology3
PSY 409Psychology of Perception3
PSY 608Special Investigation1-3
Total Credit Hours17-19

Eligible students need not be psychology majors, but must have a WSU GPA, both overall and in their psychology courses, of at least 3.000. Eligible students must apply to the human factors psychology coordinator upon completion of, or current enrollment in:

PSY 301Psychological Statistics3
PSY 311Research Methods in Psychology4
PSY 322Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 405Human Factors Psychology3
PSY 409Psychology of Perception3

Acceptance into the certificate program will guide enrollment in PSY 608 with one of the human factors laboratories in the department.

Gainful Employment

This certificate has been reviewed and is not a gainful employment program per U.S. Department of Education rules and regulations.