Engineering Psychology Major

Engineering Psychology Major

Engineering Psychology

Major

Engineering psychology is an empirically based discipline that requires cadets to critically and systematically apply their knowledge of human behavior to the design of complicated systems.

Offered by the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.

Engineering psychology bridges the disciplines of experimental psychology and engineering by providing cadets with a strong foundational knowledge of the psychology of human performance and how these principles of behavior can be used to engineer and evaluate more effective systems. 

This major has an honors option.

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To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.

The initial courses in the major focus on developing (1) an understanding of the basic theories and processes of human behavior as applied to human centered design, and (2) competence in applying experimental methods, principles of design and statistical analyses to design, build and evaluate systems optimize soldier performance.

Course work that builds knowledge of human behavior includes Biopsychology (PL390), Sensation and Perception (PL391), Cognitive Psychology (PL392), and Anthropometrics and Biomechanics (PL394). 

Courses that teach research and statistics are Experimental Psychology (PL386) and Applied Statistics (MA376). 

During their final year in the program, cadets complete courses in Human Computer Interaction (PL475), Human Factors Engineering (PL485), a Colloquium that applies their knowledge to contemporary issues in Engineering Psychology (PL488E), and Engineering Psychology (PL490), an integrative capstone course that integrates the knowledge and skills acquired in other coursework toward achieving the overarching program objectives.

Cadets choose among complementary support courses that provide broadening experiences in interdisciplinary electives that support their interests in Engineering Psychology (see heuristic). These course provide depth and breadth in Language (fully support/encourage semesters abroad with distance learning as necessary), Quantitative Modeling, Physiologic Status, Workspace and Equipment, Physical Stature & Cognitive Process, Health Hazard Assessment, and Team Dynamics.

Required Courses

  • MA376 APPLIED STATISTICS
  • PL386 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • PL390 BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY 
  • PL391 SENSATION/PERCEPTN/PSYCPHYS 
  • PL392 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
  • PL394 ANTHROPOMETRICS & BIOMECHANICS 
  • PL475 HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
  • PL488E COLLOQUIUM-BSL-ENGIN PSYCH

Sample Electives

  • CH383 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
  • CY460 CYBER POLICY, STRATEGY, & OPNS
  • DS345 MILITARY INNOVATION
  • EM481 SYSTEMS SIMULATION 
  • EN352 POWER AND DIFFERENCE
  • EV397 AIR POLLUTION ENGINEERING
  • LW482 NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
  • MA476 MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS
  • ME202 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
  • NE474 RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY
  • PL360 PSYCH ELITE PERFORMANCE
  • PY326 CYBER ETHICS
  • SE485 COMBAT MODELING
  • SM484 SYSTEM DYNAMICS SIMULATION
  • SS464 HOMELAND SECURITY

To learn more, view the full Engineering Psychology curriculum.

Engineering psychology majors are afforded the opportunity to attend various academic conferences around the country to present their research. 

National Honor Societies:
Omicron Delta Kappa - National Leadership Honor Society
Psi Chi - The International Honor Society in Psychology
Golden Key - International Honour Society
Phi Kappa Phi - Oldest and Largest Collegiate Honor Society

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership or the West Point Leadership Center.