Engineering Psychology is an empirically based discipline that requires its graduates to critically and systematically apply their knowledge of human behavior to the design of complicated systems.
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 which 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.
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The figure is a heuristic of soldier performance variables that the Engineering Psychology program is built around. This major involves the application of basic and applied experimental psychology to the principles of engineering and design, with the goal of producing graduates who understand and can contribute to human-centered design as defined in AR 602-2 and DoDI 5000.02.
Engineering Psychology Curriculum and Major Tracks