Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The I/O Psychology major serves as an excellent generalist foundation for beginning a career in the business world. The dual emphasis on business and psychology means that modern organizations can hire graduates who understand both human nature and the dynamics of organizational life.

Graduates can expect to work in jobs that involve performing tasks related to human resource assessment, selection and placement, performance appraisal, job analysis and re-design, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and other activities related to human resources. These skills position graduates for leadership opportunities throughout their careers. Thus, the I/O major prepares student to become lifelong learners and proactive career managers, to maneuver effectively in their chosen career trajectories.

Students will be prepared in the event they choose to earn an advanced degree, such as the Master's of Business Administration or Master's of ARts in I/O Psychology (both of which are available at UDM). Other students may choose to use this degree as a preparation for graduate work in fields such as law and health care as well as psychology.

Department of Psychology Requirements (27 credits)

Psychology Core: (9 cr.)

  • PYC 1000 Introductory Psychology (3 cr.)
  • STA 2250 Statistics (3 cr.)
  • PYC 2600 Social Psychology (3 cr.)

Research Methods and Basic Processes (9 cr.)

  • PYC 2010 Research Methods I
  • PYC 2020 Research Methods II

Plus, choose one:

  • PYC 4070 Psychobiology  3 cr., or
  • PYC 4080 Psychobiology Lab  3 cr., or
  • PYC 4090 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes 3 cr., or
  • PYC 4100 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes 3 cr., or
  • PYC 4140 Learning & Memory 3 cr., or
  • PYC 4150 Learning & Memory Lab 3 cr.

Industrial/Organizational Processes: Choose 2 (6 cr.)

  • PYC 3700 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)+
  • PYC 2620 Exploring Leadership: Yourself, Your Profession, and Your Community  (3 cr.)

 Psychology Electives: Choose 2 (6 cr.)

  • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology
  • PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging
  • PYC 2650 Psychology of Environment
  • PYC 2900 Current Topics in Psychology
  • PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality
  • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology
  • PYC 3430 Health Psychology
  • PYC 4200 Psychological Testing and Measurement

Business Administration Requirements (12 cr.)

  • BUS 1000 Introduction to Business (3 cr.)

Plus, choose three:

  • BUS 2310 Business Law (3 cr.)
  • BUS 3110 Organizational Management (3 cr.)
  • BUS 3180 Organizational Leadership (3 cr.)
  • BUS 3510 Human Resources Management (3 cr.)

Recommended Elective Choices

  • CST 304 Small Group Communication (3 cr.)
  • BUS 3190 Business and Society (3 cr.)
  • BUS 3550 Individual and Group Behavior Motivation
  • ECN 1000 Introduction to Economics (3 cr.)
  • ECN 2950 Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECN 2960 Macroeconomis (3 cr.)
  • HIS 3600 History of American Technology (3 cr.)(Meets Core requirement)
  • ETH 2590 Business Ethics (3 cr.) (Meets Core requirement)