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Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration

As an alternative to the General Psychology curriculum, psychology majors may elect to pursue a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. The Industrial-Organizational Psychology concentration is designed to help prepare students planning to enter organizations where knowledge of industrial-organizational psychology is useful (e.g., human resources, organizational research, consumer psychology) or students who wish to attend graduate school in industrial/organizational psychology. Students will learn how to apply psychological principles in the workplace that enable them to recruit, hire, train, appraise, lead and motivate employees, as well as how to work within and facilitate groups and teams.

Requirements for Students Who Entered Eastern Under the Fall 2021 Catalog or Later

If you entered Eastern earlier than Fall 2021, your requirements may be different. Consult your degree evaluation and/or your psychology faculty advisor to verify your own requirements.

Students following the Industrial-Organizational Psychology concentration must complete a minimum of 47 hours of coursework in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100), fulfilling the requirements below:

Psychology Core: 17 credits

Required Courses: 6 credits

  • PSY 303 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 409 Current Research in Psychology

Developmental: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
    • PSY 210 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
    • PSY 212 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Learning and Cognition: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 205 Principles of Learning
    • PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology

Individual Differences: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 202 Social Psychology
    • PSY 320 Theories of Personality
    • PSY 410 Psychological Tests and Measurements

Biological Bases of Behavior: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 318 Sensation and Perception
    • PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
    • PSY 430 Human Neuropsychology

Specialized Courses: 6 credits

  • Choose two courses (minimum):
    • PSY 203 Groups and Teams
    • PSY 304 Job Satisfaction and Motivation
    • PSY 305 Leadership in Organizations
    • PSY 403 Seminar in Diversity at Work
    • PSY 404 Measuring Work Behavior

Advanced Courses: 6 credits

Two (minimum) of the following courses

  • Choose two courses (minimum):
    •  PSY 301 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 316 Applied Behavior Analysis
    • PSY 325 Health Psychology
    • PSY 421 Culture and Psychology
    • PSY 460 Seminar in Psychology
    • Only one of the following can count toward the two required courses for this section:
      • PSY 480 Independent Study
      • PSY 490 Teaching Assistantship
      • PSY 491 Research Assistant
      • PSY 496 Psychology Internship: Group Supervision
      • PSY 497 Psychology Internship: Individual Supervision
      • PSY 498 Research and Field Experience

Recommended Courses

  • BIO 202/203 Human Biology (Lecture/Lab) - satisfies LAC T1NS
  • MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis - satisfies LAC T2IT