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2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, B.S.

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Department of Psychology  
Michelle Boyer-Pennington, program coordinator

Industrial/Organizational Psychology deals with a variety of human resource and organizational issues, such as employee selection, training, job analysis, and employee motivation. The major in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed to (a) prepare students for entry-level positions in human resource departments of business and industries and (b) provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or related fields.

The major consists of 22 hours of required psychology foundation courses (which must be completed with a grade of C- or above in each course), 18 hours of required I/O psychology courses (which must be completed with a grade of C- or above in each course), and 6 hours of elective I/O psychology courses selected from a list. A minor in a related field* is required. To meet the General Education Mathematics requirement, Industrial/Organizational Psychology majors must take MATH 1530 MATH 1710 ,  MATH 1730  or a math course higher than MATH 1730.

At least 9 semester hours of upper-division level courses and 6 semester hours at any level in the Psychology major must be completed at MTSU.

*NOTE: Recommended minors include Business Administration, Business Law, Management, or Organizational Communication. See advisor for a complete list of approved minors.

Admission to Candidacy

All students are required to be admitted to candidacy for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology major. To apply for candidacy, a student must have

  1. completed at least 30 hours of coursework (not to include learning support courses);
  2. completed the following General Education requirements: ENGL 1010; ENGL 1020; MATH 1530, MATH 1710, MATH 1730, or higher; and a science course with a minimum 2.00 GPA;
  3. completed the following psychology courses: PSY 1410 and PSY 2210 with a minimum 2.00 GPA. (A grade of C- or better is required in PSY 1410 and PSY 2210.)

Candidacy will be granted three times per year-after the end of the Fall and Spring semesters and after the end of the Summer term. Students will have required advising every semester until they have successfully completed admission to candidacy.

The application for admission to candidacy is an online application. Applications should be submitted by students the semester after they have completed the above requirements. All forms should be submitted to the department advisor.

NOTE: Students should follow the recommended sequence of courses for the freshman year on the academic map.

Psychology Foundation Courses

I/O Psychology Courses

Curriculum: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman First Semester

Subtotal: 15-16 Hours

Freshman Second Semester

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Year

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Junior Year

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior Year

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

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