Dec 04, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, B.S.

Judith Van Hein, program coordinator

Industrial/Organizational Psychology deals with a variety of human resources 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 resources departments in businesses and government agencies and (b) provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or related fields.

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. One minor is required. See advisor for an approved list of 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 or MATH 1710 or 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.)

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.

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

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 46 hours*
Supporting Course 3-4 hours*
Minor 15-18 hours
Electives 11-21 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase. 

General Education (41 hours)

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

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (46 hours)

A grade of C- or above is required in all major core coursework.

Supporting Course (3-4 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Recommended minors include Business Administration, Business Law, Leadership Studies, Management, or Information Systems. See advisor for a complete list of approved minors.

Electives (11-21 hours)

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