Applied Psychology

Americans spend more than 54 percent of their waking hours at work. As a result, students who want to make a real impact on peoples' lives are beginning to use industrial and organizational psychology to focus on the psychology of work. Industrial and organizational psychology helps employers identify the right job candidates to hire, determine the best job fit for each worker, and design enjoyable and effective workplaces, taking into account work-life balance. Finally, one specialty, human factors, focuses on designing tools and products that are easy to use and that reduce human error.

In addition to strong education in human learning, memory, emotion, judgment, social psychology, which prepare students for employment or graduate school, students can choose to focus in two of the following five focus areas:

  • consumer psychology
  • human resources and organizational behavior
  • learning technology
  • preclinical and counseling
  • user experience


  • This concentration has been disestablished and is no longer available to new students. Students who are currently in progress will be allowed to complete this concentration.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 22 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum of three classes (two of which are in the upper division) must be taken in residence at ASU.
  • All ASU Psychology courses are now listed in the course catalog and course schedule under the PSY prefix. The PGS prefix has been discontinued.
  • A maximum of three credit hours from the following courses can be used toward the requirements:
    • PGS 399 Supervised Research (3)
    • PGS 499 OR PSY 499 Individualized Instruction (3)
    • PSY 492 Honors Directed Study (3)

Core 13 Hours

PSY/PGS 101 Introduction to Psychology, SB (3) (Required)

PSY 230 Introduction to Statistics, CS (3) (Required) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; MAT 119, 170, 242, 243, 251, 260, 261, 262, 270, 271, 272, 274, 290 or 291 with C or better)

 PSY 290 Research Methods, L or SG (4) (Required) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 102, 105 or 108 with C or better; PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; ECN 221, JUS 302, POS 401, PSY 230, 231, QBA 221, SOC 390 or STP 226 with C or better)

 PSY 437 Human Factors, L (3) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 290 with C or better)


PSY 438 Human-Computer Interaction (3) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better)


PSY 440 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better)

Electives 9 Hours (Upper Division)
Select in consultation with an advisor.

Any PGS 300 or 400 level course
Any PSY 300 or 400 level course

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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