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The Industrial/Organizational (IO) Psychology concentration is a topic focus in the Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology that involves the application of psychology to the workplace. Pulling from several different areas of psychology, including Cognitive, Social, and Behavioral, IO Psychologists contribute to an organization’s success by improving the performance and well-being of its people. This concentration focuses on introducing students to the breadth of IO Psychology as well as developing critical reasoning skills that will be necessary to be successful in this field.
View Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Concentration program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the University Catalog.
Students must apply for admission to Wright State University. For admission into the Department of Psychology, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Successful completion of PSY 1010 or equivalent college-level Introductory Psychology course with a grade of 'C' or better.
- Earn at least a 2.25 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), including transfer courses.
- Successful completion of at least 15 semester credit hours of college-level coursework. This includes transfer credit hours and credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
For more information about the undergraduate program in psychology, contact the Psychology Department in 335 Fawcett Hall at (937) 775-2391.
- Completion of at least 60 semester credit hours of coursework
- Completion of PSY 3040 (Industrial Organizational Psychology) with a minimum grade of C
- An overall GPA of at least 3.2
- Declaration of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology as your degree type and major
- Completion of an application form
Students will be notified upon admittance.
Note that although formal admission into the concentration will not be granted unless you have completed at least 60 hours of coursework, we encourage you to explore your interest with our faculty early. Please also note that although the concentration is only open to psychology majors, any student may take the listed courses provided they have the necessary prerequisites.
For more information, the application, and course checklist download the IO Concentration Packet (DOCX) or visit the CoSM Student Service Office in 106 Oelman. Applications will be reviewed around the eighth week of each academic semester.
What does the Industrial Organizational Psychology Concentration prepare me for?
A solid background in Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychology and the disciplines it draws from will prepare you well for more advanced studies in IO Psychology, other areas of applied psychology, and business programs. Our course work, covering both managerial and human resources topics, will also prepare you well for working in business settings. The required and recommended courses in the IO Psychology concentration will not only provide you with the content knowledge of this field but will help you develop the skills required for the approaches that characterize applied psychology.
An IO Psychologist researches and identifies how behaviors and attitudes in an organization change through hiring practices, training programs, and feedback systems. Applying psychology to help individuals have more satisfying work lives is a fulfilling vocation.
Do I have to go to graduate school?
Whether you go to graduate school depends on your career goals. In general, the higher the level of education, the higher the degree of responsibility one has in one’s job but also a higher degree of intellectual freedom. For example, a student with a B.S. and Industrial Organizational (IO) Concentration can expect to employ their skills within a very limited scope whereas a Ph.D. with IO Concentration can expect to supervise and guide the actions of others in their organizational interventions.
An advanced degree is required for teaching at the college level or to be competitive in obtaining IO Psychologist consulting positions; however, many research, government, and industrial jobs would still be open without one.
What kind of classes do I need to take?
The Required and Recommended Courses list provides a complete list of concentration requirements. The list can be obtained from the Psychology Undergraduate Program (PUP) Office in 342 Fawcett. All of the required and recommended courses for the Industrial Organizational Concentration will count towards satisfying your General Electives or Psychology B.S. major requirements.
What other preparation will I need?
We highly recommend that you receive research experience while you are an undergraduate. This may be obtained in a variety of ways, including working with a faculty member as a research assistant in his or her laboratory for pay or Independent Research credit. We encourage you to speak with the faculty members whose research areas interest you. In addition to getting to know your professors through your classes, you are invited to browse the description of their research areas on the Department of Psychology’s webpage.
We also encourage you to participate in the many professional activities available in the department and at the university. Examples of these activities include joining the Psychology Club or Psi Chi, signing up for Independent Reading (i.e., PSY4040), attending talks by invited speakers visiting the Department of Psychology, and presenting at a scientific conference, such as the annual Midwestern Psychological Association conference that is held in Chicago each year.
Who are the faculty members that teach Industrial Organizational Psychology concentration courses?
Full-time faculty includes Dr. Nathan Bowling, Dr. Gary Burns, Dr. David LaHuis, Dr. Corey Miller, and Dr. Debra Steele-Johnson. You can find out more about our faculty by visiting the Department of Psychology’s People webpage.
Where can I found out more about Industrial Organizational Psychology?
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is an association of the world’s top workplace behavioral scientists. With more than 6,000 members from all 50 states and 42 countries, SIOP is a diverse group with its primary focus on building better organizations by improving the performance of individuals, teams, and groups.