Career Preparation: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychologists study human behavior in the workplace and advise organizations about employee performance, satisfaction, safety, health and well-being. Students interested in Industrial/Organizational Psychology will go on, after graduating from UC San Diego, to graduate study in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or a related field. Students interested in Business Management may also benefit from a focus related to Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

During their time as an Undergraduate, students interested in Industrial/Organizational Psychology may choose any of our degree tracks. However, we suggest a Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Social Psychology to best prepare you for your future career. You may also be interested in a double major or minor in Sociology, Communication, or Business. The following courses may be of interest to you:

  • PSYC 104: Social Psychology
  • PSYC 137: Social Cognition
  • PSYC 143: Control and Analysis of Human Behavior
  • PSYC 147: Gender
  • PSYC 148: Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
  • PSYC 152: Conceptions of Intelligence
  • PSYC 153: Psychology of Emotion
  • PSYC 157: Happiness
  • PSYC 158: Interpersonal Relationships
  • PSYC 161: Engineering Psychology
  • PSYC 176: Creativity
  • PSYC 178: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 188: Impulse Control Disorders

Students interested in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology should contact the Career Center for further career advising.