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Psychology at Aquinas College

Industrial/Organization Psychology Minor

Students interested in the study of workplace productivity, management and employee working styles may choose the minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In this program, students learn how to use psychological principles and research methods to solve problems and improve the quality of life in the workplace.

Minor Requirements: Twenty-one (21) semester hours

Required Courses:

  • PG100 (3)
  • PG321 (3)
  • PG355 (3)
  • PG372 (3)
  • MS151 (3) or equivalent
  • Two (3) elective courses

At least one elective must be from among the following: PG202, PG303, PG305, PG307, PG309, PG311, or PG352. Other recommended electives include PG360 and BS356.

NOTE: A Business student earning a BSBA may also earn an I/O Psychology Minor, but MS151 is the only course that can be used for both. All other requirements and electives for the Minor must be distinct from the requirements and electives used toward the BSBA. In addition, a student earning a BSBA with a Human Resources Concentration may not also earn an I/O Psychology Minor.

NOTE: ALL Psychology courses qualify for General Education credit for the Social Science: Group 1 AND Group 2 Distribution.

At least twelve (12) semester hours toward minor must be taken at Aquinas College. A grade of C or better is required for all courses credited toward the minor. Students who minor in Psychology are bound by the requirements published in the catalog at the time the declaration of a minor is approved.


  • PG100 Introductory Psychology (3) SS1/SS2

    Psychology as the science of human behavior and experiences; related areas of human functioning; focus on human research; theory and research methods, biological basis of behavior, human development, cognition, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality and abnormal behavior.

  • BS321/PG321 Industrial Psychology (3)

    An overview of the theoretical and pragmatic applications of the principles of industrial psychology. Topics include organizational settings, jobs and their requirements, personnel selection and evaluation, job and work situations, accidents, and human errors, and the psychological aspects of consumer behavior. Prerequisites: BS201 or PG100, MS151 or equivalent.

  • BS355/PG355 Organizational Behavior (3)

    Examines organizational behavior from both theoretical and historical perspectives, dealing with the diagnosis of individual issues and group issues, the development of an understanding of organizational issues, and concludes with the topic of changing organizations. Prerequisite: BS201 or PG100.

  • BS372/PG372 Training and Development (3)

    Review of techniques to determine training needs, to develop appropriate programs, to select methods of presenting these programs, and to evaluate program effectiveness. Includes application of instructional design and adult learning theory to design of learning experiences. Prerequisite: BS201.

  • MS151 Elementary Statistics (3) QR

    Designed primarily for students who have had no more than two years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Includes the fundamental concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: MS107. This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

  • PG202/SY202 Research Methods (4) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the research process: scientific method, basic nature of research, analysis of major research designs used in lab, field, and natural environment; how to write a research proposal, conduct an experiment, write a research report; lecture and lab. Prerequisite: PG100 or SY101 and SY/CN/PG 151 or equivalent. This course is not accepted for the Social Science General Education requirement.

  • PG303 Psychology of Personality (3) SS1/SS2, WI

    Analysis of various classic and contemporary theories of human personality. Prerequisite: PG100

  • PG305 Cognitive Psychology (3) SS1/SS2

    Theory and research investigating phenomena of learning and memory in humans and animals. Behavioral, neurophysiological, and information processing models are reviewed. Lecture and lab. Prerequisite: PG100.

  • PG307 Human Motivation & Emotion (3) SS1/SS2

    Scientific investigation of basic and learned human needs, drives, and motives. Physiological correlates of motivated behavior. Behavioral and cognitive theories of motivation and emotion. Prerequisite: PG100.

  • PG309 Abnormal Psychology I (3) SS1/SS2

    Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of emotional disorders. Emphasis on anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Prerequisite: PG100.

  • PG311 Abnormal Psychology II (3) SS1/SS2

    SS1/SS2 Further exploration of abnormal conditions – can be taken before or after PG309. Emphasis on disorders of childhood and adolescence, eating disorders, personality disorders, sexual deviation, substance abuse, organic brain disorders and therapeutic interventions. Prerequisite: PG100.

  • PG352 Psychological Assessment (3) SS1/SS2

    Theoretical and statistical foundations, including tests of intelligence, special abilities, achievement, personality, interests, attitudes and projective techniques (lecture and lab). Prerequisite: PG100 and MS151.

  • BS360/PG360 Consumer Behavior (3)

    Analysis of the complex process of buying behavior through systematic development of a behavior model utilizing concepts from psychology, sociology, and social psychology. Prerequisites: BS202 or PG100. Sophomore status.

  • BS356 Organizational Leadership (3)

    Focuses on the process of influencing individuals and groups toward organizational goals, including such topics as the evolution of leadership theory, leadership effectiveness, and situational leadership. Prerequisites: BS201 or PG100, or approval of instructor.