BS: Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering (Engineering Psychology)
Approved Engineering Electives
The School of Engineering maintains lists of approved
electives in the Humanities/Arts, Social Science, Mathematics, and
Natural Sciences. These lists are updated periodically as the Tufts
course catalog evolves. Current versions of the allowed
elective lists are maintained on the student information
system SIS. To find these lists:
- Log into SIS
- Select the option to Find … A Course in the Catalog
- Set Course Career to AS&E Undergrad
- Set Course Attribute to Engineering Requirements
- Set Attribute Value to one of the following options:
- SoE-HASS-Social Sciences
- SoE-Natural Sciences
Humanities/Arts and Social Science Electives
The advisor and the Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate
must approve any departure from these requirements in advance.
Science Elective and Mathematics/Natural Science Electives
Given the increasing importance of biomedical
applications in mechanical engineering practice and research, students are
encouraged to include a biological science component to their elective
program. In particular, the department recommends strongly that students
consider taking ES11/BIO1–Fundamentals of Biological Systems as their
Natural Science Elective. Alternatively, students interested in one of the health
science professions (MD, DMD, DVM) should consider taking a more traditional
Biology course (e.g. BIO13) as a Science Elective.
The Foundation Elective is included to help students customize their
programs to include technical courses that prepare them for advanced
coursework or specific career areas.
- A non-introductory science course which has a prerequisite from
the department in which the course is offered. Students use this option
as an additional opportunity to take courses in a scientific discipline
of interest to them. One possible motivation is the satisfaction of
pre-medical science requirements. Possible courses include:
- OTS102-Gross Anatomy
- OTS105-Assistive Technology
- CEE54-Fundamentals of Epidemiology
- CEE70-Introduction to Hazardous Materials Management
- CEE137-Public Health
- CEE154-Principles of Epidemiology
- CEE158-Occupational and Environmental Health
- CEE164-Epidemiologic Methods
- Specific engineering courses which are consistent with a
student's pursuit of a minor or ancillary focus. Currently approved
courses in this option include:
- EE/ES50-Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, which is required
course for the second major or minor in Biomedical Engineering,
- EE121-Engineering Challenges in Physiology I
- EE122-Engineering Challenges in Physiology II
- EE150-Biomedical Engineering I
- ES20-Consumer Product Evaluation
- ES25-Environment and Technology
- ES73-Musical Instrument Design and Manufacture
Free Electives are an integral and complementary part of the curriculum and
students are urged to consult with their academic advisors in choosing these
electives. For example, students may wish to take additional humanities and
social science courses preparing them for professional activities and graduate
studies in areas such as computer science, law, economics, organization and
social aspects of engineering, management, and technology and policy.
Research and Independent Projects
Undergraduate research and projects offer unique educational opportunities
and all undergraduates are encouraged to participate. All BSHF students are
required to have at least one full-semester project experience through the
ENP120-Project Study in Human Systems.
Students who wish to engage in additional undergraduate research or
independent projects enroll in ENP93/94-Special Topics in the fall or spring
semester. With the supervision of a faculty member and often in collaboration
with others, students focus on a topic of scientific or practical interest.
Undergraduate projects often require students to perform laboratory
experimentation and/or numerical simulations, giving them an opportunity to gain
practical experience and be exposed to graduate level engineering education. The
Department will not grant course credit for (ENP93, or 94) unless the following
requirements are fulfilled:
- An undergraduate with junior or senior standing can take one semester of
Special Topics (ENP93, or 94) for credit as a Free Elective.
- Students are required to have a faculty advisor agree to sponsor the
Special Topics work. The student and advisor must meet at least every two
weeks, but are encouraged to meet weekly.
- A student is required to write a proposal for work to be conducted for
the Special Topics course (see ME office for appropriate form), and the
proposal must be signed by the advisor and Department Chair during or prior
to the first week of class. A copy of the form will be placed in the
- All Special Topics work will be presented to a faculty panel at the end
of the semester to ensure consistent grading quality.
Second Semester, Undergraduate Thesis
ME 96 - Thesis
Students who want to pursue an independent project for more than a single
semester are expected to do so by writing an undergraduate thesis (ME96) in the
second semester of their independent project.
- Given the scope of work and time commitment necessary for thesis preparation, a
senior may take one semester of ME96-Thesis as a concentration elective
the successful completion of a semester-length research and/or design
effort. Prior research/design effort may be: ME94-Undergraduate Research,
ME43-Senior Design Project, or concentrated summer research work with a faculty
mentor in the ME Department.
- A student re required to have a thesis committee as well as a faculty advisor
for a Senior Thesis. The student and advisor must meet at least every two
weeks, but are encouraged to meet weekly.
- All students enrolled in ME96 must submit a one-page proposal within two weeks
of the start of the semester (same as the Last Day for AS&E students to ADD
courses). If not, the student will be dropped from the course (see ME
website for appropriate form). The proposal must be signed by the advisor
and Department Chair. A copy of the form will be placed in the student's
- Each student registered for ME96 will present his/her thesis during the reading
period. The presentation will last 30 minutes (20 minute presentation and
10 minute Q&A).
- The grade for the thesis will be awarded by the faculty advisor in consultation
with the thesis committee and other faculty members attending the presentation.
- The Department may award thesis honors (honors, high honors, highest honors) in
which case an Honors Thesis Form must also be completed, signed, and
returned to the program administrator in Dowling Hall. A copy of these
forms will be placed in the student's file.
- The guidelines for awarding of honors are as follows:
- No Honors - Default
- Honors - Excellent piece of work as judged by the thesis
committee, which consists of the advisor and one additional
- High Honors - Based on advisor's input, the work is worth
of publication (e.g. the advisor and student intend to submit
the work for publication at a later date).
- Highest Honors - The work has been accepted or submitted
for publication in a refereed conference proceedings or journal.
Effective 07/01/2012: An Engineering Psychology Internship (ENP99)
can be taken for course credit, and the student may also receive payment from
the internship employer. However, ENP99 may only count as a
towards the BSEPSY degree. The following requirements must also be fulfilled:
- The student has junior or senior standing and has declared a major in
Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Psychology.
- The student must submit a written internship proposal, which must be
approved by the academic advisor, the faculty mentor, and Department Chair
prior to the semester in which the internship will be performed. Form is available
- The faculty mentor must have technical control of any work that receives
credit in the department.
- A written report must be submitted, to be evaluated by the
faculty mentor and the outside institutional supervisor. Work of a
proprietary nature cannot be used as a basis for the granting of course