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Undergraduate Program

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:

  1. Log into SIS
  2. Select the option to Find … A Course in the Catalog
  3. Set Course Career to AS&E Undergrad
  4. Set Course Attribute to Engineering Requirements
  5. Set Attribute Value to one of the following options:
    • SoE-Engineering
    • SoE-HASS-Arts
    • SoE-HASS-Humanities
    • SoE-HASS-Social Sciences
    • SoE-Mathematics
    • SoE-Natural Sciences

Humanities/Arts and Social Science Electives
The advisor and the Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Education must approve any departure from these requirements in advance.

Science Elective and Mathematics/Natural Science Electives

Science Elective:
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.

Foundation 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.

  1. 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:
    • OTS101-Physiology
    • OTS102-Gross Anatomy
    • OTS104-Kinesiology
    • 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
  2. 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
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.

One-semester Project
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:

  1. An undergraduate with junior or senior standing can take one semester of Special Topics (ENP93, or 94) for credit as a Free Elective.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 student's file.
  4. 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.

  1. 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 after 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 file.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 committee member.
    • 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 free elective towards the BSEPSY degree. The following requirements must also be fulfilled:

  1. The student has junior or senior standing and has declared a major in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Psychology.
  2. 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 here.
  3. The faculty mentor must have technical control of any work that receives credit in the department.
  4. 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 credit.