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Undergraduate Program

BS: Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering (Engineering Psychology)

This program of study leads to a degree in Human Factors Engineering (or Engineering Psychology). This degree is intended for students who wish to be recognized as human factors professionals.  Students typically enter this program after successful completion of the first year program common to all engineering students, though many declare HF as a major during their first year of studies at Tufts University. This program is not accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, since neither ABET or any other accreditation body certifies undergraduate programs in Human Factors or Engineering Psychology.

Program Educational Objectives
Human Factors/Engineering Psychology is an interdisciplinary field of study that is concerned with the interaction between humans and their environment, be it with technology or social structure, at work or at play.  The goal of the human factors engineer and engineering psychologist is to understand the capabilities and limitations of human performance and to design safe and productive work, matching the functionality of the technology to the task requirements and human capabilities.  A graduate of the program is expected to be able to:

  1. Integrate fundamental engineering, psychology, statistics, and general science principles to solve problems in simple and complex socio-technical environments.
  2. Develop successful professional careers in a variety of domains in industry or research settings.
  3. Communicate both technical and non-technical principles to a wide range of audiences.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in multi-disciplinary teams.


  1. Free Electives and HASS Electives (except ENG 1) may be taken pass/fail.

  2. No other courses listed on the BS in Engineering Psychology degree sheet may be taken pass/fail.

  3. No more than one pass/fail per semester.

Study Abroad
Many Tufts students choose to study abroad during their junior year. Since our Human Factors program is unique, many of our requirements cannot be fulfilled at an institution other than Tufts. Therefore, students interested in this option should begin to make plans well in advance of their junior year.

In most foreign countries, Human Factors and Engineering Psychology is known as Ergonomics. There are subtle differences between the areas of Human Factors being studied in the US and those being studied abroad. These differences may interest student who opt to study abroad, for they will have the opportunity to learn Human Factors from another perspective. Also, most foreign institutions offer complete programs of study rather than a collection of separate courses.

Since none of the Tufts programs abroad offer Ergonomics, students wishing to study Ergonomics at a foreign institution are advised to take a leave of absence and apply directly to the foreign school they wish to attend. In order to find out which schools offer programs in ergonomics, one should contact the embassy for that country. Some of the countries that have programs in ergonomics are Germany, England, Switzerland, Israel, and Australia.

Once a student has chosen a foreign university to apply to, he or she should obtain a description of this school's Ergonomics program. All credit to be transferred must be given the approval before the student leaves Tufts. The course guide from the foreign institution is the only way the program can assess the appropriateness of the student's proposed plan of study. The foreign courses that a student wants to count in substitution for the requirements of the BSHF degree must be approved by the Director of the Program and the Department Chair.

Studying abroad is an excellent experience that can be replaced by no other. Although there are difficulties involved with planning a semester abroad, this should not discourage a student form choosing this option.