BS: Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering
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:
- Integrate fundamental engineering, psychology, statistics, and general science principles
to solve problems in simple and complex socio-technical environments.
- Develop successful professional careers in a variety of domains in industry or research settings.
- Communicate both technical and non-technical principles to a wide range of audiences.
- Demonstrate leadership in multi-disciplinary teams.
- Free Electives and HASS Electives (except ENG 1) may be taken pass/fail.
- No other courses listed on the BS in Engineering Psychology degree sheet may be taken pass/fail.
- No more than one pass/fail per semester.
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.