Online Bachelor of Science in Human Systems Engineering
Learn to creatively solve technology problems across a variety of industries and disciplines in this first-of-its-kind human systems engineering degree that links engineering with psychology.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is human systems engineering?
Human systems engineers consider human factors, such as human capabilities and limitations, to design technology that works well for the people who use it. An individual driving a car is a familiar example of a human-machine system. The driver receives information from outside the vehicle (traffic, sights and sounds) and from within the vehicle (the car’s gauges). The driver continuously evaluates this information to make a series of decisions as he continues to his destination. A human systems engineer may have helped design the car’s interior displays and controls, so the driver can safely and comfortably navigate the vehicle.
What is the difference between human systems engineering and UX?
User experience designers study how it feels for individuals to use an application. Human systems engineers study how humans behave when interacting with an application or system, such as how people react to something they see on a screen or how they remember information.
Why earn a human systems engineering degree?
The field of human factors has four main goals: to enhance safety, reduce error, improve comfort and increase productivity. A variety of professions need experts in human factors and human systems integration to work on problems that involve an understanding of human psychology and human performance.
In the human systems engineering program, you’ll explore the science of human performance and apply this understanding to design technology solutions across a variety of domains. These domains include product usability, learning design, sports performance, and workplace and hospital safety.
Human systems and integration courses
You’ll explore a variety of domain-area applications, including human factors in medical systems (for example: how to design Rx labels), human factors in automation (for example: the automation of automobiles), human factors in sports (for example: the testing and training of athletes) and much more.
HSE 223: Applied Biology of Human Behavior (SB)
HSE 224: Applied Social Science (SB)
HSE 225: Human Systems Integration
HSE 230: Statistics for Human Systems Research I (CS)
HSE 290: Experimental Methods for Human Systems Research (L)
HSE 324: Applied Cognitive Science (SB)
HSE 325: Human-Computer Interaction
HSE 390: Qualitative Research Methods (L)
What can I do with a human systems engineering degree?
You’ll be well-prepared to pursue careers researching, designing and improving technologies for the people who use them. You’ll also be prepared to pursue graduate work in psychology and engineering. Possible career paths include:
Human systems engineering degree requirements
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.
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