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Human Factors Engineering & Engineering Psychology

Degree Overview:

This program of study leads to a degree in Human Factors Engineering (SOE) or Engineering Psychology (A&S.) This degree is intended for students who wish to be recognized as human factors professionals. In the SOE, 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 ABET accredited, 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.

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