Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Human Factors Engineering at Tufts accredited?

Human Factors Engineering is not an ABET accredited program but that does not mean you cannot get a job after graduation. There are plenty of options open for Human Factors careers and the degree not being accredited does not change those options.

What is the difference between Human Factors Engineering (HFE) and Engineering Psychology (ENP)?

While the programs are largely similar, HFE is offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and ENP offered by the Department of Psychology, as such there are different foundation requirements. ENP students have to complete Arts & Sciences foundation requirements including the college writing requirement and foreign language requirement. HFE students have to complete Engineering foundation classes including EN 1 and ES 3 or 5. They also have additional requirements in the form of ENP 171 and ES 93.

What classes are most relevant for working in industry (a.k.a. Good portfolio builders)?

Any class in HFE/ENP will help you in industry. The best classes to build your portfolio are ENP 161, ENP 162, ENP 166.

How many SHU’s do I need to graduate?

You need 120 SHU’s to graduate. You need at least 24 SHU’s of HASS courses, at least 30 SHU’s of Math and Natural Science, and at least 12 SHU’s of Domain Focus electives. The rest of this information can be found on the degree sheets.

What Psychology Electives should I take that make the most sense within the major?

This choice depends on what you are interested in. Some students take Social Psychology or Abnormal Psychology in order to fulfill this requirement, while others have found Cognitive Psychology and Perception to be useful.

What is the difference between the BA and BS degree?

There is not much of a difference. It is up to you to choose which one appears on your degree. We recommend asking your adviser before declaring your major.

What are the main industries that HFE’s go into?

Job titles that HFE graduates have are human factors engineer, ergonomist, safety scientist, usability (UX) practitioner, technical specialist, and user research scientist.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! Typically students will go abroad either the Fall or Spring of their junior year at Tufts. Often HFE students will go to the University of Sydney in Australia or DIS Copenhagen in Denmark. The flexibility of the HFE schedule allows for a range of options for study abroad. For more information and to hear about student experiences, visit our study abroad page.

What are good clubs to join to get involved with Human Factors and Engineering?

Good clubs to get more involved include the Tufts Human Factors and Ergonomics Pre-Professional Society, Product Studio, and JumboCode.