Future Students

Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering

Students in the Human Centered Design & Engineering Bachelor of Science program learn engineering principles rooted in a broad range of disciplines to investigate the interaction of people with technology and technical development.

Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) students graduate with an engineering degree and a strong foundation in designing user experiences and interfaces, creating information visualizations, conducting user research, designing for the web, and building web technologies. 


HCDE is an inclusive, interdisciplinary academic community. HCDE students and faculty collaborate across disciplines, across campus, and externally, to magnify the breadth and impact of our discoveries. 


Admission to the bachelor's program in Human Centered Design & Engineering is competitive. Most students apply to the department in their second year at the University of Washington, however college transfer students and high school students are encouraged to apply as well. The application deadline is February 1 for spring quarter, and July 1 for autumn quarter.


Once admitted to the program, HCDE undergraduate students complete 46 credits of required core courses, 12 credits of engineering fundamentals, and 25–29 credits of elective courses. The elective coursework allows students the flexibility to create a specialization targeted to their professional and academic goals. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

HCDE students may apply for several scholarships, including the Sakson Diversity Undergraduate Scholarship and the College of Engineering annual scholarship. More »

Student Organizations & Associations

Students in the HCDE degree program participate in student activities such as the HCDE Student Association, the Minority Science and Engineering Program (MSEP), and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).