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The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) offers four academic programs:

Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor Beth Kolko's directed research group, Hackademia, conducts their final presentations.These programs give students the opportunity to pursue areas of specialization, attend classes while working, and earn a degree in the day or evening. Because HCDE is within the College of Engineering, students earn an engineering degree and often start with a strong foundation in math and science.

HCDE students learn about designing user experiences and interfaces, creating information visualizations, conducting user research, designing for the web, and building web technologies. 

The department offers a wide range of courses, some required and some elective. Class sizes are small, so students work closely with faculty members and other students. HCDE expands its course offerings with carefully selected joint listings with other departments across campus, and offers students specialized learning through design projects and internships with industry partners. HCDE also offers a directed research program in which students work in small teams side-by-side with faculty to conduct hands-on research.

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Application Deadlines

HCDE BS Application
February 1, 2016
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User-Centered Design Certificate Application
August 10, 2016
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HCDE PhD Application
December 15, 2015
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HCDE MS Application
January 15, 2016
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