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.
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 annual application deadline is April 5 for an autumn quarter start. More »
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.
If you are a prospective student and want to learn more about HCDE, you can schedule an appointment with an HCDE peer advisor. Peer advisors are advisors for prospective students and can answer questions about admissions, class registrations, course petitions, and more. Unlike a full-time advisor, peer advisors can review and offer feedback on personal statements. Peer advisors are also students in the major, so they can answer questions about what it’s like to take HCDE classes and pursue a career with an HCDE degree.
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).
For questions about the program, application, and general inquiries, schedule an appointment with the undergraduate advisor or undergraduate peer advisor.