Current Students

Degree Requirements

To graduate, students in the HCDE bachelor's program must complete 180 credits of the following:

Students are encouraged to use UW's MyPlan to plan their schedule. Current and prospective HCDE students may also run a DARS report through myUW to track their progress. Students interested in substituting a course required by HCDE curriculum with another must fill out the form linked below.

General Education Requirements

HCDE undergraduate students complete 88 credits of  general education requirements, which includes 8 credits of written and oral communication; 30 credits in Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts and Individuals & Societies; and 50 credits of natural world courses.

Written and Oral Communication (8 credits)

3 credits HCDE 231: Intro to Technical Writing

5 credits of English Composition

VLPA and I&S (30 credits)

Of the 30 credits, minimum 10 credits in Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA)

Of the 30 credits, minimum 10 credits in Individuals & Societies (I&S)

Courses that count toward these requirements are identified as VLPA or I&S in the quarterly Time Schedule and in the UW Catalog.

Natural World (50 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits in each of the two following areas, with the remaining 20 credits completed from either list:

Math/Statistics

EDPSY 490
MATH 120
MATH 124
MATH 125

MATH 126
Any 300+ MATH course
QMETH 201
Q SCI 291
Q SCI 292
Q SCI 381
STAT 220
STAT 221
STAT 311
Any STAT 311+ course

Natural Science

ASTR 211
ASTR 301
ASTR 321
ASTR 322

ASTR 323
ASTR 423
ASTR 480

ASTR 481
ATM S 211

ATM S 301
ATM S 321
ATM S 358
ATM S 370

ATM S 451
ATM S 452
ATM S 458

ATM S 460
ATM S 480
BIO A 201
BIOL 118
BIOL 161-162
BIOL 180
BIOL 200

BIOL 220
Any 300+ BIOL course
Any 300+ B STR course
CHEM 120
CHEM 142 or 145
CHEM 150
CHEM 151
CHEM 152 or l55
CHEM 160

CHEM 161
CHEM 162 or 164
CHEM 220
CHEM 221
 
CHEM 223
CHEM 224
CHEM 237
CHEM 238
CHEM 239
CHEM 241
CHEM 242
Any 300+ CHEM course

ENVIR 300
Any 300+ ENVIR course
ESS 210
ESS 212
ESS 213
ESS 313

Any 400+ ESS course
GENOME 371
GEOG 205
Any 300+ MICROM course
PHYS 114
PHYS 115
PHYS 116
PHYS 117
PHYS 118
PHYS 119

PHYS 121
PHYS 122
PHYS 123
Any 224+ PHYS course
PSYCH 202
 

Core & Elective Courses

HCDE undergraduate students complete between 83-87 credits of core courses, which includes 46 credits of HCDE core courses, 12 credits of engineering fundamentals, and between 25-29 credits of HCDE electives.

HCDE Core Courses (41 credits)

Students must complete all of the following HCDE courses:

HCDE 300
HCDE 301
HCDE 308
HCDE 310
HCDE 313
HCDE 318
HCDE 321
HCDE 322
HCDE 492
HCDE 493

Course descriptions are available here.
Course schedule is available here.

Engineering Fundamentals (12 credits)

Minimum 12 credits in engineering from the following list:

AA 210
AA 260
CEE 220
CSE 142
CSE 143
CSE 160
E E 215
HCDE 496 (up to 4 credits)
IND E 250
I S 300
M E 123
M E 230
MSE 170
PHIL 120

Experiential Learning (4 credits)

Students must complete 4 credits from the following list. Credits received from HCDE 499 and INFO 497 may also count towards this requirement, by approval from the adviser.

ENGR 321 - Internship
HCDE 496 - Directed Research

HCDE Elective

Standard option: Minimum 25 credits of the following HCDE courses.

HCDE 411
HCDE 412
HCDE 417
HCDE 418
HCDE 419
HCDE 439
HCDE 440
HCDE 451
HCDE 496 (up to 4 credits)
HCDE 498*
HCDE 499*
 

Course descriptions are available here.
Course schedule is available here.
*By approval from adviser only.

Human-Computer Interaction option: To complete the HCI elective option, see the HCI Degree Option page.

Data Science option: To complete the data science elective option, see the Data Science Degree Option page.

Free Electives

As needed to complete the 180-credit degree requirements.

Course Substitution Petition

Use this form to request that a course be applied toward a particular graduation requirement. Substitutions will not be made for Written and Oral Communication, VLPA and I&S, or in most cases, HCDE Core Courses.

You are required to submit a syllabus via the form.