Welcome to the Department of Cognitive and Learning Science at Michigan Technological University. Our department unites two diverse disciplines of the cognitive and learning sciences:

Department Highlights

  • 15,000 square feet of labs, classrooms, and offices in the Harold Meese Center
  • Small class sizes, allowing for close interaction among faculty, staff, and students
  • Laboratory facilities where undergraduate students can work with faculty on important research projects in human behavior
  • Cutting-edge research facilities and equipment, including a usability suite, a video-based simulation center, a driving simulator, a law enforcement shooting simulator, eye-movement and motion-tracking systems, and instruments used in taking physiological measurements
  • Opportunities for internships with local social service agencies and nonprofits
  • Outstanding faculty and staff—exceptional mentors, teachers, and researchers attentive to students' needs and interests


We invite you to explore the programs we offer in undergraduate and graduate education:


Our department offers a BS in Psychology, a BS in Human Factors and a minor in psychology. Students who study psychology have the opportunity to hone a number of skills, including critical thinking, effective teamwork, interpersonal communication, and an understanding of human and group/organizational behavior. Graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology can find employment in human or social services, business, government, and many other areas. A degree in psychology also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in areas of specialty ranging from social work and counseling to behavioral science research.


Our graduate program offers master's and doctoral degrees in applied cognitive science and human factors. This multidisciplinary program brings together psychologists, engineers, computer scientists, and usability specialists who are working toward the fundamental goal of optimizing human-technological systems. Through progressive research in applied cognitive science and human factors, Michigan Tech's world-class faculty and graduate students are coalescing to create more efficient, user-friendly technologies and environments.

The program's areas of emphasis include cognitive engineering and decision making, individual differences in human performance, physical ergonomics, human-centered design, and educational technology.