Be An Integrator
Human factors is an applied field of study at the crossroads of psychology, engineering, and computing that examines human abilities, limitations, behaviors, and processes in order to inform human-centered design.
The Bachelor of Science in Human Factors at Michigan Tech—one of the first of its kind in the nation—develops confident, tech-focused problem solvers adept at optimizing the interaction between humans and various systems, products, systems, and environments. As a human factors professional, your primary goal will be to enhance the usability, safety, and efficiency of these systems by considering the capabilities and limitations of human users. You'll join a growing field with exciting career opportunities in business, government, and academia.
Make an Impact
Discover how to improve systems, technology, or tools to reduce human error and increase safety and productivity. In our research labs, students work on addressing these problems, often in interdisciplinary teams.
One hundred percent of human factors students participate in undergraduate research. Earn credit or get paid as a research assistant on projects involving driving simulators, video game consoles, artificial intelligence, and eye-tracking systems. Plus, gain real-world experience with Michigan Tech's Enterprise Program, working on real projects for real clients.
Concentrations to Customize Your Degree
All human factors students will select an interdisciplinary technical concentration. Focusing your effort in a concentration allows you to specialize and align with a future career interest, increasing your chances of securing a job or continuing onto graduate studies post-graduation.
Plus, concentrations make it easier to add a minor without increasing your time at Michigan Tech. (Note that completing a concentration does not, alone, complete a minor; students who choose to pursue an aligned minor may need to use some free electives or general education courses to do so.) All technical concentrations include foundational courses in programming to prepare students to work and communicate effectively in tech fields.
Systems Thinking and Design
This engineering-oriented concentration area focuses on developing students' ability to analyze complex problems, construct low-fidelity systems models, and use a dynamic systems model to make appropriate design decisions. This concentration is aligned with Michigan Tech's minor in systems engineering.
Human-Centered Interface Design
This computer science-oriented concentration equips students with the skills to create intuitive and user-friendly digital interfaces. This minor is aligned with Michigan Tech's minor in computer science.
Innovation and Human-Centered Design
This concentration prepares students to drive innovation and create user-centric solutions through a curriculum focused on marketing, consumer behavior, design thinking, and business applications. This concentration is aligned with Michigan Tech's Business and Enterprise minors.
Of course, human factors principles can be applied across a number of disciplines and applications. If the above concentrations don't fit your interest and you'd like to pursue a different concentration, speak to your advisor.
Tomorrow Needs Human Factors Professionals
A world moving at a faster pace and increasingly reliant on technology requires human factors professionals to make that technology work better with humans. You'll have opportunities to solve real-world problems, such as improving the user experience of websites and apps or everyday products like automobiles and mobile devices; making medical instruments and devices safer to use; creating ergonomic workstations to reduce user fatigue and injury. A degree in human factors opens doors in business, non-profits, academia, government, and more.
Career Opportunities for Human Factors Majors
Some of the jobs open to you with a BS in Human Factors:
- Engineering Psychologist
- Ergonomics Specialist
- Human Factors Engineer
- Human Factors Psychologist
- Human Factors Researcher
- Product manager
- Usability Researcher
- Usability Specialist
- User Experience (UX) Designer
- User Interface (UI) Designer
Michigan Tech Human Factors Majors Can Get Hired By
Thousands of companies hire human factors professionals, with many hiring dozens, if not hundreds each year. These are just some of the companies hiring human factors majors:
Ford Motor Company
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Veterans Health Administration