University of Washington

The Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering gives students strong communication and design skills, coupled with a solid foundation in math and science. Students learn to design, write, edit, and evaluate technical and scientific materials. Students also learn about technical discourse, human-computer interaction, hypermedia and multimedia, publications management, and online support systems. Graduates apply their knowledge to create and enhance communication in scientific and technical environments.

HCDE undergraduate students complete core requirements (43 credits) including coursework in communication design, usability and user-experience design, and project management. Students choose one of three degree options: Human-Computer Interaction, Technical Communication, Individualized Course of Study (27 credits).

The HCI concentration provides students with an opportunity to design, evaluate, implement interactive computing systems for human use, and to study major phenomena surrounding them.

The TC concentration provides students with practical applications and fundamental concepts in technical communication, including information design, software user-assistance, technical editing, and uses of software applications to solve communication problems.

The Individualized Course of Study gives students an opportunity to create an individualized curriculum designed around students' professional and academic interests. They work with their advisor to identify electives that complement the core and create a specialization in a field of their choice.


  • Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • 423 Sieg Hall MS 352315
  • Seattle
  • WA
  • USA
  • 98195