Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2016-14
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Steven Semken, Chair
Date of First Reading: September 28, 2015
Date of Second Reading: October 26, 2015
Title of Motion: Request from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering – The Polytechnic School – for the establishment of an undergraduate degree – BS in Human Systems Engineering
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The BS in Human Systems Engineering provides students who design and build technology and systems for humans with the theoretical background in human performance and methodological skills (e.g., task analysis, prototyping, user experience design, human-in-the-loop experiments) to build systems that take into account human capabilities and limitations. The degree extends psychology (cognitive, physiological, perceptual, social, organizational) to engineering applications. The degree will produce students well-grounded in the science of human cognition and behavior and capable of understanding the implications of this science for engineering endeavors. The BS in Human Systems engineering is a unique blend of psychology and engineering offered by psychologists in an engineering college.