Minor in Human Factors

People are increasingly required to control and interact with advanced new technologies in safety-critical domains such as health care, transportation and manufacturing. This minor provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the methods, processes and theories related to human factors and ergonomics engineering that can be applied to optimize human productivity, safety, security and comfort through design.

hand using medical computer interface.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and describe current theories, methods, and design principles related to human factors and ergonomics
  2. Identify, formulate, and solve problems in the areas of human factors and ergonomics
  3. Apply appropriate theories and methods to analyze and design human-technology systems which are safe and effective for people to use and operate
  4. Communicate effectively about human factors and ergonomics engineering problem solutions, and system designs


The curriculum includes six courses related to human factors and ergonomics, statistical methods, and application areas, across multiple departments. Note that five of the six courses are upper division, as courses specific to this area are typically taught at the 300 and 400 level. At least three courses applied to the minor cannot be used to fulfill requirements for the UB Curriculum, a major, or a minor in another subject. Some of the courses have their own specific pre-requisites and therefore might not be available to all students in the minor.

Lower Division Course (one required):

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
ARC 211 American Diversity and Design
BE 201 Principles of Biomedical Engineering
EAS 207 Statics
ES 200 Introduction to Exercise Science
CSE 115 (Introduction to Computer Science for Majors 1)
EAS 230 or 240 Engineering Computations/Introduction to Programming for Engineers

Required Courses:

IE 306 Statistics for Engineers or similar course covering statistical inference with approval of the minor advisor (e.g., STA 119, CIE 308)
IE 323 Introduction to Ergonomics
IE 436 Work Physiology
IE 435 Human-Computer Interaction

Elective Courses (choose one):

ARC 463 Design for the Lifespan
CSE 368 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CSE 456 Introduction to Visualization
ES 330 Lifespan Physiology
ES 370 Biomechanics 1
ES 380 Exercise Physiology
ES 472 Environmental Physiology
IE 441 Human Factors in Safety
PSY 341Cognitive Psychology
PSY 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science
PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception

(Other upper division courses related to human factors/ergonomics as they are offered, subject to approval of the minor advisor).

Admissions Information

Students can apply for the Minor in Human Factors online through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Contact Information

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
342 Bell Hall
(716) 645-2357