Minor in Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering

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


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

ISE Notes

IE 306 Statistics for Engineers (or similar course covering statistical inference) to IE 306* or similar approved course covering statistical inference (strongly recommended taken in junior year)

IE 323* Introduction to Ergonomics (strongly recommended for spring junior year)

IE 435* Human Centered Design for Interactive Systems [note the name change] (strongly recommended for fall senior year)

IE 436* Work Physiology (strongly recommended for fall senior year)

* Note: IE 300 and 400 level courses are only taught once per academic year.  It is up to the student to ensure that the required courses are completed over the course of their academic timeline. With the exception of IE 306, the required courses cannot be substituted with other courses.  The ISE Department is not responsible for course conflicts with courses offered by other departments that prevent the completion of the minor.