Human-Computer Interaction degree, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Transform the way we interact with technology

We rely on computers to make life easier, keep us informed and keep us connected to what we know and who we love. The study and practice of designing the interplay between man and machine transforms the human computer interaction experience. Computers are an omni-present and invaluable tool that empowers users and facilitates human-to-human communication.

University of Advancing Technology offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), which prepares students with real-world skills to tackle the evolution of IoT and UX infused hardware, software, mobile and more.

The Human Computer Interaction Degree incorporates real world applications including novel uses of computer technologies in education, intelligent interfaces, virtual and augmented reality environments, wearable mobile and ubiquitous computing and new I/O devices. Students in the HCI Degree program will develop use cases with software and devices, create virtual environments, develop digital assets, and synthesize the human elements of technology.

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Human Computer Interaction Degree Objectives

  • Gain an understanding and articulate the fundamental design concepts and practices associated with the design of human computer interactions.
  • Evaluate the impact of domains of emerging concern such as security, authentication, identification and automation on the design of user experience and human computer interaction.
  • Analyze human factors such as cognition, affect and behavior as they relate to the human computer interaction and apply them in the development of human computer interactions.
  • Evaluate the impact of new and emerging technology trends on human computer interactions and the user experience.
  • Synthesize and evaluate sound design principles and aesthetics as they apply to the design of innovative interfaces.
  • Prototype and produce innovative interfaces or interactions for at least two of the following: web, PC, mobile, handheld or next generation platforms, including all production materials required in a complete pipeline using industry standard tools, software and production processes.
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