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Human-Centered Computing BS

With its roots in computing, psychology, and design, this human computer interaction degree examines how people use technology and the ways in which computing systems can be more intuitive.

Program skills

Object-oriented application development using Java. Content design & development using HTML5, JavaScript, C#, mobile hybrid application development, and content development tools. Two years of psychology, including cognitive psychology and two semesters of research methods. Prototyping the user experience as well as usability testing. Hands-on hardware and software experience, direct experience in a variety of computing environments on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Program facilities equipment

Over 300 computers for student use distributed among several labs, including active-learning labs for course instruction in programming, interface design, and application development. Computers include Mac OSX, Windows 10, Windows Server, and Linux available to all students. Students have class in or access to the Usability Testing Lab and the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research Lab. 

Program job titles reported

Usability Analyst; User Experience Designer; Human Factors Engineer; Usability Specialist; Web Designer; Interaction Designer; Information Architect

Program significant points

  • Faculty have many years of industry experience that provide a unique approach to learning and practical skill application to real-world solutions.
  • According to the National Science Foundation, Human-Centered Computing (HCC) is a rapidly evolving area that is frequently redefined by cutting edge research.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that jobs for computer network architects may grow 9% for the decade of 2014-2024

Select program hiring partners

BWW Media Group, Capital One, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Crestron Electronics, EagleDream Technologies, Enel X, GE, IBM, LSI Solutions, M&T Bank, Oracle, PNC Financial Services, Qualtrics, Rochester Regional Health


  • Commercial Banking and Credit

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Health Care

  • Higher Education

  • Manufacturing


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 80.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 20.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 80.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 20.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Students in the human-centered computing degree are required to complete two blocks of cooperative education experience.