Engineering Major

The Engineering Department offers an undergraduate major in Human-Centered Engineering (HCE) to students in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Students in this major will receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Engineering. The HCE program provides students with a technical education that is human-centered, design-process driven, and focused on applying engineering knowledge to solve complex global probems.

At a Glance


HCE majors apply their knowledge of the physical and natural sciences, mathematics, and computation to courses ranging from introductory engineering design to technical electives. 


Students choose from concentrations in Health, Energy, or the Environment. There's also an option to design your own concentration in consultation with an advisor.

Weekly Reflection

All HCE students participate in weekly reflection sessions that integrate their learning experiences with broader questions about society, student formation, and the common good.


Required Courses 

  • One course that fulfills the requirement in Introduction to Human-Centered Design:
    • ENGR1025: Innovation Through Design Thinking 
    • ENGR1801/HIST1672: Making the Modern World (Complex Problems course)
  • ENGR1101: Introduction to Human-Centered Engineering 
  • ENGR1102: Physical Modeling and Analysis Lab 
  • ENGR1103: Engineering Analysis Lab
  • ENGR1105: Engineering Computation and Programming
  • ENGR2101, 2102, 2103, 2104, 2105: Engineering Foundations Studio I, II, III, IV, V
  • ENGR3101: Human Factors in Engineering 
  • ENGR3105: Statistical Data Analysis and Machine Learning
  • Fourteen (14) credits of Technical Engineering Electives. 
  • Collaborative engineering projects
    • ENGR3801: Collaborative Service Engineering Project 
    • ENGR4801-2: Senior Impact Project 
  • 3 credits of Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • Eight semesters of HCE Reflection 

Corequisite Courses 

  • PHYS2200: Introduction to Physics I for Physics Majors 
  • CHEM1109 & CHEM1111: General Chemistry I with Lab
  • MT100/MT101 or MT102/MT103: Calculus 1 and Calculus 2

Corequisite Course Placement Guidance

Physics Placement

HCE majors should take PHYS2200 irrespective of their scores on the AP exam.

Calculus Placement 

HCE majors should take Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 during their first year. Students should work with their HCE advisors to identify the appropriate calculus sequence to take and, if exempted from one or both of these requirements, to determine an equivalent number of math/science credits to take for substitution.

All Courses



The Human-Centered Engineering program prepares students to be catalysts for good—whether it’s in the private or public sector, industry, or non-profit realm. Concentrations in Environment, Health, and Energy provide students with the academic background to succeed in a range of careers, including:
  • Product design engineer in the healthcare sector
  • Environmental policy consultant
  • Engineer at an alternative energy startup
  • Technical analyst at a social impact NGO
  • Engineering systems specialist
  • Program manager in the high-tech sector

On-Campus Opportunities & Support

Teaching Assistants, Lab Assistants, & Job Opportunities

The Engineering department periodically has openings for undergraduate teaching assistants and lab assistants. To learn more about student job opportunities in the Department of Engineering contact Christine Brown.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Engineering faculty are committed to working with undergraduates in their engineering labs and collaborating with students on faculty research projects. Students interested in doing research in an engineering lab should familiarize themselves with the Engineering faculty and their research interests. Students are welcome to reach out to the department administrator or specific faculty members to inquire about open positions. Engineering labs focus on a number of different areas of engineering, so research responsibilities will depend on the faculty member’s expertise and the specific projects at hand. Engineering faculty work with HCE majors and students who are majoring in other programs at Boston College.

BC Career Center

The BC Career Center has extensive programs and resources to help you identify and prepare for a fulfilling career after graduation. Sign up for career coaching, browse internship and job listings, and connect with alumni in the engineering field. So far HCE students have found internships in academic engineering labs, environmental conservation organizations, and industry. 



Glenn Gaudette

Glenn Gaudette

Chair, Department of Engineering

245 Beacon Street, Room 511

Glenn Gaudette

Glenn Gaudette

Chair, Department of Engineering

| 617-552-2049 | 245 Beacon Street, Room 511

Jenna Tonn

Jenna Tonn

Director of Undergraduate Studies

245 Beacon Street, Room 308B

Jenna Tonn

Jenna Tonn

Director of Undergraduate Studies

| 617-552-6901 | 245 Beacon Street, Room 308B

Potential Employers: If you are interested in offering an internship or job to a Boston College Human-Centered Engineering student, contact the BC Career Center at 617-552-3430.