Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterTerm Credits
CS 100 Roadmap to Computing 3
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
Science elective with Lab 1 4
MATH 101
Foundations of Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
or General Calculus I
IS 117 Introduction to Website Development 3
CS 107 Computing as a Career 1
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
IS 218 Building Web Applications 3
STS 210
General Psychology
or Principles Of Psychology I
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
MATH 105 Elementary Probability and Statistics 3
Physical Education 1
Science elective with Lab 1 4
 Term Credits17
Second Year
1st Semester
General Elective 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
The Pre-Modern World  
The Modern World  
The Twentieth-Century World  
IS 247 Designing the User Experience 3
IS 350 Computers, Society and Ethics 3
Physical Education 1
R830 102 Prin Of Psychology 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Color and Composition  
Design Fundamentals  
3-D Design Fund  
Intro To Drawing  
HCI Specialization Elective 1 3
IS 375 Discovering User Needs to Enhance User eXperience 3
R830 301 Stat Meth Cog & Beh 4
R830 304 Cognitive Processes 3
CS 207 Computing and Effective Communication 1
 Term Credits17
Third Year
1st Semester
IS 331 Database Design Management and Applications 3
IS 448 Usability & Measuring UX 3
Select one of the following: 3
Human Factors  
Human Factors/Ergonomics  
R830 372 Perception 3
General Elective 2 3
IS 390 Requirements Analysis and Systems Design (General Elective 2) 3
 Term Credits18
2nd Semester
CS 407 Professional Development in Computing 1
General Elective 3 3
General Elective 4 3
HCI Specialization Elective 2 3
R830 302 Exp Meth Cog & Beh 4
ENG 340
Oral Presentations
or Technical Writing
 Term Credits17
Fourth Year
1st Semester
General Elective 5 3
General Elective 6 3
HCI Specialization Elective 3 3
Humanities and Social Sciences (upper-level) Elective 3
IE 492
Engineering Management
or New Venture Management
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
HSS Capstone 3
CS 491
Senior Project
or IT Capstone Project
General Elective 7 3
General Elective 8 2  
HCI Specialization Elective 4 3
 Term Credits12
 Total Credits129

Science: A two-course related sequence (8 credit minimum) of laboratory science in physics, chemistry, biology, or as approved by advisor. These courses fulfill the Natural Sciences GUR. 


 If all other credits add up to at least 129 credits, this elective may be waived. 

HCI Specializations:

Students choose, with Advisor approval a coherent sequence of 4 courses, chose from one of the HCI specializations given below.

Cognitive Design

Select four of the following:12
Minds and Machines
Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science II
Psych Of Adolescent
Social Psychology
Psychology Of Language
Adult & Aging
Psychology & Personality
Psych Of Emotion
Perceptual Dev
Intro To Cog Neurosc
Health Psychology
Media Psych

Game Design and Production

Select two of the following:12
IT 201Information Design Techniques3
IT 265Game Architecture and Design3
Choose two remaining electives from among the following. You may take both courses from one grouping or individual courses from two different groupings.
For students who want to focus on designing games in existing engines/development environments, consider these courses:
Foundations of Game Production
Advanced Game Production
For students who are more artistic, design or asses creation focused, consider these courses:
3D Modeling and Animation
For students who want to be challenged with C/C++ programming to develop their own 2D and 3D games, consider these courses:
Game Modification Development
Game Development
Students may also want to consider these interesting Digital Design courses:
History of Games
Acting Fundamentals for Animators

Graphical Arts Design

Select four of the following, which were not taken to fulfill other requirements:12
Communication in Art and Design - Digital Media 1
Color and Composition
Video and Animation
Interactive and Reactive Environments
Past, Present and Future of Design
Intro To Drawing 1
Design Fundamentals
3-D Design Fund
Graphic Design
Graphic Design II
Intro. To Computer Art
Graphic Design
Graphic Design IV
Inter Computer Art
Exp In Computer Art
Computers in Graphic Design
Adv Exp Comp Art

Note that AD 112 Communication in Art and Design - Digital Media or the Rutgers course R080 121 Intro To Drawing, if used to fulfill the required Art/Design/Drawing requirement, may not then also be used to fulfill a course requirement in the Graphical Arts Design HCI Specialization. 

Web & Multimedia Design

Select four of the following:12
Video Narrative
Composing Documents for the Web
Adv Website Development
Social Network Analysis
Content Management Systems
Advanced Web Applications
Mobile Applications: Design, Interface, Implementation
Web App Development for Mobile
Android Application Developmnt
Introduction to Music
Advanced Music Technology

Build Your Own HCI Specialization

Students may propose a coherent set of courses that have a common thread related to an HCI-related area that you are interested in.  The IS advisor approves the proposed specialization. 

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load.