Requirements, Plans, and Forms - B.S. in Human-Centered Design and Development

Entrance to Major Requirements

To enter the Human-Centered Design and Development major, students must meet the entrance to major requirements below based on the semester that they entered the University. Once all entrance to major requirements have been met, learn how to declare your major.

  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • HCDD 113/113S
    • IST 140 or (CMPSC 101 and IST 240) or CMPSC 121 or CMPSC 131
    • IST 210
    • IST 220
    • IST 242 or CMPSC 122 or CMPSC 132
    • STAT 200

Suggested Academic Plans

Suggested Academic Plans are based on a student’s semester of entry to Penn State and serve as a guide when scheduling courses. Students should work with their academic adviser and run “Academic Requirements” and “What If” reports in LionPATH to ensure that they are staying on track for graduation.

Application Focus Areas

Within the Human-Centered Design and Development major, students must take a series of courses in one of the application focus areas listed below or work with their academic adviser to create a custom focus. Application focus areas allow students to develop more specialized knowledge in a specific domain. Course requirements and additional information for each area can be found on the University Bulletin. Please note, that Application Focus Areas can be found by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the Suggested Academic Plan page.


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