Program Requirements

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The purpose of this pillar is to provide you with the skills to address the interdisciplinary nature of the Grand Challenges, which requires knowledge beyond technical expertise. Upon completing this requirement, you will also be able to describe the challenges and opportunities that inherently sociotechnical problems present, and how to best approach such problems.

To meet this requirement, the Scholar must complete 6 units of the following:

  • Grand Challenges NHV/EDNS 151
  • IDEAS (First Year Honors)
  • EDNS 301: Human-Centered Problem Definition
  • EDNS 315: Engineering for Social and Environmental Responsibility
  • EDNS 477: Engineering and Sustainable Community Development
  • EDNS 430: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • EDNS 478: Engineering and Social Justice
  • HASS 490: Energy and Society
  • Completing McBride or the HE minor will automatically meet this criteria, due to their interdisciplinary nature
  • Or an experience(s) (equivalent to 6 units) that achieves the goals defined by the text to the left

Service Learning

Each of the Grand Challenges aims to address a major societal or global problem. Service learning and community engagement combined with or integrated into your engineering education will prepare you to address problems that impact people and their communities in your future career. Such engagement requires sustaining relationships over time.

Scholars must complete one of the following:

  • HASS 374: Service Learning
  • EDNS 479: Engineers Engaging Communities
  • Working in Residence Life, as a Peer Mentor, or other on-campus service roles
  • Substantial involvement with Circle K, Active Minds @ Mines, or a related student group
  • STEM Tutoring or other forms of sustained STEM outreach
  • Substantial involvement with Mines Without Borders
  • Year-long commitment to the Grand Challenges Council as a Grand Challenges Mentor
  • Or an experience that achieves the goals defined by the text to the left

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship embodies many of the skills required of a GCS: ingenuity, teamwork and communication. It requires reading and responding creatively to needs in context. This skillset is required to address the Grand Challenges.

Scholars must complete one of the following:

  • EBGN 360: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • EDNS 151: Introduction to Design (must be the entrepreneurship-focused option)
  • Start-up/Pitch Competition (must include a prototype or mock-up)
  • Substantial contributions to the Entrepreneurship Club, Maker Club, or a related student group
  • Student Innovation Competition at a Global Grand Challenges Summit
  • Or an experience that achieves the goals defined by the text to the left

Global Awareness

The Grand Challenges are problems that impact populations across the world. Working with international countries requires a special understanding and awareness that is rarely fostered in conventional engineering curricula.

Scholars must complete one of the following:

  • Study abroad or international internship experience
  • Substantial involvement with Mines Without Borders or other student group with international involvement
  • EDNS 477: Engineering and Sustainable Community Development
  • EDNS 479: Engineers Engaging Communities (cannot also be used to meet the Service Learning requirement)
  • HASS 425: Intercultural Communication
  • Or an experience that achieves the goals defined by the text to the left

Research or Project-Based Learning Experience

Project-based learning and undergraduate research experiences provide opportunities for students to unify the skills and knowledge they have acquired from their diverse courses and extracurricular experiences, and to apply them to a problem that matters. Addressing the Grand Challenges will require such an ability.

Scholars must complete 6 credits or equivalent of the following:

  • Independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor related to a single GCE (1 year = 6 credits)
  • EDNS 151: Introduction to Design (GCE-focused option)
  • EDNS 251 (EPICS II)– Grand Challenges related
  • EDNS 401: Projects for People (may be repeated once for credit)
  • EDNS 491/492: Senior Design on a GCE-related project; other Senior Design courses could qualify as well, if they are GCE-focused
  • CEEN 477: Sustainable Engineering Design
  • Relevant internship experience (1 summer = 6 credits)
  • Or an experience(s) (equivalent to 6 units) that achieves the goals defined by the text to the left