Courses and Curriculum

The Engineering Studies Program at Lafayette educates students to develop engineering habits of mind. In addition to the major, the program offers a variety of courses to all students on campus. Visit the Course Catalog for the official course description and listing

The Major

Within the major, students choose a combination of electives from within and outside of the engineering division to develop their individual interests and expertise. The major consists of 16 courses distributed among foundation, core, and elective courses. Students can find a course planning sheet here to go along with the course listing below.



  • EGRS 251 (Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy)
  • EGRS 261  (Engineering Economics and Management)
  • EGRS 451 (Engineering and Society)


Two Engineering Systems courses, selected from the following:

One 200-level engineering course from any engineering department.

Three engineering courses at the 300 or 400 level, at least one of which, and no more than two, must be selected from:

One math course numbered 200 or higher.
One lab science course.
One course chosen from:

  • Math (200-level or higher)
  • Lab science
  • Computer science
  • Computational methods

Beyond the Major

Engineering Studies courses appeal to students from all majors who are interested in how science and engineering affect society and vice versa. The program offers a wide range of courses related to these themes and open to all students, including:

EGRS 152 (Power! Energy Technologies in Context)
EGRS 191 (Engineering in a Global and Societal Context)
EGRS 222 (Sustainability of Water Systems)
EGRS 230 (Environmental Justice)
EGRS 251 (Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy)
EGRS 261 (Engineering Economics and Management)
EGRS 270 (Designing London)
EGRS 271 (Introduction to Architectural Engineering)
EGRS 273 (Architecture Theory and Practice)
EGRS 281 (Historical Studies in Engineering and Society)
EGRS 352 (Energy Technology and the Modern World)
EGRS 370/371 (Special Topics)
EGRS 373 (Technology and Nature)
EGRS 382 (Engineering and Policy Internship)
EGRS 390/391 (Independent Study)
EGRS 450 (Engineering Management)
EGRS 451 (Seminar on Engineering and Society)
EGRS 480 (Sustainable Solutions)
EGRS 482 (Engineering Studies Internship)
EGRS 495/496 (Thesis)