Lafayette’s Engineering Studies curriculum is designed to provide a thorough understanding of engineering design along with a range of subjects beyond engineering.

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 classes distributed among foundation, core, and elective courses. Students also take electives in the humanities and social sciences to prepare them for a variety of careers and to fulfill the College’s Common Course of Study. A course planning sheet can help students ensure that they meet requirements. Students work with an advisor in selecting courses to meet requirements.

Foundation (7 courses)

Core (3 courses)

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

Electives (6 courses)

  • Three 200+ Engineering Electives from any department or program (includes ES 103)
  • Three 300+ Engineering Electives from any department or program

Of those six engineering electives, students must meet the Systems Requirement. That Systems Requirement can be met in two ways:

  1. ES 103 (Systems 1) OR
  2. Two Engineering Systems courses, selected from the following:

For the three 300+ engineering electives, it is the norm that EGRS students will take a Project-based Course. These are courses that teach professional and problem solving skills common to careers graduates typically pursue. This can be achieved by taking one of the following:

Math and Science Electives (3 courses)

  • Two math/computing electives (a math course numbered 200 or higher or a Computer Science course at any level)
  • One lab-based science elective (a course from biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, neuroscience, PSYC 110, or PSYC 331)

Humanities and Social Science Electives (3 courses)

  • 1 Humanities Elective (any course with H attribute or any course from a humanities department)
  • 2 Social Science Electives from different areas (any course from a social science department, plus EVST, IA, and an SS attribute from humanities departments)*

*Students will meet with an advisor to discuss which courses from an Interdisciplinary program also fulfill the SS elective

The minor in architectural studies, offered with the department of art, gives students a solid grounding in the liberal arts and the tools they need to succeed in graduate architecture programs.