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  courses 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.



  • 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.

OR: ES 103, and two other 200-level engineering courses from any engineering department (instead of two Engineering Systems courses, as above, and 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

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.