EPSEL and INNOV Electives


Within the technical elective are requirements for "Innovation" and "Engineering Problem Solving through Experiential Learning" courses. Classes fulfilling these requirements are found below. Students may petition the department Undergraduate Committee (through Dr. Knotts) to count courses that are not included as either EPSEL or INNOV. Petitions are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-F2018 Catalog Years

Innovation (INNOV)

At least 1 hour, but no more than 4 hours, of the technical electives must be from a course or courses that provide significant experiential or project-centered learning or focus on creativity and innovation skills. Applicable courses include:

  • Ch En 199R: Academic Internship (Variable Credit, ENG)
  • Ch En 400: Creativity (1 credit, ENG)
  • Ch En 498R: Undergraduate Research (Variable Credit, ENG)
  • Eng T 497R: Global Engineering Outreach (Variable Credit, ENG)
  • Chem 497R: Mentored Learning in Chemistry (Variable Credit, EMSB)
  • Tech 312: Exploration in Innovative Design Techniques (1 credit, EMSB)
  • BusM 491R: Social Innovation Projects (Variable Credit, EMSB)
  • MSB 491R: Social Innovation Projects (Variable Credit, EMSB)
  • BusM 494R: On-campus Experiential Projects (3, EMSB)
  • MSB 494R: On-campus Experiential Projects (3, EMSB)
  • ME 475: Integrated Product and Process Design 1 (3 Credits, ENG)
  • ME 476: Integrated Product and Process Design 2 (3 Credits, ENG)

Similar courses from other departments may be approved by petition to the undergraduate committee. A course taken under this requirement will count toward either the advanced engineering or EMSB requirement, depending on the department in which it is listed.

 

F2018 and later Catalog Years

Engineering Problem Solving through Experiential Learning (EPSEL) and Innovation (INNOV)

At least 4 hours, but no more than 7 hours, of the technical electives must be from courses that provide opportunity for development and demonstration of skills needed to solve complex engineering problems. At least 3 of these hours must focus on Engineering Problem Solving through Experiential Learning (EPSEL) from which a senior thesis is produced and delivered. The remaining hour(s) (from 1 to 4) may be from EPSEL course(s) or from course(s) that focus on projects, creativity, and/or innovation skills (collectively called INNOV). Example courses satisfying both EPSEL and INNOV requirements are found below. 

Courses and Combinations of Courses Satisfying the EPSEL Requirement:

  • CH EN 461: Chemical Engineering Problem Solving through Experiential Learning (3 credits)
  • CH EN 499: Mentored Research and Thesis (3 credits)
  • CH EN 199R: Academic Intership (1 credit) + CH EN 496: Academic Internship Thesis (2 credits)
  • ENG T 497R: Global Engineering Outreach (3 credits)
  • ME EN 475: Integrated Product and Process Design 1 + ME EN 476: Integrated Product and Process Design 2 (6 total credits)

Note: EPSEL courses are classified as ENG.

Courses Satisfying the INNOV Requirement:

  • Ch En 199R: Academic Internship (Variable Credit, ENG)
  • Ch En 400: Creativity (1 credit, ENG)
  • Ch En 498R: Mentored Research (Variable Credit, ENG)
  • Chem 497R: Mentored Learning in Chemistry (Variable Credit, EMSB)
  • BusM/MSB: 491R: Social Innovation Projects (Variable Credit, EMSB)
  • BusM/MSB: 494R: On-campus Experiential Projects (3 credits, EMSB)
  • Course listed under EPSEL above.
Note: A course taken for the INNOV requirement will count as either ENG or EMSB depending on the department in which it is listed.