ECD Minor

Our minor in Engineering for Community Development (ECD) is an evolution of the country’s first minor in Humanitarian Engineering created in 2003. Designed specifically for engineers and applied scientists who want to serve communities, the ECD minor prepares Mines students to become leaders in community development through engineering.

Graduates of the ECD minor can work in the US Peace Corps (see Mines Peace Corps Prep Program), community service NGOs, international organizations or inside of corporations in projects related to community development.  The knowledge and skills learned in the ECD minor will prepare graduates for any engineering job involving community engagement, cross-cultural work environments, and human-centered design.

The minor is 18 credits (6 courses) and includes a mix of social science and engineering courses, and is designed to fit into the flowchart for your major. Please email Professor Juan Lucena to sign up for the minor or advice on course selection.


  1. Introductory course (3 credits)
    1. EDNS 315 Engineering for Social and Environmental Responsibility
  2. Area 1 – Engineers and Development: Two courses from the following (6 credits)
    1. EDNS 377 Engineering and Sustainable Community Development
    2. EDNS 475 Engineering Cultures in the Developing World
    3. EDNS 478 Engineering and Social Justice
    4. EDNS 479 Engineers Engaging Communities
    5. Or elective course taught by HE Fellows or core faculty such as
      1. Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Development
      2. Site Remediation in Developing World
      3. Disability, Technology and Society
  3. Area 2- Community-Centered Design: Two courses from the following (6 credits)
    1. EDNS 301 Human Centered Problem Definition
    2. EDNS 401 Projects for People
    3. Or EPICS 2 class with project directly related to community development
  4. Capstone design course (3 credits):
    1. EDNS 492 Senior Design (for students in majors in the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences – CECS) OR
    2. CEEN 477 Sustainable Engineering Design (for students in majors outside of CECS)