ECD Minor

Minor in Engineering for Community Development (ECD)

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 Prof. Juan Lucena, Director of Humanitarian Engineering Undergraduate Programs, at and Julia Roos, Associate Director of Humanitarian Engineering, at sign up for the minor or for advice on course selection.

Course List

For the most current course information, please confirm against the Mines undergraduate course catalog.

Course Code
Minor-Specific Requirement
EDNS 477 Engineering and Sustainable Community Development 3.0
HE Core (Take All Three)
EDNS 315 Engineering for Social and Environmental Responsibility 3.0
EDNS 478 Engineering & Social Justice 3.0
EDNS 479 Community-Based Research 3.0
HE Elective (Pick One)
EDNS 401 Projects for People 3.0 x
CEEN 401 Life Cycle Assessment 3.0 x
CEEN 472 Onsite Water Reclamation and Reuse 3.0 x
CEEN 475 Site Remediation 3.0 x
CEEN 477 Sustainable Engineering Design 3.0 x
CEEN 479 Air Pollution 3.0 x
CEEN 556 Mining and the Environment 3.0 x
EBGN 340 Energy and Environmental Policy 3.0
MNGN 470 Safety and Health Management in the Mining Industry 3.0 x
PEGN 430/530 Environmental Law and Sustainability 3.0 x
Or another course approved by the minor director as appropriate
H&SS Elective (Pick One)
Any 400+ McBride Honors course
HASS 419 Environmental Communication 3.0
HASS 425 Intercultural Communication 3.0
HASS 427 Risk Communication 3.0
HASS 468 Environmental Justice 3.0
HASS 490 Energy and Society 3.0
Or another H&SS course approved by the minor director as appropriate  
Please note that only 9.0 credits can be double-counted toward other graduation requirements. Please see the course catalog and minor director for additional information.