Undergraduate Program


QUEST’s five-course curriculum features three required and two elective courses, enabling a student's QUEST experience to fit their unique interests while ensuring that they receive a standardized core focused on design, quality, systems thinking, consulting, and innovation.

Required QUEST Courses

Required QUEST Course

Popular QUEST Electives

  • Design and Innovation in Silicon Valley
    Students visit design firms in the Bay Area and learn first-hand about design, innovation, and quality.
  • Doing Business in Asia
    Students examine manufacturing, consulting, and design firms of southern Asia, with a focus on the use of systems thinking and strategies to improve production quality.
  • Lean Six Sigma
    Students study Lean Six Sigma and its Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) strategy through semester long projects with corporate partners. 

Nominate a QUEST Elective

As QUEST looks to continuously improve, new electives are often considered to fit into the program curriculum. If you would like to nominate an elective, please email Dr. Herrmann (jwh2@umd.edu) and the Curriculum Review Committee will review your nomination.

Learning & Community

QUEST's Learning Outcomes

In 2010, the QUEST program developed eight learning outcomes in conjunction with a workshop (sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by QUEST) on multidisciplinary engineering, technology, and management programs. Each learning outcome was mapped to QUEST's three required courses, and assessments were developed to measure each outcome. Read more at the links below.