Curriculum

QUEST’s five-course curriculum enables a student's experience to fit their unique interests while ensuring that they receive a standardized core focused on problem-solving, design, innovation, data analytics, quality, process improvement, and systems thinking. In each of QUEST's required courses, students work on team-based, experiential learning projects.

Criteria for QUEST Electives

Download the criteria for QUEST electives.

Nominate a QUEST Elective

As QUEST looks to continuously improve, new electives are often considered to fit into the program curriculum. Any QUEST student who wishes to nominate a course as a QUEST elective should send an email to Dr. Pamela Armstrong, the Chair of the Curriculum Review Committee, at parmstro@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Include in the email the following information:

  1. the course name and number,
  2. a copy of a current syllabus, and
  3. information about where the course is being offered (for study abroad courses).

If the course is eligible, the QUEST Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) will review the nomination and determine if the course can be counted as a QUEST elective. The CRC will send the outcome to the student who nominates the course, and if approved, the CRC will share an announcement with the QUEST 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.