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. In each of QUEST's required courses, students learn in teams through active learning.

Required QUEST Courses

QUEST Classes

  • Introduction to Design and Quality (BMGT/ENES 190H): Students work in multidisciplinary teams on design and innovation challenges with an emphasis on quality.
  • Systems Thinking for Managerial Decision Making (BMGT/ENES 390H): Students work in multidisciplinary teams to understand and apply systems thinking strategy and design methods to positively influence the future through idealized design, the use of decision enhancing and strategic exploration tools, and the proactive creation of innovative markets.
  • QUEST Consulting and Innovation Practicum (BMGT/ENES 490H): Students work in multidisciplinary teams to provide consulting services to one of QUEST's professional partners.

Popular QUEST Electives

  • Design and Innovation in Silicon Valley (BMGT 438G/ENES 489Q): Students visit design firms in the Bay Area and learn first-hand about design, innovation, and quality.
  • Doing Business in Asia (BMGT 438Q): 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 (ENME 466): Students study Lean Six Sigma and its Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) strategy through semester long projects with corporate partners.

Criteria for QUEST Electives

Click here to see the criteria for both regular and data analysis 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.

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.