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Undergraduate Minor and Upcoming Course Offerings

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Undergraduate Opportunities in humanitarian engineering include research, projects, a minor, and various course offerings to take alone or within the minor.

Research Opportunities

Students are encouraged to contact individual faculty in the program to determine if research opportunities are available.


There are a variety of projects available including senior capstone design projects sponsored by our program and undergraduate theses for the honors college students. Watch for announcements about these opportunities on the website or contact faculty directly to inquire.

Undergraduate Minor

Complete requirements for the minor can be found in the course catalog listing or HEST advising sheet: 

To enroll in the minor or request consideration for substitutions for the requirements, please contact Ms. Cassie Pitkin in 238B Rogers Hall, 541-737-7991or email her via We note that MyDegrees does not do a good job of aligning coursework with the minor requirements, please contact Ms. Pitkin for assistance. Dr. Kendra Sharp can also be contacted via to assist with substitutions/overrides.

If you are interested in the minor, a good place to start is to select your Bacc Core courses from the humanitarian engineering, science and technology (HEST) playlist. Courses marked by a '+' are specifically recommended because of the relevance of the material or because they are taught by a HEST-affiliated faculty member. Note that HEST310, HEST320, and HEST 412/512 are all currently approved to fill Bacc Core requirements for any student on campus. We are in the process of seeking Bacc Core approval for HEST 201 (to be offered in Spring 2020).

The two required core courses for the minor are ANTH 482/582 Anthropology in International Development and HEST 411/511 Engineering Design in Emergency and Low-Resource Environments*. We are in the process of revising the requirements for the minor to better accommodate the timing of our course offerings. Please see the 20/21 advising sheet for recommended substitutions. Other requirements for the minor include: at least 6 credits of other HEST-designated courses including those listed below; 11-14 credits from the HEST Bacc Core Playlist or other thematic electives with advisor approval; and participation in a humanitarian engineering related experience such as Engineers without Borders, a related capstone design project, honors thesis, undergraduate research, field immersion, OSU's Launch Academy, or related internship of your choice.

If you are need more advising on the minor, please start with Ms. Pitkin, and then as needed contact students in the Humanitarian Engineering Lab (Rogers 342), Dr. MacCarty, or Dr. Sharp directly.

* Due to instructional constraints, HEST 411/511 will not be offered this academic year. If you are graduating and wish to complete the minor between now and Spring 2020, you may substitute any other HEST course, or a humanitarian-engineering related capstone design or undergraduate research project.

Current Year Course Offerings

Spring 2019 

Fall 2019

  • HEST 299, Soon to be HEST/BA 201 (CRN 19382): Introduction to Innovation for Social Impact. New course introducting methods from engineering design, entrepreneurship, and anthropology to creat solutions for global needs. Contact Dr. Nordica MacCarty for more information. 
  • Capstone project in ME 

Winter 2020

  • ANTH 482/582 Anthropology in International Development
  • HEST 310 Introduction to Community Based Design
  • Capstone project in ME

Spring 2020