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Mountaineer Grand Challenge Scholars Program

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About

The Mountaineer Grand Challenge Scholar Program at West Virginia University is a framework providing students with unique educational opportunities and experiences to help them become the next generation in 21st century engineers, scientists and citizens who have a firm understanding of global and societal issues. Students will participate in five educational aspects in order to complete the M-GSCP that includes interdisciplinary, research, entrepreneurial, global and service learning components hopefully leading toward a new Grand Challenges minor. As part of the program, students may receive educational enhancement awards to support travel for study, research or internships abroad; research activities; or other M-GSCP activities.

Download the PDF of the Engineering Track tentative schedule.

Competencies

All competencies have similar requirements.

Coursework - One course (3 credit hours) needs to be taken from each of the competency categories listed below.

Identify an Experience (Experiential) - Submit a proposal to the steering committee to substitute an experiential activity (appropriate for each competency) for each component.

  • Identify an experience (examples below).
    • Interdisciplinary - EcoCar, Steel Bridge, Robotics team
    • Research - SURE, research at partner university, student organization competition projects
    • Entrepreneurship - WVU Launch Lab, business plan competitions, Manufacturing Extension Partnership
    • Global - SURE, research at partner university, student organization competition projects
    • Service Learning - WVU Launch Lab, business plan competitions, Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Submit proposal to GGCS Committee
  • Complete experience
  • Submit proof of completion to GGCS Committee

Approved Courses

Classes are listed with respect to the competency they satisfy.

Note: A class needs to be completed from each area in order to complete the Global Grand Challenges program. If a class is not listed and it meets the nature of a competency, you may petition to have a class count for a specific area.

Interdisciplinary

  • ADV 201
  • AGEE 434
  • ARE 201
  • ARE 220
  • BIOL 105
  • BIOL 107
  • BIOL 124
  • BMEG 201
  • BUSA 320
  • CHEM 112
  • CHEM 116
  • CDFS 110
  • COMM 112
  • COUN 230
  • DSGN 140
  • DSGN 280
  • DSM 130
  • ENGR 210
  • ENGR 310
  • ENVP 155
  • FDST 200
  • GEOG 107
  • GEOG 110
  • GEOG 150
  • GEOL 110
  • GERO 212
  • HIST (any 100 level)
  • HONR 215
  • HUM 101
  • HUM 102
  • HUM 107
  • ID 110
  • LARC 229
  • LDR 201
  • NAS 200
  • PHIL 120
  • PHIL 170
  • PHIL 310
  • PHYS 102
  • PHYS 111
  • POLS 101
  • POLS 102
  • POLS 103
  • PSYC 101
  • PR 215
  • RPTR 142
  • RPTR 239
  • RELG 105
  • RESM 140
  • SOWK 147
  • SOCA 101
  • SOCA 105
  • SOCA 207
  • WMAN 150
  • WMAN 160
  • WGST 170
  • WDSC 100

Research

  • ADV 409
  • ARHS 401
  • BIOL 376
  • BIOL 386
  • BMEG 455
  • BIOM 481
  • CHE 456
  • CHEM 376
  • CDFS 250
  • CE 479
  • COMM 201
  • CPE 481
  • CS 481
  • EE 481
  • EXPH 470
  • HIST 484
  • IENG 472
  • ULIB 200
  • MAE 471
  • MINE 484
  • MDS 389
  • NSG 465
  • OTH 360
  • PNGE 480
  • POLS 487
  • PSYC 202
  • PSYC 204
  • SOWK 360
  • SOCA 311
  • SOCA 356
  • SOCA 357
  • STAT 312
  • STAT 331

Entrepreneurship

  • ARE 421
  • ART 380
  • BCOR 460
  • DSGN 480
  • ENGR 450
  • ENTR 300
  • ENTR 415
  • FDM 261
  • HRMG 470
  • IENG 474
  • ID 330
  • NSG 373

Global

  • ARE 421
  • ART 380
  • BCOR 460
  • DSGN 480
  • ENGR 450
  • ENTR 300
  • ENTR 415
  • FDM 261
  • HRMG 470
  • IENG 474
  • ID 330
  • NSG 373

Service Learning

  • AFCS 499
  • ART 499
  • SRVL (1-6 courses)

Contacts

Questions about the challenge? Each department has a student leader to help with questions and proposals. 
  • Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
  • Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Mining and Industrial Extension
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering