EGR 160


DPO Director Theodore Caldwell, Assistant Director Kyle Foster and Academic Coordinator Tonisha B. Lane are the instructors of EGR 160, an academic orientation course for engineering students.  The DPO operates on the premise that students grow when challenged to stretch beyond self-imposed boundaries; and, that learning requires engaged activity.  Accordingly, the requirements in EGR 160 are framed against skills and behaviors individuals are expected to perform in actual professional career environments.  Activities in this course take advantage of every opportunity to raise student awareness of the relevancy of information gained in this “learning laboratory” with implications for future application.

This course is designed to introduce students to the world of engineering at MSU as well as to challenge them to abandon their comfort zones to gain new confidences in basic skills and strategies needed to survive the rigor of college life.  “Since the engineer will always work with others,” this course will reinforce the concept and practice of teamwork, team-building, and member participation while introducing students to the art of effective leadership.


  • To equip students with the skills and strategies to navigate through engineering admissions to graduation
  • To introduce students to and enhance their understanding of the engineering fields
  • To provide students with a more in depth exposure to the academic and career resources available
  • To strengthen students communication, teamwork, and leadership skills
  • To introduce students to the art of effective leadership
  • To facilitate student interaction with faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering
  • To foster an atmosphere of exploration and exchange in a culturally diverse environment

Instead of purchasing a text book for the course, students are required to apply for a passport.

For more information about EGR 160, visit MSU’s course catalog.