EPICS Courses

GOLD gives EPICS some Sun Devil Spirit as we send our student teams out into the world. The work of each EPICS team will be:

  •   Green and Sustainable
  •   Original and Creative
  •   Promote Leadership Development and Teamwork, and
  •   Be based on Design and Engineering Fundamentals.

Using the service-learning model, project assignments for the EPICS GOLD sequence of classes can be characterized as follows:

  •    FSE 104: EPICS GOLD I – Feasibility and planning.  One credit.
  •    FSE 494: EPICS in Action – Design and build.  One credit.  Repeatable for multiple semesters.

Projects are intended to be at least one year in length, meaning that ongoing student participation in EPICS GOLD classes – even for four years – is encouraged. EPICS GOLD projects are performed without charge for not‐for‐profit host organizations such as a community organization, school, or government entity. Student teams are multi‐disciplinary, comprised of a mix of freshmen through seniors.

EPICS GOLD Courses’ Outcomes

  • Discipline Knowledge: ability to apply material from your discipline to the design of community-based projects.
  • Design Process: understanding design as a start-to-finish process.
  • Lifelong Learning: ability to identify and acquire new knowledge as a part of the problem solving/design process.
  • Customer Awareness: awareness of the customer project needs, larger objectives and available resources.
  • Teamwork: ability to function on multidisciplinary teams and have an appreciation for the contributions fof individuals from multiple disciplines.
  • Communication: ability to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.
  • Ethics: awareness of professional ethics and responsibility.
  • Social Context: appreciation of the role that your discipline can play in social contexts.

“EPICS is a great way to get plugged in at ASU. As engineering students, it’s easy to get caught up in our studies. But really, the college experience is so much more than that. EPICS allows you to join with other students who have the same passion for making a difference. It’s also a great way to learn how to apply what you are learning in the classroom and apply it to real world problems. The lessons learned and connections made in EPICS can greatly benefit students as they move forward.” Billy Walters, Mechanical Engineering