This major is designed as a two-plus-two program. The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Innovation will allow students who enter with an associate's degree in a technical/professional area to obtain a baccalaureate degree with the last two years having an emphasis in the development of innovation.
The Applied Innovation major prepares students to be innovation leaders in their chosen technical field.
A combination of entrepreneurship, innovation, and design courses will teach students the basics of new venture creation and management, and how to design and develop innovative products or systems.
Hands-on experiences. Students will develop a business plan that capitalizes on their innovation and design, submit a provision patent, and apply what they’ve learned through their capstone innovation project.
Evolve. Students become more marketable in their specific technical and professional fields with this customizable path of study.
Forward-thinking faculty. Innovation courses are taught by Black Belt Innovation Engineering certified instructors, or Blue Belt Innovation Engineering instructors working towards Black Belt certification from the Innovation Engineering Institute.
Collaborative. Collaboration is the cornerstone of innovation. Students will collaborate on team-focused projects to enhance innovation thinking and skill sets.
Advancement. Graduates are eligible to complete a Black Belt in Innovation Engineering through the Innovation Engineering Institute.
About the curriculum
The major is appealing to students who have completed an associate degree in a technical area of study who aspire to assume innovation leadership positions in such fields.
All students entering the program, having completed the first two years in a respective associate program, will be considered for junior-level status. Students will be expected to carry a minimum of 60 associate degree-level credits into the Applied Innovation major.
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Our program shares a special relationship with the Innovation Engineering Institute, a collaboration of the University of Maine and the Eureka! Ranch in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Institute has provided training in innovation to thousands of people worldwide. This systems approach to innovation education provides students with hands-on experience and an opportunity to obtain a Black Belt in Innovation Engineering.
Graduates have employment opportunities in a wide variety of management positions relating to each individual’s technical background. The focus on innovation creates a unique skill set that can be used to enhance the student’s ability to create new products and systems. Innovation is a skill in high demand and garnered by firms in all industries. Graduates can be employed at the local, regional, and national levels.
Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a list of industry-specific positions. Choose your related field for an Earnings Report.
Special Admissions Requirements
Student may be admitted with or without an associate’s degree but must have completed a minimum 60 credits (of which 46 are equivalent to PCT’s AAS core requirements).
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All transfer credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine where they would fit into the curriculum sequence. Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses transferred into the B.S.
Clubs & Activities
Business Administration Advisory Committee
- Mr. Chris W Frantz, '05, Executive Director of Marketing & Sales, Savoy Contract Furniture
- Ms. Alexandra M Lehman, '18, Event Management Specialist, Susquehanna University
- Mr. Mickey C Locey, '91, President/Co-founder, mXtr Automation
- Ms. Valerie Reynolds, Owner, My Way Media
- Mr. Samuel R Ryder, Vice President - Business Banking, First National Bank
- Mr. Ray Thompson, President, Supply Source Inc.
- Mr. John Yogodzinski, III, '07, Executive Director/Board President, Arthaus Projects
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.