Applied Innovation

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Innovation Students

About this program

If you don’t create a meaningfully unique product, service, or idea, someone else will. That’s innovation. It’s a game changer that transcends industry and applies to all career fields. Everyone in every business can benefit from innovation engineering’s proven approach to idea generation. Pair innovation with your career path and the sky is the limit. 

Only College in PA to Offer Innovation Engineering Black Belt Credential


Innovation Engineering Black Belt Holders Run 24X More Projects


According to LinkedIn, Creativity is the #1 Most In Demand Soft Skill

Applied Innovation Careers

  • Product research and development
  • Small business owner
  • Operations manager
  • Business development
  • Opportunities in all industries!

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Directed Applied Innovation Elective (BAI)
  • Principles of Innovation (INV201)
  • Create Innovation (INV310)
  • Communicate Innovation (INV330)
  • Systems of Innovation (INV440)
  • Innovation Project (INV496)
  • Commercialize Innovation (INV430)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) (MNA)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Business Statistics (MTH157) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Ethics (PHL210) or
  • Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106) or
  • Introductory Physics (PHS112) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114) or
  • College Physics I (PHS115)

Woodlands Bank Innovation Lab

Collaborate with classmates across all majors in our technology centric innovation lab where creative ideas run free.

Student Experience

“Innovation is a new way of thinking. It really took me out of my original thinking box. It threw the box away and made me think in completely different way.”

Stevie Petrison

Business Administration: Sport & Event Management Concentration Student

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

Woodlands Bank
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Penn College Business Club

Network with business leaders and work with like-minded students as you explore the business profession. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Dual Degree

Take two

Applied Innovation is a dual degree that prepares students to be innovative leaders in their chosen technical field. Students who opt for the bachelor degree in Applied Innovation first complete an associate degree in their chosen field. The following two years of the bachelor’s program are innovation courses.

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More Information

Students seeking entrance must have completed or be concurrently working towards an associate's degree, certification, or similar credential in a technical, business, or professional area. Final decisions on eligibility for admission to this major resides with the academic school dean or designee. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 40 technical credits to be used as Directed Applied Innovation Electives.

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.

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.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Students are required to have a smart device (laptop, netbook, etc.) that provides access to Eureka Ranch material during class.

  • 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. Gabe Sinicropi, Jr., Vice President Marketing & Public Relations, Williamsport Crosscutters
  • Mr. Ray Thompson, President, Supply Source Inc.
  • Mr. John Yogodzinski, III, '07, Executive Director/Board President, Arthaus Projects

Coordinator of Admissions Operations

Sarah Yoder

SASC, Rm. 1072
800.367.9222 ext. 7338