Innovation Engineering

(Effective Fall 2020)

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Innovation will prepare graduates to be innovation leaders in their chosen technical area of expertise. By combining innovation courses with technical electives in a chosen field, students will expand their abilities as leaders in technical innovation. As graduates of the program, individuals will have the ability to excel in creating systems and/or products needed to advance society.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Math, science, and vocational tracks would be best to be prepared for this program.

Special Admissions Requirements

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.

Special Equipment Needs

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

Remediation Strategies

All students entering the major are tested for English, mathematics and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during their first semester.

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

A successful graduate of this program will be able to:
  • demonstrate competence in the functional areas of innovation (create, communicate, commercialize, systems, and leadership);
  • development of skills for problem solving and decision making relative to a technical field and innovation; 
  • employ knowledge provisional patents, patents, and the patent search process. 
  • demonstrate innovation leadership of a diverse industrial team; 
  • use creativity and critical thinking in understanding and deploying the complete system of innovation; and 
  • utilize the innovation system to create a provisional patent for a product or system.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
BAI Directed Applied Innovation Elective 6   M BAI
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3   S MNA
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
BAI Directed Applied Innovation Elective 11   M BAI
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
INV201 Principles of Innovation 3 3 M REQ
BAI Directed Applied Innovation Elective 14   M BAI
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BAI Directed Applied Innovation Elective 9   M BAI
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
INV310 Create Innovation 3 3 M REQ
MTH157 Business Statistics 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
PHL210 Ethics 3 3 S REQ
or
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 S REQ
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
INV330 Communicate Innovation 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SPC Speech Elective 3   S SPC
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 4 3 3 S REQ
or
PHS112 Introductory Physics 4 3 3 S REQ
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
or
PHS115 College Physics I 4 3 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
INV440 Systems of Innovation 3 3 M REQ
INV496 Innovation Project 3 3 M REQ
INV430 Commercialize Innovation 3 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Additional Information

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.