Bachelor of Science in Design

The design program emphasizes application of software, digitizing and product realization/development equipment. In addition, there are many opportunities to gain work experience such as part-time and temporary jobs and co-op or internship positions.

Minor Programs in Design:

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    Design Graduate Opportunities:

    • Work as design professionals or as members of a design team.
    • Progress to supervise a design team or manage a design project.
    • Meet nationally recognized standards in demonstrating knowledge and skills in applying design practices and drafting concepts to solve a broad and varied range of design problems.

    The design program offers two concentration options:

    Architectural Technology

    The Architectural Technology Concentration includes instruction in drafting technologies utilizing a blended approach of hand developed work, CAD (computer-assisted design) and BIM (building information modeling). Course content will also provide exposure to reality capture, cloud collaboration, building codes/standards, cost analysis and management of project workflows.  The degree prepares students to assist Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Construction Managers in developing plans and related documentation for the built environment.  The degree will also better prepare students for easier transition into continued studies where a professional degree as a Registered Architect or Professional Engineer may be desired.

    • Architectural drafting
    • Computer-assisted drafting and design
    • Construction methods and materials
    • Environmental systems
    • Building codes and standards
    • Structural principles
    • Cost estimation
    • Descriptive Geometry
    • Planning documentation
    • Visual communication skills
    • Display production
    • Architectural office management

    Mechanical Technology

    The Mechanical Technology Concentration prepares graduates for careers in application of machine and mechanical system principles to the development of automated systems and equipment. Graduates often work as a part of an engineering team engaged in the design and development phases of a wide variety of projects involving all aspects of mechanical systems.

    • Computer-Aided Design
    • Principles of Mechanics
    • Jig and Fixture Design
    • Tool and Machine Design
    • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and Metrology
    • Rapid Prototyping / Multi-Material 3-D Printing
    • Descriptive Geometry
    • Manufacturing System Design and Testing Procedures

    The Bachelor of Science in Design is accredited by:

    ATMAE: The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering