The BS in Innovation, Technology and Design three-year, multi-disciplinary degree program is a unique University-wide program that will prepare graduates at the intersection of design, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Stewarded by the College of Engineering, with cooperation across the University, the new Bachelor of Science degree program is designed to create entrepreneurial-minded, experienced graduates who will tackle the complexities of real-world challenges and opportunities and translate ideas into sustainable, high-impact ventures. The students will be equipped to effectively integrate concepts from business, art and creativity, ethics, law, and engineering and draw on design tactics for innovation and problem solving. A critical component of this new degree is that most courses are team taught by faculty from multiple disciplines. The students will learn and innovate through experiential design challenges provided by industry partners every semester, and embedded summer internships and/or civic engagement.

ITD 120. Design Challenges 1 & 2. 6 Credit Hours.

Design Challenges 1 and 2 use problem-based learning and the design process to introduce students to explore a question related to a problem on campus. Students are required to refine the assigned problem to something relatively simple and tractable, and then research and propose solutions. Students will develop skills around collaboration, problem scoping, and research. Students will engage in workshops and activities emphasizing teamwork and collaboration.
Components: EXP.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ITD 134. Design Challenges 3 & 4 (Empathize and Design). 6 Credit Hours.

This course is the second in a series of courses whereby students will employ Design Thinking methodology. More specifically, it hones in on the second and thirds steps of design thinking: developing empathy and a point of view. It provides students with skills related to understanding and defining the social and emotional components of complex problem solving. Students will “listen with their eyes” in order to identify a problem to solve and practice techniques in order to better understand the user’s state of mind and point of view (POV).
Components: EXP.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.