Bachelor of Science in Design

The design program emphasizes application of state of the art 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.

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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 prepares graduates to work with architects and engineers in developing plans and related documentation and in performing architectural office services.  It includes instruction in the following areas:   

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

Mechanical Technology

The Mechanical Technology concentration prepares graduates to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in the design and development phases of a wide variety of projects involving mechanical systems.  The program includes instruction in the following areas:   
  • 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