Design and Innovation in Engineering, Minor

The design and innovation in engineering minor is designed for nonengineering undergraduate students who wish to explore and develop working solutions as an engineer to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges of the 21st century. The course requirements for the minor are designed to expose the student to the engineering elements necessary to solve the important problems facing society today and include value-sensitive design as well as the ethical and professional obligations of an engineer. The elective options offer a high degree of flexibility and exposure to the engineering design process, CAD, programming, micro-controllers-based projects, and mathematical computation. The aforementioned skills will be used for making interactive open-ended projects that address one of the NAE Grand Challenges. This provides more depth within the student’s discipline and improves future career opportunities. Students have an opportunity to model and analyze designs, applying many techniques engineers utilize to create and test designs toward implementation. The student, upon successful completion of the minor, will be able to apply value-sensitive design principles to determine a societal need and propose and build or develop a solution. Students apply teamwork, project management, CAD, and algorithmic thinking to the conception of a particular solution and deliver effective team presentations on engineering projects and topics.

Note: This minor is for nonengineering majors.

Required Courses

Note: For students who were previously in the College of Engineering, Cornerstone of Engineering 1 (GE 1501) and Cornerstone of Engineering 2 (GE 1502) may be substituted for Engineering Design (GE 1110) and Engineering Problem Solving and Computation (GE 1111).

GE 1110Engineering Design4
GE 1111Engineering Problem Solving and Computation4
GE 2500Design Analysis and Innovation4


Complete one of the following:4
Design Process Context and Systems
Physical Computing
Experience Design 1
Embedded Design: Enabling Robotics
Alternative Energy Technologies Abroad
Introduction to Customer-Driven Technical Innovation: Silicon Valley
Introduction to Product Prototyping: Silicon Valley
Engineering Structure and Function: Principles of Design in Nature
Mathematical Methods for Engineers
Energy Systems: Science, Technology, and Sustainability
Independent Study
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Industrial Engineering
Simulation Modeling and Analysis

GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in the minor

Credit Requirement

16 hours required