Creativity matters.

Design and innovation engineering bridges your interests in engineering and human-centered design research. Through specialized training in drawing, creative problem solving techniques and project management, this major readies you for a professional career as an empathetic, virtuous engineer.

Engineers with a bent for design and innovation are not satisfied with having always done something the same way. As such, your degree program will ensure that you have a robust knowledge of both creative processes and technological developments, resulting in your ability to contribute user-centric solutions as the member of a product development team or organization.

Career Opportunities

Studies in engineering design and innovation prepare you for a variety of career opportunities and graduate-level programs. For example, this includes jobs as a:

  • Civil designer
  • Controls designer
  • Creative technologist
  • Design engineer
  • Design manager
  • Machine designer
  • Product developer
  • Software design engineer

Degree Program Requirements

A bachelor's degree in engineering with a design and innovation concentration requires 141 total credit hours. In addition to foundational engineering classes and select liberal arts courses, this includes 32 credit hours of specialized major classes.

Concentration Classes: 32 Credit Hours

  • EGR-301: Analytical Tools for Product Design—4 credit hours*
  • EGR-336: Project Management—3 credit hours
  • EGR-367: Manufacturing Processes—4 credit hours*
  • IDS-101: Creativity, Innovation, and Problem Solving—2 credit hours
  • IDS-202: Creativity in the Conceptual Age—4 credit hours
  • IDS-205: Strategies for Innovative Thought & Design I—3 credit hours
  • IDS-312: Science of Human Innovation—3 credit hours
  • IDS-313: Strategies for Innovative Thought & Design II—3 credit hours
  • IDS-413: Strategies for Innovative Thought & Design III—3 credit hours
  • MDA-112: Design Drawing I—3 credit hours

*Classes completed through a collaborative partnership with Grand Valley State University

Core Engineering Classes: 77 Credit Hours

  • CHM-111: Chemistry I—4 credit hours
  • EGR-106: Introduction to Engineering Design I—3 credit hours*
  • EGR-107: Introduction to Engineering Design II—3 credit hours*
  • EGR-209: Mechanics and Machines—4 credit hours*
  • EGR-214: Circuit Analysis I—4 credit hours
  • EGR-220: Measurement & Data Analysis—1 credit hour
  • EGR-226: Introduction to Digital Systems—4 credit hours
  • EGR-250: Material Science and Engineering—4 credit hours*
  • EGR-309: Machine Design I—4 credit hours*
  • EGR-345: Dynamics Systems & Modeling—4 credit hours*
  • EGR-380: Internship I—3 credit hours
  • EGR-380: Internship II—3 credit hours
  • EGR-485: Capstone Project & Ethics—1 credit hour
  • EGR-486: Capstone Project II—2 credit hours
  • MAT-131: Calculus I—5 credit hours
  • MAT-132: Calculus II—5 credit hours
  • MAT-234: Multivariate Calculus—3 credit hours
  • MAT-2XX: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra—3 credit hours
  • MAT-251: Probability & Statistics—3 credit hours
  • PHY-221: Physics I—5 credit hours
  • PHY-222: Physics II—5 credit hours
  • Choose one elective:
    • EGR-360: Thermodynamics—4 credit hours*
    • EGR-362: Thermal & Fluid Systems—4 credit hours*

*Classes completed through a collaborative partnership with Grand Valley State University

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If you have questions about our engineering design and innovation concentration, email Michael Greene. He'd be glad to share more information about the program, what to expect as an engineering major and how to pick a concentration that fits your career goals.

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