Technology (TECH)

Chang, Johnson, Kenney, Kokil and Yearwood (Chair)

The undergraduate degree programs offered through the College of Business and Public Administration’s Department of Technology are the Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design Technology (BSGDT) and the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT), which is accredited by ATMAE (Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering). Minors in Technology, including Electronic Technologies, Manufacturing Technologies, Technical Design, and Graphic Design Technology are an integral part of the department’s offerings. A Master of Science degree in Technology is also available for graduate study.

B.S. Industrial Technology (IT) Degree Program

College of Business and Public Administration


B.S. in Graphic Design Technology

The B.S. in Graphic Design Technology (GDT) is an innovative, multidisciplinary degree that prepares you for an exciting array of careers in the private and public sectors. We teach you to plan, analyze, and create solutions to visual communication problems. You learn to consider cognitive, cultural, physical, economic, psychological, and social factors in planning and executing design solutions using a variety of media and technologies. We provide you with a diverse range of experiences and opportunities in a flexible learning environment. You attain a solid education that combines theory, practice, and application. 

Graphic design is applicable to virtually any discipline so the B.S. in Graphic Design Technology is designed to give you the flexibility to seek education in other disciplines as well. Before completion of 9 hours of the GDT required courses, you are required to submit a Statement of Educational and Life Objectives (SELO) and a related Program of Study. The Program of Study must consist of a minimum of 32 additional semester hours and must be designed to help you achieve the objectives identified in your SELO. Your Program of Study cannot include any of the GDT required courses. The Program of Study must be approved by the School of Entrepreneurship before the student can be admitted to the B.S. GDT degree program.

The remaining hours are available for you to complete Essential Studies requirements and to seek other knowledge, credentials (degrees, majors, minors, etc.).

Required 125 credit hours including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements, see University ES Listing.

II. The College of Business and Public Administration GPA Graduation Requirement (2.50), see College section.

III. Graphic Design Technology Major Program Requirement, at least a 2.50 GPA in courses that apply toward the degree and major.

Technology Requirements (40 Credit Hours Required)
TECH 102Digital Design Software 3
ISBC 117Personal Productivity with Information Technology1
TECH 122Computer-Aided Design3
TECH 212Visual Literacy3
TECH 230User Experience and Interface Design3
TECH 232Web Design3
ISBC 330Database Design3
TECH 322Digital Photography Fundamentals3
TECH 332Industrial Design3
ISBC 370Web Development3
TECH 422Advanced Digital Photography and Imaging3
TECH 442Industrial/Applied Graphic Design3
TECH 450Packaging Design3
ISBC 490Information Systems Analysis and Design Seminar3

B.S. Industrial Technology (IT) Degree Program

Industrial Technology is a field of study designed to prepare technical/management-oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, and government. The curriculum is organized to equip students with critical knowledge and skills for product innovation and process improvement.

Required 125 credit hours, and including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements, see University ES listing.

II. The College of Business and Public Administration GPA Graduation Requirement (2.50), see College section.

III. Industrial Technology Major Program Requirements: At least a 2.50 GPA in courses that apply toward the degree and major, and the following:

TECH 110Fundamentals of Technology2
TECH 122Computer-Aided Design3
TECH 201Electromechanical Fundamentals4
TECH 203Production Processes & Material Testing4
TECH 211Electric Circuits and Devices4
TECH 223Applied Synthetics3
ISBC 300Application Development
TECH 300Technology and Society3
MGMT 301Operations Management3
TECH 332Industrial Design3
ENTR 386Entrepreneurship: The Numbers3
ENTR 410Marketing and Management Concepts for Entrepreneurship3
TECH 433Manufacturing Strategies3
TECH 440Occupational Safety3
TECH 498Senior Capstone I1
TECH 499Senior Capstone II3
Total Credits45

IV. The following 20 credits of Support Courses are required:

MATH 103College Algebra3
MATH 105Trigonometry2
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
PHYS 161Introductory College Physics I4
PHYS 162Introductory College Physics II4
ECON 210Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics3
Total Credits20

Department of Technology Minors

These minors are not available to Department of Technology majors, and students may select only one minor.


Graphic Design Technology

21 credits including the following courses:

TECH 102Digital Design Software 3
TECH 212Visual Literacy3
TECH 230User Experience and Interface Design3
TECH 232Web Design3
TECH 322Digital Photography Fundamentals3
TECH 422Advanced Digital Photography and Imaging3
TECH 442Industrial/Applied Graphic Design3
Total Credits21


Electronic Technologies, Manufacturing Technologies, and Technical Design

TECH 110Fundamentals of Technology2
TECH 122Computer-Aided Design3
TECH 201Electromechanical Fundamentals4
TECH 203Production Processes & Material Testing4
TECH 300Technology and Society3
TECH 332Industrial Design3
TECH 440Occupational Safety3


TECH 102. Graphic Design Software and Technologies I. 1-4 Credits.

This course provides the study and application of software and technologies specific to the field of graphic design in order to develop problem-solving techniques and enhance proficiency of skills in print production. Repeatable to 4 credits. F.

TECH 110. Fundamentals of Technology. 2 Credits.

The study of the philosophy and objectives of technology with emphasis on the theories, principles, and concepts of manufacturing, design, and electronics. F.

TECH 112. Graphic Design Software and Technologies II. 1-4 Credits.

This course provides study and application of software and technologies specific to the field of graphic design in order to develop problem-solving techniques and enhance proficiency of skills in photography and web production. Prerequisite: TECH 102. Repeatable to 4 credits. S.

TECH 122. Computer Aided Design/Drafting. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the student to computer aided design/drafting using AutoCAD software. The course will include the study of technical drawing techniques to include blueprint interpretation, various projections, pictorials, dimensioning, developments and tolerancing. The hands on exercises and drawing problems are reflective of industry and business. F.

TECH 200. Energy Fundamentals. 3 Credits.

The objective of the Energy Fundamentals course is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge to understand, and qualitatively and quantitatively calculate how energy is converted from basic energy sources such as fossil fuels, biomass, solar energy and wind to electrical energy. F.

TECH 201. Electromechanical Fundamentals. 3 Credits.

The study of the fundamental properties of mechanical, hydraulic, and electronic/electrical systems (primarily those that revolve around Direct Current (DC) including an introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Experiential learning is facilitated through the use of project design and development. Prerequisite: MATH 103. Corequisite: PHYS 161 or equivalent. F.

TECH 202. Advanced Application of CADD Techniques. 3 Credits.

The advanced study of computer aided design/drafting to include 3D coordinates and layout, subsurface meshes, regions, solid modeling, and connection to computer numerical control (CNC). The creation of presentation graphics using bitmap files, shading, and rendering is also presented. Prerequisite: TECH 122 or consent of instructor. S.

TECH 203. Manufacturing Processes. 3 Credits.

Fundamental concepts of processing industrial materials, especially those utilized in manufacturing products, with emphasis on tools and techniques. S.

TECH 204. Industrial Materials. 4 Credits.

The theoretical and laboratory study of the physical and chemical attributes of organic and inorganic materials for conversion into industrial materials are explored. Source, structure, characteristics, properties, and practical applications of metallic, polymer, wood, ceramic, and composite materials are introduced. Laboratory activities are designed to explore the attributes of these materials as well as to practice the material testing processes. F.

TECH 211. Electric Circuits and Devices. 3 Credits.

The subject matter covered in this course will include: concepts, principles, and operational characteristics of electronic/electrical components-discrete and integrated devices-and circuits. Design and developmental activities are facilitated through the use of Multisim and Utiboard. Prerequisite: TECH 201, MATH 103 and MATH 105. S.

TECH 212. Principles of Graphic Design and Print Production. 3 Credits.

The basic concepts, processes, and techniques involved in graphic design for image generation and print production are introduced in this course. Prerequisite: TECH 102. F.

TECH 213. Wood Products Manufacturing. 3 Credits.

An introductory study of wood manufacturing methods and techniques utilizing tools and machines leading to the production of constructed assemblies. Prerequisite: TECH 110 or TECH 204 or consent of instructor. F, even years.

TECH 223. Applied Synthetics. 3 Credits.

A study of synthetic/polymer materials emphasizing identification of characteristics and properties; and their application as related to industrial products. Prerequisites: CHEM 115/115L or 121/121L. F, odd years.

TECH 232. Web Design. 3 Credits.

Introduction to electronic publishing on the Internet through design layout and production of web pages. Emphasis is on production of graphics, interface design, and navigability. Prerequisites: TECH 102, 112 and 212. F.

TECH 300. Technology and Society. 3 Credits.

A lecture-recitation course emphasizing the various impacts of technology on the individual, society, environment and basic institutions. Technological matrix of various cultures. F,S.

TECH 311. Computers and Emerging Technologies. 3 Credits.

An introductory course to the personal computer with an emphasis on system hardware, boot-up sequence, configuration and customization, operating systems, upgrading, and troubleshooting. The course will also examine emerging computer technologies, various peripheral devices and interfaces, including network and computer wireless communications systems. F.

TECH 322. Fundamentals of Photography. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the concepts, processes, technologies, and applications of film and digital photography. Emphasis is on creating technically sound and compositionally pleasing images. F,SS.

TECH 330. Quality Assurance. 3 Credits.

The study of principles and techniques of quality assurance and quality management, with an emphasis on the fundamentals of quality assurance for products, process control, and process capability. Related topics include quality design review, fundamentals of statistics, sampling and control chart systems, quality reporting, process capability analysis, tool and gauge control, document control, and troubleshooting quality control. Prerequisite: ECON 210 or consent of instructor. S, odd years.

TECH 332. Industrial Design. 3 Credits.

In this industrial design course students will learn how to design products in support of human activities and interactions. Principles and techniques of needs assessment, patent research, concept realization, design alternatives, and prototype development will be introduced through a creative and inventive process to address various instrumental factors such as product aesthetics, functionality, materials, sustainability, and usability. Prerequisite: TECH 122 and TECH 202 or consent of instructor. F.

TECH 340. Cost Estimating. 3 Credits.

Principles and techniques necessary for the economic analysis and evaluation of industrial design projects. Prerequisites: ECON 210, MATH 146, or equivalent, or consent of instructor. S, even years.

TECH 341. Digital Integrated Circuits. 3 Credits.

The study of basic concepts of digital circuits and devices; operational characteristics of digital integrated circuits. Prerequisite: TECH 211 or consent of instructor. S, odd years.

TECH 342. Interface Design. 3 Credits.

This course explores screen design of digital interfaces using research, creative methodologies, and the use of visual aesthetics to communicate information and to enhance user experience. S.

TECH 362. Intermediate Graphic Design and Print Production. 3 Credits.

This course addresses the theoretical concepts about graphic form, typography, layout, color, symbolism, and content related to graphic design and print production. Prerequisite: TECH 212. F.

TECH 373. Manufacturing Automation Systems. 3 Credits.

The study of the fundamentals of automation as it relates to automated production environments. Students will examine the forms of computer-based automation systems used in the various areas of a manufacturing system and how systems can be integrated through data communication networks. Topics include NC and CNC programming and systems, computer assisted parts programming, industrial robot configurations, industrial automation applications, and integration of control systems and manufacturing technology. Prerequisites: TECH 122, TECH 201, and TECH 203 or equivalent. F, even years.

TECH 396. Field Experiences in Technology. 1-6 Credits.

Provides students with supervised opportunities to engage in various technical industrial or business experiences by working with and learning from practicing professionals. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits. F,S,SS.

TECH 397. Cooperative Education. 1-6 Credits.

A practical work experience with an approved company in business or industry, arranged by the student, faculty and employer. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisites: junior standing, GPA of 2.5 overall, and faculty approval. Repeatable to 6 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.

TECH 399. Honors Tutorial. 1-3 Credits.

TECH 400. Teaching Technology Education. 3 Credits.

An analysis of various methods employed in instructional techniques for industry and education. Development of methods and strategies of instruction use and ordering of instructional materials, based on behavioral objectives and classroom application of instructional techniques; lab activities. Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of instructor. F, odd years.

TECH 403. Product Research and Development. 3 Credits.

The study of product development and production planning for manufacture through the application of research methodologies, design processes, and prototype development. Prerequisite: TECH 203 or consent of instructor. F.

TECH 420. Facilities Design. 3 Credits.

Principles and applications of designing industrial/business facilities with emphasis on site location, environmental consideration, qualitative and quantitative modeling. Computer application in facility planning and quantitative analysis; lab activities. Prerequisites: TECH 122. S.

TECH 422. Digital Photography and Imaging. 3 Credits.

This advanced course in photography focuses on the concepts, processes, technologies and applications of digital photography and imaging. It includes the utilization of cameras, digitizing technologies, and computer software designed specifically for creating, processing and editing images. Topics include this technology's history, ethics, legal and regulatory issues, creative and scientific processes, and applications. Prerequisite: TECH 322 or consent of instructor. S.

TECH 433. Manufacturing Strategies. 3 Credits.

Theoretical and laboratory study of strategies utilized by business and industry to develop and maintain a competitive edge. Topics include lean manufacturing, Kanban, five S's, Kaizan, push and pull modeling, fishbone-4Ms, line balancing, and PoKayoke. Prerequisites: TECH 122 and TECH 203, and TECH 330 or TECH 340. F, odd years.

TECH 440. Occupational Safety. 3 Credits.

The major safety concerns and problems commonly associated with the industrial and occupational environment are addressed. Emphasis is placed on the study of safety rules and regulations, implementation of management tools to benefit people for optimum safety conditions and productivity, and the documentation required for record keeping. Prerequisite: Upper division students only. S.

TECH 442. Advanced Graphic Design and Print Production. 3 Credits.

This advanced graphic design course provides a broad understanding of computer-assisted publishing. Emphases are on design and print production, materials, processes, analyses, techniques, and the technologies of publishing. Prerequisites: TECH 362. F.

TECH 451. Computer Application Control Systems. 3 Credits.

A study of computer integrated systems and their designs to facilitate the manufacture and production processes. Topics covered include: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs); microcontrollers; touch-screen; TCP/IP; and voice control systems. Students will also utilize commercial computer-aided design tools, i.e., Multism and Ultiboard to design, simulate, and test manufactured systems. Prerequisites: TECH 201, TECH 211, TECH 311 and TECH 341. S, even years.

TECH 452. Multimedia Production. 3 Credits.

This advanced graphics course is designed to explore multimedia production technologies, concepts, processes, methods, and techniques. The course provides hands-on experience applying multimedia technology to integrate graphics, text, sound and video into meaningful productions. Prerequisites: TECH 322. S.

TECH 493. Workshop. 1-6 Credits.

A workshop course on a specific topic, primarily for, but not confined to, Continuing Education. Repeatable to 24 credits. Repeatable to 24 credits. F,S,SS.

TECH 497. Directed Studies in Technology. 1-8 Credits.

Studies in topics relevant to the students' needs in selected topics including, but not limited to, Graphics, Electronics, Production, and Technology Education. Prerequisites: Junior Standing and instructor consent. Repeatable to 8 credits. F,S,SS.

TECH 498. Senior Capstone I. 1 Credit.

This course is designed for students to select the topic for their final Senior Capstone project, conduct the preliminary required research, and plan the final project. Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor. F.

TECH 499. Senior Capstone II. 3 Credits.

The capstone course is designed to integrate and reflect on coursework covered throughout the student's program in order to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and competancy related to the program goals. The course also facilitates students' transition from the academic to the professional world. Prerequisites: TECH 498, senior standing and consent of instructor. S.

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