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Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Minor

Technical Innovation, Design Thinking, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset Minor

Engineers – Are you interested in exploring technical innovation beyond the Design Thinking Pathway?  Are you interested in developing skills that will help you apply your engineering degree so that you can effectively create real impact through the creation of value and improved circumstances for others?  Are you interested in complementing your major with courses and activities relating to technical innovation, business, law, and the world of design?  Are you interested in learning concepts that are critical to success in start-ups, large companies, social enterprises, and even civic organizations?  If so, consider selecting this new Minor, created especially for engineers and implemented in a way that allows every engineer to fit its requirements into their four year program.  This new Minor can now be declared formally through the normal approval process.  Course requirements for the Minor include courses in product innovation, business, and design/entrepreneurial thinking.  An experiential requirement can be satisfied in part through the capstone course sequence.  An additional co-curricular component may be satisfied through participation in extracurricular activities, through completion of the Design Thinking Pathway, or through additional coursework. For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Kitts,


Product Innovation and Prototyping (5 units):

  • MECH144/L – Smart Product Design (5)

Business Fundamentals (4 unit minimum):

  • Option A: BUSN 70. Contemporary Business Issues (4) or BUSN 170. Contemporary Business for Non-majors (5)
  • Option B: ENGR173- Intro to Business Fundamentals (1) and 3 additional 1-unit courses from the approved business list

Design/Entrepreneurial Thinking Fundamentals (4 unit minimum):

  • Option A: MGMT 164 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (5)
  • Option B: 4 1-unit courses from the approved design/entrepreneurial thinking list

Experiential Activity (5 unit minimum):

  • Option A: ENGR 197 – Engineering and the Entrepreneurial Mindset (1) Performed over 3 qtrs in conjunction with an engineering senior capstone project course sequence (6-10)
  • Option B: BUSN 145 – Entrepreneurship Practicum (5 unit option) performed as part of a placement that includes a significant technology focus relating to design/development, and approved by the Minor Program Coordinator

Elective Component: Complete any two of the following program opportunities

  • Option A: Complete the Design Thinking Pathway with an essay theme that specifically emphasizes a topic relating to developing a deep understanding of customer/market needs and opportunities and capitalizing on this to create value through the design of a technical system
  • Option B: Participate in two extra-curricular design challenges approved in advance by the minor program coordinator (challenges may not have been used for credit in any other course). 
  • Option C: Complete an independent study project related to technical entrepreneurship, supervised by a faculty member and approved in advance by the program director
  • Option D: Complete an additional 2 units of coursework from approved courses in the Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.


Course Options for the Minor

Business-related 1-unit courses

Engr 173 – I Introduction to Business Fundamentals (1) 

Engr 174 – Financial Statements and Decision Making (1)

Engr 175 – Business Model and Plan Development (1)

Engr 176 – Introduction to Technical Marketing (1)

Engr 178 -  Intellectual Property for Engineers (1)

Engr 168 – Legal Considerations for New Ventures (1) 

Design/Entrepreneurial Thinking 1-unit courses

Engr 171A – Opportunity Recognition I (1)

Engr 171B – Opportunity Recognition II (1)

Engr 172A – Applied Entrepreneurship I (1)

Engr 172B – Applied Entrepreneurship  II (1)

Engr 169 – Social Entrepreneurship (1)

Engr 179 – Corporate Intrapreneurship (1)

Additional courses in the Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program:

ENGR 19 - Ethics in Technology (4)

ENGR 177 - Globalization and the Cultures of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (4)

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