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Core Curriculum

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Facilitator: Christopher Kitts, Mechanical Engineering

Design thinking provides a holistic approach to the development of new products and processes, emphasizing the creative, interdisciplinary synthesis of new systems that can lead to solutions for real problems. Important aspects of design thinking include the innovative application of technology as well as the need to harness such innovation in a sustainable enterprise. Design thinking may be applied to a vast range of problems, from designing a new consumer product, to adapting a device for low-cost and local production in the developing world, to solving global issues such as climate change and health care. This pathway is open to all students and invites them to discover the many elements of design thinking. The topic may be explored from a wide range of perspectives, such as those characteristic of the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, business, and engineering.

Associated Courses

Foundations Courses

(Please note that only the specific Foundation course topics qualify for the Pathway requirements, and only one Foundations course may be applied to a Pathway)

ENGL        2A        Science, Ethics, & Society (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        2A        Science, Technology, Self (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        2A/H     Technology & Cultural Knowledge (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        2A/H     Writing about Sustainability (effective 9/1/09)
PHIL         2A         Logic & Critical Thinking (effective 1/1/18)

ARTS        36         Ditto! The Technology of Print (effective 1/1/20) 
ARTS        71         Digital Print Making (effective 9/1/14)
ARTS        72         Intro to Computer Arts & Design Theory (effective 9/1/09)
ARTS        74/174  Basic Computer Imaging/Computer Imaging (effective 9/1/09)
ARTS        75/175  Basic Graphic Design/Graphic Design (effective 9/1/09)
ARTS        177       Website Graphic Design (effective 9/1/09)

Art and Art History
ARTH        66         Fabricating Nature (effective 1/1/19) 

BIOE         194       Design Project I (effective 9/1/09)
BIOE         195       Design Project II (effective 9/1/09)
BIOE         196       Design Project III (effective 9/1/09)

BIOL          18        Exploring Biotechnology L&L (effective 9/1/09)
BIOL          135      Biofuels: Sustainable Energy for the Future? (effective 9/1/09)
BIOL          171      Social & Ethical Dimensions of Biotechnology (effective 9/1/09)

Business Administration
BUSN         144      Entrepreneurship: Bringing New Ideas to the Marketplace (effective 9/1/09)
BUSN         170      Contemporary Business for Non-Majors (effective 9/1/09)

Child Studies
CHST          75        Technology and Education (effective 9/1/09)

Civil Engineering
CENG         119      Designing for Sustainable Construction (effective 9/1/09)
CENG         128      Engineering Economics and Business (cross-listed with CENG 208; effective 9/1/09)
CENG         148      Structural Systems (cross-listed with CENG 248; effective 9/1/09)
CENG         192A    Civil Engineering Project Development (effective 9/1/09)
CENG         193      Detailed Project Design (effective 9/1/09)
CENG         208      Engineering Economics and Project Finance (cross-listed with CENG 128; effective 9/1/09)
CENG         248      Structural Systems (cross-listed with CENG 148; effective 9/1/09)

Computer Engineering
COEN         10        Introduction to Programming (effective 1/1/16)
COEN         20        Introduction to Embedded Systems (effective 9/1/09)
COEN         20L       Embedded Systems Lab (COEN 20 is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
COEN         21        Introduction to Logic Design (effective 9/1/09)
COEN         21L       Logic Design Lab (COEN 21 is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
*COEN       123       Mechatronics (cross-listed as MECH 143 and COEN 123; ELEN 123L is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
COEN         150       Introduction to Information Security (effective 9/1/09)
*COEN       194       Design Project I (effective 9/1/09)
COEN         195       Design Project II (effective 9/1/09)
COEN         196       Design Project III (effective 9/1/09)
COEN         250       Information Security Management (effective 9/1/09)

COMM        12         Technology and Communication (effective 9/1/09)
COMM        30         Introduction to Digital Filmmaking (effective 9/1/09)
COMM        160A     Silicon Valley Communication Technology (effective 9/1/2009)
COMM        161B     Communication Media and Technology in Education (effective 9/1/09)
COMM        162A     Communication Technology and Policy (effective 9/1/2009)

DANC         49         Dance Composition (effective 9/1/09)

ECON         1           Principles of Microeconomics (effective 9/1/09)
ECON         1E         Principles of Microeconomics (effective 9/1/09)
ECON         101       Resources, Food, and the Environment (cross-listed with MGMT 173; effective 3/25/19)
ECON         139       American Economic History (effective 9/1/09) 
ECON         185       The Economics of Innovation and Intellectual Property (effective 9/1/09)

Electrical Engineering
ELEN          21         Introduction to Logic Design (effective 9/1/09)
ELEN          21L        Logic Design Lab (ELEN 21 is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
ELEN          50          Electric Circuits I (effective 9/1/09)
ELEN          50L         Electric Circuits I Lab (ELEN 50 is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
ELEN          123        Mechatronics (cross-listed with MECH 143 and COEN 123; ELEN 123L is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
ELEN          123L       Mechatronics Lab (ELEN 123 is a co-requisite; cross listed with MECH 143L; effective 9/1/09)
ELEN          194         Design Project I (effective 9/1/09)
ELEN          195         Design Project II (effective 9/1/09)
ELEN          196         Design Project III (effective 9/1/09)

ENGL         109          Information Culture and Information Society (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL         167          Modern Fiction
ENGL         181          Engineering Communications: Practical Writing and Presentation Skills for Engineers (effective 9/1/09)

ENGR         19           Ethics in Technology (effective 9/1/09)
ENGR         60           Sustainable Electric Energy (effective 9/1/09)
ENGR         110         Engineering Projects Community (effective 9/1/09)
ENGR         140         Diversity & Innovation in STEM (effective 03/25/18)
ENGR         141         Innovation Theology: An Introduction (effective 3/25/19)  
ENGR         161         Globalization and the Cultures of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (effective 9/1/09)
ENGR         177         Globalization and the Cultures of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (effective 9/1/09)

Environmental Studies
ENVS         20           The Water Wars of California L&L (effective 1/19/2016)
ENVS         21           Introduction to Applied Ecology L&L (effective 9/1/09)
ENVS         80           Energy and the Environment (effective 9/1/09)
*ENVS       84           Spirituality and Sustainability (cross-listed with TESP 84; effective 9/1/09)
ENVS         120         Introduction to Environmental Law and Regulation in the United States (effective 9/1/09)
*ENVS       122         Environmental Politics and Policy (cross-listed with POLI 157; effective 9/1/09)
*ENVS       145         Environmental Technology (effective 9/1/09)
ENVS         146         Agriculture, Environment and Development: Latin America (effective 9/1/09)

Experiential Learning for Social Justice
ELSJ          134         Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship (effective 3/25/19)
ELSJ          135         Research in Social Entrepreneurship (effective 3/25/19)

HIST          79/179    History of Technology: Steam to Cyborgs (effective 03/25/18)
HIST          85           Introduction to United States Environmental History (effective 9/1/09)
HIST          183         American Capitalism 
HIST          184         American Historical Geography (effective 4/1/17) 

MGMT         6             Business Ethics (effective 9/1/09)
MGMT         6H           Business Ethics: Honors (effective 9/1/09)
*MGMT       8             Constructing a Nonprofit Organization (four units) (please note if MGMT 8 (Business Ethics in Practice) was completed prior to Fall 2015, additional courses may be needed to reach the 12 or 16 unit minimum; effective 9/1/09)
MGMT         40           Foundational Knowledge of Managing for Sustainability (effective 9/1/17)
MGMT         41           Foundational Skills of Managing for Sustainability (effective 1/1/18)
MGMT         42           Leading from the Triple Bottom Line (effective 3/25/18)
MGMT         164          Introduction to Entrepreneurship (effective 9/1/09)
*MGMT       172          Social Entrepreneurship (effective 9/1/19)
MGMT         173          Resources, Food, and the Environment (cross-listed with ECON 101; effective 3/25/19)
*MGMT       180          Negotiation Skills in Business (effective 1/1/19) 

*MKTG       187           Innovation & New Product Marketing (effective 3/28/14)

Mathematics and Computer Science
CSCI          3              Intro to Computing & Applications (effective 9/1/09)
CSCI          10            Introduction to Computer Science (effective 9/1/09)
*CSCI        10B          Introduction To Computer Science B (effective 1/1/15)

Mechanical Engineering
MECH         10             Graphical Comm in Design (effective 9/1/09)
MECH         10L            Graphical Comm in Design Lab (MECH 10 is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
MECH         143            Mechatronics (cross-listed as ELEN 123 and COEN 123; ELEN 123L is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
MECH         143L           Mechatronics Lab (MECH 143 is a co-requisite; cross listed with ELEN 123L; effective 9/1/09)
MECH         144             Smart Product Design (effective 9/1/09)
MECH         144L           Smart Product Design-Lab (MECH 144 is a co-requisite; effective 9/1/09)
MECH         194             Advanced Design I : Tools (effective 9/1/09)
MECH         195             Advanced Design II : Implementation (effective 9/1/09)
MECH         196             Advanced Design III: Completion and Evaluation (effective 9/1/09)

Modern Languages & Literatures
*ITAL         102             Made in Italy (effective 1/1/20)

MUSC         115             Experimental Sound Design (effective 9/1/09) 

Operations and Management Information Systems
*OMIS        105             Database Management Systems (effective 9/1/12)
OMIS          107             Systems Programming (effective 9/1/09)
OMIS          137             Object-Oriented Programming (effective 9/1/09)
OMIS          173             E-Commerce Technologies (effective 9/1/2009)

PHIL           3                 Ethical Issues in Computing
PHIL           3A               Ethics in the Digital Age (effective 1/9/2017)
PHIL           3H               Ethics in the Digital Age (effective 1/9/2017)
PHIL           22/H            Ethics in the Digital Age/Honors (effective 3/30/17; formerly PHIL 3A) 
PHIL           26               Ethics in Business (effective 9/1/09; formerly PHIL 6)
PHIL           40               Science, Technology and Society (effective 9/1/09; formerly PHIL 80)
*PHIL         174             Uncertainty, Conflict & Self Development: Chinese Perspectives (effective 01/01/18)            

Political Science
POLI           123             Global Environmental Politics (effective 9/1/09)
POLI           157             U.S. Environmental Policy (cross-listed with ENVS 122; effective 9/1/09)
*POLI         163             State and Local Politics (effective 3/25/19) 
POLI           167             Making Public Policy (effective 9/1/09)

Public Health
PHSC          157             Social Innovation in Public Health (effective 1/9/2017)

Religious Studies
TESP           16               Religion, Science and Ecology (effective 9/1/18) 
*TESP         26               Sustainable Theologies (effective 3/25/18) 
*TESP         84               Spirituality & Sustainability (cross-listed with ENVS 84; effective 9/1/09)
*TESP         86               Spirituality and Engineering (effective 9/1/09)
*TESP         113             Design Theory, Innovation, and Jesuit Principles (effective 1/1/19)
*TESP         152             Faith, Ethics & Biodiversity (effective 3/25/18)  
*TESP         176             Nature, Humanity, Spirituality (effective 9/1/09)

*SOCI         49               Computers, Internet and Society (effective 9/1/09)
SOCI           130             Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Change (formerly SOCI 60; effective 9/1/11)
SOCI           149             Business, Technology and Society (effective 9/1/09)

THTR           30               Introduction to Design (effective 9/1/09)
THTR           32               Costume Construction (effective 9/1/09)
THTR           33               Stage Lighting (effective 9/1/09)
*THTR         131              Sound Design (effective 9/1/09)
THTR           133              Scene Design (effective 9/1/09)
THTR           134              Costume Design (effective 9/1/09)
THTR           137              Pattern Drafting and Draping (effective 9/1/09)


* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites