Requirements for the Major and Minor in Technological Systems Management (TSM)

Acceptance into the Major in Technological Systems Management

Freshman and transfer applicants who have specified their interest in Techno­logical Systems Management may be accepted directly into the major upon admission to the University. Applicants admitted to the University but not immediately accepted into the Techno­logical Systems Management major may apply for acceptance at any time during the academic year by contacting the director of the undergraduate program. Students in good academic standing may apply in any semester but priority for admission to the major is given to those students who have:

1) completed AMS 161 and the second course in a natural science sequence, or their equivalents
2) earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.50
3) received completed course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.

Requirements for the Major in Technological Systems Management (TSM)

Students must complete a specialization in one of the following: natural science, engi­neering and applied science, or environmental studies. (For those students who have a major in one of those areas and who pursue Technological Systems Management as a second major, the first major will serve as the specialization.)

Completion of the major requires approximately 79 credits.

A. Mathematics

B. Natural Sciences

One of the following sequences:

1. PHY 131/PHY 133 and PHY 132/PHY 134  Classical Physics I, II and Laboratories
Note: One of the following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted for PHY 131/PHY 133 and PHY 132/PHY 134:
PHY 121/PHY 123 and PHY 122/PHY 124
or PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, PHY 133, PHY 134 
or PHY 141, PHY 142, PHY 133, PHY 134 

2. BIO 201, 202, 204 or BIO 201, 203, 204 or BIO 202, 203, 204 Fundamentals of Biology

3. CHE 131, CHE 132/CHE 133 General Chemistry I, II and lab

4. GEO 102, GEO 112 The Earth/Physical Geology Lab and one of the following:
GEO 304 Energy, Mineral Resources and the Environment 
GEO 311 Structural Geology
Note: This sequence will not fulfill the University D.E.C. E requirement.

5. BIO 201 Principles of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems and one of the following:
GEO 101 Environmental Geology
MAR 104 Oceanography
ATM 102 Weather and Climate
ENS 101 Prospects for Planet Earth

C.   Study in Related Areas: Specialization

A cluster of seven related courses, totaling at least 21 credits, in one area of natural science, engineering, applied science, or environmental studies from a single department or program. At least three courses, totaling at least nine credits, must be at the 300 or 400 level, or equivalent as approved by the undergraduate program director/advisor.

D. Technological Systems Management

1. Required courses (11)

a) EST 192 Introduction to Modern Engineering
b) EST 194 Patterns of Problem Solving
c) EST 202 Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society Studies
d) EST 305 Applications Software for Information Management
e) EST 326 Management for Engineers
f) EST 327 Marketing for Engineers
g) EST 391 Technology Assessment
h) EST 392 Engineering and Managerial Economics
i) EST 393 Project Management
j) EST 440 Interdisciplinary Research Methods
k) EST 441 Interdisciplinary Senior Project

2. Electives

a) EST 213 Studies in Nanotechnology
b) EST 304 Communication for Engineers and Scientists
c) EST 310 Design of Computer Games
d) EST 320 Communication Technology Systems
e) EST 331 Ethics and Intellectual Property
f) EST 341 Waste Treatment Technologies
g) EST 488 Internship in Technology and Society

Note: Students may take other 300 or 400 level courses in their area of specialization with the approval of the undergraduate program director/advisor.

E. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

All degree candidates must demonstrate skill in written English at a level acceptable for Technological Systems Manage­ment majors. To satisfy this requirement, a TSM major must submit a paper written for an upper-division EST course for review. Students whose writing does not meet the required standard are referred for remedial help. The requirement may also be met by earning a letter grade of C or higher in a writing-intensive course approved by the Department or, if the student has a double major, by satisfying the upper-division writing requirement in the other major.


All courses taken to satisfy requirements A through D above must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of C or higher is required in all.

Requirements for the Minor in Technological Systems Management (TSM)

All students must complete six or more of the following EST electives (minimum 18 credits) with a g.p.a. of 2.50 or higher. No grade less than C may be used to meet the requirements for the minor. EST courses counted toward the requirements for a student's major may not be counted towards the requirements for the TSM minor.

1. EST 192 Introduction to Modern Engineering
2. EST 201 Technological Trends in Society 
3. EST 304 Communication for Engineers and Scientists
4. EST 305 Applications Software for Information Management
6. EST 325 Technology in the Workplace
7. EST 326 Management for Engineers
8. EST 327 Marketing for Engineers
9. EST 391 Technology Assessment
10. EST 393 Project Management 11
11. Another EST course with permission of the Undergraduate Program Director