BSU Catalog Home | Technological Studies Course Descriptions

Technological Studies

(formerly Industrial Technology)

Department of Technological Studies
Bridgeman Hall 218-755-2950
Fax: 218-755-4011

Dr. James McCracken (Chair;, Dr. Timothy Brockman, Mr. Andrew Graham, Ms. Barbara Hanus, Dr. Bonnie Higgins, Mr. Lyle Meulebroeck (Northwest Technical College), Mr. Sudhi Upadhyaya, Dr. Vince Vohnout

Areas of Study

The Department of Technological Studies offers a variety of programs with a common thematic core centered on using the technological problem-solving model to create new opportunities, design creative solutions to address difficult challenges, and improve operations in business, industry, and modern enterprises.

The department offers a nationally accredited* Bachelor of Science program in Industrial Technology, with emphasis areas in Construction Management, Manufacturing Management, and Manufacturing Technology. Along with the associated Bachelor of Applied Science program in Technology Management, these degree options offer both four-year and returning students the opportunity to prepare for leadership roles in modern enterprises.

Returning students have the option to enroll in the Bachelor of Applied Science program in Applied Engineering, which is offered online or on campus for working professionals who have either an Associate of Science, an Associate of Applied Science degree, or a diploma or certificate and wish to complete a Bachelor’s degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Design Technology offers students a unique and exciting opportunity to pursue careers that demand excellence in a combination of technical, creative, and artistic capabilities. Students are able to specialize in digital media or in Exhibit Design, which is another four-year specialization unique to Bemidji State University. All Design Technology students benefit from a portfolio review process, a graduation requirement that offers them the opportunity to present their professional portfolios to leaders in their industries from across the nation. Students transferring from a MnSCU Community and/or Technical College with an Associate degree in a related design field may be eligible for articulated transfer into the Design Technology program.

*The BS in Industrial Technology is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (

Campus chapters of professional organizations: The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Construction Management Club.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation

Recommended High School Courses
Graphic Arts
Art/Fine Arts
CADD/Computer Programming
Project Lead the Way classes

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major, minor, emphasis, or specialization that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Applications Engineering
Art Director
Construction Management
Exhibit Designer
Graphic Designer
Industrial/Architectural Rendering
Manufacturing Engineering
Model Building
Multimedia Specialist/Designer
Pre-press Production
Print Production
Process Planning
Quality Control Engineering
Research and Development
Technical Sales
Web Page Development
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

BSU Catalog Home | BSU Home