Have an interest in science and technology? Embrace that interest in a new and unique way through University of Colorado Colorado Springs' Bachelor of Innovation. The College of Engineering here at University of Colorado Colorado Springs has been described as “the best in the west” and will provide real situations in real companies to further your abilities. We’ll provide you with a broad range of tools and knowledge to advance your technological skills to new levels. During the BI program you will focus on useful business, communication and team-working techniques that will give you a unique step ahead any other Bachelor of Science degree. In fact, by going through the BI’s degree path, not only will you take nearly all the core classes that you would take were you to get a Bachelor of Science degree, you will also be taught essential critical thinking skills for recognizing technology related problems in today’s society. The world is flooded with opportunities for engineering students, so come turn your ideas into impact with the Bachelor of Innovation program at University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Each BI degree is comprised of the major courses, the Innovation Core, a Cross Disciplinary Core, and some general education course.
The Innovation Core is 24 Credits that are geared toward innovation and entrepreneurship; a key component is multi-disciplinary long-term team activities over the sophomore, junior and senior years. Teams are expected to include students from all years and may include graduate students. These teams have a dynamic membership and team member roles will change on a regular basis. An innovation core includes courses on innovation, entrepreneurship, business and IP law, and policy. Students develop an “innovation portfolio” throughout the program that documents and highlights their roles and contributions in these various courses. This unique common core and experiential learning component are part of what makes the Bachelor of Innovation™ family so unique.
Each major includes a per-student choice of a cross-discipline core, which is a coherent collection of 15 credits from one “cross over” area. Students are encouraged to choose their cross-discipline as early as possible in the BI program, definitely before they enter their sophomore year.
Business Core (for non-business degrees) provides a broad coverage of business topics.
Creative Communication Core (for any non-LAS BI major) provides coverage of a variety of communication modes. Courses include both traditional (e.g., oral communication) and non-traditional (e.g., visual arts) communication approaches.
Engineering Technology Core (for non-engineering Majors) provides a broad coverage of engineering and technology.
Globalization Core (for any BI major) provides a selection of courses on globalization issues.It will have a language requirement (passing at the second year level) and a collection of international business/policy courses. Students in this option are encouraged to demonstrate at least 3 months residence in a non-English speaking country, which may be met by one-semester of study abroad. While abroad, involvements in the Innovation team projects will be “virtual,” but will be required.
UCCS is an NCA accredited university. BI degrees have been designed to be consistent with the appropriate specialized accreditation guidelines of AACSB or ABET. The College of Business is AACSB accredited so the BI in Business carries that automatically. The BI in CS and the BI in EE are both ABET accredited. (These are the only fields in engineering for which ABET offers accreditation.)
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ALIIVE, an acronym for Advance Live-fire Integrated Intelligent Virtual Environment, is an idea developed by Freshmen students in the B.I. program for a virtual combat training system for military use, entailing a shock suit, GPS units, and laser line-of-sight operation. This BI team and Dr. Boult partnered with a local company, Combat Training Solutions, to pursue a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR). The initial ALIIVE team that developed the SBIR proposal was awarded a DOD contract for $100,000 to further research/design. Most of this BI Team were also paid from that funding and worked on advancing the product design, market research, coding, and proposal writing. All of these are useful skills that will probably be used in their careers.
Tier1Performance Solutions XL-CITR Project
A team of BI students supported Tier1Performance Solutions, along with doctors Edward Chow, Tim Chamillard, and Terry Boult of UCCS, to develop a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) proposal on Serious Gaming. This project used game technology to help military personal learn about insider threat cyber security. As a successful proposal, with the combined Tier1Performanece Solutions/UCCS Team, the team won $200,000 in Federal and Kentucky State funding. Implementation effort was lead by Tier1,and BI Students working with graduate students in CyberSecurity developed protytpes. The team went on to submit a successful $750,000 Phase II award which took their project all the way to a full commercial product. BI continues to work with Tier1Perfoermance Solutions.
To read more success stories visit http://innovation.uccs.edu/current-students/success-stories/