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Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Major, B.S.

Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute  

College of Health and Applied Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute is at the forefront of a revolution in America’s manufacturing economy - the use of smarter, leaner factories to develop and produce innovative new products, materials, and techniques. This multi-disciplinary degree will prepare students for leading-edge careers in the Advanced Manufacturing sector.

The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) baccalaureate degree is a multi-disciplinary major that emphasizes both theoretical and practical applications, providing students with a solid foundation in core skills, knowledge and dispositions to facilitate expertise in advanced manufacturing professional positions.

The major requires a core set of courses, selection of a concentration, and selection of AMS Approved Electives so that each concentration becomes an extended major. The AMS bachelor’s degree is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

Core Courses

The core of the AMS program is comprised of a set of courses that are integral to the goal of preparing students as manufacturing professionals in a variety of industry sectors. The required core courses are designed to provide students with a targeted skill set based on the following core competencies: subtractive manufacturing skills (CNC machining & inspection), additive manufacturing skills (including an opportunity to receive a Stratasys Certification), computer-aided design skills, quality assurance skills, soft skills including critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, leadership and communication, math skills, computer skills including manufacturing data protection, technical writing skills, and basic electronics skills.

Concentration Courses

The student will choose a concentration in which to specialize:

  • Aerospace Concentration
  • Industrial Design Concentration
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology Concentration
  • Operations Management Concentration

Elective Courses

To assure a breadth of relevant content knowledge, students will select elective courses from the list of AMS Approved Electives. These are all relevant courses selected from the contributing departments. Elective courses address content areas such as Aerospace studies, Engineering Law, Foundations of Information Systems and Problem Solving, basic Computer Science courses, Mathematics, Electronics courses, Design Thinking, Product Usability and computer modeling courses, Manufacturing Engineering and Physics courses.

Student Outcomes

Technical Skills 

  • Design - Apply scientific, mathematical, and technological knowledge and skills to effectively solve manufacturing problems. 
  • Processes - Analyze and interpret results of standard tests and measurements to improve manufacturing processes. 
  • Materials - Analyze and interpret results of standard tests and measurements to select manufacturing materials. 
  • Equipment & Tools - Implement proper and safe use of manufacturing equipment and tools. 

Soft Skills 

  • Communication - Demonstrate effective written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments. 
  • Critical Thinking - Analyze and evaluate information gathered by observation, experience, and reasoning and integrate and apply to inform decisions and actions. 
  • Teamwork - Demonstrate the ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 within the major.
  • A minor is not required for this program.  
  • Each student is required to complete an appropriate internship related to the degree program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Aerospace Concentration: 39 credits

Introduces students to the prime operating settings, systems, and constructs affecting operations conducted in space or that rely on space-based infrastructure for commercialized applications.

Industrial Design Concentration: 39 credits

Focuses on exposing students to 3D modeling, CNC machines and advanced materials from an industrial design perspective.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Concentration: 39 credits

Provides practice in the ability to improve integrated systems, optimize manufacturing processes, adopt state-of-the-art materials, and produce superior quality products at minimal cost. Coursework provides students an opportunity to understand the operation and function of more complex technologies used in manufacturing.

Operations Management Concentration: 39 credits

A holistic perspective on the managerial and organizational systems that are used to make key decisions related to the planning for and day-to-day control of manufacturing operations. Beyond developing competence in analytical and planning skills, particular emphasis is given to the philosophy and methods of lean manufacturing, continuous quality improvement, effective supply chain management and Enterprise Planning.

AMS Elective Courses: 9-15 credits

Students are required to take courses from the list below to complete the major. The number of elective credits required varies by the concentration and is stated with each concentration description. Recommended electives have been selected to expand the breadth of knowledge and skills for AMS students and constitute a vital part of the AMS major. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to selecting electives.

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
AMS Core Courses 44 credits
Selected Concentration 39 credits
AMS Electives (counted in concentration)
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 0-10 credits
Total for the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.