1999-2001 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Technology

102 Technology, 372-7581


Bachelor of Science in Technology Bachelor of Science in Education

College administration

Office of the Dean

  • Ernest N. Savage, Ed.D., interim dean,
  • 204 Technology, 372-2438
  • Office of Student Program Services

  • Naomi Lee, Ph.D., director of student program services and assistant to the dean, 102 Technology, 372-7581
  • Office of Cooperative Education

  • Barry D. Piersol, M.Ed., director of cooperative education and assistant to the dean, 105 Technology, 372-7580
  • Office of Graduate Studies

  • Ernest N. Savage, Ed.D., director, 207 Technology, 372-7613
  • Departments

  • Technology Systems, Wil Roudebush, Ph.D., chair, 264 Technology, 372-2439
  • Visual Communication and Technology Education, Larry O. Hatch, Ph. D., chair, 260 Technology, 372-2437

    Academic objectives


    The foremost consideration in the College of Technology is to provide students with a quality professional education including a strong general education component. Students acquire the competencies, attitudes and understandings to function as qualified professionals in business, industry, government and education. The programs are based on the exciting and evolving dimensions of several specialties in industrial technology. The college's faculty accept and conscientiously contribute to the achievement of excellence in the cultural, citizenship, communication and general education goals of the University.

    The college and departmental goals and objectives, and individual program objectives augment the University's mission and academic goals. They contribute to the accomplishment of University objectives:

    1. Quality in instructional programs for the preparation of technologists and teachers;

    2. Providing for better theoretical and practical understanding of current industrial technology;

    3. Emphasizing the development and application of competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, career decision making, computation and mathematics;

    4. Fostering understanding of other cultures, humanities and arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences.

    The mission of the College of Technology is to develop problem-solving and leadership capabilities for professionals who seek, create and/or use technological knowledge.

    The major goals for the college include:

    1. To prepare exemplary, technically capable professionals who are problem-solvers, human resource developers and educators for leadership roles in technology;

    2. To facilitate research and development in the application, innovation, transfer of and education about technology;

    3. To influence technology policy, economic development and the improvement of the environment.

    The mission and goals are fulfilled by students and faculty in:

    1. Research and development in technical processes and materials to benefit the private sector, government and education;

    2. Researching and testing ideas, methods and procedures to improve techniques of preparing personnel. This adds to the knowledge of industrial technology and of applied instructional and learning theory;

    3. Undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs which prepare, update and upgrade personnel for technical management positions in the private sector and government;

    4. Undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs which prepare, update and upgrade personnel who serve at all levels in business and industry, and in technology education and industrial training;

    5. Undergraduate and graduate general education experiences which develop basic insights into the broad aspects of the technologies of industry. These involve problem-solving and creative processes, consideration of technological effects and the development of skills and understanding which will allow people to adapt to or control the technological environment;

    6. Responding to the needs of the enterprise system to enhance the college's own capabilities. Faculty and students share specialized knowledge and skills with appropriate individuals, organizations and agencies at the local, state and national levels.



    All technology specializations in the College of Technology are fully accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology. Students have the opportunity to become involved in the National Association of Industrial Technology as student members.

    The technology education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

    The construction management and technology program is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education.


    Degree programs offered

    Bachelor of Science in Technology

  • Advanced technological education
  • Architecture/environmental design studies
  • Aviation studies
  • Construction management and technology
  • Electronics and computer technology
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Mechanical design technology
  • Visual communication technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Education

  • Technology education

    College admission

    Students admitted to Bowling Green State University may register as majors in the College of Technology when they have:

    1. Formally declared their intent to major in the college;

    2. Registered with the college's student program services office as a provisional member of a program or an undecided major;

    3. Conferred with an adviser assigned by the College of Technology.


    Guidelines for transfer students

    Students transferring from within BGSU

    Students transferring from another college on the main campus, the Firelands campus or pre-major advising should initiate the transfer process by speaking with an adviser in their home college. After completing a College Transfer Form, the student should make an appointment with the director of student program services (372-7581).

    Students transferring from
    another institution

    Students who have earned an associate degree in an engineering or related technology from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution have some advantages in completing their baccalaureate degree in technology. Consistent with University policy, all credits earned at such institutions will count as credits toward graduation. Upon admission, a student's coursework will be evaluated and those courses appropriate for the major will be used to satisfy specific degree requirements. Additionally, because of the background accumulated at the two-year institution, some introductory courses may be waived even if the student has not taken courses directly equivalent to those required at the University.

    Students with associate degrees must complete only two of the three required semester-long cooperative education experiences. Additionally, if a student has been employed, full-time, in a related field for at least one year he or she may receive credit for an additional co-op through the credit-by-exam process.

    For ease in transferring into BGSU, transfer guides have been developed for many of the institutions in the area. These guides provide information about specific courses available at the community college that may be used to meet degree requirements within the College of Technology. These guides are available from the student program services office.


    Academic advisement

    The College of Technology faculty and administration are committed to providing a strong program of quality academic advising for all of its students. The mission of academic advising is to serve as an ongoing process to assist students. Faculty advisers are readily available. However, students should make appointments in a timely manner and prepare for their conferences with such items as tentative class schedules and questions, as appropriate, to the purpose of the meeting.

    The student program services office is located in 102 Technology. The professional
    staff is available to assist students with specific requirements, curriculum developments, career options, academic appeals procedures and general advisement.

    After selecting a major within the college, the student is assigned to an adviser in the major area of study. Teaching and advising schedules change every semester. At the beginning of each semester, faculty advisers post their advisement schedules. The responsibility of contacting an adviser rests with the student. The student program services office supplements advising performed at the department level.

    Program revision, assistance with registration, matriculation and shifts in the demands of the marketplace require a close adviser/student relationship. Both students and the college share a responsibility to offer/secure the best advisement possible.

    Students are responsible for:

  • attending Orientation/Registration or an individual meeting with an adviser prior to their first term of enrollment;
  • seeking advisement from both the Office of Student Program Services and their faculty adviser on a regular basis;
  • maintaining their own academic records including the catalog of their term of admittance, transcripts, degree audits, evaluation of transfer work and notes of previous advising visits.
  • The college is responsible for:

  • providing students with accurate information;
  • providing academic orientation programs for new students each term;
  • making brochures, handbooks and checklists of major requirements to help acquaint the student with departmental requirements and opportunities available.

    Student awards and organizations


    The college is the international headquarters for Epsilon Pi Tau, the international honorary for professions in technology. Its Alpha Gamma chapter serves students and other professionals who may be invited to membership on the basis of scholarship and leadership performance. The purpose of Epsilon Pi Tau is to recognize high academic achievement. Students in construction management may also be tapped to participation in Sigma Lambda Chi Construction National Honor Society.


    Each year College of Technology students are awarded University, college and program scholarships. Applications for college and program awards may be obtained from the student program services office. Incoming freshmen and transfer students may be offered scholarships, without application, based on prior academic performance.

    Student organizations

    Special opportunities exist for students to become involved in a number of professional organizations. The following student chapters or their counterpart national or international organizations are operated by students who major in the college: Alpha Eta Rho (Aviation Studies Organization), American Institute of Architecture Students, Bowling Green Technology Education Association, Instrument Society of America, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Student Construction Management Association. Students may also choose to participate in the Visual Communication Technology Organization, Mechanical Design Association, the Flight Team or the Electric Falcon Race and Design Team.


    College requirements and regulations

    General education requirements

    All College of Technology programs are in compliance with the University general education guidelines, as stated on p. 6 in this catalog. Furthermore, general education components are integral parts of each College of Technology program as listed on the following pages. Specifically, many of the majors require courses which may be used to satisfy both the major requirement and general education (e.g., PHYS 201 for many majors).

    Course requirements

    All courses offered in the College of Technology, except for co-ops and a few specified courses, must be taken for letter grades by majors in the College of Technology. Additionally, all courses required for matriculation, indicated in bold print on the program checksheet, must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

    Cooperative education

    The Cooperative Education Program of the College of Technology is a required program which integrates classroom academic work with practical work experience. Students alternate periods of attendance at college with periods of employment in industry, business or government. College of Technology majors are required to participate in three semester-long, paid, full-time co-op work assignments which alternate with semesters spent on campus. As part of the cooperative education requirement, students must enroll in and attend classes as full-time students at the University's main campus during the semester immediately before commencement.

    The Cooperative Education Program requires each student's employment to be directly related to his or her academic program. The program also requires that all work experiences increase in difficulty and responsibility as students progress through their college curriculum.

    Based upon institutional policy, students enrolled in (co-op) TECH 289/389/489 are involved in a full-time academic experience at BGSU.


    Program matriculation

    Full membership in a College of Technology program will become effective when a student has:

    1. attained an overall BGSU grade point average of at least 2.25 for all courses taken prior to applying for matriculation and a 2.5 in technology courses;

    2. completed a cooperative education experience (TECH 289) for all programs except technology education;

    3. completed with a grade of "C" or better, all courses required for matriculation as specified on program checksheets;

    4. completed any additional specific requirements and application procedures that have been established by the program in which the student wishes to matriculate. Information on specific program matriculation requirements is available in the college's student program services office.

    The matriculation steps listed above must be completed before students will be permitted to register for 300- and 400-level courses in the College of Technology.


    Catalog year

    Students are bound by the curricular requirements in place at the time they enter the college. These requirements may be found in the undergraduate catalog in effect at that time. A student has the option of moving to a more recent catalog year, but may not move to an earlier one. If a student is not enrolled for a period of twelve months, upon return he or she will be bound by the requirements then in effect. In accordance with University articulation agreements, a student transferring from many institutions within the state has the right to be bound by the curricular requirements in place when he or she first entered the state system.


    Academic appeals

    The College of Technology has established specific requirements for admission, program matriculation, graduation and cooperative education. Information pertaining to these requirements is available from the student program services office. Questions regarding these requirements, standards or appeals procedures may be directed to this office.

    Petitions for an exception to an academic policy or rule may be initiated in the student program services office. A rationale for the appeal is required and documentation or other evidence should be attached. The written materials constituting the appeal are then reviewed by an appeals board which serves in an advisory capacity to the dean.
    Examples of academic appeals include: appeals for reinstatement after being suspended or dismissed for academic reasons, appeals regarding the denial of admission to either the college or a program and appeals to drop and/or change classes to or from "S/U" beyond the specified deadline. The dean of the college reserves the right to final decision.

    Appeals regarding the issuance of a grade are processed through the specific instructor(s) of the course(s). Grade appeals are not processed through the college's student program services office, but must be processed through appropriate departments. In cases related to academic honesty or other disciplinary action, students are referred to the Student Affairs Handbook.

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