Technological Leadership, B.S.

Think, make and lead in interdisciplinary courses designed to train successful leaders and problem-solvers for science- and technology-related fields of the future. This program will teach the skills needed to transform students into master learners: someone ready to adapt to an ever-changing and ever-growing workforce.

What is the Technological Leadership, B.S.?

The Technological Leadership, B.S. is an interdisciplinary three-year program that focuses on teaching skills and learning processes over content. This revolutionary approach is designed to empower graduates as lifelong learners, able to nimbly adapt to the changing informational needs of a rapidly evolving workforce. 

Each semester students take one course in Thinking, and one course in Making. In Thinking courses students explore massive, paradigm-shifting questions in a collaborative research setting. In most of these Thinking courses students practice utilizing a new process for incrementally building knowledge to answer these big questions. In Making students engage in solution-based design, and learn skills in design, building, through Herberger Institute courses in Arts, Media, and Design, and/or through the School of Earth and Space Exploration’s Spaceworks curriculum. 

Additionally, students complete foundational coursework in a variety of subjects--both traditional courses such as statistics, calculus, and communication, and novel courses, such as the Psychology of Positive Leadership and Problem-Solving through Strategic Thinking.

Finally, each student completes two immersive internship experiences designed to provide students with a portfolio of professional accomplishments, and a well-established professional network as they approach graduation and their first job placement. 

Is the degree a good fit for me?

The Technological Leadership, B.S. varies greatly from traditional degree programs. Ideal students are self-driven, thrive in a peer-driven learning environment, and are comfortable exercising ownership over their career management. Most importantly, this degree is ideal for students who want to contribute to society by finding answers to long-standing questions that prevent the progress of humanity. If that

The curriculum is not field-specific, but instead provides graduates with strong skills in critical thinking and problem-solving, written and oral communication, leadership, and digital technology. As a result, the degree can be used to enter a variety of fields from aerospace production to human resources. 

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How does the degree work?

Each semester students take one course in Thinking, one course in Making, and a mix of novel and traditional courses designed to impart students with the knowledge and skills to learn and communicate about complex and emerging issues in their career area. Students will also complete two high-impact internships to develop their career knowledge, skills, and professional network. All students are encouraged to keep a comprehensive portfolio to demonstrate their accomplishments and competencies from each course. 

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How do the Thinking courses build inquiry skills?

The Inquiry courses designed for and required by this major utilize a refined system of Exploration Learning that allows thinkers to harness their own curiosity to drive forward the process of data collection and analysis. Check out this video to see Exploration Learning in action!

If this program is interdisciplinary, who teaches the courses?

The Interplanetary Initiative has coordinated a lineup of top academic minds including NASA researchers Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Dr. Evgenya Shkolnik, and Dr. Phil Christensen; influential designers such as Professor Jake Pinholster; and other top researchers such as Dean Nancy Gonzales (Foundation Professor of Psychology), Dr. Teresa Foulger of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton

Lindy Elkins-Tanton
IPI 296 & IPI 496

Evgenya Shkolnik

Evgenya Shkolnik
IPI 296 & IPI 496

Phil Christensen

Phil Christensen
SES 307 & SES 407

Nancy Gonzales 

Nancy Gonzales 
PSY 302

Teresa Foulger

Teresa Foulger 
LSE 305

Timiebi Aganaba 

Timiebi Aganaba 
FSI 432

Sally Kitch 
HUL 250

Monica Boyd 
HUL 250

Sheri Klung Boonstra 
SES 307 & SES 407

Josh Thompson 
IPI 484

Byron Lahey
AME 240 & AM 330 

Robert Short
PSY 304 

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