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Interdisciplinary Studies - Industrial Leadership 90-30, Bachelor

The Industrial Leadership Program at Northern Arizona University trains leaders for the fourth industrial revolution in the industrial, construction and manufacturing fields. This 90-30 bachelor’s degree program integrates occupational programs from community colleges with industrial leadership skill-building to train you for advancement opportunities in industrial workplaces.
 
The Industrial Leadership program is available fully online beginning Fall 2020.
 

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Industrial Leadership 90-30?

The Industrial Leadership program trains leaders for the fourth industrial revolution in the industrial, construction and manufacturing fields. With a focus on leadership skill development, students will prepare themselves for team lead and entry-level supervisory positions in industrial settings. This application-oriented program emphasizes real-world relevant content and a final project/internship with local employers. The successful graduate will transfer into this program from any occupational certificate or AAS degree program including: Automotive Technology, Automated Industrial Technology, Business, Computer Aided Design, Coding, Construction, Electrical, Gaming, Heavy Equipment Operator, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Machining Technology, Welding Technology and any AAS degree holder seeking a career in an industrial workplace.
        

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Facilities Lead/Supervisor
  • Foremanship
  • Industrial Lead/Supervisor
  • Maintenance Lead/Supervisor
  • Manufacturing Lead/Supervisor
  • Mine Operations Lead/Supervisor
  • Warehouse Lead/Supervisor

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Industrial workplace management tracks
  • Master's degree in Organizational Leadership


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • 30 units of Industrial Leadership specialization requirements
  • Completion of Computer Literacy, Communication Skills, and Science or Language Requirements
  • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Foreign Language Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Industrial Leadership (BIS-IL) program is to provide a quality education in leadership within the industrial technology industries, general business and liberal studies.  The program emphasizes written, verbal and virtual communication skills, creative problem solving, teamwork, and ethical leadership. Students will study the field of supervision and foremanship in industrial workplaces in addition to leadership strategies for the fourth industrial revolution.  Courses emphasize pragmatic, real-world-relevant content for the industrial workplace and utilize realistic experiential assignments and case studies. The senior capstone is a culmination of the skills gained in the coursework and applied in an industrial workplace setting as a consulting project with a local industrial employer.  Upon completing the Industrial Leadership degree, students will be prepared to fill leadership roles within industrial organizations to solve problems and meet those organization’s objectives. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Communication: Demonstrate efficient use of written, verbal and virtual communication skills to identify a problem and communicate the solution to stakeholders.
  •  Problem Solving: Apply techniques for problem-solving and decision-making in industrial workplace settings.
  • Teamwork & Leadership: Demonstrate the ability to lead and productively participate in team situations.
  • Ethical Leadership: Identify ethical issues and apply the values of professional responsibility as an industrial leader.

Details

Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Students with a completed AGEC from Arizona Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Students transferring into this program from California may meet NAU's liberal studies requirements by completing an IGETC at a California Community College. Please contact an advisor for more information.
    • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
Major Requirements
  • All coursework in the Specialization Areas must be upper-division and from Northern Arizona University. Substitutions and use of credit from other institutions are not allowed in the Specialization.

    Multi-use of coursework is not permitted within the Major Requirements. Major Requirements include Specialization, Communication, Computer Literacy, Language and Science.

Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Communication Requirements (6 units)

    Choose 6 units in the following two categories. 

    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
      • CST 111, CST 311, CST 312, CST 314, CST 315CST 318 (Performance-based courses are defined as having at least 51 percent of the evaluation of the student being based upon oral performance.)
      • Or advisor approved
    • Theory-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.


  • Foreign Language or Science Requirement Option (18-19 units)

    Foreign Language Requirement Option (19 units)

    Foreign Language Requirement (16 units)
    You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.
     
    AND

    Computer Literacy (3 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

  • OR

    Science Requirement Option (18 units)
  • Science Requirement, select from the following (12 units):

    • ANT 101, ANT 250
    • GSP 130, GSP 150
    • Courses with Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics, Statistics prefixes. Please note that other courses must be approved by the program director.
  • AND

    Computer Literacy (6 units)

    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

    • Select ISM 120 or BBA 293 (3 units)
    • BBA 340 or Advisor Approved coursework including the ISM or CS prefix (3 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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