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Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Degree Overview

The AMS degree curriculum is designed around a "common core with concentrations" model. A set of core courses lies at the heart of the curriculum, with the core courses being sprinkled throughout the multi-year program.  In addition, AMS degree students select a concentration area within which to focus their studies. The set of core courses is designed to expose all AMS degree students, regardless of their chosen concentration area, to critical subject matter and experiences with regard to working as a professional in an advanced manufacturing environment, while the various concentration areas reflect the industry sectors that are impacted by advanced manufacturing.

The core and concentration area courses are taught by faculty associated with a number of contributing departments, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the AMS degree program.


Primary Goals of the AMS Core Courses


Skills Development

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  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Technical writing
  • Reporting (both orally and in writing)
  • Professional relationship building
  • Computing
  • Computer-aided designing
  • Research and analysis
Knowledge Base Development

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  • Advanced manufacturing industry sectors
  • Manufacturing materials and processes
  • Testing and inspection
  • Project and budget management
  • Electronics
  • Data management (including cyber-risk)

AMS Core Courses List

  • AMS 1010 Survey of Advanced Manufacturing and Workplace Preparation Credits: 3
  • AMS 4950 Professional Internship Credits: 3-6
  • CIS 2010 Foundations of Information Systems Credits: 3
  • COM 2610 Technical Writing Credits: 3
  • CS 3000 Computing for Advanced Manufacturing Credits 4
  • EET 1001 Electronics: An Introduction Credits: 3*
  • IND 1450 Technical Drawing and CAD Credits: 3 or CET 1215 Engineering Graphics Credits: 3 or MET 1200 Technical Drawing I Credits: 3
  • MET 1010 Manufacturing Processes Credits: 3 or IND 2830 Manufacturing Materials and Processes Credits: 3
  • MET 1310 Principles of Quality Assurance Credits: 3*
  • MET 3000 Manufacturing Analysis Credits: 4
  • MGT 3000 Organizational Management Credits: 3*
  • MTH 1120 College Trigonometry Credits: 3

*Please see course description for required prerequisite courses.


Professional Internship

An important element of the AMS Core Courses is the “Professional Internship” course (AMS 4950), which gives our students the invaluable opportunity to work, onsite, at one of our manufacturing company partners. This represents an important opportunity to learn what it’s like to work in a multidisciplinary manufacturing environment on a “real-life” project, and, to establish critical industry contacts, with regard to future employment opportunities.

AMS Concentration Areas

Advanced Manufacturing Concentrations
Currently, students can elect to concentrate their studies, within the AMS Bachelor’s degree program, in one of eight concentration areas, as illustrated in the above graphic. Please click on the buttons below for a brief summary of each AMS Concentration Area. To access additional information, click Learn More in the pop up window.

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