The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Curriculum track at Kettering University can be achieved through 3 different paths:
Role of FYE 101
FYE 101 is not a requirement of i2e-CS, but it will be utilized to introduce the entrepreneurial mindset and market i2e-CS to the Freshmen in their first term on campus.
Role of KES
As mentioned above, i2e-CS has been designed to present a multi-faceted pathway. KES is the extra-curricular component of i2e-CS. Starting in INEN-201 and continued in INEN 202, the students are required to attend KES meetings. In INEN 401 and 402, they are expected to take leadership roles in KES and/or mentorship roles in INEN 101 and/or other related roles such as participating in a student contest. All such activities will be monitored and recorded by KES leadership and reported back to the INEN professor. As such the students develop a portfolio of extra-curricular i2e activities that become part of their assessment in all INEN courses (except INEN 101).
Role of Thesis Option
Thesis is not a requirement of i2e-CS, however, if a student opts to receive an E, P, or R thesis, i2e-CS will provide an opportunity for that student to develop and enhance their thesis idea as they progress through course of study. It should be noted that this path does not compete nor replace the traditional C-thesis.
Entry & Exit Points
i2e-CS is designed to create continuous exposure to the innovation and entrepreneurial mindset throughout the student’s years at Kettering and as the students mature in their cognitive abilities. As such, it should not be viewed as a traditional “minor” whereby several courses would be taken in their senior terms, sometimes simultaneously. As such, the ideal entry point into i2e-CS is freshman-II; nevertheless, we will accommodate junior-I (minimum of 4 terms remaining) as the last entry point. These students will be required to fulfill mentor-ship roles in INEN-101 to receive credit for that course.
The best exit point for the program is at the end of sophomore-I at which point the student has accrued four credits and can easily apply them toward a free elective without burdening the total required credits for graduation.