Ferris State University

Introduction

Ferris State University prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society.

Ferris State University's Core Values

Collaboration: Ferris contributes to the advancement of society by building partnerships with students, alumni, business and industry, government bodies, accrediting agencies, and the communities the University serves.

Diversity: By providing a campus which is supportive, safe, and welcoming, Ferris embraces a diversity of ideas, beliefs, and cultures.

Ethical Community: Ferris recognizes the inherent dignity of each member of the University community and treats everyone with respect. Our actions are guided by fairness, honesty, and integrity.

Excellence: Committed to innovation and creativity, Ferris strives to produce the highest quality outcomes in all its endeavors.

Learning: Ferris State University values education that is career-oriented, balances theory and practice, develops critical thinking, emphasizes active learning, and fosters responsibility and the desire for the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

Opportunity: Ferris, with a focus on developing career skills and knowledge, provides opportunities for civic engagement, leadership development, advancement, and success.

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BSc in Business Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Grand Rapids

Building on a core of college business courses, the business administration bachelor's degree program features a sequence of business administration major courses and also provides the flexibility to specialize in an area of interest or obtain a minor through careful selection of directed electives and free electives. [+]

Building on a core of college business courses, the business administration bachelor's degree program features a sequence of business administration major courses and also provides the flexibility to specialize in an area of interest or obtain a minor through careful selection of directed electives and free electives. The specialized areas of our college business administration courses include such fields as international business, finance and real estate. Business Administration minors may be obtained in many areas, including accounting, applied statistics, computer information systems, communications, computer science, finance and human resources. Advance Your Career with a Business Administration Degree In the bachelor's degree business administration program you will study under highly qualified faculty members who have combined their academic credentials with extensive business administration work experience. You also may supplement college business administration classroom instruction with the chance to earn University credit while gaining work experience through a business administration degree internship program. The bachelor degree business administration courses and bs degree business administration courses are also offered in the Ferris State evening business administration program. Our College Business Administration BS degree courses are offered on a rotation basis for working adults. College Business Administration Graduates Get Great Jobs The Business Administration major provides an avenue for immediate business administration employment and for rapid advancement to upper levels of business management. Employers seek business administration graduates for positions ranging from business manager and sales representative to production supervisor and project planner. Graduates of the Business Administration degree program obtain business administration job positions in manufacturing, retailing, construction, financial institutions, government and a host of other fields. Ferris State Business administration bachelor degree students also find the business administration major to be of great value in preparation for law school. Bachelor's Degree Business Administration Admission Requirements Applicants of the business administration program must present evidence of graduation from high school or the GED. To enter a Bachelor of Science degree - B.S. degree business administration, applicants are expected to meet two of the following: a minimum high school grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale); ACT math score of 19 or higher; an ACT reading score of 19 or higher. College Degree Business Administration Graduation Requirements The Business Administration degree program at Ferris State leads to a bachelor of science degree in business. Graduation from the business administration program requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. [-]

BSc in Computer Information Systems

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Grand Rapids

The Bachelor of Science degree offered through the College of Business at Ferris prepares students to be team leaders in the development and maintenance of Business Information Systems. [+]

The Bachelor of Science degree offered through the College of Business at Ferris prepares students to be team leaders in the development and maintenance of Business Information Systems. Starting positions include application programmer/analyst, business analyst, systems analyst, networking administrators, consultants, software developers, computer support specialist, systems administrators, project leaders and web developers. To assure relevance and enduring value, our Computer Information Systems (CIS) program has been designed to align with the national standard (IS2002) established by computing professionals. In addition, we have drawn upon our tight linkages with industry to assure that our labs and our required internships provide the level of hands-on experience that ensures our students are sought after by employers who recognize Ferris as a source of skilled, knowledgeable IS/IT graduates that can hit the ground running and grow from there. Computers and Information Systems have become essential to all aspects of business and life. Professionals are needed to relate the problem-solving abilities of a computer system to an individual business department, corporation, or multi-national enterprise. This program has close relationships with the IT industry through a program advisory board, and offers internships as a practical hands-on experience. The hands-on approach in the bachelor degree gives graduates a real-world look at their professional field. Career Opportunities The need for computing professionals and executives in the country is growing as companies become more global. Almost every major challenge facing our world is turning to computing for a solution, from conquering disease to eliminating hunger, from improving education to protecting the environment. Job growth rates for computing professions from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (US-BLS) can be summarized with one word: BIG. Today’s market has big demand with big salaries for qualified professionals. Computing occupations are estimated to grow rapidly over the next decade – many between 21% and 54% (US-BLS), far outpacing overall job growth in the United States. Software Developer/Engineer top at least two “Best Jobs” lists and Software Architects, IT Configuration Managers, Computer Systems Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Computer Network Architects are in several “Top 10” lists (Forbes, CNN Money, U.S. News and World Report). With more choices and more opportunities, it’s a better time than ever to begin a career in computing. In fact, the US-BLS predicts that, for the foreseeable future, nearly 3 out of 4 new science or engineering jobs in the U.S. are going to be in computing, and that 140,000 brand new software developer jobs will be created by 2022. With the growing importance of topics like Big Data, Cybersecurity, and Human-Computer Interaction, the sky’s the limit for careers in computing. Do you enjoy finding better ways to get things done using computers? Are you interested in understanding how information systems can improve business processes and make organizations work better? Information Systems (IS) professionals analyze, design, implement, and manage innovative technology-based solutions. They help modern enterprises in virtually any industry create value using information technology. IS professionals integrate their computing and business skills to radically improve the ways in which all organizations collect, manage, and use data to achieve their goals. They also facilitate communication between technical and business specialists in order to identify optimal IT solutions. Curriculum The CIS program provides maximum flexibility for students, and easily changes with the market place. The curriculum core is aligned to a national standard (IS 2002) which was produced by the ACM, AITP, and AIS professional societies. This core was created from skills and attributes listed in thousands of job advertisements for Information Systems positions. The CIS curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of core business functions, competency in computer programming, knowledge of information technology infrastructure, and a sound foundation in web-based systems analysis and design. Furthermore, this curriculum provides the necessary related business skills for immediate employment in Information Systems and for advancement to management positions. Admission Requirements New students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher. Transfer students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU's ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU's MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0. Exceptions for new and transfer students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 high school GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math or Reading (2.00 overall GPA for transfer students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business pre-program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business dean’s office. Pre-program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits. Graduation Requirements The Computer Information Systems program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. [-]

BSc in Computer Networks and Systems

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Grand Rapids

Advancements in digital technologies such as computers, network communications, high-speed control, smart devices, and software create a constant demand for skilled professionals. [+]

Advancements in digital technologies such as computers, network communications, high-speed control, smart devices, and software create a constant demand for skilled professionals. The Computer Networks and Systems (CNS) graduate is prepared to take leadership roles in the application, development, and management of these technologies. Exceptional technical understanding provided by this program enables graduates to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving digital world. Computer Networks and Systems is a dynamic Bachelor of Science program targeted to these exciting digital careers. Its strong technical emphasis meets employer's needs and allows graduates an excellent foundation to enter multiple high-paying career paths. This unique curriculum balances theory with extensive hands-on experience. Career Opportunities Networking is emphasized throughout. CNS students gain extensive knowledge and experience designing, constructing, analyzing, and securing networks. Topics in electronics, microprocessors, network/computer hardware, operating systems, signaling, and software are presented throughout the program. To insure that graduates are optimally prepared, courses extend into the most current and specialized technologies. CNS also offers opportunities to gain valuable experience through summer internship and senior projects. Since CNS is a Cisco Networking Academy member, advanced placement is available for students in the Cisco Networking Academy or who have CCNA certification! Admission Requirements Admission to the College of Engineering Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies. Students entering the Computer Networks and Systems program must have a high school diploma or equivalent, two years of mathematics (including algebra and trigonometry) and a minimum ACT math subscore of 19. A laboratory science, preferably physics, and fundamental knowledge of personal computers are strongly recommended. Graduation Requirements The Computer Networks and Systems program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. [-]

BSc in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (EEET)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Grand Rapids

Electronics, automation, and computers are the lifeblood of today's high tech societies. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (BS EET) program graduates professionals that develop, design, apply, manage and direct the future of these technologies. [+]

Electronics, automation, and computers are the lifeblood of today's high tech societies. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (BS EET) program graduates professionals that develop, design, apply, manage and direct the future of these technologies. Graduates are prepared for careers in Industrial Automation and Controls, Digital and Embedded Systems Design, Instrumentation, Programming, or Control Networks. Our graduates often obtain positions with titles such as Control System Integrator, Product Designer, Embedded Systems Developer, Control and Network Specialist, Technical Sales Specialist, Electrical/Electronics Product Specialist, etc. The BS in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC-ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; Phone 410-374-7700. Career Opportunities The BS EET program is known for quality and responsiveness to industry. In addition to a solid foundation in electronic concepts, students learn the most current and relevant topics for today's advanced technologies. Real world theory and applications are emphasized throughout the program and theory is balanced with extensive hands-on experience. Program courses include topics in digital/microprocessors, control automation, industrial networking and motion control. Recognizing the diverse career paths our graduates may enter, course selection can be customized by each student. Opportunities are also provided to gain valuable experience through summer internships, senior design projects and professional organizations. Students who have successfully completed an Associates degree in Industrial Electronics Technology from Ferris or an equivalent from another institution can usually complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology in just two years. The Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology boasts a history of excellent placement, high starting salaries, and graduates enjoying very successful careers. The program has strong support from several corporations influential in these fields and is accredited through ETAC-ABET. Admission Requirements Students entering the program must have completed an associate degree (or equivalent) in a related program and have transferable courses in mathematics through pre-calculus with a minimum 2.0 GPA in the associate degree work. If you do not meet these requirements when you apply, you may be accepted as a "non-major." Upon completion of all prerequisites, admission to the program will be approved. Admission counselors should be consulted for an evaluation of transferability. Graduation Requirements The Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined in the General Education section of the University Catalog. [-]

BSc in HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Grand Rapids

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Engineering Technology curriculum is a two-year, upper-division sequence leading to a bachelor of science degree. [+]

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Engineering Technology curriculum is a two-year, upper-division sequence leading to a bachelor of science degree. Instruction is aimed at developing expertise in system and controls design, retrofitting, testing and adjusting, system balancing and building operations with microcomputer controls. Students learn up-to-date methods of identifying and performing efficiency evaluations on different types of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems found in commercial and industrial buildings. They also learn methods of adjusting and balancing equipment for maximum performance. In addition to classroom study, students perform energy and HVACR systems analysis for West Michigan businesses and industries. An energy systems laboratory includes equipment, computers and instrumentation found in commercial or industrial buildings. The lab includes a ten-ton variable air volume, four-zone system that controls cooling, heating and ventilation with computerized energy management. There also is a paid internship in the summer semester between the junior and senior year. Career Opportunities The HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management program addresses designing, retrofitting, testing and balancing on a problem-solving level to prepare technologists to fill the wide technological gap between service technicians and engineers. Challenging careers abound in manufacturing, contracting, building operations and in the engineering of commercial, institutional and industrial building systems. These industries look for trained HVACR engineering technicians for a variety of positions, including applications engineer, project engineer, systems control, estimator, field technician, systems representative, control systems trainer and in-plant engineer. There also are many opportunities to be found with architectural and engineering firms. Graduate placement rate has been near 100% since the program was founded in 1984, with starting salaries currently averaging $53,000 per year. Admission Requirements Students entering the HVACR Engineerng Technology and Energy Management program must have completed the HVACR Technology program at Ferris or an equivalent A.A.S. program at another institution (or equivalent) with a minimum 2.5 GPA. In addition, students should possess computer literacy skills and have completed college intermediate algebra and trigonometry and a scientific understanding course. Graduation Requirements The HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. [-]

BSc in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MECE)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Grand Rapids

Were you a 'Legos kid?' Are you curious about how things work? Do you like to take things apart and fix them? Do you like to use math to solve practical problems? [+]

Were you a 'Legos kid?' Are you curious about how things work? Do you like to take things apart and fix them? Do you like to use math to solve practical problems? The Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares students for a broad range of occupations and challenges. Beginning with foundation courses in math, applied science, CAD, manufacturing processes and communication, students move on to the applied engineering courses that give them a solid technical background for their careers. Students develop strong analytic and problem-solving skills. Their understanding of the principles taught in the classroom is enhanced with many hands-on labs and real-world applications provided by faculty with extensive industrial experience. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology is accreditated by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET Accreditation (ETAC-ABET). Career Opportunities Due to the broad nature of their studies, graduates of the B.S. Mechanical Engineering technology program will find a great variety of jobs open to them. Many will work in the design and development of products, machines and processes. Others will be involved in manufacturing, operations and technical sales. Areas of employment will include automotive and transportation, power generation, climate control, machine design, manufacturing, materials and automation. Admission Requirements Students entering the program should have a strong interest in mechanical devices and seek to understand them better. They should have completed the A.A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Ferris (or a similar program elsewhere) with a minimum 2.5 GPA overall and a minimum 2.75 GPA in the major. Pre-engineering programs also make good starting points. Transfer candidates should contact the Mechanical Engineering Technology office to discuss options. Graduation Requirements The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. [-]

BSc in Operations and Supply Management (OPSM)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Grand Rapids

For the serious business student, operations and supply management enables the individual to not only manage the business, but the ability to improve it. [+]

For the serious business student, operations and supply management enables the individual to not only manage the business, but the ability to improve it. The degree includes a lean systems focused curriculum. The classes prepare individuals to lead, manage, and evaluate a continuous improvement system within an organization and with its suppliers. Students will acquire the skills to apply the lean principles in a complex work environment. The Operations portion of the program focuses on integrating the core Lean principles (process efficiency, value stream mapping, kaizen, PDCA, 5S, pull, leveling process stability, standardized work, root-cause problem resolution and A3 Reporting), Six Sigma (process quality), Lean culture (skills development), Lean cost management (value stream performance measurement), and 5) Leadership techniques (employee centric) to assist the organization in achieving and sustaining optimal employee and organization/operational performance. The Supply Management section of the program concentrates on how to extend the lean system to the organization's suppliers. Collaboration with an organization’s suppliers and service providers is essential in achieving the lean goal – delivering the right product/service at the right time, in the right quantity, to the right customer, at the right cost. Managing the flow of incoming and outbound goods, services, and related information involved provide valuable tools for turning logistics problems into a competitive advantage. The emphasis will be directed on supplier selection, reducing logistics costs, improving logistics service, and removing impediments as well as bottlenecks to achieve efficient and effective operations. This cutting edge approach will provide graduates with highly sought-after capabilities to improve operational & financial performance and monitor growth within any type of organization - e.g. banks, nonprofits, offices, hospitals, restaurants, manufacturing. Career Opportunities Students who feel they are driven to make things better and see structure in business end up in middle to upper management positions with this degree. To put it simply, graduates of this program are in demand. Business and industry need people with combined technical and business backgrounds for positions in areas such as quality, purchasing, supply chain management, global logistics, human relations, materials, production control and technical support. The Operations and Supply Management program prepares students for these positions. College graduates are gaining entry-level positions in production control, purchasing, supply chain management, supplier development engineer, plant layout, inventory control, materials manager, traffic management, distribution management and management training. In fact, Ferris' placement service reports that requests for individuals with operations and supply management training are usually in greater demand than the number of available graduates. Companies that have hired Ferris graduates in the past range from Fortune 500 manufacturing firms to the growing service industry. Admission Requirements New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher. Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0. Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math or Reading (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office. Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits. Graduation Requirements The Operations and Supply Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree in business. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. [-]

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49307 US