University Catalog 2023-2024

Technology, Engineering and Design Education (BS): Graphic Communication Concentration

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education is offered by the Department of STEM Education in the College of Education. With an emphasis on innovation and active learning, this program prepares individuals for a variety of engineering and design employment opportunities, including a teacher licensure option and a non-licensure graphics communications option.

Graphics Communications

Through the study of technical graphics language and design processes, students learn how to think in the language of graphics to effectively communicate ideas and solve technical problems. They actively visualize, design, model, simulate, analyze, and document solutions in technical graphics studies courses and explore the role graphics play in all areas of engineering.

The goals and objectives of the BS degree in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education: Graphic Communications Option are:

  • Develop technical skills and an understanding of the technical graphics language
  • Develop the ability to apply knowledge, skill and creativity in solving technical problems
  • Understand and appreciate the historical evolution of graphic communications
  • Understand and assess the impact of current technical graphics developments and trends
  • Demonstrate an ability to teach others about graphic communications

For more information about this program, visit our website

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM)
North Carolina State University
510 Poe Hall, 2310 Stinson Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695


Marissa Franzen
STEM Education
510F Poe Hall


Plan Requirements

Management Electives
Management Electives12
Writing and Speaking
COM 110Public Speaking3
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research 14
Social Sciences and IP
PSY 376Developmental Psychology3
STS 302Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values3
Mathematical and Natural Sciences
MA 103Topics in Contemporary Mathematics 13
Calculus - Select one of the following: 13
Elements of Calculus
Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A
Calculus I
Chemistry - Select one of the following:4
Chemistry and Society
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Physics - Select one of the following:4
Conceptual Physics
University Physics I
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory
College Physics I
BIO 105Biology in the Modern World3
Professional Education
E 101Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 21
or ED 100 Intro to Education
ELP 344School and Society 23
EDP 304Educational Psychology 23
TDE 452Lab Planning in Technology Education 23
TDE 407Field Work in Technology Education 26
GC Technical Electives
GC Technical Electives 118
Professional Technical Content
D 100Design Inquiry I: Methods and Processes 23
or ISE 216 Product Development and Rapid Prototyping
GC 120Foundations of Graphics 23
GC 250Architectural Graphic Communications 23
TDE 110Materials & Processes Technology 23
TDE 131Technology through Engineering and Design I 23
TDE 205Desktop Publishing and Imaging Technology 23
TDE 331Technology Through Engineering and Design II 23
TDE 481Research & Development in Technology Education 23
GEP Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion3
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Free Electives
Free Electives 34
Total Hours120

A grade of C- or higher is required.


A grade of C or higher is required.


Students should consult their academic advisors to determine which courses fill this requirement.

Management Electives

ACC 200Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
ACC 210Concepts of Financial Reporting3
ACC 220Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
ACC 280Survey of Financial and Managerial Accounting3
AFS 305Racial and Ethnic Relations3
ANT 261Technology in Society and Culture3
ARE 201Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics3
ARE 201AIntroduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics3
ARE 301Intermediate Microeconomics3
ARE 304Agribusiness Management3
ARE 309Environmental Law & Economic Policy3
ARE 336Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics3
BUS 320Financial Management3
BUS 340Information Systems Management3
BUS 350Economics and Business Statistics3
BUS 360Marketing Methods3
BUS 370Operations and Supply Chain Management3
EC 201Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 205Fundamentals of Economics3
EC 301Intermediate Microeconomics3
EC 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
EC 305A Closer Look at Capitalism3
EC 336Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics3
EC 348Introduction to International Economics3
EC 351Econometrics I3
EC 404Money, Financial Markets, and the Economy3
EC 410Public Finance3
EC 413Industrial Organization3
EC 431Labor Economics3
EC 4373
EC 449International Finance3
EC 451Econometrics II3
EC 468Game Theory3
EC 474Economics of Financial Institutions and Markets3
EC 4803
EC 490Research Seminar in Economics3
EC 495Special Topics in Economics1-6
EC 498Independent Study in Economics1-6
ENG 331Communication for Engineering and Technology3
ENG 332Communication for Business and Management3
ENG 333Communication for Science and Research3
MA 105Mathematics of Finance3
MA 231Calculus for Life and Management Sciences B3
MA 241Calculus II4
MA 242Calculus III4
MIE 201Introduction to Business Processes3
MIE 330Human Resource Management3
MIE 335Organizational Behavior3
MIE 432Labor and Employee Relations3
PHI 214Issues in Business Ethics3
PS 201American Politics and Government3
PS 202State and Local Government3
PS 203Introduction to Nonprofits3
PS 231Introduction to International Relations3
PS 236Issues in Global Politics3
PS 303Race in U.S. Politics3
PS 309Equality and Justice in United States Law3
PS 310Public Policy3
PS 312Introduction to Public Administration3
PS 314Science, Technology and Public Policy3
PS 320U.S. Environmental Law and Politics3
PS 335International Law3
PS 336Global Environmental Politics3
PS 418Gender Law and Policies3
PSY 200Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 307Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
PSY 311Social Psychology3
PSY 312Applied Psychology3
PSY 340Human Factors Psychology3
PSY 411The Psychology of Interdependence and Race3
SOC 205Jobs and Work3
SOC 261Technology in Society and Culture3
SOC 305Racial and Ethnic Relations3
ST 311Introduction to Statistics3
ST 350Economics and Business Statistics3
STS 214Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society3
WGS 418Gender Law and Policies3

GC Technical Electives

GC 3203D Spatial Relations3
GC 330Basic Technical Animation3
GC 340Concepts of Website Development3
GC 350Applied CAD/D and Geometric Controls3
GC 420Visual Thinking3
GC 450Advanced Graphics Usage with CAD3
TDE 230Scientific and Technical Visualization3
TDE 261Digital Media Education3
TDE 351Ceramics: The Art and Craft of Clay3
TDE 359Electronics Technology3
TDE 371Emerging Issues in Technology3
TDE 385Robotics Education3

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ED 100
Intro to Education 1
or Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
GC 120 Foundations of Graphics 1,2 3
GEP Mathematical Sciences 4 3
TDE 110 Materials & Processes Technology 3 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Spring Semester
COM 110 Public Speaking 3
Calculus 4 3-4
Elements of Calculus
Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A
Calculus I
Chemistry 4
TDE 205 Desktop Publishing and Imaging Technology 1,2 3
GC Technical Elective 3 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
Management Elective 3
GC 250 Architectural Graphic Communications 1 3
TDE 131 Technology through Engineering and Design I 1,2 3
Physics 4
EDP 304 Educational Psychology 1 3
Spring Semester
GC Technical Elective 3 3
BIO 105 Biology in the Modern World 3
GEP Humanities 3
ISE 216 Product Development and Rapid Prototyping 1 3
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3
Third Year
Fall Semester
Management Elective 3
ELP 344 School and Society 1 3
GC Technical Elective 3 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
GC Technical Elective 3 3
Spring Semester
PSY 376 Developmental Psychology 3
Management Elective 3
TDE 331 Technology Through Engineering and Design II 1 3
GC Technical Elective 3 3
STS 302 Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2-3
GC Technical Elective 3 3
TDE 481 Research & Development in Technology Education 1 3
Management Elective 3
GEP Humanities 3
Spring Semester
TDE 452 Lab Planning in Technology Education 1 3
TDE 407 Field Work in Technology Education 1 6
Free Electives 4
 Total Hours120

A grade of C or higher is required.


Critical Path (CP): This course is required in the first year of TDE and part of the critical path.


A C- or better is required for courses in this category


Only one course in this category may be passed with a D. The other course must be at least a C-.