Undergraduate Minors

A minor increases your employability and supplements your skills and abilities. A minor makes you more flexible and adaptable. Be sure to discuss appropriate minors with your advisor.  

Dept. of Applied Engineering & Technology Management (AETM) 

Automotive Technology  

18 credits 


Automotive Technology Management 

15 credits 

The minor in automotive technology management is ideal for students with a technical or business major that wants to focus on or has an interest in the automotive industry.  

Available via distance education 


Computer-Aided Design and Drafting 

18 credits 

The minor in CADD focuses on the technology of using computers as a tool to help design, analyze, and produce products, components, and tooling. Students in the minor gain valuable experience with the theory and application of CADD, solid modeling, and analysis.  


Lean Six Sigma    

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Minor 18 credits 

The Lean Six Sigma minor is open to all majors. The minor melds two compatible methodologies: Lean and Six Sigma. Lean focuses on increasing efficiencies and eliminating waste in the supply chain, especially the processing stage. Six Sigma is a quality-focused problem solving methodology. Though both Lean and Six Sigma have their roots in the manufacturing setting, both, especially in combination, are widely applied to construction, mechanical design, banking, education, health care, and many other service and technology industries. 

Available via distance education  

Certificate 12 credits 

The Lean Six Sigma certificate is open to any ISU student with regular or non-degree seeking status. Unlike many of the short seminars that are offered in this area, ISU’s Lean Six Sigma Certificate program consists of four credit-bearing courses. 

Available via distance education  


Manufacturing Engineering Technology 


18 credits 


Traffic Engineering Technology  

12 credits 

The Traffic Engineering Technology minor will prepare students to work in the area of traffic signal timing and optimization.


Packaging Engineering Technology 

18 credits 


Dept. of Aviation Technology (AVT) 


Aviation Technology 

16-17 credits 

This minor is for students who would like to have a basic knowledge about aviation and flight.  


Unmanned Systems 

21-24 credits 

The Unmanned Systems minor includes an introduction to unmanned systems operations and a study of advanced unmanned aircraft theory. Areas of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) modeling and control fundamentals, ground based systems, visual and electro-optical aspects of navigation, obstacle and terrain avoidance systems, modular on-board processing systems, and current applications are explored.  


Dept. of Built Environment (BE) 


Construction Management 

23 credits 

The Construction Management (CM) minor is intended to complement undergraduate majors that relate to the built environment such as Safety Management, Architectural Engineering Technology, and Civil Engineering Technology. It should be noted that because of prerequisite courses specified in the CM minor, this degree cannot be completed in one semester. Careful planning is essential when scheduling courses.  


Interior Architecture Design (IAD) 

18 credits 

Students minoring in Interior Architecture Design (IAD) can assist in providing design services in furniture and home furnishing stores, building material and supplies dealers, and residential building construction companies, etc. Decoration is a valuable and important element of an interior but is not solely concerned with human interaction or human behavior.


Safety Management  

25 credits 

A course of study in the recognition, evaluation, and control of safety and health hazards associated with the occupational environment. 


Dept. of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) 


Automation and Control Engineering Technology 

18 credits 

This minor is designed to provide students with experiential learning in computer applications and electronic equipment related to automation and control system design and development. Topic areas included in the minor are basic electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, robotics, microprocessor controller programming, systems interfacing for automation, and computer systems management. There are no prerequisites for entering the minor, but the student should be familiar with the use of computers and have some experience with computer programming. 


Computer Engineering Technology 

18 credits 

Students choosing this minor should have in mind complementing their major areas of preparation with hands-on computer applications in industrial or applied research environments which are subject to interfacing applications for process control and instrumentation. There are no prerequisites for entering the minor, but the student should be interested in learning the internal and related aspects of control computers, especially minicomputers and microcomputers. 

Electronics Technology 

18 credits 


Human Resource Development & Performance Technologies (HRDPT) 


Human Resource Development 

21 credits 

The human resource development minor is open to all majors. The core courses compliment the skills students gain in their major discipline by examining the human resource development functions in a private, or public sector, organizational setting. These functions include developing and implementing training and safety programs, providing individual and career development, and leading organizational change and development. 


Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising 

24 credits 


Air Force ROTC 


Military Leadership 

25 credits 

This minor is offered to students in any major. In addition to studying Air Force/Army organizations, missions, and operations, students gain skills that enhance their leadership abilities.