Most Ohio regionally accredited, two-year community colleges offer transferable associate degrees for the quality systems major. There is no limit to the number of hours you can transfer to BGSU. The Quality Systems program requires 124 hours of the appropriate coursework to graduate. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken from BGSU and 40 credit hours of 3000/4000 level courses are required.
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About the Program
Bachelors of Science in Technology – Degree in Quality Systems
The Quality Systems (QS) major emphasizes quality principles designed to provide professional preparation for emerging leaders while integrating science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM). The QS major, originating in manufacturing, has emerged as an interdisciplinary area of study now being applied in health care, services, construction, government, education, military and retail organizations, among others.
Also known as "2+2 degree completion," the QS major is based on a completed associate degree in STEM-related professional areas for students desiring a BS in Technology degree. Students may complete some hours at locations other than BGSU, based on advisement, and remaining requirements online through BGSU. All courses are delivered 100% on-line in a 7-week format via BGSU eCampus.
A degree in quality systems prepares individuals for careers in the manufacturing, healthcare, government, military, education, service operations, engineering, banking, finance and construction industries. Quality systems is an expanding field essential to every discipline. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Technology majoring in quality systems obtain positions as quality engineers, quality technicians, quality managers, Kaizen Champions, Continuous Improvement Leaders and Lean Enterprise Leaders, among others.
- Program Educational Objective 1: The Quality Systems Technology program prepares individuals to be proficient in the areas of quality improvement, process improvement, quality leadership and proficient in application of quantitative and qualitative quality tools within a manufacturing and/or service environment.
- Program Educational Objective 2: The program will prepare graduates to function as an individual, effective team member, and quality professional using oral and written verbal communication skills.
- Program Educational Objective 3: The program will prepare graduates to value their profession and to recognize the global impacts of the quality profession on society. Graduates will recognize the professional need to continually improve and stay current in their career while executing the duties of a quality professional in an ethical fashion as described by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
- Quality System graduates will have an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of quality, mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined quality related problems appropriate to the quality systems discipline.
- Quality System graduates will have an ability to design quality management systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs of stakeholders for broadly-defined quality related problems appropriate to the discipline;
- Quality System graduates will have an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
- Quality System graduates will have an ability to conduct quality assurance related standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to reduce variation and improve processes.
- Quality System graduates will have an ability to function effectively as a member, as well as a leader, on technical and project teams.
QS 3550 Lean Systems for Mfg & Servie App
The course emphasizes the history, theory and main concepts of the Lean enterprise. Additionally, the content and major concepts are similar to the SME/ASQ/Shingo Lean Bronze Certification. Approved for distance education
QS 3610 Quality Management System Audits
The course emphasizes the principles behind developing and executing a comprehensive Quality Management Audit program for manufacturing or service operations. Audit program Principles are based on international and industry audit standards. Approved for distance education.
QS 3710 Six Sigma Systems
Data-based systems for improvement including statistical process control using variable and attribute data, capability measurement analysis, and cost and other data gathering for lean and six sigma manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO 9000 infrastructure.
QS 3850 Core Tools of Quality Systems
The course emphasizes the core tools of quality which include Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Advanced Quality Planning (AQPQP), and Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA). The 7 basic quality tools are also presented. Approved for distance education.
QS 4600 Quality Management Systems Planning
The course presents the minimum elements that are essential for any effective Quality Management System (QMS) in manufacturing or service operations. Industry and International standards are examined as the basis for establishing the QMS. Prerequisite: QS 3800 or QS 3850 or permission of instructor. Approved for distance education.
QS 4650 Leadership for Lean Manufacturing and Service Operations
The course emphasizes the principles behind leadership within a lean enterprise environment. Many of the leadership principles are based on the concepts grounded in the Toyota Production System. Prerequisites: QS 3550 or permission of instructor.
QS 4750 Capstone in Quality Systems
The capstone course is a summative assessment and is the culmination of the Quality Systems degree. Multifaceted Quality related projects (Case Studies and Projects) are completed thereby demonstrating an integrated understanding and synthesis of all concepts presented in the quality systems program. Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of all 3000-level QS courses and QS 4700 or QS 4850. Approved for distance education.
QS 4850 Quantitative Tools for Quality and Continuous Improvement
The course emphasizes the application of quantitative tools of quality such as DOE, control/trend charts, MSA, etc. to improve quality and continually improve processes. Prerequisites: MATH 1150, STAT 2000 or equivalent. Approved for distance education.
This is a transfer friendly program - Thirty-six hours of these applied, technical courses demonstrate a proficiency in a recognized, technical area can be transferred from your previous coursework.
Credit hours are given upon evaluation of previous or current work experience.
- TECH 3890 (taken Credit by Exam for an $80 fee)
- General Studies Writing (GSW 1120)
- Computer Science Course (CS 1000, 1010 or MIS 2000)
- Algebra or Statistics (MATH 1120 or 1150)
- Public Speaking (COMM 1020, 2010, 2050, 2070, or 3060)
- General Psychology (PSYC 1010)*
- Minority Groups (cultural diversity general education course)*
- Technical Writing (ENG 3880 or BA 2030)
- Two free elective courses
At least one course in each of the following:
- English Composition and Oral Communication
- Quantitative Literacy
At least two courses in each domain:
- Humanities and the Arts
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Natural Sciences
Each student enrolled in a baccalaureate program must satisfactorily complete GSW 1120 (Research and Composition II), one course approved for Cultural Diversity in the United States, and one course approved for International Perspectives.
Additional courses from any of the five categories listed above to reach a minimum of 36 credit hours.
If you have an applied associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution, and have worked for at least one year, you are more than likely eligible for the program. If you do not have an associate's degree, we can work with you to obtain one online through BGSU Firelands or through a local community college. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steps to Apply
Submit Your Application Online
Note: There is a non-refundable application fee. If for some reason all of your transcripts do not arrive or you decide not to begin for a given semester, another application and fee will be required for the next semester.
Submit Official Collegiate Transcripts
Request official copies of transcripts from every college or university you have attended. The Office of Transfer Evaluation will then evaluate your official transcript for possible credit towards your degree. Official transcripts should be sent directly to:
Office of Admissions
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
eCampus Enrollment Specialist Will Help you Enroll
Approximately one week after the Admissions Office receives your transcripts and application, your application will be processed. You will receive an email from the Admissions office when that is complete. At that point, you will receive an email from an eCampus enrollment specialist with instructions for registration.