BS Degree in Innovation, Leadership & Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE)

Engineering students learn to solve problems. ILEE students learn to find the problems to solve.

The BS degree in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship (BS ILEE) program is intended for engineering students (including Chemical Engineering) to better understand the innovative processes involved in identifying complex technical problems and creating, developing, and leading efforts to provide for their engineering solutions.A unique aspect of this degree is the inclusion of project-based experiential credits, whereby students must earn four and no greater than 16 credit hours of experiential learning. This is credit that is approved, supervised, and coordinated by an Illinois faculty member. At this time, the BS degree in ILEE is only available as a dual degree for COE students.While engineering students are able to solve problems, the ILEE Degree will provide students with the skill sets necessary to find problems worth solving.

COE/ILEE Dual Degree Information


  • Have a desire to develop or build upon their existing innovation, leadership, and or entrepreneurial skills.
  • Have completed at least one semester in the College of Engineering (COE) by December of this year.
    • Includes Chemical Engineering (LAS)
  • Have a minimum cumulative Illinois GPA of 2.75 when applying for the Dual Degree.
    • Note: The cumulative Illinois GPA will be pulled from the system once the current semester ends. This is what is taken into consideration for applications. For example, if you are applying in the Fall, the cumulative Illinois GPA that will be used in determining eligibility will be pulled once Fall grades are finalized in the system.
  • Students are required to earn their primary COE degree and ILEE dual degree concurrently and be confident that graduation certification occur within 10 semesters of the primary degree starting date.


  • Complete all requirements specified for the COE "home department"/primary degree, and an additional 31 hours for the second (ILEE) degree, for a minimum of 158 credit hours.
  • Additional hours for the ILEE degree must be completed on the Urbana campus, as noted in University policies, and must be completed over at least one year
  • Of the additional hours, 12 hours must be distinct (unique to the ILEE degree), advanced level coursework (300-400 level courses) in the ILEE discipline
  • Plan carefully—courses used as distinct advanced credits cannot be used in meeting the COE "home department" degree requirements
  • GPA REQUIREMENT: Minimum GPA of 2.75 maintained in ILEE core courses and remain in good standing in COE home department.

ILEE Dual Degree Course Requirements


Course # Course Title Credits
TE 100 Introduction to Innovation, Leadership & Engineering Entrepreneurship 1*^


Course # Course Title Credits
TE 230 Design Thinking/Need-Finding 3**
TE 250 High-Tech Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise 2*
TE 333 Creativity, Innovation, Vision 4
TE 360 Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship 1
GE 361 Emotional Intelligence 3
TE 398 Innovation and Engineering Design 2
TE 401 Developing Breakthrough Projects 4
TE 450 Startups: Inc, Funding, Contracts & IP 3
TE 461 Technology Entrepreneurship 3
TE 466 High Tech Venture Marketing 2
TE 498 Leading Sustainable Change 3

*Innovation Living Learning Community (LLC) students can substitute TE 150 for these TE 100: Introduction section & TE 250.

^TE 200 can be substituted for TE 100: Introduction section

**Prior to Fall 2017, this course was TE/ENG 298: User Oriented Collaborative Design


The ILEE Technical Elective Approved list, found here, is the list of courses within the College of Engineering that have been approved to count towards the 19 credit hours required for the ILEE BS Degree. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you would like to petition a course (300+ level) to count as an ILEE Technical Elective, please complete the ILEE Technical Elective Petition Form.


Contact Terry Cole at

Technology Entrepreneur Center

Engineering at Illinois

351 Coordinated Science Lab, MC-228
1308 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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