Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn with a manufacturing quality minor?

In the manufacturing industry, quality drives productivity. Pursuing high productivity with high quality is a strategy of sustainable development for manufacturing and diverse industries. Improving productivity with high quality is a source of greater revenue, employment opportunities and technological advances. Knowledge in the areas of quality control and product excellence are in high demand for certifying product quality and durability to ensure their “fitness for purpose” during each step of the manufacturing process. As a result, learning quality control and product excellence techniques will give students the opportunity to understand industrial process control and applications and to join businesses and manufacturing industries for managing product quality and manufacturing processes. Nevada offers a unique opportunity for both students and industry interested in advanced manufacturing.

Learning outcomes

Rapidly expanding advanced manufacturing industries require highly educated engineers who understand the fundamentals of product quality control in manufacturing processes in terms of design, engineering, operation, assessment, testing and data analysis. The objective of the interdisciplinary minor in manufacturing quality is to provide students with skills and experiences that will help them better apply the knowledge gained in their majors to specialized problems in the field of product quality control in manufacturing process.

Why choose manufacturing quality?

In Nevada, advanced manufacturing has grown by more than 100 percent in the last decade and is expected to continue to grow. Graduates who have minored in advanced manufacturing develop the skills necessary to fill these vital roles in a burgeoning industry.

Careers in manufacturing quality

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Manufacturing quality minors often major in...

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Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers apply scientific principles -- along with a healthy dose of creativity -- to the creation of new chemicals and chemical processes that can improve our quality of life. Chemical engineers are involved in the design and manufacture of everything from a zestier version of your favorite toothpaste to a life-saving pharmaceutical to new and inexpensive fuel sources.

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Civil engineering

Civil engineers use their knowledge of science and engineering to design and maintain much of our world's infrastructure. They also apply their expertise to improve our quality of life, whether it's by designing safer buildings, reducing our carbon footprint or just shortening your commute. 

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Mechanical engineering

Self-healing plastic. Night-vision contact lenses. It seems like the stuff of science fiction, but it's reality for materials scientists and engineers, who study the relationship between a material's atomic structure and its physical properties. These engineers learn to manipulate materials at the atomic level to create new ones that are lighter, stronger or more flexible than their predecessors.

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