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Outdoor Product Design and Development: BS

Outdoor Product Design and Development

A degree in Outdoor Product Design & Development from Utah State University is the first step to a high skill, high wage, high demand career opportunity. Many of the skills needed for success are included in the goals guiding the course curriculum and assessments. Complex 21st century skills are integrated into the program courses to ensure that graduates are well-rounded and prepared for working in a complex industry and environment. Student needs are addressed through hands-on educational and studio-based experiences that integrate developmentally appropriate theory and research-based teaching strategies to facilitate learning for the future professional.

This is the first-of-its-kind bachelor of science in outdoor product design and development with an integrated program that prepares students for a career in the outdoor product industry. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in an active and hands-on education approach to product research, development and testing. This new program offers academic, field, and industry-based experiences that bring together design, engineering, outdoor recreation, sustainability, business, and many other concepts important in the supply chain of outdoor products and business.


Students receiving this degree can find opportunities for employment as:

  • Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Supply Chain Solutions
  • Buyer 
  • Product Line Manager
  • Director of Textile Development & Sustainability
  • Inventor 
  • Creative Director
  • Analyst for Outdoor Products
  • Product Tester
  • Product/Content Manager
  • Materials Manager

Admissions Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, this program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Outdoor Industry Association:  Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) was founded in 1989 by a group of 14 visionary outdoor industry leaders who realized that “outdoor” could be much more than a passing consumer trend. Today, OIA is the leading trade association and voice of the outdoor recreation industry, serving more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers.  With offices in Boulder, CO, and Washington, D.C., OIA is the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer and the trade voice representing a $646 billion industry. OIA supports the growth and success of the outdoor industry through its focus on government affairs, corporate responsibility, outdoor consumer insights,industry trends and youth engagement. OIA hosts an annual industry conference and delivers on-demand and in-person education, tools and resources to help its members grow and succeed in the dynamic and ever-changing outdoor recreation marketplace.
 
Camber Outdoors:  Founded in 1996 as the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition, Camber Outdoors is the only national organization dedicated to workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion by expanding opportunities for women in the Outdoor, Snow, and Bike Industries. Camber Outdoors provides professional development, education, and leadership programming that promotes women's advancement.
 
Outdoor Industry Student Association: Members of OISA are the future innovators of the outdoor industry. They have a passion for playing in the diverse landscapes the world has to offer and are inspired by the opportunity to contribute to an industry that enables adventurous lifestyles. OISA offers the opportunity to develop professional relationships with industry leaders and innovators in quality and creative product design and development through service opportunities, design challenges, professional networking events and hopefully getting outside! OISA is a student organization based at Utah State University and affiliated with the newly-created Outdoor Product Design and Development program.
 
 

Labs, Centers, Research

Clothing Production Laboratory: This lab offers students state-of-the-art sewing machines and other sewing equipment to help students learn beginning through advanced clothing construction techniques. There is enough space available for students to design, create, and experience clothing production principles first-hand.


Engineering and Computer Graphics Laboratory: This lab offers 40 engineering graphics workstations, full autodesk CAD software, and other software, such as MS Office, MS Project, MS Viso, Matlab, Photoshop, and FAA Testing software. It also has printers, including a Designjet 1050C wide-format printer and a Designjet 30N graphics printer. A manual drafting facility with 36 stations is also available.


Manufacturing Systems Laboratory: This lab offers students the capability to work with a variety of polymers and metals. It has equipment for casting, molding, forming, grinding, polishing, automation, and controls, as well as industrial robotics, machine tools, materials joining. Students also have access to computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, and computer-integrated manufacturing functions.


Textile Science Laboratory: This lab contains highly technical machines on which students perform chemical tests and learn the various characteristics of textiles and how they can be used effectively. Students learn about the fibers in clothing and their properties for performance and care.