Outdoor Product Design and Development: BS
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:
- Product Developer
- Supply Chain Solutions
- Product Line Manager
- Director of Textile Development & Sustainability
- Creative Director
- Analyst for Outdoor Products
- Product Tester
- Product/Content Manager
- Materials Manager
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.
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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.
Office: AGRS 413
Phone: (435) 797-7091