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Outdoor Product Design and Development: BS

Outdoor Product Design and Development

A degree in Outdoor Product Design & Development (OPDD) from Utah State University is the first step to a high skill, high wage, high demand career opportunity in product design, development, or management. The OPDD program prepares students for an exciting career bringing innovative, sustainable, and impactful product to market in the dynamic sports, outdoor, and active industries.

In this first of its kind bachelor's degree, students will learn design tools, techniques, and methodologies, to prepare them to develop products through hands on learning experiences. This new program brings together industrial design, engineering, digital design, fashion, sustainability, business, supply chain management and many other concepts important in the creation of consumer products.

Products come to market through the coordination of a team consisting of a designer, developer, and a product line manager. Students can choose one of the following emphasis areas for specialization: Design, Development, Product Line Management after completing the first two years of design foundations.


  • Design: This emphasis focuses on learning the design process, how to conduct design, product, and user research, product ideation as well as learning design tools, technologies, and techniques to allow students to visualize their products on paper, digitally, and as physical prototypes.
  • Development: This emphasis focuses on project management, negotiations, lean continuous improvement, global supply chain management, sourcing, sales, and operations. Students will collaborate with designers to transform concepts and designs into reality.
  • Product Line Management: This emphasis focuses on team management and leadership, market research and consumer behavior, creating product lines plans and design briefs, understand cost, scheduling and ho to bring product to market.

Students receiving this degree can find opportunities for employment as:

Design Careers

  • Industrial Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Apparel Designer
  • Footwear Designer
  • Color/Material/Trims Designer

Development Careers

  • Product Developer
  • Apparel Developer
  • Material Developer
  • Sourcing Specialist
  • Supply Chain Specialist

Product Line Management Careers

  • Product Developer
  • Product Line Manager
  • Technical Sales
  • Product Marketing
  • Account Management

Admission 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 2.67 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 Product Club (OPC): As members of OPC, we are the future innovators of the outdoor industry. We have a passion for creating the next generation of products that get people moving. OPC activities will help bring together students passionate about product and allow opportunities for design and development students to get to know each other, learn from industry guests and partners, and have fun! We are a student organization based at Utah State University and are affiliated with the Outdoor Product Design & 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.

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