Outdoor Product Design & 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 is 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. Upon completion of the outlined 120 credits, students will be awarded the bachelor of science degree. 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. If Utah is the premiere place for outdoor recreation, then it should be the premiere place to prepare future technical designers.

Why Outdoor Products and Development?

Utah State University is responding to the demand for a trained workforce in outdoor product design and development by creating an innovative and industry-inspired degree program. Not only is the industry calling for a trained workforce, but the demand for new and innovative outdoor products continues to rise. According to the Outdoor Industry Association (2012), more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority.

This fact is illustrated by the over $646 billion that was spent on outdoor products in 2012 (Outdoor Industry Association, 2012). Outdoor recreation is a growing and diverse economic super sector that is a vital cornerstone of successful communities that cannot be ignored (OIA, 2012). Outdoor recreation is no longer a “nice to have”, but it is a “must have” that provides a strong outlook for employment opportunities for future graduates. A bachelors degree in outdoor product design and development connects students to industry leaders and has been developed with assistance from the world’s leading technical designers, world’s largest fabric manufacturer and heads of outdoor product companies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the expected outcomes of this degree?

1. Reasoning and Proving

Develop and apply reasoning skills to make conjectures, assess conjectures, and justify conclusions, and plan and construct organized arguments

2. Problem Solving

Develop, select, apply and compare a variety of problem-solving strategies as you pose and solve problems and conduct investigations, to help deepen understanding

3. Representing

Create a variety of representations of ideas, connect and compare them, and select and apply the appropriate representations to solve problems

4. Reflecting

Demonstrate the ability to reflect on and monitor thinking to help clarify understanding as an investigation is completed and problem solved

5. Selecting Tools & Computational Strategies

Select and use a variety of concrete, visual and electronic learning tools and appropriate computational strategies to investigate ideas and solve problems

6. Connecting & Communicating

Make connections among concepts and procedures, and relate ideas to situations or phenomena drawn from other contexts.
Communicate thinking orally, visually and in writing, using vocabulary and a variety of appropriate representations, and observations

Where can I get more register and/or get more information?

For more information about the Outdoor Product Design and Development program at Utah State, contact Misty Balls.

Major Requirements

FRESHMAN YEAR (28 CREDITS)

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • OPDD 1700: Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • OPDD 1750: History of the Outdoor Industry (BCA, 3 credits)
  • OPDD/FCSE 1140: Introductory Sewing (2 credits)
  • WATS 1200: Biodiversity and Sustainability (BLS, 3 credits)
  • ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (3 credits)
  • ECN 1500: Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles (BAI, 3 credits)

Spring Semester (13 credits)

  • OPDD 1700: Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • ART 1020: Drawing I (3 credits)
  • OPDD/FCSE 2040: Clothing Production Principles (3 credits)
  • CMST 1020: Public Speaking or CMST 2110: Interpersonal Communication or PHIL 2400: Ethics (BHU 3 credits)
  • STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL, 3 credits)

SOPHOMORE YEAR (32 CREDITS)

Fall Semester (16 credits)

  • OPDD 1700: Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • OPDD 3400: Color Theory & Design (3 credits)
  • TEE 1030: Material Processing Systems (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research in a Persuasive Mode (3 credits)
  • OPDD/FCSE 3040: Advanced Clothing Production (3 credits)
  • LAEP 2039: Foundations of Sustainable Systems (3 credits)

Spring Semester (13 credits)

  • OPDD 1700: Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • TEE 1200: Computer Aided Drafting & Design (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1110: General Chemistry (BPS, 3 credits)
  • OPDD 3030: Design Thinking, Methods & Materials (3 credits)
  • OPDD/FCSE 4040: Advanced Clothing Studies: Couture & Tailoring (3 credits)

Summer Semester (3 credits)

  • OPDD 4250: Outdoor Product Design & Development Industry Experience (3 credits)

JUNIOR YEAR (33 CREDITS)

Fall Semester (17 credits)

  • OPDD 1700: Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • FCSE 3080: Dress & Humanity (DHA, 3 credits)
  • OPDD/FCSE 3030: Textile Science (DSC, QI, 4 credits)
  • OPDD 3760: Outdoor Product Design & Development Studio (3 credits)
  • OSS 1550: Business Correspondence (CI, 3 credits)
  • OPDD 4420: Digital Design Technologies for Outdoor Products I (3 credits)

Spring Semester (13 credits)

  • OPDD 1700: Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • OPDD 3770: Outdoor Product Design & Development Studio (3 credits)
  • ENVS 2340: Natural Resources and Society (BSS, 3 credits)
  • JCOM 2010: Media Smarts: Making Sense of the Information Age (BSS, 3 credits)
  • OPDD 4430: Digital Design Technologies for Outdoor Products II

Summer Semester (3 credits)

  • OPDD 4250: Outdoor Product Design & Development Industry Experience (3 credits)

SENIOR YEAR (27 CREDITS)

Fall Semester (13 credits)

  • OPDD 1700: Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • OPDD 4750: Senior Design Studio I (3 credits)
  • MGT 3500: Fundamentals of Marketing (3 credits)
  • MGT 2050: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3 credits)
  • OPDD 4440: Aesthetics, Human Factors & Brand Image (3 credits)

Spring Semester (14 credits)

  • OPDD 1700: Outdoor Product Design & Development Professional Seminar (1 credit)
  • OPDD 4760: Senior Design Studio II (3 credits)
  • OPDD 4770: Senior Exhibit (1 credit)
  • MGT 4070: Retail Management (CI, 3 credits)
  • CMST 3330: Intercultural Communication (DSS, 3 credits)
  • MGT 3510: New Venture Fundamentals (3 credits)