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 Outdoor Products Design and Development
Program at a Glance
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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.

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




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Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

OPDD 1700 Professional Seminar
(1 credit)
FCSE 1140 Intro Sewing
(2 credits)
WATS  1200 WILD 2200 or ENVS 1350 (BLS)
(3 credits)
ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing (CL1) 
(3 credits)
TEE 1010 Communications Technology
(3 credits)
LAEP 2039 Foundations of Sustainable Systems
(3 credits)
OPDD 1700 Professional Seminar 
(1 credit)
OPDD 1750 History of Outdoor Industry

(3 credits)
BHU CMST 1020, CMST 2110 or PHIL 2400 (BHU) 
(3 credits)
FCSE 2040 Clothing Production Principles 
(3 credits)
TEE 1200 CAD&D 
(3 credits)
MATH For CHEMISTRY Pre-req 4
(4 credits)
 
OPDD 1700 Professional Seminar 
(1 credit)
TEE 1030 Material Processing Systems or TEE 2030
(3 credits)
STAT 1040 Intro to Stats or STAT 1045 (QL) 
(3 credits)
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing (CL2)
(3 credits)
OPDD 3400 Color Theory & Design 
(3 credits)
OPDD 1700 Professional Seminar
(1 credit)
FCSE 3030 Textile Science (DSC, QI) 
(4 credits)
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry (BPS) 
(4 credits)
OPDD 3030 Design Thinking, Methods & Materials
(3 credits)
FCSE 3040 Advanced Clothing Production (Pattern making) 
(3 credits)
OPDD 4250: Outdoor Product Design & Development Industry Experience
(3 credits)
OPDD 1700 Professional Seminar
(1 credit)
FCSE 3080 Dress & Humanity (DHA)
(3 credits)
ECON 1500 Intro to Economics (BAI)
(3 credits)
OPDD 3760 Studio I
(3 credits)
OPDD 4420 Digital Design Tech for Outdoor Products I 
(3 credits)
FCSE 4040 Advanced Clothing Studies (optional) 
(3 credits)
OPDD 1700 Professional Seminar
(1 credit)
OPDD 3770 Studio II 
(3 credits)
ENVS 2340 Natural Resources & Society (BSS)
(3 credits)
JCOM 2010 Media Smarts (BSS) 
(3 credits)
OPDD 4430 Digital Design Tech for Outdoor Products II
(3 credits)
BCA any Breadth Creative Arts
(3 credits)
OPDD 4250: Outdoor Product Design & Development Industry Experience
(3 credits)
OPDD 1700 Professional Seminar
(1 credit)
OPDD 4750 Senior Design Studio I 
(3 credits)
MGT 3500 Fundamentals of Marketing * (B- or above)
(3 credits)
MGT 2050 Business Law *
(2 credits)
OPDD 4440 Aesthetics: Human Factors & Brand Image 
(3 credits)
CI any Communications Intensive (CI) 
(3 credits)
OPDD 1700 Professional Seminar
(1 credit)
OPDD 4760 Senior Design Studio 
(3 credits)
OPDD 4770 Senior Exhibit
(1 credit)
MGT 4070 Retail Management (CI)*
(3 credits)
CMST 3330 Inter-cultural Communications (DSS)
(3 credits)
MGT 3510 New Venture Fundamentals * 
(2 credits)

Why OPDD at USU?
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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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The new program will adopt and advance industry standards for environmental and social responsibility by working with industry leaders, including the Outdoor Industry Association and its members. Specifically, concepts and processes related to sustainability indexes, responsible chemicals management, and social responsibility and fair labor will be integrated into courses and learning experiences.

The program courses will address product design and development across the supply chain and will include real world learning experiences that explore:

Product Design
Materials
Packaging
Manufacturing and
Assembly
Facilities
Transportation
Use and Service and the End of Life of a product.

Not only will students be able to identify and implement best practices in environmental and social responsibility throughout the global supply chain, but they will also be able to meet key program outcomes that relate to reasoning and proving, problem solving, representing ideas, reflective thinking, selecting tools and strategies, and connecting and communicating.

Each of the outcomes guiding the development and implementation of the program were developed with assistance from leaders in the industry.

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