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 Outdoor Products Design & Development
Program at a Glance

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




Why OPDD at USU?

Logan is in the top 15 (and #2 in the West) for Best College Towns, according to the AIER College Destination Index. The town was also ranked #1 easiest place to find a job, accordingo to Business Insder.

Utah State University is minutes from two federally designated wilderness areas, which means students have access to thousands of acres of public land for backcountry skiing, hiking, and more.

In addition to USU's Caine College of the Arts, which hosts numerous events on campus, Logan has a variety of theaters, galleries, events and nationally touring productions each year.

Ten major ski resorts, many of which hosted sites for the 2002 Winter Olympics, lie within a two-hour drive of campus. USU is also within a half day's drive of six national parks, including Yellowstone.


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.


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
Manufacturing and
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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