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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Design, B.S.

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Coordinator: Audrey Barnes
Phone: (540) 568-7670


The industrial design major seeks to:

  • Integrate knowledge of the visual arts with applied design technology.
  • Enhance problem-solving and communication skills in the creation of design concepts.
  • Develop student knowledge that optimizes the function, value and appearance of manufactured products and systems.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  requirements 41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 78 Credit Hours

Total: 125 Credit Hours

Note: Students can double count up to two courses, thus reducing the total credit hours to 119. Students will need to enroll in three additional credit hours to reach the university minimum requirement of 120 credit hours.


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 Quantitative requirements may be double-counted with elective course work in the major. Check with adviser.

Major Requirements

The industrial design major requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art-related courses. Of these hours, 42 credits must be in INDU courses, some of which may the B.S. Natural/Social Science requirement.

Required Courses

Elective Concentration Courses (24 credits):

Art History (300 Level)

Interdisciplinary Electives 9 Credit Hours

Engineering and Technology

Students selecting ENGR electives must have approval from the course instructor and the INDU adviser.

Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (choose one):

Total: 78 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

  • General Education  12 Credit Hours
  • Art Foundations 15 Credit Hours
  • Elective 3 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Total: 32 Credit Hours

Third Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • Advanced Studio 6 Credit Hours
  • Advanced Studio 6 Credit Hours
  • Art and Design Electives 6 Credit Hours
  • General Education  9 Credit Hours
  • Interdisciplinary Elective: Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship 3 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

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