Industrial Design (BIX)

(Effective Fall 2019)

The Industrial Design curriculum prepares students to become designers of marketable products and systems.  This major is an interdisciplinary study of design that integrates aesthetics, ergonomics, kinesiology, anthropometry, material science, engineering, manufacturing, business, and the social sciences.  The curriculum is designed to elicit students' creative potential and couple it with techniques and technology that transform ideas into practical designs. 

Industrial designers create products that are optimized and customized for human use, from medical devices and tools to furniture and automobiles.  In addition to material and technological considerations, industrial designers incorporate nonfunctional elements such as aesthetics and culturally relevant features, as seen in many consumer products ranging from toys to cell phones. 

This major focuses on creating real-world, practical products and systems.  Students will develop proficiency in creating conceptual designs that are effective, attractive, and sensitive to environmental sustainability and cultural concerns.  Students will also learn various rendering techniques, from charcoal to three dimensional computer aided design, as well as visualization and communication skills.  Studies in engineering, manufacturing, business, and marketing complement understanding of the processes involved in developing evocative designs.  Finally, students will be capable of designing products and systems intended for specialty consumers such as children, the elderly, and those with physical and mental challenges.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program would obtain jobs in the following areas: industrial design, interaction design/human factors design, environmental design, and packaging design.

Recommended High School Subjects

Course work with a strong emphasis on communication, science, aesthetics, and analytical skills.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College catalog (see

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • design products that are useful, useable, safe, and desirable.
  • evaluate how products are manufactured and how they can be improved in form, function, and appeal based on human factors.
  • synthesize the needs of business, marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing, and sustainability to design effective products.
  • synthesize human factors in the development of product and system interfaces.
  • use CAD, CAID, and graphic design software applications to develop design solutions.
  • apply knowledge and principles gained through the history of design.
  • communicate effectively via 2D and 3D modeling as well as in written and verbal form.
  • synthesize human factors in task design (establishing processes or sequences of operations such as websites, telephone systems, manufacturing processes, etc.), including social/cultural considerations.
  • manage and participate in collaborative, multidisciplinary team projects.

Performance Standards

Prior to beginning the third year of study, students must demonstrate proficiency in designing creative, practical products. Specifically, students must demonstrate the ability to sketch design concepts and to assess their feasibility based on engineering, marketing, and manufacturing constraints. These proficiencies will be demonstrated by earning grades of a 'C' or better in the following courses: BIX 110, BIX 220, and ART 109. Students must also meet the minimum GPA requirements established by the College's Academic Probation policy.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
BIX110 Introduction to Industrial Design 3  
ART107 Visual Literacy for Designers 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
Second Semester Credits
BIX130 Model Building 3  
ART109 Design and Color 3  
ART102 Two-Dimensional Design 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
BIO103 Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey 4  
Third Semester Credits
BIX220 Ergonomics and Kinesiology 3  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
ART270 Computer Graphics I 3  
ART180 Drawing 3  
ART202 Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
BIX231 Mechanical Engineering Principles 3  
CAD124 3D Parametric Modeling Using SolidWorks® 3  
MTT221 Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication and Repair 4  
ART125 Art History: Ancient through 15th Century 3  
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
BIX331 Design Studio 1 3  
ANT113 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3  Cultural Diversity Requirement
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
BIX340 Industrial Design Applications 3  
MKT240 Principles of Marketing 3  
ART330 Modern Art and the Contemporary Image 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
HIS262 Technology and Society 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
BIZ Industrial Design Elective 300-400 Level 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
BIX401 Design Studio 2 5  
MET319 Lean Manufacturing and Quality Control 3  
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3  
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
BIX495 Senior Project 4  
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3  
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  

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