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Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Outdoor Product Design’ now a university degree

by Stephen Regenold

Last week, students at Utah State University absorbed a lecture on primitive snowshoes and the baidarka, a watercraft created by the native Aleut people. The lesson was a part of a class, the three-credit “History of the Outdoor Product Industry,” that builds toward a first-of-its-kind degree focusing on outdoors gear.

“We we’re looking at the Native roots of modern [outdoors] products,” explained Sean E. Michael, Ph.D., who teaches the session. “It fueled some great learning moments for the students.”

New this semester (spring 2016), Utah State University’s Outdoor Product Design & Development program is a 120-credit bachelor of science degree. Through a four-year series of classes, students will gain a comprehensive base of knowledge to kick off a career in the outdoors industry.

About 100 students have committed to the degree. The first graduates will finish as soon as 2019 after completing a diverse course load of classes focused on the business, legal, design, art, and engineering facets of making gear for outdoor recreation.

For more on this article, visit https://gearjunkie.com/. Stephen Regenold is the founder and writes about outdoors gear for Gear Junkie.


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