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Industrial Design Electives

Suggested Courses for ME Students Interested in Industrial Design, updated March 2020.

Courses with an asterisk* have not been offered for at least one academic year and may not be available.

A formal Industrial Design Minor is offered through College of Architecture. It requires 18 credits of courses from the approved checksheet, including a 6 credit industrial design studio taught only during the summer. For information on the Industrial Design minor please see the website.

Technical Electives

For students graduating before 2022, A limit of 6 credits of List #2 technical electives can be used to satisfy the 15 credits of technical electives required to earn a BSME degree. There is no limit in List #1 technical electives. For students graduating in or after 2022,  limit of 3 credits of List #2 technical electives can be used to satisfy the 12 credits of technical electives required to earn a BSME degree. There is no limit in List #1 technical electives.

Be sure to consult the current list of approved technical electives for the year in which you plan to graduate to make sure the courses listed below are valid technical electives.

List #2 Technical Electives

IDS 2044 – Human Factors (3 credits) **Required for Industrial Design Minor** - typically restricted and can be taken only by IDS minor students. Other by permission of IDS department. Fall only.
This course examines human factors as it informs the design process, and as a tool to maximize the physical and psychological aspects of design toward the establishment of a human centered design. Frameworks of industrial design philosophy, research methods, standards and data, human issues, cultural context, and design outcomes. Pre: ARCH 1016.

IDS 3124– Materials & Processes (3 credits)
(Required for Industrial Design Minor)
Current design processes, materials, manufacturing processes, techniques, and equipment used in the design of products for mass and rapid production. Variety of materials and manufacturing processes available to the industrial designer for mass production impact his/her design process. Emphasis placed on the relationship of processes and equipment, to the environment and the end user. Includes concepts of material science. Practical issues of material selection and application, process selection, and specification.

List #1 Technical Electives

ISE 3614 – Introduction to Human Factors Engineering (3 credits)
This course may be restricted to ISE majors. Contact ISE advising department for more information.  Fall only.
Investigation of human factors, ergonomics, and work measurement engineering, with emphasis on a systems approach toward workplace and machine design. Discussion of basic human factors research and design methods, design/evaluation methods for work systems and human machine interactions, human information processing, visual and auditory processes, display and control design, and effects of environmental stressors on humans.  Pre: C- or better: in ISE 2004 and STAT 4105

Technical Electives

Courses with an asterisk* have not been offered for at least one academic year and may not be available.