Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

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The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design prepares students for a career in the interior design industry. Required class content includes design elements and principles, design history, materials and systems, contemporary design philosophies and sustainability, advanced design applications, computer applications, and portfolio development. Course work incorporates both theory and hands-on approaches to the study of interior design. The program focuses on both residential and commercial design. The curriculum is designed to help students develop enhanced and well developed knowledge and skills in the field of interior design. Students earning a degree in Interior Design are eligible to sit for the IDEX California Exam immediately upon graduation.

Application Filing Period

The Interior Design program is impacted, which means there are more applications than capacity. Transfer student applications for admission to this major are accepted by the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions only during the application filing period of October 1 to November 30 (for admission the following fall). No late applications or applications for spring will be considered. Both new students and on-campus students wishing to change majors are required to submit an additional departmental application to the CFS/D Department. See departmental website for supplemental program application and specific deadlines in January and May.

Mandatory Advising

Interior Design majors must see an advisor to prepare a Graduation Plan which outlines course sequence. Some major classes will require that this plan be presented on the first day of classes. See department office (Burk Hall 329) for information to include in the advising folder. Students who wish credits earned at another institution to be accepted in lieu of courses offered for the major at SF State must obtain acceptance from their advisor and the department chair.

Writing Competence

Good writing skills are necessary for success in the major. Second year written composition (ENG 214 or equivalent) with a grade of C- or better is required to take ID 340GW, the beginning of the sequence of upper division ID courses, which fulfills the GWAR requirement.

The major includes 6 units of prerequisite work and 48 units of additional major courses. A prescribed sequence of courses must be adhered to as some classes are offered only in the fall or spring semesters. Students should check Bulletin descriptions for prerequisites to individual courses.

All major courses (core and elective) must be passed with a letter grade of C- or better. CR/NC is not allowed.

Interior Design (B.S.) — 54 units

Interior Design Prerequisites (6 units)

ID 240Color and Design3
ID 242Interior Design Graphic Communication I3
Plus - Qualifying Design Project Review (QDP) 1

Students must pass qualifying design project before taking Interior Design required courses.

Core Requirements (39 units)

Courses must be passed with a C- or better; CR/NC is not allowed.

ADM 260Textiles3
CFS 600Professional Development3
ID 244Heritage of Housing and Interior Design (formerly ID 342)3
ID 245Contemporary Design in Housing and Interiors3
ID 340GWHuman Dimensions in Housing and Interiors-GWAR3
ID 343Housing for People with Special Needs3
ID 345Interior Design Graphic Communication II3
ID 440The Housing Structure and Its Component Parts3
ID 445Business Practices for Interior Design3
ID 540The Materials of Interior Design3
ID 640Interior Design Solutions--Residential3
ID 641Interior Design Solutions--Commercial3
ID 645Advanced Interior Design Solutions3

Electives (9 units)

(must be passed with a C- or better; CR/NC is not allowed)

Select three of the following with approval of advisor:
ADM 569Visual Merchandising and Promotion3
ART 202Western Art History II3
ART 222Introduction to Textile Art3
ART 260Photography 13
CFS 543Sustainability in the Textile, Housing, and Food Industries3
CFS 685Projects in Teaching of Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics3
DAI 256Design and Society: Contemporary Design Issues and Applications3
GEOG 455Geography of Ethnic Communities3
ID 300Designers of the 20th/21st Centuries3
ID 366Forecasting Apparel and Interior Design Trends3
USP 580Housing Policy and Planning3

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

First Time Student Roadmap (4 year)

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General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California government
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower division major requirements for this major
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper division transfer (for example, if course was not passed on first attempt, or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California community college of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower division general education in areas C and D until after transfer in order to focus on preparation courses for the major. (This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.)

Transferring from institutions other than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower division General Education requirements. As described above, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3 and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (GE A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All students must meet the transfer eligibility requirements outlines below for admission. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a "C" or better grade in each basic skills course.