Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design: Concentration in Product Design and Development Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 59

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
GE Area A 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
GE Area C 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
Second Semester
GE Area A 3
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C 3
GE Area E 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
Third Semester
GE Area C 3
GE Area D - Take Two 6
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 7
Fourth Semester
DES 200 Visual Design Literacy (Major Foundation) 3
DES 222 Digital Design Foundations I (Major Foundation) 3
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area F ± 3
U.S. and California Government 3
Fifth Semester
DES 305 Lab Safety Basics (Major Requirement) 1
DES 320 Drafting and Sketching for Design (Major Requirement) 3
DES 321 Technical Drawing I: Introduction to CAD (Major Requirement) 3
DES 356 A History of Design and Technology (Major Core) 5 3
DES 370 Introduction to The School of Design (Major Core) 1
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Sixth Semester
DES 300 Design Process (Major Core) 3
DES 310 Product Design I (Major Requirement) 3
DES 322 Digital Design Foundations II (Major Core) 3
DES 324GW Research and Writing for Design - GWAR (Major Core) 3
DES 360 Model Development Laboratory (Major Requirement) 3
Seventh Semester
DES 340 Design and Materials (Major Requirement) 3
DES 410 Product Design II (Major Requirement) 3
DES 420 Rapid Visualization (Major Requirement) 3
DES 421 Technical Drawing II: 3-D Solid Modeling (Major Requirement) 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Eighth Semester
DES 460 Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Systems (Major Requirement) 3
DES 505 Senior Design Project (Major Culminating Requirement) 3
DES 570 Professional Practices for Designers (Major Culminating Requirement) 3
Major Electives (6 Units Total) - Take Two 6 6
 Total Units120-122

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet the SF State Studies (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) requirements within your GE or major.


To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.


Upper-Division General Education, Arts and/or Humanities (UD-C) is satisfied upon completion of DES 356.


Select two from the following:
DES 221 Introduction to 3D Digital Design (3 units)
DES 325 Graphic Design I (3 units)
DES 327 Interactive Design I (3 units)
DES 332 Electricity and Electronics (3 units)
DES 405 How to Develop, Patent, and Market an Idea (3 units)
DES 475 Topics in Design (3 units)
DES 521 Technical Drawing III: Advanced Modeling and Rendering (3 units)
DES 523 Information Design I: Data Visualization (3 units)
DES 560 Prototyping Smart Devices (3 units)
DES 576 Practical Experience: Internship (3 units)*
DES 628 Design Gallery: Exhibitions and Communications (3 units)
DES 685 Projects in the Teaching of Design (1-4 units)
DES 699 Independent Study in Design (3 units)*
Or Elective Approved by Advisement


Students may choose DES 576 or DES 699, but may not choose DES 576 and DES 699.


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.