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Sustainable Product Design and Innovation

Bachelor of Science
School of Professional and Graduate Studies

The Sustainable Product Design and Innovation major at Keene State College is a pre-professional four-year program offering a cross-disciplinary curriculum to give the student a solid foundation in the artistic, scientific, and technical aspects of product design and the social and scientific aspects of sustainability concerns. Product Design involves the synthesis of consumer needs and production capabilities in the creation of new products and their affiliated services. The integrated sustainability issues link the multitude of human factors, environmental, and resource depletion concerns to the decision-making process. The curriculum draws from five disciplines: art, management, mathematics, safety, and industrial/product design to build the student's capacity in design theory and practice, material sciences, production processes, digital technology, and the quantitative and qualitative issues of sustainability and business practices.

The Sustainable Product Design and Innovation major is designed to provide students with a hands-on project-based learning curriculum focusing on real-world applications grounded in a liberal arts foundation. The emphasis on innovation complemented with business management encourages creative problem-solving and entrepreneurship, providing students with the tools to adapt and evolve their career paths to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. Integrated sustainability values prepare students for engagement in the product realization arena in the "lean" and "green" global production economy. Graduates are prepared to pursue graduate study or transition directly into careers in product design/engineering, technology/evaluation, planning, supply, production, quality control, technical services, marketing, sales, or other related professions.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

(64 credits)

SPDI Core Courses

24 credits

  • SPDI 110 Electricity and Electronics Fundamentals or PHYS 260 Electronics
  • SPDI 152 Product Design I
  • SPDI 180 Metal Processes and Prototyping
  • SPDI 221 Three-Dimensional CAD
  • SPDI 304 Materials: A Life-Cycle View
  • SPDI 351 Product Design II

Management Core Courses

16 credits

  • MGT 101 Introduction to Management
  • MGT 140 Quantitative Decision-Making
  • MGT 215 Accounting for Sustainable Business

Choose one of the following courses:

  • MGT 331 Principles of Marketing
  • MGT 446 Competitive Manufacturing Management

SPDI/Management/Physics Electives

Select 4 credits from the following courses

  • SPDI 121 Drafting, Sketching, and CAD
  • INPHYS 131 Engineering Fundamentals
  • SPDI 170 Introduction to Woodworking Technology
  • SPDI 270 Woodworking Processes
  • SPDI 290 Special Topics
  • SPDI 298 Independent Study
  • SPDI 321 Advanced 3D CAD
  • SPDI 330 Metrology and CMM
  • SPDI 380 CAD/CAM Using MasterCam
  • SPDI 410 Mechatronics and Automation
  • SPDI 430 Advanced Metrology and CMM (2 credits)
  • SPDI 450 Product Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
  • MGT 451 Social, Legal, and Political Environment of Business
  • SPDI 456 Portfolio Design (2 credits)
  • SPDI 490 Advanced Special Topics
  • SPDI 495 Seminar
  • SPDI 498 Independent Study

Required Allied Discipline Courses

12 credits

  • IAART 103 Three-Dimensional Design
  • SAFE 204 Human Factors in Safety

Select at least one of the following MATH courses:

  • MATH 120 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MATH 130 Precalculus
  • MATH 151 Calculus I

SPDI Capstone Courses

8 credits

  • SPDI 352 Product Design III
  • SPDI 400 Manufacturing Enterprise

Internships and/or Cooperative Education Experiences are recommended:

  • SPDI 294 Cooperative Education (count toward elective credit)
  • SPDI 494 Advanced Cooperative Education (count toward elective credit)


Select additional courses of your choice to bring total number of credits earned to 120. Students are encouraged to complete a minor or an organized cluster of courses related to their career interests.

Degree Requirements

120 credits