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Sustainable Product Design and Innovation

Bachelor of Science
School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

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. All SPDI Majors complete the SPDI major requirements totaling 64 credits. By choosing additional courses noted below, students may elect to further focus their studies by adding an option in General Engineering: Physics/Math. The option is not required to complete the SPDI major.

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
IISPDI 151 Product Design Principles
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 Design Visualization in Product Design and Engineering
  • 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 CMM and Metrology Concepts (2 credits)
  • SPDI 450 Product Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
  • MGT 451 Business and Society
  • 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 215 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)

General Engineering: Physics/Math Option

While not required for the SPDI major, each student may choose an option of General Engineering: Physics/Math. Courses for the option that also fulfill requirements for the SPDI major are not counted twice for overall college credit. Please note that some courses within the option may require prerequisite courses.

General Engineering: Physics/Math Option

48 credits

This option can help prepare the student for career growth and flexibility related to new product design and development, engineering and manufacturing and for further academic study upon graduation in Engineering and Physics. Students electing the General Engineering: Physics/Math Option will build on their SPDI major’s knowledge and skills in design thinking, product design and development processes, materials and manufacturing methods, business management, and sustainability, with a strong cross-disciplinary foundation in Math and Physics and in other engineering related disciplines of chemistry, computer programming, and statistics. Students interested in an educational pathway leading toward professional engineering licensure should consider the Engineering transfer program. To fulfill the Physics/Math option students must take the following courses while fulfilling the requirements for the SPDI major:

MATH 151 Calculus I
INPHYS 131 Engineering Fundamentals

In addition to the SPDI major, choose the following Allied Discipline Courses:

40 credits


MATH 152 Calculus II
MATH 251 Vector Calculus
MATH 231 Linear Algebra
MATH 361 Differential Equations


INPHYS 241 University Physics I
PHYS 242 University Physics II
PHYS 275 University Physics III
PHYS 330 Thermodynamics or PHYS-339 Classical Mechanics

Other Allied Disciplines

ISCS 140 Programming Foundations I

Choose one:

  • INSAFE 213 Safety Chemistry
  • INCHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry


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