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Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources School of Planning, Design and Construction Undergraduate Programs Interior Design
This major provides academic preparation designed to enable the graduate to enter the profession of interior design. The program has been accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (F.I.D.E.R.).
Emphasis is placed on learning the means of satisfying functional and aesthetic requirements appropriate for a variety of specific interior spatial uses. Consideration is given to the human being and the micro–environment in the total complex of environmental relationships. The combination of courses and experiences provides students an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and insights needed to solve design problems creatively and effectively.
Students meeting the university admissions requirements are enrolled as freshmen and sophomores in the Undergraduate University Division but may declare a major preference for Interior Design.
Admission as a Junior
The number of students admitted as juniors to the major in interior design is limited. To be considered for admission, a student must have:
An all–university grade–point average of 2.50 or better.
A grade–point average of 3.00 or better in selected interior design courses.
In addition, transfer students must have previous design work evaluated by the department prior to placements in required courses.
Selective admissions are made at the end of spring semester for Michigan State University and transfer students from those students who have met the criteria referenced above and who have completed Interior Design 252. The final selection of students to be admitted to the major is based on the cumulative grade–point average of all courses taken and a grade–point average calculated for selected courses. In addition, factors such as diversity and residency may be considered.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Interior Design major is met by completing Interior Design 340, 440, 442, and 452. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.
The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
The completion of the requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses in the School of Planning, Design and Construction (62 credits):
Design for Living
Design Theory Studio
Interior Design Drafting
Computer–Aided Design for Designers
CAD and Structural Systems
Interior Design Synthesis I
Interior Design Specifications and Workroom Practices
Interior Design: Human Dimensions
Interior Design Presentation and Media
History of Interior Design: Ancient Through Rococo
Interior Design Lighting and Environmental Systems
Interior Design Synthesis II
History of Interior Design: Neo–Classical Through Modern
Introduction to Professional Practice
Contemporary Design Issues
Interior Design Open Office Systems
Interior Design Programming
Interior Design Professional Practice
Interior Design Synthesis III
The following course (3 credits):
Computing Concepts and Competencies
Students who pass a waiver examination will not be required to complete Computer Science and Engineering 101.
One of the following courses (5 credits):
Finite Mathematics and Elements of College Algebra
College Algebra and Trigonometry
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Any two of the following History of Art courses (6 to 8 credits):
Requirement 16: Major - Interior Design - History of Art
Major - Interior Design - History of Art: 2 courses from HA120, HA209, HA210, HA220, HA232, HA250
Requirement 17: Major - Interior Design - Computing Concepts
Major - Interior Design - Computing Concepts: 1 course from CSE101
Requirement 18: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Mathematics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Option3: 1 course
At least 1 course from MTH116
Option4: 1 course
At least 1 course from MTHRQMT
Option1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from STT200, STT201
Option2: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH114
Requirement 19: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics: 1 course from EC201, EC202
Requirement 20: College Distribution
College Distribution: 26 credits from courses in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Requirement 21: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 22: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.