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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interior Design Major, B.S.

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College of Business and Technology

Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying, and Digital Media

Interior Design Major Program Information

Box 70552
Phone: (423) 439-7813
email: johnsonk@etsu.edu

The Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying, and Digital Media administers four separate and distinct undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs: Engineering Technology, Digital Media, Interior Design, and Surveying and Mapping Science. In addition, a minor is available in technology and digital media. Engineering Technology offers a common core of classes along with six individual concentrations: biomedical engineering technology, construction technology electronics engineering technology, industrial technology, product development, and manufacturing engineering technology. Digital Media offers a core and three separate concentrations: digital animation, digital interaction, and digital visualization. The Interior Design curriculum offers preparation for entry-level positions in residential and contact design firms, sales, design consulting, computer-aided design, and other related design areas. The Surveying and Mapping curriculum has a core curriculum and guided electives in three sequences: cadastral/design, geoscience, surveying business.

Programs Concentrations
Engineering Technology Biomedical Engineering Tech.
Construction Engineering Technology
Electronics Engineering Tech.
Industrial Technology
Manufacturing Engineering Tech.
Product Development
Interior Design
Digital Media Digital Animation
Digital Interaction
Digital Visualization
Surveying and Mapping Science

Graduate Study
The Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying, and Digital Media offers a master of science degree.

Transferring Technical Associates Degrees
All non-technology coursework such as math, science, and English is evaluated for transfer by an analyst in the Office of Admissions. All technology coursework submitted for transfer will be analyzed by the department chair or the appropriate program coordinator. The following criteria apply:

Coursework must have been taken at a regionally accredited two- or four-year institution.
Coursework must be equivalent to an ETSU course; if not, it will count as elective credit.
Only courses for which a grade of C or higher was earned will be accepted for transfer credit for courses in technology, mathematics, science or English.
No associate degree coursework will be accepted for Engineering Technology coursework at the 4xxx level.
In consultation with the associate degree-holding student, an agreement will be written listing the coursework that must be successfully completed by the student to receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in technology.

Students contemplating the transfer of their technology-based associate degree should read the policy statement regarding transfer student admissions elsewhere in this catalog and confer with a Engineering Technology, Surveying, and Digital Media advisor.

A minor in technology and a minor in Digital Media are available to students who wish to acquire technical knowledge and skills. Requirements for the technology minor are 21 credit hours (nine of which must be upper division courses) of study in the department. Concentration study in a particular technical area is required. Students must meet the prerequisites listed in the catalog for a particular course they wish to take or obtain permission of the instructor.

A minor in Digital Media is available to students from all majors who wish to acquire technical knowledge and skills in Digital Media. Requirements for the minor are 24 credit hours of study in Digital Media. Students must meet the prerequisites listed in the catalog for a particular course they wish to take or obtain permission from the instructor.

Students are encouraged to choose guided electives that provide an emphasis in a particular area of specialization in Digital Media.

Students who transfer technical courses from technical institutes, colleges, or military technical schools who wish to pursue a minor in technology must complete a minimum of three (3) approved upper division courses in the department regardless of the number of credit hours transferred. Prior to registering for the final three (3) courses in the minor, students are required to meet with an academic advisor in the Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying, and Digital Media.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

TBR General Education Requirements: 41 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

  • (3 credits)
  • (3 credits)
  • When one of the oral communication courses listed above is completed to meet the general education core requirement, that course will not count toward ETSU’s oral communication-intensive requirement. (See “Other Graduation Requirementss”) Any additional course from this list that is completed will count toward the oral communication-intensive requirement.

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


For the Fine Arts requirement, it is recommended that students take ARTH 2010  or ARTH 2020 


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)


Students eligible to enroll in this math course must do so during their first calendar year of enrollment or prior to accumulating 33 semester credits at ETSU.

Interior Design Major

Minor: no minor required

Additional Information

Click here to view the Interior Design Major Suggested Course Sequence 

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