Mar 18, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 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


ETSU’s Interior Design Program prepares designers to think globally, engage in a dynamic design process, and create imaginative solutions that promote the awareness and knowledge of the contributions of interior design to health, safety, and the welfare of people in a sustainable built environment.  Graduates aspire to be active lifelong problem solvers, seeking to adapt current knowledge and emerging trends to meet the demands of a future marketplace. The interior design curriculum, structured to meet accreditation standards, provides a broad-based design education where sustainability practices, creativity development, and varied learning environments are infused across the entire 4-year experience.  Preparing graduating students for entry-level positions in residential and contract design firms, sales, design consulting, computer-aided design, and other related design areas. 

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:

  • SPCH 2300 - Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • SPCH 2320 - Argumentation and Debate (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 will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website

Interior Design Major

Minor: no minor required

Additional Information

Click here to view the Interior Design Major Suggested Course Sequence 

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