College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

School of Art

Interior Design, Bachelor of Science

This degree provides a wide range of educational opportunities based on an integrated approach to aesthetic, professional, and academic disciplines.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science Interior Design?

When your friends pick out curtains or paint colors, are you the first person they call? Do you mentally rearrange the furniture in every building you enter? Is your television permanently set to a home improvement channel? Our Interior Design program can help you make a career out of the designing you love.

You will be prepared for the profession by taking classes that emphasize design mythologies, aesthetics, and technical skills. Develop your craft in small classes that guarantee close interaction with faculty. Our studio facilities provide all you'll need to make art--except your personal vision. Study the masters, explore critical scholarship, and create visual objects in a variety of media. Build self-confidence with a required one-person exhibition, presentation, and oral defense.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Hospitality design
  • Criticism

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Corporate curator
  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Librarian

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 76 units of major requirements. Note that PHO courses, ART 100, and ART 101 do not fulfill the requirements of the B.S. Interior Design.
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an ID prefix to satisfy the liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan


Major Requirements
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

  • You must have completed all of the coursework used to fulfill these requirements within the last 10 years.
Additional Information
  • Laptop Computer Requirement
    Beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, students taking second year Interior Design courses must own a laptop computer as their coursework will include in-class computer-based assignments. Details about systems, software, and departmental support is available on the School of Art website.

    Professional Organization
    Northern Arizona University currently supports a student branch of the American Society of Interior Designers; upon graduation from the B.S. in interior design, you may apply for associate membership in the ASID.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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