Your Path Into the Outdoor Industry

It starts here, where you’ll build skills that balance product, profit, people and our planet.

   

Learn the historical context of the outdoor industry in order to help shape its future

   

Study in Central Oregon — home to Hydro Flask, Ruffwear, Cairn, Bend Outdoor Worx, and a thriving outdoor products community

   

Get hands-on product-focused experience in Oregon’s wild and protected spaces

  

We Asked the Experts

The outdoor products degree at OSU-Cascades is one of the few of its kind in the country. It was developed with input from more than 30 outdoor organizations including Black Diamond, Columbia, Keen, Nau, The Conservation Alliance, Nike, REI, and Patagonia to understand challenges facing the industry and skills desired in future employees.

About the Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Products will prepare you for a career in the outdoor industry. Leaders in the industry are looking to hire innovators who champion responsible systems approach to product commercialization with respect for our natural world.

In this interdisciplinary degree, you'll study design, engineering, natural resources, outdoor recreation, sustainability, and business with expert faculty who have experience in research, industry and public agencies.

You'll study the full life cycle of a product, with courses that span from concept creation and design to commercialization to end-of-life. From resource management to outdoor leadership to sustainability, the program's course of study emphasizes environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

Practicums, internships and capstone projects are part of the core curriculum. This is where personalization of your degree takes shape. Whether your dream career is in Bend, Bellingham, or Burlington, we'll work together to help coordinate your experiential learning opportunities with local and global outdoor industry partners.

Minor

Students majoring in other programs at OSU-Cascades can choose to complete the outdoor products minor.

Sample Course Offerings

Introduction to the Outdoor Products Industry
Experience Outdoor Products – Water, Winter, Land
Introduction To Entrepreneurship
Design Thinking and Process Innovation
Product Ecosystem Connections
Outdoor Products Design
Outdoor Products Development
Outdoor Products Failure
Engineering Graphics & 3D Modeling
Outdoor Products Branding, Merchandising and Sales
Impact, Access and Social Justice
Environmental Economics & Policy
Introduction to Environmental Science & Sustainability
Wilderness & Recreation Resource Management

Career Options

Job opportunities for graduates of this degree program include:

Designer
Product Developer
Innovation Engineer
Product Line Manager
Product Category General Manager
Merchandising Manager
Marketing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
Technical Sales Representative
Buyer
Director of Sustainability
Entrepreneur/Inventor

Contact Us

Future students should connect with an admissions advisor for admission and program questions.

1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, OR  97702
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Phone: 541-322-3119