ID Degree Plan

Interior Design Program

Claire L. Hamilton, Coordinator
118 College Drive #5113
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

601.266.5988
Fax: 601.266.5166
interior.design@usm.edu
construction.usm.edu/interiordesign

C. Hamilton, Z. Alaswad
 

Computer Equipment Requirements
ID majors are required to own a specifically equipped laptop computer as a prerequisite for all 200-level and above ID studio courses. Specifications are available through the ID office (601.266.5988).

Recommended Computer Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 processor (Quad-Core), 6MB Cache
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3L at 1600 Mhz
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Solid State Drive (10000 RPM)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA or AMD 2GB GDDR5
  • Optical Drive: CD/DVD/R/RW
  • Display: 15"
  • Wireless: 802.11n WIFI
  • USB Ports: USB 3.0
  • Estimated Cost: $2,000 (Source: Dell)

Software to be used:

  • Autodesk Architecture
  • Google SketchUp
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Adobe Creative Suite or Cloud
  • Adobe Acrobat X Pro & Reader
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • MS Office
  • MS Word
  • MS Power Point
  • MS Excel

NOTE: The Interior Design Program does not recommend any particular brand name computer; however, it has been found that students using Mac computers have more technical issues and spend more time trouble shooting than students using pc’s. The Interior Design Program does not recommend purchasing a Mac computer and will not provide technical support should the student choose to use one.


Studies Abroad
Students are offered the opportunity to earn six hours of credit while studying abroad through the British Studies Program or other study-abroad courses offered through International Programs.

Admission Policy
Admission to The University of Southern Mississippi as an interior design major does not ensure progression to the upper-division studio courses. Criteria for progression to the upper-division 300/400-level studio courses include 1) a letter of application, 2) specified GPA requirements, 3) completion of specified courses and 4) portfolio review.

Students who have completed or who are currently enrolled in the following prerequisite course may apply to the Interior Design Program for progression to the upper-division studio courses:

Progression Criteria
Pre-ID Curriculum Requirements: The following courses must be completed prior to entry in 300/400-level studio courses (additional prerequisites may apply for individual 300/400 level courses):

University Core (21 hrs)
(6 hrs.) ENG 101 and 102
(3 hrs.) MAT 100 or higher level
(6 hrs.) HIS 101 and 102
(3 hrs.) ART 130
(3 hrs.) SCM 111, 305, 320, or 330

The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to entry in 300/400 studio courses (additional prerequisites may apply for individual 300/400 level courses):

Interior Design (20 hrs)
(3 hrs.) ID 178
(3 hrs.) ID 140
(3 hrs.) ID 210
(3 hrs.) ID 238
(3 hrs.) ID 240
(2 hrs.) ID 242
(3 hrs.) ID 311
Art (9 hrs)
(3 hrs.) ART 101
(6 hrs.) ART 111 and 112

Portfolio Review: When required, applicants will submit a portfolio of work completed in the above course prerequisites for review by the interior design faculty, typically the summer semester prior to enrolling in ID 320 and ID 339. Declared interior design majors will be issued written directions that will include format and project inclusions.

Grade Point Average: Student must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the pre-ID curriculum and a 2.5 in all courses completed under the major area of study.

Continued Progression in Interior Design Studio Course Sequence

The interior design curriculum is designed to encompass continuity, repetition of significant concepts, sequential ordering of content, progression of learning and interrelationships among learning experiences. The student must earn a grade of C or higher in each course of the interior design studio sequence before taking the next ID studio in the sequence. The sequential order of the design course sequence is as follows:

ID 140, ID 178
ID 238, 210, 242
ID 240, 311
ID 320, 339
ID 340, 439
ID 342, 438, 440
ID 490

 
Internship Prerequisites
 
Before enrolling in ID 442, Interior Design Internship, a student must have completed ID 340 and ID 439 with a grade of C or better, and have a 2.5 GPA in the major area of study. Approval must be obtained through an application form available from the student’s academic adviser.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to all university and major course requirements, the following requirements must be met for the degree in interior design:

1) Fifty percent of required courses in the major must be completed at Southern Miss.
2) All required 300 and above level studio courses must be completed at Southern Miss.
3) A grade of C or higher must be earned in all courses in the major area of study.
4) A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be earned under the major area of study and the last 60 hours of courses attempted.

Transfer Credits

Transfer students are admitted to the program upon admission to the university. Students who wish to transfer from another college within the university must have a 2.0 GPA. Application for transfer may be made to the Interior Design Program throughout the year. The evaluation criteria for transfer credits in the major are as follows:

1. Quality and representation of course objectives documented in portfolio of previous work completed in Interior Design Studio and support courses
2. Work completed at a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Transfer of 300- and above level Interior Design credits from programs not accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation-accredited institutions will be considered on an individual basis.)
3. Course syllabi and project description
4. Grades earned in the courses
5. ID progression criteria met prior to enrollment in 300-and above ID studio courses
6. Course descriptions published in school catalog

Requirements for a Minor in Interior Design
Students minoring in interior design must complete 18 hours to include: 6 hours of studio courses (ID 238 and ID 240) and 12 hours of lecture (ID 140, 232, 303, and 325).

 

Degree plan


General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs. +
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs. +

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 minimum hours)


Science Requirement (8 hours)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊ AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. ◊

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr. ◊

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs. **
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs. **
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (Major Area)


  • ID 490 - Advanced Application of Design Theory 3 hrs. (Capstone)

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • GHY 331 - Cultural Systems in the Environment 3 hrs. (WI)
  • ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 - Oral Communication 3 hrs. + (SI)
  • CMS 305 - Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs. + (SI)
  • CMS 320 - Business and Professional Speaking 3 hrs. + (SI)
  • CMS 330 - Small-Group Communication 3 hrs. + (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • ID 490 - Advanced Application of Design Theory 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum


DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (67-72 hours)


  • ACT 321 - Architectural History I 3 hrs.
  • ACT 322 - Architectural History II 3 hrs.
  • ID 232 - Interior Materials and Installation Methods 3 hrs.
  • ID 303 - Interior Systems 3 hrs.
  • ID 320 - Design Presentation Media 3 hrs.
  • ID 325 - History of Interior Furnishings and Decorative Arts 3 hrs.
  • ID 339 - Interior Design III 3 hrs.
  • ID 340 - Residential Interior Design I 3 hrs.
  • ID 342 - Residential Interior Design II 3 hours.
  • ID 438 - Portfolio Presentation 1 hr.
  • ID 439 - Contract Interior Design I 3 hrs.
  • ID 440 - Contract Interior Design II 3 hrs.
  • ID 441 - Professional Practices and Procedures 3 hrs.
  • ID 442 - Interior Design Internship 4-6 hrs.
  • ID 490 - Advanced Application of Design Theory 3 hrs. (Capstone)
Pre-Interior Design Program Requirements

Interior Design majors are required to own a specifically equipped laptop computer as a prerequisite for all 200-level and above ID studio courses. See Interior Design Program  for more detail.

  • ID 140 - Interior Design I 3 hrs. +
  • ID 178 - Seminar in Interior Design 1-3 hrs. +
  • ID 210 - CAD for Interior Design 3 hrs. +
  • ID 238 - Visual Communications in Interior Design 3 hrs. +
  • ID 240 - Interior Design II 3 hrs. +
  • ID 242 - Portfolio Development 2 hrs. +
  • ID 311 - BIM for Interior Design 3 hrs. +
Select 1 course:

  • MER 330 - Textile Industrial Complex 3 hrs.
  • ID 333 - Textiles for Interiors 3 hrs.
Select 1 course:

  • ART 332 - History of Art I 3 hrs.
  • ART 334 - History of Art II 3 hrs.
  • ID 497 - British Housing and Interior 3-6 hrs.

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (12 hours)


  • GHY 331 - Cultural Systems in the Environment 3 hrs. (WI)
Pre-Interior Design Program Requirements

  • ART 101 - Drawing I 3 hrs. +
  • ART 111 - Design I 3 hrs. +
  • ART 112 - Design II 3 hrs. +

DEG 03. Electives


Choose electives as needed with adviser’s approval. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Note:


+Pre-Interior Design Curriculum. These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher and a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to make application for progression in the program. See Interior Design Program  for more details.

Hours to Degree


124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Interior Design. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements  for more information.