The Indiana State University Board of Trustees has approved the creation of a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. The new major will now go to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for consideration.
ISU says, if approved, the degree will feature concentration options in civil, industrial and mechanical engineering and will be housed in the College of Technology. The university says the major will help fill a growing demand for professionals in engineering fields which, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, will grow between 6-15 percent through 2022.
"The new Bachelor of Science degree in engineering will expand Indiana State University’s offerings to help meet the future needs of the industry in the community, state and region, complementing the robust engineering technology programs already in place," said Randy Peters, chair of the applied engineering technology management program. "The addition of the engineering program will also provide a pathway to increased research activity, further expanding our opportunities to serve our constituents."
ISU says the engineering program will include a "sustained effort" to recruit underrepresented students, thereby improving the diversity of the engineering work force. If approved, the degree program would begin in the fall of 2017.