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Shepherd to offer engineering science degree beginning in fall 2017

By Staff | Mar 3, 2017

Starting in the fall of 2017, Shepherd University will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in engineering science with concentrations in environmental engineering and systems engineering.

“I’m thrilled about being able to offer a program in engineering science,” said Dr. Colleen Nolan, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “It’s a program that addresses a real need here in West Virginia and our surrounding region.”

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, projects through 2021 that employment of systems administrators will grow eight percent and systems analyst or systems engineering jobs are expected to grow more than 21 percent.

Job prospects for environmental engineers are also promising. According to the website collegegrad.com, employment in environmental engineering is expected to increase by 12 percent over the next decade because of a wave of retirements in that field and an anticipated population growth in the region.

Reza Mirdamadi, chair of the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, said typically degrees in engineering focus on specific topics, like mechanical, chemical and nuclear.

“Today, the differences between various fields in engineering are blurred, with all these topics coming together,” Mirdamadi said.

“I think this is a great opportunity for our students,” Nolan said. “It’s a timely program that will compliment what we’re currently offering to students interested in computer science, math and engineering.”