Today I completed drafts of five-year programs for each of the three dual-degree engineering programs I am charged with managing. These are the product of two months of studying the Big University’s course catalog in general and their engineering department(s) in particular; researching course credit transfer histories; wheeling and dealing with the registrar’s office; episodic panicked meetings with said registrar over possibly catastrophic course conflicts; numerous obsequious emails to the engineering program director at the Big University; and lots of Advil. I think we’ve got something that will basically work, and I got it done by my own personal deadline of August 1, so I’m pretty happy.
Students in these programs will complete two degrees over the course of five years — a B.A. in Applied Mathematics with an “Integrated Sciences” emphasis from us, and a B.S.E. in either Electrical, Mechanical, or Computer Engineering from the Big University. (I’ll call them by their proper name once the programs are official.) The Integrated Sciences track in our existing Applied Math major is a by-product of the proposal process; this degree will probably end up getting created regardless of what happens with the engineering stuff, and by itself it’s a pretty cool development.
I’m excited — this will be a good deal for students, who will get a ton of depth in engineering training at the Big U., while getting a solid and broad liberal arts education from us, and that’s a pretty tough combination to beat. Plus, it’ll hopefully eventually energize the geek population at our school. Now I just have to get it marketed…
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