A new engineering major will be considered by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education after the
Indiana State University Board of Trustees gave it their approval at a meeting Friday.
The Bachelor of Science degree in engineering will offer three concentration options of civil, industrial, and mechanical and will assist in filling a growing demand for engineering professionals.
Housed in the College of Technology, the new major will build upon the already successful engineering technology programs there.
The state has a critical need for engineers, as the Indiana Department of Workforce Development predicts engineering fields will grow 6.5-15 percent (depending on the type of work) through 2022. This in-demand profession is also a well-paid one, as median salaries are $70,000.
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 Peter, chair of the applied engineering technology management program.
The cornerstone of the program would be an effort to recruit underrepresented students into the field of engineering.
If approved by the ICHE, the new engineering major would take effect fall of 2017.