Published: February 24, 2022 |
Author: Kaylee Condie |
Beginning in the fall 2022 semester, Southern Utah University’s Department of Engineering and Technology is offering an all-new civil engineering major, adding to an already strong curriculum in the only higher education engineering program. regionally accredited.
“The new degree will be a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Obtaining a degree in civil engineering will make our students more competitive to enter the profession,” says Matthew Roberts, director of the engineering and technology department.
Faculty and students agree that the advantage of having an honors degree when entering the workforce will provide more job opportunities for graduates. The new degree will look cleaner and more impressive on a student’s resume, and courses will focus more on the outlook of a civil engineer.
“It will be much better since it will mean that you won’t have to take a lot of the courses that are required for the current program and you will focus more on what we want to learn. This will bring us more students, with a major rather than just an honors,” says SUU sophomore Sarah Jeanne, president of the civil engineering club.
And, she is right. With a new major, there are more opportunities for SUU students and the civil engineering club. Jeanne created the club to meet mentors and find more resources for those working in the field of civil engineering. They’ve been able to learn about local businesses, find mentors and apply for internships, but they want to do more.
“Now we hope to organize competitions, spaghetti competitions, movie nights, newsletters and preparation for Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exams. There are a lot of advantages in the club. For now, there are only 15 members, next year we hope to have more,” says Masoud Malekzadeh, assistant professor of engineering.
In order to achieve their goals, the program must first seek accreditation through ABET, so they can ensure that the program meets industry expectations and conforms to the high standards that we pride ourselves on here at SUU. . The accreditation process must include the creation and implementation of the program, the first class of graduates from the program, ABET assessors inspect the program and, if satisfactory, accreditation is then granted to prospective graduates and retroactively to all previous graduates.
With all the hoops that need to be jumped through, it can be easy to wonder why this needs to be done. Why go through all this trouble? The answer is up to us when we ask ourselves why we’re doing anything – so we can move on. We all want to achieve our goals, regardless of the obstacles that stand in our way. We aspire to the satisfaction of a job well done. How can we find that satisfaction if what we want is out of reach?
Here at SUU, we strive to continue our education and find that satisfaction for ourselves. A new civil engineering degree is just one example. To learn more about Civil Engineering, why it is important, its many uses, and other ways to help the program, visit the SUU Civil Engineering Club website or contact Professor Roberts with any other questions.
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