June 10, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Cassie McVeety, 360/546-9600, mcveety@vancouver.wsu.edu
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington state's Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted final approval for Washington State University at Vancouver to implement two new bachelor's degree offerings in computer science.
        The HECB approved both the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science in computer science degrees. WSU Vancouver plans to offer the bachelor of arts degree immediately and will phase in the bachelor of science degree over time.
        The bachelor of arts in computer science degree has been added at the request of students, local industry and the state of Washington, says Dick Morris, WSU Vancouver's coordinator of computer science programs.
        "The degree is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of students transferring to WSU Vancouver from a community college and students who are working in local industry," he said.
        The degree program is based in the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
        Graduates with a bachelor of arts in computer science degree will develop proficiencies in the core of computer science and software development, have a foundation in science and mathematics appropriate for software developers, and be exposed to other disciplines including non-technical areas such as the arts and humanities.
        "This combination is what local industry is demanding for its future workforce," says Morris. "This will be a highly employable degree."
        Students can also take minor concentrations in the degree program in areas such as management information systems (MIS), electronic communications and culture, business and professional writing, human resource management, and manufacturing engineering.
        Recent legislation in the state of Washington calls for attention to high technology education and training for citizens, adds Jack Swearengen, coordinator of engineering programs.         "Like manufacturing engineering, this is another example of WSU Vancouver crafting relevant degree programs to meet the needs of the community," he stated.
        Fall semester classes begin Aug. 23. Students interested in the program can reach the WSU admissions office at 360/546-WSUV.
        WSU Vancouver offers 13 bachelors degrees, seven master's degrees and over 27 fields of study. It provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses to more than 1,500 students on its 351-acre campus located seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.

Editor's Note: Dick Morris can be reached at 306/546-9632, <morrisr@vancouver.wsu.edu>.
Jack Swearengen can be reached at 360/546-9636, <swearjc@vancouver.wsu.edu>.


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