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WTAMU Announces Addition of Civil Engineering Program

Officials at West Texas A&M University have announced the expansion of its Department of Engineering and Computer Science offerings with the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in civil engineering.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the University’s request for the degree program at its regular meeting Thursday, July 29 in Austin. WTAMU’s engineering program was launched in 2003 with mechanical engineering, and the addition of civil engineering reflects more than two years of work by WTAMU officials to expand the University’s engineering degree offerings. Classes will begin in the fall.

“We are excited about the addition of civil engineering,” Dr. Freddie Davis, head of the Department of Engineering and Computer Science, said. “Given the demographics and growth of the program, we plan to expand into environmental and electrical engineering, too.”

Civil engineering was the first discipline added to the program because of its compatibility with mechanical engineering. It has many of the same course requirements as mechanical engineering, and several labs and equipment are fairly common between the two disciplines.

Students majoring in WTAMU’s new civil engineering program will learn how to formulate and solve complex, practical and theoretical engineering problems. Emphasis will be on the design of structural components or systems with the ability to effectively communicate those designs in both technical and non-technical forums.

More than 250 students are now enrolled in the University’s engineering program and with the addition of civil engineering, those numbers are expected to increase. Renovation of the old Ag/Nursing Building is currently under way to meet the department’s need for additional classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices. Faculty members teaching in the program all hold Ph.D. degrees in engineering.

The WTAMU program, created in direct response to community need, provides greater opportunities for the area’s brightest students and benefits economic development by attracting new industry to the area. Davis said the WTAMU program is a strong one and very competitive on the national scale. It has been ABET accredited since 2006, and students have a first-time pass rate of more than 90 percent on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Employment of WTAMU engineering graduates stands at 100 percent.

 


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