Saginaw Valley State University will be offering two new degree programs in the fall. The SVSU Board of Control has approved adding a new Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sustainability.
University officials said there has been increasing demand for computer engineers, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating an average of 4,500 job openings each year over the next 10 years. National accreditors also encouraged SVSU to develop the new program.
SVSU said students who earn a degree in environmental studies and sustainability will be prepared for careers in the environmental field, such as planning, policy, geospatial analysis and conservation in the governmental, nonprofit and private sectors.
SVSU’s Board of Control has also approved spending up to $2 million to fund enhancements to the university’s nursing simulation center and its advanced automation and technology laboratory. Most of the funding, $1.75 million, will come from a Michigan Enhancement Grant to support workforce and talent development projects in critical areas. SVSU will contribute $250,000 toward the project from existing reserves for capital projects.