Monday, May 21, 2012

UVU adds bachelor's degree in computer engineering

The towers of Utah tech companies aspired above the morning mist Friday as Utah Valley University announced a new program to help them hire local talent.

According to UVU spokesman Brad Plothow, the university's board of regents approved a new bachelor of science degree in computer engineering. The program goes into effect in the fall and is designed to serve the needs of the state's growing technology industry.

UVU previously offered an emphasis in computer engineering as part of its computer science program. But according to Ernest Carey, dean of the College of Technology and Computing, that emphasis still left some graduates at a disadvantage because some employers only want people who have computer engineering on their degrees.

Carey estimated that the program has 105 students who will now be able to graduate as computer engineers. And because the program already existed as an emphasis, developing it into a dedicated bachelor's degree won't require additional facilities, equipment or faculty. Daily Herald