Bachelor of Science Degrees in Computer Engineering and Ocean Engineering

The University of Southern Mississippi will soon offer Bachelor of Science degrees in computer engineering and ocean engineering through the College of Science and Technology. Both programs are on track to launch fall 2017.

Amid national dialogue about the demand for more Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates, industries in Mississippi have conveyed the need for more engineers, resulting in The University of Southern Mississippi initiating these new degrees to meet critical business and educational needs in south Mississippi.

In support of the state’s ongoing economic development opportunities and Gov. Phil Bryant’s emphasis on the “Blue Economy,” Southern Miss has planned two new academic programs with coastal students and business needs in mind.

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For further information about the Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and Ocean Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, contact Dr. Douglas S. Masterson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Science and Technology, at 601.266.4880 or Douglas.Masterson@usm.edu.

 

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Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

The School of Computing will expand its computer engineering technology curriculum to offer a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering. The program and pre-engineering components will be available on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses.

Building on the strengths of existing programs in computer science, information technology, and computer/electronics engineering technology, the new computer engineering program offers a curriculum that focuses on cutting-edge technologies that include embedded systems, wireless networking, hardware/software integration, Internet of Things (IoT), and rapid prototyping. 

Newly established laboratories and facilities support the program in educating students to become computer engineers for the design, implementation, maintenance, and security assurance of computing, control and communication systems. Graduates of the program will pursue job opportunities in the various industry, government, manufacturing and business employers in Mississippi and throughout the region.

Currently in high demand in most industrial sectors, a degree in computer engineering can lead to opportunities found in cyber security, chemical processing, wireless communication and healthcare. In south Mississippi, those sectors include shipbuilding, manufacturing and farming industries, government, and military labs.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in computer engineering degree program, contact Dr. Andrew Sung, Director of the School of Computing, at 601.266.6927 or email Andrew.Sung@usm.edu.

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Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering

With strong emphasis on the “Blue Economy,” the University’s School of Ocean Science and Technology will expand its curriculum to offer a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering, calling for the only ocean engineering degree in the state of Mississippi and one of only 10 programs in the nation.

Across Mississippi’s coastal counties, a high demand in ocean engineering finds specific needs in shipbuilding, maritime industry, offshore exploration, environmental monitoring, port operations, as well as in federal agencies.

The ocean engineering program will leverage the University’s strengths and facilities in ocean sciences and will help to meet the needs of a growing maritime technology workforce in south Mississippi.

Workforce needs include shipbuilding industries in Jackson County, ports and private maritime industry in Harrison and Hancock counties, Department of Defense and other federal agency needs at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Growth potential exists in the areas of ocean technologies, including sensor development, unmanned platforms and vehicles development and testing, maritime acoustics and optics for ocean mapping, and aquaculture technologies (offshore and onshore). 

The ocean engineering program will be housed at the University’s Gulf Park campus, and the pre-engineering components of the program will be available at both the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering degree program, contact Dr. Jerry Wiggert, Associate Director for the School of Ocean Science and Technology, at 228.688.7097 or email Jerry.Wiggert@usm.edu.