Bachelor of Science Degrees in Engineering

The College of Science and Technology offers Bachelor of Science degrees in computer engineering, ocean engineering, and polymer science and engineering.

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 in specific fields. The University of Southern Mississippi is meeting this state, regional, and national need by offering three engineering degree programs: Computer Engineering, Ocean Engineering, and Polymer Science and Engineering.

Engineering is the scientific field dedicated to the development, construction and implementation of structures, machines, tools, computer programs and other innovations. Engineers rely on mathematics, technology and scientific research to build and maintain their creations. Engineering is a broad field with dozens of subdivisions.

Students will learn from leaders in the field of their interest; conduct hands-on research, and will be prepared for the career of their dreams.

 

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For further information about the Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering, Ocean Engineering, and Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, contact Dr. Jennifer Walker, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Science and Technology, at 601.266.4880 or Jennifer.walker@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 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). 

While degree completion is on the coast at our facilities at Gulf Park and our new research center at Port of Gulfport, students can take all year 1 and 2 requirements on Hattiesburg or Gulf Park 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.

 


 

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Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering

The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi offers the Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering degree program. Students in this degree program receive the necessary cutting edge preparation and training to excel in industry as highly competent polymer engineers and gain the ability to pursue advanced degrees if desired. The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Polymers and High Performance Materials has always pursued excellence in undergraduate studies and many of our former students hold prominent positions in industry, government laboratories, and academia. Our graduates can be found in all corners of the nation.

The program educational objectives are to develop graduates who:

  • Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in polymer industries or related fields;
  • Build capability to work effectively in multidisciplinary team settings to achieve organization objectives;
  • Contribute to societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner;
  • Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of advanced degrees, and individual professional development.

The program has begun the process of obtaining accreditation from ABET, the international accrediting body for engineering programs. The status of this process and public information regarding the program can be found here.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering program, contact Heather Broadhead, Associate Director for Undergraduate Success for the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, at 601.266.4868 or email polymers@usm.edu.