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IU Gets Approval For First Engineering Program

The engineering program IU plans to being in 2016 will offer bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees.

The Student Building Clock Tower

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The student building clock tower on the IU campus

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education on Thursday approved Indiana University’s request to offer a degree in intelligent systems engineering in 2016.

The degree will be the first engineering program on the IU Bloomington campus.

IU President Michael McRobbie first announced the plan to create an engineering program last year.

“This program, steeped in the campus’s longstanding strengths in the sciences and technology, will allow us to better prepare our students for the high-demand jobs of the future and more fully support Indiana’s entrepreneurial culture and economic competitiveness,” McRobbie said in a statement Thursday.

As we’ve reported, the plan was created after an economic development study found the lack of an engineering program was detrimental to the growth of regional businesses.

The program will offer bachelor’s degrees in computer engineering and cyber-physical systems, bioengineering, and molecular and nanoscale engineering.

Ph. D. students will be offered all bachelor’s degree options as well as degrees in environmental and neuro engineering.

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