The UW Board of Regents officially approved the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) last week. It’s the first school in the state to combine all of the STEM fields into one academic unit.
The school of STEM will bring together two existing programs — computing and software systems, and science and technology — and house them under one school.
The creation of the school was also due to the increased interest in STEM-related degrees — enrollment in the computing and software systems has doubled in the past 15 years.
The school, which now serves more than 600 students, will offer seven undergraduate and two graduate degrees, with three more (Chemistry, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering) coming in fall of 2014:
- Applied Computing (BA)
- Biology (BS)
- Climate Science & Policy (BS)
- Computer Science and Software Engineering (BS and MS)
- Cyber Security Engineering
- (MS – begins fall 2013)
- Electrical Engineering (BSEE)Interactive Media Design (BS) Mathematics (BS – begins fall 2013)
In overwhelming fashion last week, the Washington State House voted 95-3 to pass a new bill in the Washington State Legislature that may allow computer science classes to count as a math or science requirement toward high school graduation. The bill now moves onto the Senate.