It is an exciting time to be in the College of Science, Health and Engineering as STEM jobs have grown three times faster than non-STEM jobs in the past ten years. The College is comprised of eleven departments (see below) and RIDE program (explained below) with the College steadily increasing student enrollments at more than 3% for the past three years. EWU's 2012-13 fall enrollment was more than 12,500 students. Our College engages over 29 percent of the total university student population in courses delivered by our faculty, and we do not see that decreasing any time soon. The academic departments: Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Communication Disorders, Computer Science, Dental Hygiene, Engineering & Design, Geology, Mathematics, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physics are in very high demand, especially the Engineering & Design and Computer Science programs, as well as the various health science fields.
A current challenge is growing new programs such as mechanical engineering, which was the second engineering program to be accredited by ABET and developing a new program in health informatics. We are committed to high quality undergraduate and graduate education as well as high standards for our faculty, students and staff. We encourage and support faculty and student research and fund students to present their research at off campus venues such as the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) or research societies of their respective disciplines. EWU is proud to be hosting the 2015 NCUR conference in Cheney, Wash.
In spring of 2010 we completed the pre-design phase for a new science center to house the departments of Chemistry/Biochemistry and Physics. The state funding for the design phase of the new building is on hold until Patterson Hall remodel is further along, so that the design plans will be completed closer to the time of construction. Science Complex I will be located across the "science quad" from the current science and computing/engineering sciences buildings on the site currently occupied by Reid School. Construction cannot begin on Science Complex I until Reid School is no longer occupied by faculty who will return to the renovated Patterson Hall.
Additionally, the College entered a new educational realm with the RIDE (Regional Initiatives in Dental Education) program coming into the College. The RIDE program represents a cohort of first year dental students from the University of Washington's School of Dentistry being instructed in courses at the Riverpoint campus in Spokane. The first RIDE students graduated in 2012.
There are many exciting things happening in the College and the university as a whole. Some recent highlights are:
Please browse our website. From here you can link to all eleven departments, explore degree programs, research and internship opportunities, and find further information on our College. We hope you enjoy your visit.
Judd A. Case Ph.D.
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