July 25, 2017- Northern Kentucky University announces three new transdisciplinary degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences starting in the fall of 2017. Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience.
“We are pleased to offer these new transdisciplinary degree programs that focus on high demand areas. Our goal is to provide the foundation so our students can step right into their careers and professions. These programs are designed to pull from across disciplines in our college to prepare our students for the workforce,” said Dr. Diana McGill, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science
The Bachelor of Arts in environmental science focuses on understanding environmental science from an integrated socio-ecological perspective and is designed to prepare students for future careers that require a broad understanding of environment using a transdisciplinary skillset. The B.A. degree places a greater emphasis on social and behavioral science, humanities, art, health, communication, and leadership skills than the B.S. degree option, while including a set of core courses in science and math. The inclusion of research or internship experience enables students to gain expertise and experience working towards solutions of current environmental problems. Students graduating with a B.A. in environmental science are well equipped for careers in advocacy, administration, community healthcare, social and behavioral science research, and sustainability planning.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology
The new Mechatronics Engineering Technology Bachelor degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as technological engineers in today's highly integrated computer-controlled manufacturing. It will provide graduates with real-world experiential learning opportunities combined with personalized undergraduate experiences in mechanical, electrical, and computer control systems, as well as engineering design and management.
The purpose of this program is to develop and implement a transdisciplinary Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MET) program that aligns with the needs of industry in the Northern Kentucky / Southern Ohio regions. This a new four year B.S. program with a 2+2 articulation involving NKU and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (CSTCC).
Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience
The bachelor's degree in Neuroscience will allow students to gain a rich, transdisciplinary understanding of how behavior and cognition can be explained from a biological perspective and gain familiarity with the computational tools used to analyze complex behavioral data. This understanding will include considerations of nervous system function that range from the genetic to the computational to the philosophical.
Students in the neuroscience major will engage in educational and experiential learning activities that will prepare them for careers in many fields including medicine, biomedical research, psychological science, and computational neuroscience. Students may select pathways that prepare them for job placement immediately upon graduation or graduate studies in neuroscience or one of the disciplines included in the neuroscience major.
The College of Arts and Science is the largest of NKU’s six colleges and offers more than 100 degree programs.