New year begins with additions to STEM undergraduate programs

Applied biochemistry/molecular biology major is new; computer engineering program adds electrical
Students in a biochemistry class work in a Jarvis Hall lab. / UW-Stout photo by Brett Roseman
​Jerry Poling | August 30, 2018

Current and prospective STEM students at UW-Stout have one new and one expanded undergraduate program to choose from as the 2018-2019 academic year begins Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The new program is the Bachelor of Science in applied biochemistry and molecular biology, the university’s 49th undergraduate program. Advances in genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics research that further the understanding of life and the ability to manipulate it are increasing demand for jobs in those fields.

The degree will prepare students for a variety of careers, such as research analyst, lab technologist, research scientist and molecular biologist. The program also will prepare students to enter graduate school and many health-related professional programs, such as medical school and pharmacy school.

The program director is Jim Burritt, who has a Ph.D. in microbiology.

A computer engineering student works in a Fryklund Hall lab at UW-Stout.

 

The expanded academic program is computer engineering, which has been renamed the Bachelor of Science in computer and electrical engineering. The electrical engineering component adds to the list of program areas that includes robotics, wireless communication, systems engineering, mathematics, analysis and design of computer systems, and design of hardware and software systems using embedded digital processors.

The degree can lead to engineering careers in computers, hardware systems, software systems, embedded systems, computer design and software testing.

The program director is Wei Shi, who has a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering.

“Both of these program additions expand our breadth of programming to support  the changing needs of our region,” said Chuck Bomar, dean of UW-Stout’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management.

The UW-Stout STEMM College offers 18 undergraduate and eight graduate programs. 

The Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering includes undergraduate programs in manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering and plastics engineering, along with a master’s in manufacturing engineering.

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A computer engineering student works in a Fryklund Hall lab at UW-Stout. The major has been renamed computer and electrical engineering.


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