|Four new degree programs for the new academic year|
September 2, 2003
SFSU launches four new undergraduate majors to start the academic year, including the first combined degree in atmospheric and oceanic sciences in either the CSU or the UC systems. In addition, the History Department begins a new graduate field in modern world history.
Along with the atmospheric and oceanic sciences degree, undergraduates can now choose among new majors in computer engineering, interior design, or apparel design and merchandising.
and oceanic sciences
"The new degree more accurately reflects the combination of the two sciences to give students the scientific background they need," said John Monteverdi, professor of geosciences, who helped create the program. "And I think we are going to attract more students to San Francisco State now that they can earn a B.S. in the field as opposed to a B.A."
The new program's curriculum, designed to meet the requirements of the American Meteorological Society, will prepare students for graduate study, careers with the National Weather Service, or work in the fields of physical oceanography, applied meteorology and applied oceanography. Ten current majors are expected to graduate in 2005.
design and apparel design
“This new degree focuses on the consumer, which makes it different from a business degree. We’re looking at a growing industry and how it impacts consumers, how consumers benefit from the industry and how businesses must meet the needs of consumers,” said Nancy Rabolt, chair of the Consumer Family Studies/Dietetics Department.
The two majors give a jump-start to students hoping to land jobs with architectural or design firms, clothing retailers or antique stores. In addition, students who want to open their own design business or work for a national company with individual offices or franchises -- such as Starbucks or even AAA -- could declare this major, said Ken Fehrman, a consumer and family studies professor heading up the interior design degree.
The new offering reflects the expanded global focus of the History Department as a result of recent hires, said Richard Hoffman, department chair. In addition, graduate students in history have shown a growing interest in how the modern world has evolved on a global basis, he said. The new field also strengthens the department’s preparation those who wish to teach world history in middle schools, high schools or community colleges.
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