- The program to be highlighted is the new B.S. Biology Degree within the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM—our first STEM program. The centerpiece is the partnership with the world-renowned Mote Marine Research Laboratories, where new science labs/classrooms are currently under construction. Beginning in August 2013, students can begin building a strong foundation to prepare for entrance into technical positions in the STEM fields, post-baccalaureate studies in graduate level STEM programs and entrance to professional schools, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, etc. Currently, no public institutions in our local area offer a B.S. degree in Biology. This new program will impact local, regional, state and national workforce and economic needs in the burgeoning life sciences, health professions and biotechnology industries. Mote Marine scientists will be actively engaged with UFSM students, teaching, mentoring and giving them real-world experience in research, helping USFSM become an internationally recognized undergraduate research institution, while strengthening the preeminence of the USF system. This program directly supports the 2010 “New Florida” initiative for advancing STEM fields by emphasizing natural sciences and biomedical technology, plus it readies graduates for high wage positions.
- This is an emerging program which has been in the works for a year. Classes begin August 26, 2013.
- We can’t measure success yet, however, this new program does fulfill many of the State University Strategic Planning Goals of 2012-2015, including: Strengthening Quality and Reputation of Academic Programs and Universities; Increasing Degree Productivity and Program Efficiency; Increasing the Number of Degrees Awarded in STEM and Other Areas of Strategic Emphasis; Strengthening Quality and Reputation of Scholarship, Research and Innovation; Increasing Research and Commercialization Activity; Strengthening Quality and Recognition of Commitment to Community and Business Engagement, etc. Fulfillment of all of these goals will make the new USFSM initiative Unstoppable, as we undertake the newest achievement that will showcase the best and brightest people and programs in the USF system. The innovative collaboration with Mote Marine Research Laboratories, creation of the area’s only public Biology degree program, addressing emerging workforce needs in the sciences and health careers, and enhancing the reputation and influence of USFSM are all elements of the community and global impact just on the horizon.
Date posted: April 11, 2013