ETSU to offer Bachelor’s degree in engineering

JOHNSON CITY, TN – In the fall, East Tennessee State University, in a joint effort with Tennessee Technological University, will offer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering program.

Dean of the College of Business and Technology Dr. Dennis Depew says, “This BSE provides strong engineering experience for students who may go on to work for large, as well as smaller companies. Graduates will have a diverse technical background, with some experience in mechanical, electrical, manufacturing and other engineering disciplines.”

The new degree augments ETSU’s existing pre-engineering and engineering technology programs.

Depew adds, “This degree will fill a need expressed by local businesses, as well as a desire for an engineering program among prospective students.”

Current ETSU pre-engineering students can transition easily to the new program, as can students now in community and technical schools where they are studying through Tennessee Promise scholarships.

To integrate classes held on campuses 200 miles apart, sessions held at one school will be broadcast to the other, with faculty on hand to assist students who are participating in a class being broadcast from a distance. Students will benefit from the expertise of instructors at both universities and diplomas will reflect graduation from both schools.

Within a few years, it is estimated that the program will grow to encompass 75 full-time students and 60 part-time students.

Tuition will be paid to the university where a student is enrolled.

The program will offer the only joint bachelor’s of engineering degree in Tennessee and one of only four in the nation.
For further information, contact Dr. Keith Johnson, chair of ETSU’s Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media, at 423-439-7813.

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