In an effort to spice up its possibilities of changing into California’s third polytechnic college, Humboldt State College this week introduced plans for a number of new science and engineering packages.
HSU will submit proposals for Utilized Hearth Science & Administration, Hashish Research, Knowledge Science, Vitality Programs Engineering, Engineering & Group Observe, Geospatial Data Science & Expertise, Marine Biology, Mechanical Engineering, and Software program Engineering to California State College officers for consideration for Fall 2023.
The brand new packages would construct upon HSU’s current “sturdy liberal arts basis and long-standing dedication to sustainability and social justice” and would spotlight conventional ecological information and renewable vitality, HSU mentioned in a press assertion.
Lisa Bond-Maupin HSU deputy Chief of Workers mentioned the brand new packages will additional draw on the distinctive experience and sources the group provides.
“College students in Utilized Hearth Science & Administration, for instance, would discover hearth conduct and hearth suppression methods utilizing our state-of-the-art hearth lab,” she mentioned. “There’s additionally a possibility by partnerships to study the advantages of prescribed burns from native Indigenous tribes as a option to mitigate wildfires within the face of worsening drought within the West.”
Equally, Bond-Maupin mentioned the Hashish Research program would construct upon HSU’s current Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Analysis.
“We’re uniquely positioned to review hashish and the impression of its manufacturing and consumption by the lens of science, geography, sociology, and different disciplines,” she added.
Because the state’s current polytechnic universities are situated in Southern California, HSU says a polytechnic college within the northern a part of the state would enhance entry to high-demand STEM —science, expertise, engineering and math — packages and utilized sciences.
“These packages are a win for HSU and the better North State,” mentioned Mary Oling-Sisay, vice provost and dean of undergraduate and graduate research. “They convey to life what we do and what we’re recognized for and can increase our present choices in a really vital means.”
HSU launched into a semester-long self-study in spring 2021 after receiving the invitation to change into the state’s third polytechnic college. The self-study included an in depth evaluation of campus operations and actions related to changing into a polytechnic.
“We explored our current strengths in educational programming, analysis, pupil providers, amenities and different sources that place us effectively to be California’s third complete polytechnic college,” mentioned HSU spokesperson Aileen Yoo. “We additionally recognized further educational packages that will spherical out our educational choices as a polytechnic and the extra sources that will be wanted.”
Primarily based on the self-study, Yoo mentioned the college created a proper proposal for polytechnic standing that shall be submitted to the Chancellor’s Workplace and the CSU Board of Trustees for overview this fall. HSU anticipates a call as quickly as January 2022.
Extra info will be discovered at humboldt.edu/polytechnic.