Boosting STEM: Stevenson to Offer New Degree Programs in Environmental Science and Biochemistry

Stevenson University has received approval this April for two new Bachelor of Science degree programs in its School of the Sciences: Biochemistry and Environmental Science. The programs will launch with the fall 2013 semester.

“These programs are designed to address the critical national need for a more robust STEM workforce by providing the theoretical and experiential grounding in the sciences while simultaneously promoting the integrative types of thinking that are essential to tackling the global challenges of the 21st century,” said Susan Thompson Gorman, Ph.D., Dean of Stevenson University’s School of the Sciences.

The Biochemistry program integrates and applies chemical and biological principles in exploring and understanding the chemistry of living organisms. The new program will ground students in the chemical, physical, and biological principles that characterize living systems, and will promote an interdisciplinary mindset that prepares them to embrace the interdependent nature of these areas of study. In addition, students will develop technical skills applicable to today’s rapidly changing research, clinical, and technical fields such as medicine, the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural and veterinary science.

The Environmental Science program will also take a multidisciplinary and applied approach, engaging students in studying the life, physical, and mathematical sciences while at the same time integrating the constructs of human systems such as business, government, and community as they relate to the environment. An emphasis on experiential and lifelong learning will prepare graduates to address the integral and interdependent relationship between humankind and the environment.

“The nature of both degrees is interdisciplinary and grows naturally out of the strengths of our established science programs in biology, chemistry, and applied mathematics as well as Stevenson’s historical emphasis on combining academic study with career preparation,” Gorman added.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills. Stevenson has been recognized as one of America’s “Up-and-Comers”—one of only 49 colleges and universities nationwide given this designation—in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

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