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UH Manoa receives approval for three bachelor of science degrees

University of Hawaiʻi
Contact:
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-8109
Associate Vice President, External Affairs and University Relations
Posted: Nov 20, 2009

HONOLULU, Hawai’i – At its monthly meeting held yesterday at Leeward Community College, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents (BOR) approved a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science to be administered by the College of Engineering at UH Mānoa. The BOR also granted established status of the bachelor of science degrees in Tropical Plant and Soil Science and Natural Resources and Environmental Management administered by UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
 
The College of Engineering will offer a bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering effective fall 2010. The program will train a workforce that can design, analyze and integrate hardware and software of computers. The BS in Computer Engineering will be the first and only program in the state, providing an affordable computer engineering education to students who wish to remain in Hawaiʻi.
 
The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) has been granted established status of a bachelor of science degree in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, effective fall 2009. Since its provisional approval in June 2001, more than 50 students have graduated from the program, and there are currently 45 majors. The program emphasizes modern plant production strategies and the adaptation and application of biotechnology that is environmentally and economically sustainable.
 
CTAHR’s bachelor of science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management was also changed from provisional to established status, effective fall 2009. The program has graduated 66 students since its provisional approval in June 2001. This interdisciplinary science degree, which currently has about 50 students enrolled in the program, emphasizes tropical island ecology and natural resources. The program provides students with scientific knowledge on the physical, chemical, biological, economic, social, and policy elements of natural resources management.
 
The offering of these degrees directly support the UH System’s strategic plan by increasing the educational capital in the state, developing a globally competitive workforce and diversifying the economy.