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Engaging Academic Programs
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers twenty engaging STEM undergraduate majors through six departments featuring small class sizes, personal attention from dedicated and highly qualified faculty, and hands-on experiential learning in every class. FSU students in STEM majors often complete internships or independent research projects using state-of-the-art equipment, giving them a competitive edge when applying for graduate schools and employment. Many of these programs are interdisciplinary, feature the option for further specialization, or include options for students interested in becoming high school teachers. Additionally, there are many minors which STEM students can choose from. The STEM departments also offer four graduate programs and participate in the health professions preparatory programs.
The Department of Biology offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ethnobotany, Interpretive Biology & Natural History, and Wildlife & Fisheries Biology. The Biology Major offers concentrations in Environmental Science, Molecular Biology, and Pre-health Biology. Secondary teaching certification is available for Biology. Minors are offered in Biology and Ethnobotany. The Department also offers courses for the interdisciplinary minors of Animal Behavior, Forestry, and Sustainability Studies. All programs emphasize hands-on experiential learning and feature capstone experiences involving research, internships, and/or field work. Two graduate programs are offered in cooperation with the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Master of Science degrees are available in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology and Wildlife & Fisheries Biology.
The Department of Computer Science & Information Technologies offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Secure Computing & Information Assurance. Minors are offered in all four programs.The Mathematical Sciences focus requires courses in Computer Science. Computer Science features a concentration in Networks, and Information Technology feaures tracks in specialization in several tracks in Accounting, Business Information Technology, Computer Security, Graphic Arts, and Mass Communications. Three certificate programs are offered in Software Development, Programming, and Networking. The Department also offers a Master of Science in Applied Computer Science. All programs feature opportunities for internships and independent projects.
The Department of geography offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science, Environmental Analysis & Planning, Geography, and Urban & Regional Planning. Earth Science features a concentration in Environmental Science, and Geography features concentrations in Climate System Science, Global Systems Analysis, and Mapping Sciences. A minor is available in Geography, and a secondary education teaching certification option is available in Earth Science. The Geography Department also offers courses for the interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies minor. Research, field work, and internships are integral to all programs.
The Department of Physics & Engineering offers several programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, including three collaborative programs with other institutions. The Engineering Major at FSU offers concentrations in Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Engineering Management. The Electrical Engineering concentration is also offered in collaboration with Anne Arundel Community College at the Arundel Mills Regional Higher Education Center. Coursework for the AACC collaborative program is completed at AACC and online.
Two collaborative engineering programs are offered jointly between FSU and the James A. Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park. Students in the Mechanical Engineering program take all coursework at FSU (in person, online, or by distance learning), but graduate from UM,CP. The Dual-degree Program offers FSU students an opportunity to earn two Bachelor of Science Degrees and specialize in an engineering field not offered at FSU. Students in the Dual-degree Program spend three years at FSU and two years at UM,CP.
All of the engineering programs feature coursework that is heavily project-based, providing key hands-on experiences for engineering students.
The Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Engineering offer programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. The Chemistry major offers a Biochemistry concentration, and the Physics major offers track in Engineering Physics. Minors and secondary education teaching certification options are available in all three programs. The Chemistry Department offers courses for the Sustainability Studies minor. The Mathematical Sciences focus requires courses in Mathematics and Chemistry or Physics. A BS-Master of Science in Applied Physics is available in collaboration with University of Maryland, Baltimore County. All programs feature strong emphases on experiential learning, especially undergraduate research.
Frostburg State University also offers preparatory programs for students interested in careers in the health professions. The STEM departments teach many of the courses needed by these students. FSU students applying to professional schools or programs in the health professions have a very high acceptance rate and are successful in those programs.