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Frostburg State University to Offer Bachelor of Science in Engineering With Cecil College

Frostburg State University has partnered with Cecil College to offer a collaborative 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Materials Engineering concentration, at the Cecil College Campus in North East, Md., starting with the fall 2015 semester.

Students will complete the first 65 credits of the program at Cecil College and other nearby two-year colleges, including Chesapeake and Harford Community College. FSU will offer the remaining 55 credits of the program on site at Cecil’s North East campus and through distance learning. Classes at Cecil will be held in the new Engineering and Math Building, a green facility that was designed to facilitate technologically enhanced learning methods.

“Frostburg State University is pleased to do its part to provide bachelor’s-level engineering education to an underserved area of the state of Maryland,” said Dr. Thomas L. Bowling, FSU interim president. “This collaboration with Cecil College addresses our common mission of serving the workforce development needs of the state and the academic aspirations of our students.”

"Cecil College is excited to welcome Frostburg State University’s material science engineering program to our North East campus,” said Dr. Mary Way Bolt, president of Cecil College. “Students can complete their associate degree at Cecil and remain on campus to earn their bachelor’s degree from Frostburg. This program not only serves the needs of our students but also fills a void to offer an engineering degree in northeastern Maryland. Cecil College is committed to serving our citizens and attracting students from throughout the region. We believe this program helps to achieve that goal, and the launch of it represents the strong alliance that exists between Cecil College and Frostburg State University to make this opportunity a reality for our students.”

The existing engineering programs at FSU are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, which is the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. FSU will pursue ABET accreditation for this new program, which has been designed to meet ABET’s requirements.

A workforce training initiative report initiated by Harford County in 2009 determined that many businesses and government agencies in Cecil College’s service area, which includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, have faced difficulty recruiting qualified materials engineers for their workforces. This program will provide graduates with the professional skills in mathematics, science and engineering needed to fulfill the demand for materials engineers.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to design and conduct experiments and interpret the resulting data. They will be able to design complex systems, components or processes as needed, identifying, formulating and solving engineering problems. They will also be able to utilize the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary to practice engineering and understand the impact of their engineering solutions in global and societal contexts.

Graduates can also expect to earn above-average wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, licensed materials engineers in the United States earn a median salary of approximately $85,000 per year as of 2012.

FSU has a similar engineering program at Arundel Mills Regional Higher Education Center with an electrical concentration. For information, visit, contact Denise Traynor at 410-777-1363 or or the FSU Office of Admissions at 301-687-4201 or

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


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