New bachelor’s degrees available and more on the way

Expect the number of bachelor’s degrees at UVSC to continue to increase with this year’s transition to university status. At the start of the fall 2007 semester, UVSC broadened its degree offerings, which now totals 56 bachelor’s programs.

Students may now pursue Bachelor of Arts degrees in Deaf Studies, as well as in American Sign Language and Deaf Education, and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Software Engineering, Economics and Biotechnology.

Among all other Utah public colleges and universities, the new degree offered in Biotechnology is unique to UVSC.

According to its Web site, UVSC will continue to increase the number of two- and four-year undergraduate degree programs after its transition to university status is complete this summer.

There are also plans to add several masters programs over time, likely to be in Education, Nursing, and Business, due to the high demand for degrees in those fields.

The additions follow a trend set by the institution of continually increasing the number of undergraduate programs available to its students since the first three bachelor’s degrees were offered in 1993.

Degree additions in recent years include programs in Forensic Science, Music, Political Science and Information Systems.

A list of future degrees to be offered, based on demand and feasibility, is maintained by Academic Affairs. Before a degree can be officially offered, extensive planning and preparation must be made, and final approval must be granted by the board of regents.

Selecting a major from among the many choices offered may be difficult for some students. For those struggling to select a degree program, services such as career counseling and aptitude tests are available through the Career and Academic Counseling Center.

Advisers in each academic department are also available to help students select an area of emphasis within their major.

More information is listed online at and individual academic department Web sites.

A full listing of bachelor’s degree offerings is published in the UVSC catalog and may be found online at

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