WSU Regents Approve New Degree Offerings, Construction Projects

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Washington State University’s Board of Regents has approved a
number of measures including two new degree offerings and pre-planning for major construction
projects. The board met today at the WSU Tree Fruit Research Extension Center in Wenatchee.
The regents approved a plan to extend the bachelor of science degree in computer
engineering to WSU Spokane. The overall program involves a partnership with the University of
Idaho and Gonzaga University.
Computer engineering is the fastest growing engineering field nationally and has been
identified as a primary area of need in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area.
Another new academic offering is a bachelor of science degree in agriculture through
distance learning. This degree is aimed at time-, place- and work-bound students through a
cooperative program involving WSU, the University of Idaho, Oregon State University and
Eastern Oregon University.
The regents also established a School of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences. If
approved, the new school will combine existing programs in botany, zoology and biology.
The regents authorized selection of design consultants for four new projects. The projects
include: in Pullman, a new $14.2 million Museum of Art building and a $33.5 million Johnson Hall
addition; at WSU Spokane, a $44.5 million academic center; and at WSU Vancouver, a $46.6
million academic building.