BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University's Board of Trustees approved a new Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability degree during their regular meeting Friday (Nov. 6). The new degree offering will be available beginning in fall 2010.
Offered through the university's College of Engineering Technology, the degree will include a blend of programming with an emphasis on sustainable design and practice, CET Dean Tom Oldfield said. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability will include nine new courses in addition to utilizing existing coursework from the Associate in Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology, Bachelor of Science degree in Facilities Management and Community Studies minor offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.
"This program will educate students on real-world issues of green building and provide them educational experiences that embrace sustainable building technology practices," Oldfield said. "Momentum toward sustainable design is growing, and this degree provides students the educational background to provide meaningful solutions to altering the built environment."
Ferris was founded upon two main principles: opportunity and industry, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Fritz Erickson said. As the university celebrates its 125th anniversary, these principles continue to ring true through the creation of programming such as the Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability.
"This alliance enhances the educational opportunities offered tour students and meets the more focused demands of our global culture," Erickson said.
In other business, the board also approved two grant awards, including an amendment to the grant award/research funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc. and the Carl D. Perkins, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Vocational and Technical Education Grant.
The Gilead Sciences, Inc. amendment includes $76,150 in additional support for a clinical study being conducted in the university's College of Pharmacy entitled "Evaluation of a Community Pharmacy-based Influenza Screening and Management Program Versus Pharmacy Screening and Referral to Standard of Care." The San Mateo, Calif., organization originally provided initial research support tFerris' College of Pharmacy in the amount of $86,312. The study is being conducted by Pharmacy professor Dr. Michael Klepser.
There is $205,660 in funding included in the Perkins grant, with Ferris matching $215,000, that will be used for academic support services and equipment purchases for the university's two-year occupational programs, Erickson said.
The Perkins funding is a recurring grant based on the number of Pell Grant recipients studying in Ferris' two-year occupational programs, with the university submitting an application for the funding yearly, he said. Such programs benefiting from the grant in the past include Radiography, Automotive Technology and Industrial Chemistry Technology.
"Ferris is committed to providing students with a real-world education that provides a seamless transition from the classroom to the workforce," Ferris President David Eisler said. "This funding helps support the efforts of our faculty in providing cutting-edge degrees for our students."
The board of trustees also approved the following:
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