Southeast Regents Approve New Academic Programs, Minors

Regents meeting 12-15-15

The Board of Regents approved two new academic programs and two new minors.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 15, 2015 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved two new academic programs in industrial and systems engineering, and industrial distribution, and two new minors in child development—childhood trauma and outcomes, and equine science.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The new Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering will be offered in the Department of Polytechnic Studies. Industrial and systems engineers design, analyze and control complex systems, such as manufacturing systems, global supply chains and service systems. Industrial engineering focuses on optimizing systems for maximum efficiency, minimum cost, quality improvement, safety and other interests to systems stakeholders. In essence, they save industries and companies time, money, materials, energy and other resources.

Dr. Gerald McDougall, interim provost, said the University’s Academic Visionary Committee and admissions surveys have identified engineering fields among the top workplace needs. An October 2014 search of indeed.com for industrial and systems engineering jobs in Missouri provided ads for 416 different positions with about one third of those jobs in the St. Louis area or within 50 miles of there. Members of Southeast’s Department of Polytechnic Studies Advisory Committee also have reported a regional need for industrial and systems engineers, McDougall said.

“The skills of industrial and systems engineers can be applied in a wide range of organizations, and more organizations are recognizing the significance of the industrial and systems engineering profession,” he said.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution

 The new Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution is an interdisciplinary program developed collaboratively by the Department of Polytechnic Studies and the Harrison College of Business.

Industrial distribution professionals help manage the global supply chain and coordinate transportation systems to achieve competitive advantage by improving productivity and cost efficiency. The professionals can apply their skills to a range of organizations that acquire or produce products that must be transported, including manufacturers, construction companies, petrochemical corporations and municipalities.

Market demands by several companies expressed to both the Harrison College of Business and the Department of Polytechnic Studies sparked the development of the program, McDougall said, as did representatives from the Department of Polytechnic Studies Advisory Committee representing manufacturing, banking, transportation and logistics industries who reported a regional need.

McDougall says the region is lacking in academic programs in this area, with the nearest being at Purdue University, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Missouri, Nebraska-Kearney and Texas A&M.

Minor in Child Development: Childhood Trauma and Outcomes

 The Department of Human Environmental Studies proposed the new minor in child development: childhood trauma and outcomes which is designed to expose students to the developmental outcomes of childhood trauma from a multidisciplinary and cultural perspective. McDougall said the minor will present information regarding conditions that contribute to childhood maltreatment and describe the behavioral characteristics of traumatized children. Moreover, it will introduce students to developmental and cultural intervention strategies, as well as evidence­based social system responses to promote childhood resiliency and professional advocacy.

horse scienceMinor in Equine Science

 The new minor in equine science proposed by the Department of Agriculture will enable students to understand the nature of animal science related topics as they concern the equine group. McDougall says students will learn how to handle the differences in needs for nutrition, genetics and basic handling principles for the equine species. The Department of Agriculture sponsors the Redhawks Equestrian Team and has noticed growing interest in the area, he said.