By KELLY URBAN
Pitt-Johnstown students will soon have more options for an education.
The university announced Monday the addition of two degree programs and one new track within an existing degree program.
Starting this fall, UPJ will offer bachelor of science degrees in biochemistry and computer engineering technology.
Also, an applied computer science track as part of the current bachelor’s degree in computer science will be available.
These are the first new degree programs to be added at UPJ since 1997.
The expansion was developed as part of the university’s recently implemented strategic plan and through student requests.
“These are indeed significant enhancements to our curriculum, providing Pitt-Johnstown with greater capacity to meet the needs and interests of our students while preparing them for productive and meaningful careers in high-demand areas,” UPJ President Jem Spectar said.
“The programs also enable Pitt-Johnstown to expand our growing partnership with local and regional industries, particulary those in the high-tech areas including Web design and development, data communication, network systems, health-care technology and scientific research and development.”
Alan Teich, interim vice president for academic affairs, said the new programs expand on the unique mix of programs currently available.
“These programs reflect Pitt-Johns-
town’s commitment to offering a high-quality educational experience that is responsive to the needs of our students and our communities,” he said.
Spectar said the programs wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the UPJ faculty, who researched and developed the proposals.
“Through their strong commitment to our community, our students and our institution,” Spectar said, “our faculty continues to add to the quality and excellence of the Pitt-Johnstown experience.”