New Degree is Approved

Board of Trustees approves new degree to prepare students for sustainable, green design

A new bachelor of science in architecture and sustainability degree was approved at the Nov. 6 meeting by the Ferris Board of Trustees.

According to a press release, the bachelor of science in architecture and sustainability degree will utilize existing coursework from degrees including the associate in applied science degree in architectural technology, bachelor of science degree in facilities management and community studies minor.

Tom Oldfield, Dean of the College of Engineering Technology, said the program will educate students on real-world issues of green building and provide them educational experiences that embrace sustainable building technology practices.

“Momentum toward sustainable design is growing, and this degree provides students the educational background to provide meaningful solutions to altering the built environment,” said Oldfield of the degree’s purpose.

Fritz Erickson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said Ferris was founded upon two main principles: opportunity and industry. He added, “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 to our students and meets the more focused demands of our global culture,” Erickson said.

FSU President David Eisler said, “Ferris is committed to providing students with a real-world education that provides a seamless transition from the classroom to the workforce.”

The new degree will be available beginning in the fall semester of 2010 and is offered through the College of Engineering Technology.