University of Georgia gets Engineering

January 19, 2010 at 10:25 am 5 comments

UGA students now can choose from five engineering majors, up from just two, after the University System Board of Regents approved majors in biochemical, environmental and computer systems engineering, in addition to the biological and agricultural engineering degrees already in place.

Administrators hope to get state approval for more majors to train students in mechanical, civil and electrical-electronic engineering, which would expand UGA offerings to cover most engineering fields.

via More students look to UGA engineering programs ||

For over 100 years, Georgia Tech held a monopoly on being the only publicly funded engineering school in the state.  People referred to the “Unique Mission” of Georgia Tech.  Because of that mission, Georgia Tech has not been allowed to have an Education unit — that belongs the University of Georgia and other schools, who do not have our “Unique Mission.”

Okay, UGa has Engineering.  When do we get to have Education?

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ian Bogost  |  January 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Or art. Or journalism. Or tons of other things.

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  January 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      True — I’m just being self-serving here. The lack of an Education school at Georgia Tech hurts my research.

  • 3. Kurt L.  |  January 20, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I’ve always liked that Georgia Tech focuses on technology and doesn’t try to do everything. It helps craft a particular identity and culture, and pools brainpower towards a common goal. If every unit of the USG offers the same basic programs, then it can’t hope to do any of them really well.

    • 4. Mark Guzdial  |  January 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      I suspect the way things have been cleaved in the University System of Georgia has led to the problems of a lack of science education in the state (because the places with strong education schools don’t necessarily also have good science) and that Georgia Tech now produces more science teachers, though we can’t have an education school to graduate them ourselves. Yes, we have to split things up to focus and make progress, but which splits you make matter. (Pirsig: “When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process.”)

    • 5. Aaron Lanterman  |  January 21, 2010 at 4:27 am

      I think that’s served particularly well in the case of our Music Technology group.


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