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VALPO STEM EDUCATION

VALPO STEM EDUCATION

PREPARE FOR A FUTURE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) FIELDS, which are at the forefront of innovation in the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, jobs in the stem fields are projected to grow twice as fast as those in other fields by 2018, with college graduates in stem fields expected to earn 26 percent more than college graduates in other fields.

 

At Valparaiso University, you’ll receive a state-of the-art stem education within a liberal arts setting. Guided by gifted and passionate faculty, you’ll gain the training necessary to graduate ready to lead and serve in the market place.

 

Valpo has been recognized as a stem Jobs Approved College by Victory Media, which rates universities on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand,

high-growth stem occupations. This honor showcases Valpo’s ability to connect its academic programming to real-world job requirements, helping graduates achieve their career aspirations.

 

Prepare for a career in stem fields with Valpo’s increased investment in premier academic programs, development of innovative programming, and expansion of campus facilities. Aviation, bioengineering, data science, and statistics are among the numerous academic programs recently introduced at Valpo. And, there’s even a new science building, where you’ll enhance your classroom experience through valuable hands-on training in the laboratory in our new state-of-the-art facilities.

 

Welcome to Valpo. Welcome to stem paradise.

EXCEPTIONAL

FACILITIES

State-of-the-art facilities are a key component in establishing and maintaining programs of excellence dedicated to hands-on laboratory experience as a complement to theoretical instruction.

EXCEPTIONAL FACILITIES

State-of-the-art facilities are a key component in establishing and maintaining programs of excellence dedicated to hands-on laboratory experience as a complement to theoretical instruction.

NEW LABORATORY SCIENCE BUILDING

 

The University has begun construction on a STEM Village, and a new science building is waiting for you!

 

The Center for the Sciences: Chemistry and Biochemistry, opened fall 2017. A testament to the emphasis Valpo places on hands-on experience and innovative research, this 55,000-square-foot science facility contains primarily wet laboratories for chemistry, biochemistry, and biology students along with instrumentation facilities, informal student spaces, and staff and faculty offices.

 

At the core of the new laboratory space is an interdisciplinary lab, where you’ll collaborate with your fellow classmates and faculty as you hone your research skills in preparation for your future endeavors. Whether you wish to engage in individualized study or work with fellow students or faculty, the variety of study spaces found throughout the building.

 

Part of a larger STEM Village, the Center for the Sciences reinforces Valpo’s commitment to STEM education and engenders great opportunities for innovative teaching and advanced student-faculty research.

 

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COLLEGE OF
ARTS & SCIENCES

Through the College of Arts and Sciences, students are able to obtain degrees in both data science and statistics. These fields are among the fastest-growing employment opportunities in the world. A strong demand in the job market — combined with a shortage of people trained in these fields — means you’ll have opportunities in all sectors of society. A bachelor’s degree in data science or statistics within the liberal arts setting will provide you with a broad skill set attractive to employers and prepare you to lead in these emerging fields.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Through the College of Arts and Sciences, students are able to obtain degrees in both data science and statistics. These fields are among the fastest-growing employment opportunities in the world. A strong demand in the job market — combined with a shortage of people trained in these fields — means you’ll have opportunities in all sectors of society. A bachelor’s degree in data science or statistics within the liberal arts setting will provide you with a broad skill set attractive to employers and prepare you to lead in these emerging fields.

DATA SCIENCE

 

Interdisciplinary in nature, the data science program integrates statistics, mathematics, computer science, and data science to produce graduates with the skills needed to evaluate and interpret data. Students enrolled in this program will apply a wide variety of techniques to analyze large data sets, interpret and validate the results of the analysis, and make recommendations for action.

 

You are encouraged to enhance your data science degree with a minor or second major in your applied field of interest, such as psychology, finance, sociology, accounting, or economics.

 

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STATISTICS

 

The statistics program provides a foundation in statistical theory, with focus on how to appropriately conduct statistical analyses in real applications. Through this program, you will gain quantitative, problem-solving, and communication skills. You will take a broad range of statistics and mathematics classes with particular focus on research and analysis.

 

With a degree in statistics, you can pursue a career in a wide array of fields, such as medicine, public health, education, manufacturing, marketing, finance, and government.

 

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ANALYTICS AND MODELING

 

Integrate knowledge and methodologies from mathematics, statistics, and computer science to analyze and solve problems in science, engineering, and other fields through an advanced degree in analytics and modeling.

 

You’ll work with premier data-focused programming language and have advanced coursework in computational application and modeling techniques, laying a foundation to thrive in data science fields that deal with increasingly complex and expanded information and data sets. And with the 4+1 B.S./M.S. option, you can receive your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.

 

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

Students acquire a deeper specialization in the omnipresent field of information technology with two tracks of study in the master’s program, management or computing, while gaining fundamental skills through a rigorous core curriculum.

 

You will become proficient in a variety of professional-based systems through the incorporation of emerging technologies into all coursework. This highly applied approach to hands-on learning prepares students to be expert leaders in the field.

 

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CYBER SECURITY

 

Adhering to the qualifications desired by the leading security firms, Valpo’s cyber security master’s program will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and perspective necessary to address pertinent cyber-operations and security issues of business enterprises and governmental organizations.

 

With an emphasis on hands-on learning, you will work with the latest emerging technologies to receive in-depth insight into the many facets of contemporary cyber security. This program has both an on-campus option and 100% online option.

 

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DIGITAL MEDIA

 

In a rapidly developing and dynamic industry, the digital media program prepares students to excel as professionals with a comprehensive curriculum integrated with video, audio, desktop publishing, and web technologies education.

 

In the master’s digital media program, you will learn to expertly explain and apply diverse digital media technologies and methodologies, evaluate and communicate the likely utility of new technologies, manage the digital media resources of individuals or organizations, and anticipate the changing direction of digital media in an increasingly digitized world.

 

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AVIATION

Valpo recently introduced an aviation minor. Housed within the College of Business, the aviation program launched fall 2017.

AVIATION

Valpo recently introduced an aviation minor. Housed within the College of Business, the aviation program launched fall 2017.

AVIATION

 

Valpo recently introduced an aviation minor. Housed within the College of Business, the aviation program launched fall 2017.

 

The aviation program serves as a gateway opportunity for students interested in aviation and may also be used as the initial step for those students interested in a career in commercial piloting.

 

At its core, the program consists of a number of “ground” courses accompanied by lab “flight” components, which are offered on site at the Porter County Regional Airport through a partnership with Eagle Aircraft, a SEVIS-approved flight school. The airport is located just five minutes from campus.

 

With an aviation minor, you will develop an understanding of aeronautical and flight principles, leading to receipt of three certifications and two ratings from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

Obtaining aviation training within an academic system allows students to also pursue a bachelor’s degree, which is required by most major and regional airlines, and to minimize the cost of aviation education.

 

Projections for careers in the aviation field are extremely positive, with experts in aviation anticipating significant growth, both nationally and internationally, in the field during the next 20 years.

 

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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

The College of Engineering at Valparaiso University is continually recognized as one of the nation’s finest undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report, ranking 14th in the nation. Students are afforded the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of science in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, all of which are long-standing programs of excellence at the University and accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Inc. (ABET). And, you may now earn a bachelor of science in bioengineering at Valpo.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

The College of Engineering at Valparaiso University is continually recognized as one of the nation’s finest undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report, ranking 13th in the nation. Students are afforded the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of science in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, all of which are long-standing programs of excellence at the University and accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Inc. (ABET). And, you may now earn a bachelor of science in bioengineering at Valpo.

BIOENGINEERING

 

Housed within the mechanical engineering department, this highly competitive program consists of three separate concentrations — bioelectrical, biomechanical, and biomedical. Valpo is currently the only master’s-level comprehensive university in the Midwest to offer a bioengineering program.

 

In this program, you will gain a strong foundation in engineering and design principles, and will study a variety of topics, from interpreting the electrical signals generated by the nervous system to analyzing materials used for orthopedic implants.

 

You will receive a cutting-edge, rigorous education inside the classroom and beyond. Graduates will be prepared to pursue graduate school, medical school, or industrial jobs in one of the many bioengineering disciplines, such as sports biomechanics, development of medical instrumentation, or design and control of prosthetic devices.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a 23 percent employment growth for bioengineers by 2024.

 

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CIVIL ENGINEERING

 

Valpo’s civil engineering program is comprehensive, covering five areas of study: environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources. You will have the flexibility to pursue a minor of your choosing, such as business administration or humanitarian engineering.

 

In this program, you will gain expertise in technical areas and in team-building, engage in hands-on laboratories, and develop strong communication skills. You will gain the insight and capability to provide guidance that responsibly addresses social issues and promotes the wise use of world resources.

 

This program will equip you with the skills necessary to be effective members of engineering teams, managers of engineering projects, and leaders in the civil engineering discipline and within the broader community. You will serve as leaders in enhancing the environment, providing clean water to developing nations, and advancing technology to benefit all of humankind.

 

Graduates are prepared to work in a global environment in design and construction of roads, skyscrapers, bridges, and water systems — projects that form the infrastructure of our world. You will be equipped to pursue a variety of careers, including transportation engineer, city engineer, water resources engineer, and environmental engineer.

 

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COMPUTER ENGINEERING

 

Computer engineering is at the core of emerging technology in our world — cell phones, computers, and robotics have changed our lives. Valpo’s computer engineering program supplements core engineering courses with advanced computer topics and prepares you to work in these dynamic fields.

 

As a computer engineering student, you will gain a strong foundation in electrical engineering and use technology in computer hardware and software applications. You will have the opportunity to explore digital logic, embedded systems, virtual reality, and robotics.

 

This program includes comprehensive course offerings, among which are computer hardware and software, digital systems, microcontrollers, and communication systems. You will engage in interdisciplinary design projects and have an abundance of undergraduate research opportunities.

 

Through this program, you will gain the insight and capability to produce products and systems that responsibly address social issues and use world resources wisely. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue a variety of careers, including programmer, design engineer, quality control engineer, and computer systems software engineer.

 

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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

 

As an electrical engineering student, you will study on the cutting edge of emerging technologies in electronics, microcontrollers, power, and communication systems.

 

The electrical engineering department prepares students with the engineering expertise and well-rounded education necessary to lead and serve in society. Valpo electrical engineering students have the opportunity to explore circuit design, signal processing, power systems, and nanotechnology.

 

This program will provide you with the insight and capability to provide expertise that responsibly addresses social issues and promotes the wise use of world resources. You will undergo training which prepares you for a variety of careers, including aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, pharmaceuticals, wireless communication, and computers.

 

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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

 

Mechanical engineering students develop expertise in a wide range of technical competencies: in the areas of alternative energy; automatic control of processes; and the design, development, and manufacture of mechanical components or systems.

 

The mechanical engineering department provides a program of professional studies grounded in engineering fundamentals and arts and sciences and augmented by the development of interpersonal skills, experiential learning, and an appreciation of lifelong learning.

 

You will be equipped with the insight and capability to responsibly address social issues such as the transfer of technology to developing areas and the creation of alternative energy sources. By applying your knowledge to society’s needs, you will help shape our future. You will be equipped with the skills necessary to pursue a variety of careers, among which are automotive products designer, industrial planner, aerospace engineer, robotics engineer, and energy conservation engineer.

 

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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

 

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