CSU Approved for New Innovative Degree in Robotics Engineering
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved today for Columbus State University to offer a new bachelor of science and master of science degrees in robotics engineering. The program could begin as early as fall 2019. This will be a first for CSU as the university continues to prepare the technology workforce for our region.
“This is a game changer for our university, our community, and our current and future students,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “The job outlook in robotics engineering is extremely bright, with an increasingly high demand for talent right here in the Columbus. This is yet another opportunity for us to work with local employers to train tomorrow’s workforce with the exact skills needed within our region.”
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Annual Job Outlook report consistently ranks engineering as one of the top in-demand fields in the country, with 72% of NACE survey respondents from 2014-2018 indicating their intention to employ someone with an engineering degree in the upcoming year. The need for a robotics engineering program in the region became even more apparent following the U.S. Army’s relocation of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and the U.S. Armor School to Fort Benning. Although CSU has offered an associate’s degree of science in engineering studies and a 21 credit hour robotics certificate since 2011, this will be CSU’s first full engineering degree that does not require students to transfer elsewhere before completion.