New Programs Approved for Fall 2023 Include Fire Science, Cannabis Studies

Aug 23, 2022

In a milestone for Cal Poly Humboldt’s transition as a polytechnic, the University announced that nine new degree programs have been approved by the California State University Board of Trustees.

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Beginning in Fall 2023, these programs build on strong existing faculty expertise in natural resources management and environmental sustainability, and are aligned with the state of California’s goals regarding areas like climate resilience and wildfire mitigation. They will also create access to impacted degree programs in the California State University system that correlate with huge workforce gains.

Many of the new programs are highly interdisciplinary by design. They align with Humboldt’s strategic objectives of being rooted in place and meeting the needs of the region’s rural communities, with particular emphasis on underserved populations. A large emphasis will be placed on authentic engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities to leverage their expertise and community practices.

“This is what a 21st century education looks like: programs where students build the skills to have meaningful careers and a nuanced understanding of society’s complex issues so they can make the world a better place,” says Jenn Capps, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.

Applied Fire Science & Management, Bachelor of Science, provides practical knowledge and skills to become fire science or management professionals. It will also include a breadth of perspectives and Indigenous knowledge (also known as Traditional Ecological Knowledge), with an emphasis on incorporating Indigenous practices.

Cannabis Studies, Bachelor of Arts, prepares students to act as socially engaged, historically informed stewards of an unprecedented sea-change in local, national, and global cannabis laws and policies related to cannabis legalization.  

Data Science, Bachelor of Science, focuses on working with data that relates to local issues, such as rising sea level, weaving a theme throughout several classes to give students a holistic perspective of local challenges and solutions. 

Energy Systems Engineering, Bachelor of Science, incorporates elements commonly included in civil, environmental, mechanical, and electrical engineering disciplines.  

Engineering & Community Practice, Master of Science, develops future engineering leaders who will sustain, restore, and protect natural resources and the environment.  

Geospatial Information Science & Technology, Bachelor of Science, prepares students for careers as Geographic Information System (GIS) analysts and specialists, remote sensing analysts, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and geographers. 

Marine Biology, Bachelor of Science, explores the diversity of marine life, its evolutionary history, the importance to our planet, and how it is impacted by human activities.  

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science, covers areas in dynamics, materials, thermal/fluids, vibrations, controls, computer aided engineering, design, and manufacturing. 

Software Engineering, Bachelor of Science, applies engineering concepts to software development. It encompasses the development, operation, and maintenance of programs. 

 

Three certificate programs are also being developed with the intention of offering them starting Fall 2023. These programs will be offered through the Office of Extended Education & Global Engagement. 

Cybersecurity Certificate aligns well with cybersecurity job requirements, workforce development, or employed adults seeking to upskill and advance in their careers.

Equitable & Sustainable Future Certificate is designed for professionals in the educational workforce and prepares administrators, faculty, and staff to be sustainability leaders and foster social and environmental responsibility in educational settings. 
Information Technology Certificate offers a range of learning experiences that connect student learning in cohorts and projects that culminate in a portfolio team-based project, with learners accumulating various industry certificates.