“Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.”
The proposed water degree fully supports Virginia Tech’s mission. Students in this program will have opportunities to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the global community by utilizing their training in water science, policy, and management. They will be prepared to create, convey, and apply their knowledge of water to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve quality of life as presented in Virginia Tech’s Mission Statement.
Additionally, the proposed degree supports stated goals in Virginia Tech’s Plan for a New Horizon: Envisioning Virginia Tech 2012-2018 and the College of Natural Resources and Environment’s 2012-2018 Strategic Plan. Specifically, the proposed degree is based on a team-driven initiative to leverage existing and emerging strengths in water science, policy, and management to grow a component of the undergraduate program at Virginia Tech, as specifically recommended in the Plan for a New Horizon. Furthermore, this degree is STEM-H-oriented in that it provides all students in the curriculum with specific course-based core curriculum training in water science, water technology, mathematics, and water-related health topics. Students have opportunities to expand their STEM-H training through selection of specialization areas in water science and water policy and through selection of an additional 18 credit hours in restricted electives that are STEM-H-oriented. Students graduating from this degree program will be STEM-H graduates and will be poised to join the STEM-H workforce.
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