Science, engineering and technology fields are critical to building and maintaining a strong economy in Northwest Florida. Growth in high-tech industries, especially those related to the defense industry, creates an urgent need for college graduates with a specialty in the science and engineering fields.
The University of West Florida initially responded to existing needs through an innovative educational partnership with the University of Florida. Since its inception in 1996, the joint degree program has shown tremendous growth from 96 to 280 students. Beginning in the spring of 2009, however, UWF will begin granting the electrical and computer engineering degrees. To meet future needs, UWF will construct a $32 million Science and Technology Building on the Pensacola campus by fall 2009 that will house the engineering, mathematics and statistics, computer science and physics programs.
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