CSUF News Service
Fall Ushers in New Degree Programs, Faculty
Aug. 23, 2013
Students share news and discuss classes in the Titan Student Union food court.
The first full week of fall semester classes begins Monday at Cal State Fullerton, where more than 37,000 students are expected for the fall.
New this semester are two more degree programs, giving CSUF students a choice of 109 academic degree programs overall. The latest two are both master of science degree programs — one in computer engineering, plus a fully online degree program in statistics.
In addition, a minor in pre-health professions is now offered to prepare students from any major who wish to pursue advanced study in a health profession program.
Also being introduced this fall is a new concentration in communications in tourism and entertainment for those pursing a master's degree in communication. The hybrid program, which is designed for working professionals, combines classroom and online instruction.
Beyond the courses offered by CSUF, full-time students also have access to additional online courses offered throughout the 23-campus Cal State system. A concurrent enrollment program launched Aug. 1 makes these systemwide course offerings possible.
Thirty-two new faculty members have joined the University and were welcomed by CSUF President Mildred García during her Aug, 19 convocation address, and again at an evening reception for new faculty members at El Dorado Ranch.
Returning and first-time students will enjoy a smoke-free campus, since a ban on tobacco products went info effect Aug. 1. In addition, a new place to buy a cup of coffee soon will be available in the Pollak Library, where a Starbucks outlet is being readied for a fall opening. The campus also has a Starbucks on the first floor of Mihaylo Hall, a popular gathering spot for students.
New to student housing is a Community Resource Center, staffed by University Police and community service officers to offer safety and security tips and assistance to the 1,900 students living on campus.
This month's purchase of the Banting Corporate Center near the Irvine Spectrum sets the stage for an expansion of the CSUF Irvine Campus, which is welcoming freshmen and sophomores for the first time this fall. Since its opening in south Orange County in 1989, the university's branch campus has served upper-division and graduate students. A newly signed agreement with neighboring community colleges opens the door to lower-division students enrolled at CSUF to join the ranks of those attending classes in Irvine. Even before fall classes begin, enrollment at the CSUF Irvine Campus has climbed past 3,300.
Weeks of Welcome activities for students will help newcomers find their way around the 253 acres that constitute CSUF, and connect with clubs and campus resources to enrich their collegiate experience.
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