The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is pleased to welcome four new degree programs that are now being offered through USG’s partner universities, including two that were launched this academic year and two that will begin in fall 2021. 

Like all programs at USG, these new degree offerings have been selected in close collaboration with USG’s university partners, as well as employers in the community to identify areas of growth and need. The addition of USG’s state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education (BSE) building, completed in Fall 2019, further expanded the capacity to offer many of these new programs, especially those within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education fields.

Following are the four new degree programs and their respective universities:

Salisbury University (SU)

B.F.A. in Graphic Design (Launching Fall 2021; Now enrolling)

The Graphic Design program offered by SU is rooted in fine arts with a concentration in digital design. Students in the program will gain practical experience within the field of graphic design and complete a variety of courses to build their skills in the areas of website/user-experience, packaging, branding, illustration and more. Through these practical experiences, students will not only learn about graphic design as a profession, but also be able to move into the workforce with confidence. Upon successful program completion, graduates of the program can gain employment as creative directors, brand strategists, user-experience designers and web designers, to name a few.

University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)

B.S. in Biocomputational Engineering (Launching Fall 2021; Now enrolling)

The Biocomputational Engineering program offered through UMCP’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, is designed to train students in the fundamentals of engineering and life sciences with strong skills in computational methods and data science. The program provides a breadth of fundamentals in the field of bioengineering, a discipline grounded in physics, chemistry, and biology, with quantitative problem solving. Students will develop skills in computation and data science that can be applied to the modeling of complex biological systems and the analysis of complex biological data sets in order to create new knowledge from the molecular to organ, to system levels, and to develop innovative processes for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

University of Maryland, College Park

B.S. in Embedded Systems and Internet of Things (Launched in Fall 2020)

The Bachelor of Science in Embedded Systems will provide students with a solid foundation in key emerging technologies of the Internet of Things (loT), the ability to integrate devices into complete loT systems, and an understanding of how loT fits within the wider context of information and communications technology, including data analytics and cloud computing. At the senior level, students will be able to specialize in one of the following tracks: Hardware, Computational, or Security track. The program will train future engineers who are cognizant of the latest trends in circuits and hardware-oriented software who are capable of immediate contribution to the private and public sector institutions in which they will work.

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)

B.S./M.S. Dual Degree Clinical Dental Hygiene Leader (CDHL) Track (Launched in Fall 2020)

This program offered by UMB’s School of Dentistry’s (UMSOD), is geared toward students with a science background who have decided to specialize in dental hygiene, and those who want a primary health care role in the oral health profession. The CDHL program will produce dental hygienists who can work interprofessionally and assume key leadership roles, as well as work on teams in hospitals, public health departments, community clinics, long-term care facilities, and educational/research institutions. The two-year dual-degree program will enable students to obtain both a bachelor of science and a master of science in dental hygiene at the same time. The CDHL dual degree curriculum includes graduate and undergraduate courses utilizing blended synchronous and asynchronous class activities with scheduled live and in-person pre-clinic, lab, and clinical experiences at the dental educational facility in USG’s BSE building.