AUG. 8, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu


Enrollment and informational meetings have been scheduled for California State University, Bakersfield's joint engineering program with CSU Fresno and CSU Northridge that will resume this month.

Eight junior-level courses in electrical engineering and computer engineering will be transmitted to the CSUB campus this fall using distance-learning technologies. Classes will begin Aug. 26 in the instructional television studios at CSUB.

All those interested in engineering education in Bakersfield and in the joint engineering program are invited to attend informational meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. in Room 104 of CSUB's Science Building, said Thomas Meyer, interim dean of CSUB's School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. For more information, please call the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at 664-3450.

The program, announced in late October 2001, is a collaborative effort between CSUB and two if its sister campuses. Pre-engineering students at both the main CSUB campus and the CSUB Antelope Valley campus can now enroll in third-year engineering courses transmitted into CSUB's interactive instructional television classrooms from Fresno State and Cal State Northridge.

The interactive classrooms allow students in Bakersfield and Antelope Valley to attend classes, receive instruction and participate in class discussion with instructors at the Northridge and Fresno campuses in real time.

The innovative program addresses a longstanding community desire to see engineering offered at CSUB.

Here's how the program works:

Cal State Northridge and Fresno State provide third-year engineering major courses through interactive television at the CSUB campus and CSUB's Antelope Valley campus. Students who complete their third year at CSUB will then need to transfer to Fresno State or Cal State Northridge to complete the engineering degree studies and receive their degree.

Eight courses - four from each campus - are available in the fall semester. The courses will be semester courses, as both Fresno State and Cal State Northridge are on the semester system. CSUB is on the quarter system.

"Fresno and Northridge are sharing in the delivery of upper division major courses," Meyer said. "CSUB is providing upper division general education and a small number of cognate courses, such as computer science."

Funding for the program is being provided by the CSU chancellor's office the first three years, "then enrollment is expected to carry it," Meyer said.