Combined engineering and business bachelor degrees program launched

Arizona State University is launching a new academic program that enables students to earn dual Bachelor of Science degrees in business and engineering – one from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and one from the W. P. Carey School of Business.

“The Business and Engineering Scholars Program utilizes two of the highest-ranked schools at ASU to produce extremely qualified graduates in both business and engineering in just four years,” says Robert Mittelstaedt, W. P. Carey School of Business dean. “This is the dream program for many honors students, who want to be prepared for a high-impact career.”

“Students want to make a difference. They want to create and bring their ideas to the marketplace,” says Paul Johnson, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. “This innovative program gives outstanding students the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds.”

The concurrent degree program features the opportunity to earn dual degrees in areas such as economics, industrial engineering, engineering management and supply chain management, a field in which the W. P. Carey School consistently ranks Top 10 in the nation.

“This concurrent degree program provides an opportunity for outstanding students to combine the technical depth of engineering with the business skills necessary to make a significant impact early in their careers, as well as preparing them for continued professional growth.” says Ronald Askin, professor and director of the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

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The degree program will be led by faculty such as John Fowler, who is a professor of industrial engineering in the Fulton Engineering schools and chair of the supply chain management program in the Carey Business school.

The program is offered at ASU’s Tempe campus and is one of four new undergraduate offerings from the W. P. Carey School this fall.

The other three new options are part of the W. P. Carey School’s Bachelor of Arts in Business program that combines traditional, high-caliber business degrees with concentrations from other ASU schools. The new concentrations are in technology, statistics and global leadership.

“For example, the business and technology degree can please both parents who want their kids to get a high-quality business degree and students who want to develop video games or be involved in digital media or social entrepreneurship,” says Tim Desch, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions at the W. P. Carey School.

The technology concentration is offered at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa, in conjunction with the College of Technology and Innovation. The other two new concentrations are being offered at ASU’s West campus in northwest Phoenix, in coordination with the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

“The field of statistics offers relatively high salaries and a growing number of jobs right now,” says Kay Faris, associate dean of undergraduate programs for the W. P. Carey School of Business. “If you want to be a financial analyst, an actuary or a market researcher, among other occupations, this degree should really help. Those who take the global leadership concentration will get a great background in international politics and cultures, including a Spanish course specifically for business use.”