New Year, New Energy, New Programs

Bricks and mortar may be the most visible evidence of what's new on the Gannon campus, but the range of new programs introduced recently has been just as ambitious.

The College of Engineering and Business has added a new Bachelor of Science program in industrial engineering and new programs in healthcare management and supply chain management, all of which will welcome their first students in fall 2015.

Today's competitive industrial and service climates have increased the demand for highly trained engineers to design, organize and optimize increasingly complex processes. Industrial engineering students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines such as mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and the Dahlkemper School of Business, along with Gannon's Small Business Development Center and Erie Technology Incubator. The latter three entities will be housed in the Center for Business Ingenuity, which will open in 2015.

The introduction of just-in-time and continuous flow operations in production facilities has created the need for sophisticated planning and control of supply chain operations, while the healthcare management major is a response to the rapid change in how and where care is delivered, by whom and how that care is financed.

With one in eight Americans now working in healthcare, the demand for health communicators is expected to grow among social service agencies, health organizations and government agencies, as the population ages and as health issues dominate public discourse. To serve this growing demand, the new School of Communication and the Arts introduced a Master of Arts in healthcare communication degree that will admit its first students next fall.

Learn more about the University’s new freshwater and marine biology program.

In the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, new degree programs in freshwater and marine biology and biochemistry will be introduced for the 2015-16 Academic Year. The freshwater and marine biology program leverages Gannon's unique location just blocks from Lake Erie, while biochemistry is a logical extension of the University's strengths in both biology and chemistry, with an eye toward growing demand in the healthcare sector.