Unexpected numbers populate new majors

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Some of Tech’s newest degree programs have started the new academic year with resounding success. An undergraduate Neuroscience program, an Online Masters in Analytics and a Ph.D in Ocean Science and Engineering (OSE) made up Tech’s newest slate of offerings, adding to the extensive lineup of programs at the school.

Growing interest in neuroscience amongst the Tech community spurred the school to pursue the creation of a degree program in the field, a goal that was reached thanks to approval by the Board of Regents last Valentine’s Day. The College of Sciences initially estimated an initial enrollment of 25 to 50 students in the program’s first year; the actual figures greatly exceeded expectations, with well over 100 students signing on.

Neuroscience as a topic has been present in a limited capacity on campus for years. Professors in existing disciplines such as psychology have been conducting neuroscience research for a while, decentralized across Tech’s many schools.

Tech’s existing masters program in analytics made the jump to the internet this year with a new Online Master of Science in Analytics degree. The one-to-two year program started this August with 284 students, 97 percent of whom will work a job while pursuing the degree. At less than $10,000 in total, the online degree’s affordability and flexibility allows a wider range of learners to earn a Masters from Tech. In fact, the median age in the program is 32; The program’s accessibility makes it ideal for adults that want to change the course of their career after already spending time in the working world.

This program follows 2014’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science degree, a successful program that brought a Georgia Tech-quality computer science education to learners all over
the country.

The inaugural class for Tech’s Ph.D. program in OSE also began this fall. The innovative program combines Tech’s proven prowess in science and engineering with the ever-growing field of marine and ocean technologies.

EAS professors Emanuele Di Lorenzo and Annalisa Bracco are spearheading the program, a joint effort between the Schools of Earth and Atmospheric Science, Biological Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering. This degree, much like NEURO, will centralize a diverse group from various disciplines across Tech.