Feb. 21, 2023–South Carolina’s Clemson University announced the nation’s first Bachelor of Science in Automotive Engineering program at the 12th annual SC Automotive Summit this past Thursday, according to GSA Business Report.
President James Clements made the announcement and said that students are already enrolled to take the program this fall. It has been structured to be a “multidisciplinary systems integration degree,” and will showcase how “automotive, mechanical, electrical, materials science, computer science, human factors and more work together.”
The first two years of the program will be taught on campus; students will then attend classes both on campus and at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), located in Greenville, South Carolina.
For their final project, the undergraduates will work alongside M.S. students to build a “one-of-a-kind vehicle prototype” with the Deep Orange program; an opportunity previously only offered to graduate students.
“This is a huge step in expanding the pipeline of talent that the automotive industry needs,” Clements said, “and we were uniquely positioned through our location, in the heart of the Southeastern automotive engineering industry, to meet the demands of the industry and for the future.”