University offering three new degrees


A number of buildings make up GVSU’s Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids, including the Richard M. DeVos Center. Photo via

A local university is offering three new degrees in the cybersecurity and biomedical engineering fields.

Starting this fall, Grand Valley State University will offer bachelor's and master's degrees in cybersecurity and a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. Both fields are growing quickly, and there is great demand for experts in those fields, GVSU said.

The curriculum in both new cybersecurity programs will include network and software security, security policy, cyber-ethics, cryptography and cyber-forensics.

The undergraduate major will also include reverse engineering and malware analysis, while the graduate program will contain advanced coverage of data analysis for cybersecurity.

The master's level program is designed for working professionals, with courses offered on evenings or online.

“This program contains broad coverage of the discipline and will prepare students to address a wide variety of issues across an organization,” said Paul Leidig, director of GVSU’s School of Computing and Information Systems.

Students majoring in cybersecurity will have access to dedicated computer labs and have opportunities for research with faculty members.

The biomedical engineering degree will train students in three different tracks, focusing on either mechanical, electrical, or product design and manufacturing. GVSU said it is the only university in West Michigan to offer this program at the undergraduate level.

Biomedical engineering focuses on the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for health care purposes.

“Throughout the past decade, the state of Michigan and private institutions have invested more than $1 billion in biomedical research. This new program will educate a workforce to leverage that investment, Michigan's existing manufacturing base and West Michigan's tradition of entrepreneurship to strengthen Michigan's economy,” said Samhita Rhodes, assistant director of the School of Engineering.

“Our graduates will be able to take basic research from the lab and translate it into products that solve critical problems in the health care industry.”

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