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After six years of being a part of Utah State University’s College of Engineering, the department of computer science will move back to the College of Science effective July 1.

According to an email from USU College of Science Dean Maura Hagan to The Herald Journal, after students, faculty, administrators, state business and government leaders discussed the needs of the state and university, they decided to make the move.

“Among other considerations, the move builds upon opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations already in place, and is aligned with the College of Science mission to train students to meet Utah’s workforce needs,” Hagan wrote.

The College of Science was home to the department until it was moved to the College of Engineering in the Spring of 2012.

With the move back to the College of Science, the department faculty continues to prepare classes and and student research opportunities for the fall semester.

The department hopes the new organizational structure will help undergraduate and graduate students by cultivating enhanced research partnerships for broader and deeper student experiences, according to Hagan.

“We also aspire to better serve USU computer science students statewide, since the College of Science has a strong record of excellence in providing foundational classes in biology, chemistry, physics and math,” Hagan wrote. “We will add foundational computer science classes to the mix, making them available to students at USU statewide campuses.”

The department will maintain its Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology accreditation. The move will mainly be administrative, according to Hagan.

With the move not affecting the curriculum of any of the programs in the department or any academic opportunities available to students, students shouldn’t be greatly affected.

“Computer science faculty and staff remain in the same physical space they currently occupy,” Hagan wrote. “Students can contact their academic advisors for guidance as usual.”

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