New Degrees at Coastal College; Math, Psychology Bachelors' Will Contribute to the Workforce

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON and WALTER C. JONES

The College of Coastal Georgia won approval Tuesday to offer two additional bachelors' degrees as the school continues to ramp up as a four-year college.

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents signed off on a major in mathematics for high school teachers and another in psychology.

Both programs will fill a need in the region, according to the request by Coastal Georgia President Valerie Hepburn.

"We're really excited about those two new degrees,'' Hepburn said during a telephone interview Tuesday. "We are beginning to assemble this great portfolio of degrees.''

The college already is offering degree programs in biology, nursing, education, general business and health informatics.

The math major will help address a regional shortage of math teachers. And more than 200 current students expressed interest in majoring in psychology, according to a memo the school prepared for the board.

The degree programs must first be approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting body, the college said.

FROM COLLEGE TO CAREER

The two new degrees will help contribute to the workforce in Coastal Georgia, but Hepburn was especially buoyed by the math degree that meets a critical need. …