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History of the College


The College of Engineering at Southern University, Baton Rouge can be best understood through an examination of its history. Southern University was established by Louisiana State Legislature Act 87 in 1880 to serve as an institution of higher learning, graduating students and graduate degrees pertaining to arts and letters for persons of color. Throughout the early years and until 1954, industrial job training curricula were limited to vocational and industrial arts education programs with major emphasis on teacher education. During the early fifties, the need for more mathematically and scientifically oriented curriculums surfaced. The Division of Technology was established in 1954, which offered a four-year baccalaureate program leading to a non-teaching degree in electronics. The engineering college was established in 1956 as one of nine colleges at Southern University at Baton Rouge.

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program was approval by the Louisiana Board of Regents on September 27, 2001 and was initiated in the College of Engineering in the Spring Semester of 2002. The Master of Engineering program will offer five specialty area options. The options are: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Electronic Materials and Processing Engineering, Telecommunications and Computer Network Engineering, MaterialScience and Engineering, and Thermal Science and Engineering.

In 2001, the college saw completion of the new P.B.S. Pinchback Engineering building --a state-of-the-art facility that increased the size of the Engineering Complex by 117,000 square feet.

P.B.S. Pinchback Engineering building houses the departments of civil engineering, electrical engineering,
electronics engineering technology and mechanical engineering. additional computer laboratories, a state-of-the-
science advanced technology educational and research laboratories, a high-tech classroom, and a multi-media
classrooms. Additional classrooms and laboratories are located in the Moore Hall.

The College of Engineering has an enrollment of approximately 900 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The college offers 4 bachelor of science degree programs and additional options in the individual departments. All degree programs are nationally accredited.