Nurturing Curriculum

Nurturing Curriculum

The university has launched a Curricular Incubation Center to stay abreast with current and emerging needs and to accelerate the development of curriculum in high priority areas. Programs within the College of Arts and Sciences have recently played a part in several projects funded through the center.


UW-Stout has added a program concentration in a new scientific discipline called bioinformatics. The science combines the tools and techniques of mathematics, computer science and biology in order to answer fundamental questions in biology. This knowledge could be used in the future to cure diseases, create new crops and improve the human condition. With the addition of bioinformatics, students can now earn a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics and computer science with a bioinformatics concentration.

Interactive Digital Environments

The university is in the process of developing two new concentrations in game design and development: one in computer science and the other in multimedia design. Gaming is no longer just for fun; it is a serious business. Traditional studios like Sony and Nintendo are actively seeking programmers and designers to fill their development teams. Airlines also use flight-simulation packages to keep their pilot skills up-to-date; and military defense contractors need software to educate their technicians on how to operate satellites, telescopes and other hardware. The possibilities for using game design and development skills are endless.


UW-Stout is developing a cross-disciplinary approach to nanotechnology in applied science, engineering and food. The National Science Foundation predicts that the market for nanotech products and services will reach $1 trillion by 2015. Current products using nanomaterials include paints, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, clothing and computer screens. Future possibilities include providing better food and nutrition products. Currently, UW-Stout is doing research on common materials, such as aluminum oxide, at the molecular level. It could result in materials that are stronger, lighter and easier to use.

Outlook Winter 2006 v3