Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
FILE - Utah Valley University students walk through the food court of the Sorensen Student Center on campus in Orem Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The Utah Valley University board of trustees have approved three new engineering degrees.

OREM — The Utah Valley University board of trustees have approved three new engineering degrees.

The new Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering are set to begin in fall 2018, pending approval of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

According to a statement from the university Thursday, the new degrees will serve the nearly 500 students currently enrolled in pre-engineering, as well as future students.

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The new programs are designed to meet accreditation requirements from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The university will seek that accreditation once the first students in the program graduate in 2020.

“By design, these engineering degrees respond to arguably the state’s most pressing workforce need,” President Matthew S. Holland said in a statement. “When it comes to the STEM emphasis in higher education today, this institution already does a magnificent job in science, technology and math. Now it’s time to bring engineering into the fold as well.”