Academics

Academics

1870s

3/20/1875 Land scrip endowment restored

An original land scrip endowment to the University of North Carolina as part of the Morrill Act (lost during the Reconstruction period) is restored. On paper, this creates a College of Agriculture and a College of Engineering and Mechanic Arts at the University of North Carolina.

1880s

1889 Pullen Literary Society founded

This student organization frequently engaged in formal debates with the Leazar Literary Society. It remained active until the early 1930s.

1889 Department of Horticulture, Arboriculture, and Botany established

Department of Horticulture, Arboriculture, and Botany established as one of the five original academic divisions of the North Carolina College of Agricultue and Mechanic Arts

1889 Department of English established
1889 Department of Chemistry established
1889 D. H. Hill, Jr., First Librarian

Daniel Harvey Hill, Jr., the library namesake, began his career at North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College (now NCSU) upon its opening in 1889. He engaged in the common nineteenth-century practice of serving as both a professor (of English) and the college librarian, the institution’s first. This responsibility was not a major burden, as the early library occupied only a reading room in the Main Building (later Holladay Hall). For the first ten years of ... More

D. H. Hill portrait paintingD. H. Hill portrait painting
10/1889 First Mathematics courses

Courses in mathematics offered when the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens

10/1889 First English courses

Courses in English are offered when the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens

1889 Civil engineering taught as a component of the first Mechanics Course

The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (A&M) taught two curricula: agriculture and mechanics. The mechanics curriculum included fundamentals of civil and mechanical engineering.

10/1889 First Chemistry courses

Courses in chemistry taught when the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens

10/1889 First Botany courses

Courses in botany are offered when the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens

10/1889 First Agronomy courses

Courses in agronomy offered when the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens

10/1889 First History courses

Courses in history offered when the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens

10/3/1889 First classes held

The first classes are held at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (the original name of NC State University). Fifty-two students, at the minimum age of 14, attend. Tuition was $20 a session. Students could select from two basic curricula: agriculture and mechanics.

First freshman class at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, 1889First freshman class at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, 1889
11/2/1889 Leazar Literary Society founded

This student organization frequently engaged in formal debates with the Pullen Literary Society. It remained active until the early 1930s.

12/9/1889 Agricultural Experiment Station transferred

The Agricultural Experiment Station is transferred from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to the North Carolina College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts.

1890s

1890 (circa) Entomology curriculum established

Entomology curriculum taught within the Department of Horticulture, Arboriculture, and Botany.

1890 Second Morrill Act Becomes Law

The Second Morrill Act becomes law, requiring states to provide technical education for African Americans. No federal money would be disbursed to any college that made distinctions between students on the basis of race. States could comply, however, by providing separate colleges for blacks and whites.

1890 (circa) Zoology curriculum established

Courses with content in zoology first offered

1890 Microbiology curriculum established

Microbiology courses become a part of the curricula in the Zoology and Botany departments.

1893 First Electrical Engineering courses
1893 Applied Science Curriculum

A curriculum of applied science was added to the academic program.

6/20/1893 First commencement

Nineteen students receive degrees during the first commencement ceremony held at A&M College.

President Alexander Q. Holladay and the first graduating class, 1893President Alexander Q. Holladay and the first graduating class, 1893
1894 Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering established
1894 Military Program

Military science and tactics is first taught at NC State. Students (they are all male at this time) are designated cadets and required to attend drill.

1895 Poultry Division added

Poultry Division added to the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station

1895 Department of Civil Engineering and Mathematics established

Mechanics Course curricula divided; result was the creation of the Department of Civil Engineering and Mathematics

1895 (circa) Department of Mechanical Engineering established
1896 First foreign language courses
1897 Agricultural Economics curriculum established
1899 Chemical Engineering degrees introduced
1899 First textile courses

George Franks Ivey taught the first courses in textiles in the fall of 1899. Courses specialized in cotton manufacturing and milling, designing twills, and mill engineering, and were taught in Holladay Hall.

1900s

1900 Degree in Electrical Engineering established
1900 (circa) Division of Agronomy created
1900 First poultry courses
1901 Biological Division created

The Biological Division is created, with coursework devoted entirely to plant pathology.

1901 First female student

Margaret Burke becomes the first female student to take a course at A&M (she enrolled in a physics course).

1901 Second female student

Eula Louisa Dixon takes a course in dairying, becoming the second female student at A&M.

10/1901 The Biological Club

With the beginning of a fall term, a small number of students became interested in Biology, and desiring to further promote their interests developed the Biological Club.

1902 Department of Modern Languages established
1902 Botany curriculum established

Botany curriculum is taught as a component of the Botanical Instruction program.

1902 First female faculty member

Adeline Stevens, the wife of Frank Lincoln Stevens, becomes the first female faculty member, as an instructor in biology during the 1902-1903 academic year.

1903 Entomology curriculum established

Entomology first listed as a separate subject in the course catalog, with classes fulfilling part of the four-year degree in Agriculture

1903 Women's enrollment grows

Women's enrollment continued to increase during the 1903-1904 academic year. Evelyn Byrd Lawrence of Raleigh took a course in architecture, Ivey Roberts of Raleigh took a course in drawing, and Frances Claire Stainback took courses in chemistry and English. This was also the first year that women were listed as summer school students, and more than 200 women attended.

1905 Department of Horticulture, Arboriculture, and Botany moved

Department of Horticulture, Arboriculture, and Botany moved to Patterson Hall (originally, "Agricultural Hall")

1910s

1910 Winston Hall opens

Winston Hall opens, housing civil, chemical, and electrical engineering courses. It was named for second college president George Tayloe Winston.

Winston HallWinston Hall
1911 Department of Chemistry moves

The Department of Chemistry moves from Holladay Hall to Winston Hall.

Winston Hall, North Carolina State CollegeWinston Hall, North Carolina State College
1912 Department of Zoology and Entomology established
1912 Botany curriculum redesigned

Botanical Instruction and Botany programs are separated, botany classes are taught as a part of the Agriculture curriculum.

1912 Poultry curriculum established

Poultry classes became part of the curriculum in the Department of Animal Industry.

1914 Agricultural Extension Service established

The Smith-Lever Act provided for federal, state, and county cooperation in creating a system to expand demonstration and extension work for men and women. The law authorized land-grant colleges to sign memoranda of understanding with the United States Department of Agriculture to begin such work. NC State then created a new Department of Extension, which became the Agricultural Extension Service.

1915 First psychology courses
1916 1,000th degree awarded

The total number of degrees awarded by A&M College reaches 1,000.

1917 Departments of Electrical Engineering and Physics established

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Physics were established when the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering separated into two programs

1917 (circa) Highway engineering curriculum established
1918 Early agricultural equipment courses

Service courses in farm equipment were taught by in the Department of Agronomy, but not by an engineering. True agricultural engineering courses were first taught in the 1920-1921 academic year.

1920s

1920 (circa) Plant pathology curriculum established

Plant pathology curriculum taught within the Department of Botany

1920 First sociology courses
1920 (circa) First geology courses
1920 Architectural engineering curriculum established

A bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering is first offered through the School of Engineering

1920 (circa) Department of Animal Industry established
1920 Civil Engineering Society induction

The State College Civil Engineering Society is recognized by and inducted into the North Carolina Society of Civil Engineers

Class in hydraulics preparing to measure horsepower of streamClass in hydraulics preparing to measure horsepower of stream
1921 First full-time female student

Lucille Thomson of Wilmington becomes the first woman to enroll as a full-time student, majoring in electrical engineering.

Lucille ThomsonLucille Thomson
5/17/1922 Evolution debate

Entomology professor Zeno P. Metcalf debates Bible Conference leader William B. Riley on the topic "Resolved: That Evolution is a Demonstrated Fact" in the old Pullen Hall.

1923 Phi Kappa Phi

State College is awarded a chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

1923 Poultry Department established

Poultry Department becomes one of six original departments in the School of Agriculture.

1923 Department of Rural Sociology and History established
1923 Agricultural Administration curriculum established

A four-year program in Agricultural Administration is created within the department of Business Administration.

1923 School of Engineering established
1923 School of Agriculture established
1923 Graduate School established
1923 School of Science and Business established
May 1923 Zook Report

In 1923, NC State hired George Zook of the United States Bureau of Education to survey the college and make recommendations on how it could best be restructured. Zook recommended creation of schools focusing on the following broad disciplines: engineering, agriculture, general science, and social science and business administration. He also reported that the library was inadequate for the needs of the growing institution and suggested that library services be centralized.

1923 Department of Physical Education established

The college first offered physical education classes, and it established a Physical Education Department, which had its early home in Frank Thompson Gymnasium.

Fall1923 Central library system

Books in departmental libraries begin to be cataloged as part of a central library system.

1924 Department of Chemical Engineering established
1924 Department of Ceramic Engineering established

A.F. Greaves-Walker organized and served as head of the new department of Ceramic Engineering, the first department of its kind in the American South. Greaves-Walker, a native of the U.K., spent 20 years working in industry as a mining and ceramic engineer and administrator. According to a 1927 Technician article, the department was "established primarily to promote the ceramic industries of North Carolina and to thus provide plants in which its graduates may find employment."

A. F. Greaves-Walker portraitA. F. Greaves-Walker portrait
1924 Department of Agronomy established

The Division of Agronomy becomes the Department of Agronomy.

9/19/1924 Music Department established
1925 School of Textiles established

The Board of Trustees removed the Textile Department from the School of Engineering and created a separate School of Textiles. Becoming a separate school enabled Textiles to have its own dean and to compete on an equal basis with the other schools within the college for money, faculty positions, equipment, and space. Thomas Nelson became the first dean, serving until 1943.

1925 Department of History and Sociology, Department of Rural Sociology

Department of History and Sociology formed when rural sociology curriculum was separated from the program. A separate Department of Rural Sociology was also created.

1925 Department of Mining Engineering established

An article in the Technician newspaper states that the department was established "primarily to train 'miners' for the particular mining problems of the state and the south," who will "be particularly well trained for geological survey work and the development departments of southern railroads." A.F. Greaves-Walker is head of department.

1925 Department of Modern Languages renamed

The Department of Modern Languages is renamed the Department of Modern Languages and Translation Services

1925 First Chemical Engineering degree conferred
10/15/1925 D. H. Hill Jr. Library in Brooks Hall

The original D.H. Hill Jr. Library (in what later became Brooks Hall) was designed by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for Daniel Harvey Hill, Jr., the first faculty member to oversee the library.

Brooks Hall, North Carolina State College, 1926Brooks Hall, North Carolina State College, 1926
1926 First Ph.D. conferred

The first Ph.D. is conferred; Jesse Mowry receives the degree in the field of Rural Sociology.

5/8/1926 Class field trip

A professor and six students from the Economic Geology class took a field trip to Carolina Coal Mine, and became trapped in the mine for four hours.

1927 Department of Architectural Engineering established
1927 Department of Agricultural Economics established

Agricultural Administration curriculum becomes a full department, and is named the Department of Agricultural Economics.

1927 School of Education established
1927 Department of Psychology established
1927 First Landscape Architecture courses

Curriculum in landscape architecture established as a component of courses in the Department of Horticulture.

1927 Department of Geology established

Following the dissolution of the department of Mining Engineering, a separate department of Geology is established. Jasper L. Stuckey is head of the department.

Jasper L. Stuckey, Professor of Geology.Jasper L. Stuckey, Professor of Geology.
1927 Department of Mining Engineering dissolved

Department of Mining Engineering is dissolved, and courses become distributed between Ceramic Engineering and Geology departments.

2/5/1927 Academic regulations for athletes

The Athletics Committee decides students must maintain a passing grade in 60% of their classes to play in collegiate athletic events.

North Carolina State College football team posing behind Thompson Gymnasium.North Carolina State College football team posing behind Thompson Gymnasium.
2/26/1927 First female Phi Kappa Phi member

Jane S. McKimmon becomes the first female inducted into NC State's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Jane S. McKimmonDr. Jane S. McKimmon
4/14/1927 B.W. Wells lecture

Dr. B.W. Wells gives a lecture on plant evolution as part of the Phi Kappa Phi lecture series.

5/20/1927 Agronomy lab work

Students in the Agronomy 135 course (Farm Terracing) spend the day outside doing lab work, including surveying the land in preparation for planning tile drains.

North Carolina State College agricultural students locating terrace on campus, Raleigh, May 20, 1927North Carolina State College agricultural students locating terrace on campus, Raleigh, May 20, 1927
6/7/1927 First degrees conferred to women

The first degrees are conferred to women at NC State. Recipients are Jane McKimmon, B.S. in business administration; Charlotte Nelson, B.S. in education; and Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, M.S. in chemistry. Yarbrough was the first female graduate to have completed all coursework while at NC State, and she went on to become the first woman to earn a master's degree at NC State.

Charlotte Ruth Nelson portraitCharlotte Ruth Nelson portrait
1928 First masters degree in Chemical Engineering conferred
1928 First female masters degree recipients

Lillian P. Wallace becomes the first woman to earn a masters degree in Education. She went on to publish several historical works on politics in Europe. Virginia F. Harris becomes the first woman to earn a masters degree in Rural Sociology.

1928 Courses in religion first offered

Professor W. N. Hicks taught the first courses in religion. Although the courses were listed in the 1927-1928 college catalog, they were not taught before Hicks became an assistant professor in 1928.

9/29/1928 Increased female enrollment

Twenty-one female students enroll at State College for the 1928-29 academic year, twice as many as the previous year.

1929 Department of Forestry established

1930s

1930 First Industrial Engineering courses
1930 Genetics curriculum established

Genetics curriculum taught as a component of coursework in Agronomy, Zoology, and Plant Pathology departments.

1930 (circa) Rural Sociology Department merges with the Agricultural Economics Department

The result of this merger was the creation of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department.

1930 First woman to enroll as a freshman

Ada Curtis Spencer becomes the first woman to enroll as a freshman and complete a four-year degree from NC State. She majored in social science.

5/2/1930 Industrial Engineering curriculum established

Curriculum in industrial engineering is announced, with the first courses to be offered in the fall of 1930

1931 Department of Forestry renamed the Division of Forestry
1931 Department of Industrial Engineering established

The Department of Industrial Engineering is established and located in 111 Lampe Drive.

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1931 Consolidation Act

The Consolidation Act is passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, with the following provisions: 1. State College becomes one of three campuses of the Consolidated University of North Carolina. The other campuses are UNC-Chapel Hill and the Women's College in Greensboro (which later became UNC-Greensboro). 2. State College's name is changed to the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina 3. The ... More

5/21/1931 The Order of Thirty and Three

The Order of Thirty and Three is founded by members of the sophomore class; there are eleven charter members.

1932 First female M.S. recipient in Textiles

Lillian Tyler Jones was the first female to earn a graduate degree from the School of Textiles. Her thesis was a study of "the effect of some wet and dry cleaning and stripping and spotting reagents on the relative tensile strength of some acetate and viscose yarns."

1932 First female to receive a degree in Landscape Architecture

Elizabeth Lee Lawrence becomes the first woman to earn a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture.

1933 First female M.S. recipient in Economics

Katherine W. Sams becomes the first woman to earn an M.S. degree in Economics.

1933 First female M.S. recipient in Biology

Maud K. Schaub becomes the first woman to earn an M.S. degree in Biology.

2/21/1934 Academic dress required during commencement

The senior class passes a resolution requesting that faculty who participate in commencement exercises wear caps and gowns.

Commencement ceremonyCommencement ceremony
10/26/1934 Honor system abolished

A faculty vote officially abolishes the honor system at State College; teachers will now have to remain in the classroom during all quizzes and exams.

Students taking a Chemistry examStudents taking a Chemistry exam
12/3/1934 Exemption proposal denied

The faculty deny a proposal to exempt senior class from all examinations.

1935 Department of Geology renamed

The Department of Geology is renamed the Department of Geological Engineering.

9/1935 Consolidation of engineering programs

The process of consolidating State College's and UNC-Chapel Hill's engineering programs into one program at State College begins.

1936 Civil Engineering curriculum receives accreditation

Civil Engineering curriculum receives accreditation from the Engineers' Council for Professional Development.

1937 Electrical Engineeering Department receives accreditation

The Electrical Engineering Department is receives accreditation the Engineer's Council for Professional Development.

1937 Department of Chemistry assignment

The Department of Chemistry is placed under the administration of the School of Agriculture.

1937 Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry

Department of Chemistry is renamed the Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry.

1937 Agricultural Engineering degrees first offered
1937 History and Sociology curricula separated

Department of History and Sociology divided into two departments: Department of History and Department of Sociology.

6/1937 Textiles graduating class

Depicted here is part of the 1937 graduating class at the Textile School of NC State College. Dean Thomas Nelson is in the front row, seventh from the left. The 1937 class was the largest the Textile School had up to that time.

Graduating class at the Textile School of North Carolina State College in front of Tompkins HallGraduating class at the Textile School of North Carolina State College in front of Tompkins Hall
1937 Basic Division established

The Basic Division replaced the School of Science and Business. It was established as an academic service division, consisting of non-degree-granting departments and offering fundamental courses to first- and second-year students.

7/1/1938 Consolidation of Engineering Program

The Consolidated University (NC State, UNC, and Woman's College) consolidates all engineering programs at NC State. Engineering faculty and $40,000 worth of equipment are transferred from UNC to NC State.

9/30/1938 Chemistry research

Female chemist J.C. Richmond of State College is awarded a grant to study the Vitamin C content in goat's milk and the presence of nicotinic acid in cow's milk.

1939 Department of Ethics and Religion

The department of Ethics is renamed the Department of Ethics and Religion.

2/17/1939 Attendance policy set

The Student Welfare Committee approves a plan that allows juniors and seniors with a B cumulative grade point average to have ten unexcused absences per term and twenty per year, but no more than sixty during their four-year academic careers.

1940s

1940 First female M.S. recipients in Agricultural Chemistry

Margaret Kramer and Martha S. Richmond become the first women to receive M.S. degrees in agricultural chemistry.

1940 First female M.S. recipient in Animal Ecology

Myrtha M. Wilson becomes the first woman to earn an M.S. degree in animal ecology.

1940 First female M.S. recipient in Occupational Information and Guidance

Ethel C. Sheridan becomes the first woman to earn an M.S. in Occupational Information and Guidance.

1940 Food Science curriculum established

Work done in food science is scattered throughout several departments, namely Animal Industry, Horticulture, and Poultry Science.

1940 Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry relocated

Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry relocates from Winston Hall to Withers Hall.

1940 Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering

The Department of Architectural Engineering is renamed the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering.

1940 Department of Experimental Statistics established
1940 Department of Industrial Engineering relocated

The Department of Industrial Engineering moves from 111 Lampe Drive to the 1911 Building.

11/1940 First female full professor and department head

Gertrude Cox is hired as Professor of Statistics and head of the Department of Experimental Statistics, becoming the first woman at State College to occupy either rank.

Professor Gertrude M. Cox portraitProfessor Gertrude M. Cox portrait
1941 Diesel Program

One of the most significant contributions to the war effort is the Diesel Program, developed by the Mechanical Engineering Department. The program trains more than 1,500 members of the Navy.

Group photo of U.S. Navy ensigns studying diesel engineering at NC StateGroup photo of U.S. Navy ensigns studying diesel engineering at NC State
1941 First branch library

The Architecture Library opened as the first branch library, with Grace Sims Dalton as the first librarian. This was part of Library Director Harlan Brown’s goal to eliminate autonomous departmental libraries in favor of centrally controlled branch libraries (The Architecture Library was renamed the Harrye B. Lyons Design Library in 1968).

1941 First female Engineering graduate

Katharine Stinson becomes the first woman to graduate from NC State's School of Engineering. Stinson received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree, Aeronautical Option. Stinson was taking flying lessons at the old Raleigh Airport on US-401 when Amelia Earhart flew in for a visit in the early 1930s. When Stinson told Earhart that she wanted to become a pilot, Earhart advised her to become an engineer, a career Stinson pursued in spite of obstacles that ... More

Katharine Stinson outside of Broughton HallKatharine Stinson outside of Broughton Hall
1942 First Architectural Engineering female graudate

Margery Belle Garriss becomes the first woman to graduate in Architectural Engineering.

1942 Division of Landscape Architecture established

Division of Landscape Architecture established within the Department of Horticulture.

4/17/1942 Special summer courses

The faculty approve a plan to hold fall engineering classes in the summer as part of a nationwide war effort to accelerate graduation at technical schools for the benefit of the war effort.

4/24/1942 Higher women enrollment sought

Increased enrollment by women needed in engineering courses; urgent appeals are made as the male students leave to fight in the war.

Women in defense training studying engineering drawingWomen in defense training studying engineering drawing
1943 Department of History and Political Science established
2/12/1943 Defense classes

Plans are announced for up to 2,000 military trainees to enroll at State College to take specialized defense classes through the United States War Department; the college will operate as two separate units: one for the military and one civilians.

ROTC cadets at inspectionROTC cadets at inspection
10/1/1943 Engineering fellowships for women

Eighteen young women win a fellowship of $1,425 from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, which will employ them as engineering aides after they complete a 48-week course offered by State College.

Pratt and Whitney fellowship winnersPratt and Whitney fellowship winners
1944 Textile Library

The Textiles Library is established, with Rachel Penn Lane as the first librarian. The Textiles Library was originally located in the main library, but relocated to Nelson Hall the following year (1945). The library was renamed the Burlington Textiles Library in 1954, when Burlington Industries funded its expansion.

Textile research libraryTextile research library
1945 Department of Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages and Translation Services is renamed the Department of Modern Languages.

1945 Department of Botany and Plant Pathology established

A Plant Pathology section is created within the School of Agriculture, and a new Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is also created.

1946 Minerals Research Laboratory opens

The Minerals Research Laboratory opens in Asheville, North Carolina. The Laboratory was initially created as a collaboration between the Tennessee Valley Authority, who provided equipment and funds, and the Division of Mineral Resources of the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development, who provided the building. State Geologist and NC State professor Jasper L. Stuckey was involved in securing the initial contract for the Laboratory and served as its founding Director.

North Carolina State College Minerals Research Laboratory in Asheville, N.C., 1960 AprilNorth Carolina State College Minerals Research Laboratory in Asheville, N.C., 1960 April
1946 Division of Architecture and Landscape Design established
1946 First Experimental Statistics M.S. degree conferred

Jeanne Freeman becomes the first person to earn an M.S. degree in Experimental Statistics.

3/1/1946 Diesel Engineering graduate program established

After receiving a loan of $2,000,000 worth of diesel engines from the U.S. Navy, the College of Engineering is able to launch a graduate program in Diesel Engineering.

Fountain in front of Diesel Engineering BuildingFountain in front of Diesel Engineering Building
8/1946 Trailwood founded

More than 75 trailers (forming what was known as the "City of Trailers" or "Trailwood") were constructed so that married WWII veterans and their families could attend NC State on the GI Bill. In 1949, Trailwood was relocated, and Williams Hall was built in its place.

An over-all view of North Carolina State College's new "City of Trailers"An over-all view of North Carolina State College's new "City of Trailers"
1947 Department of Industrial and Rural Recreation established

Department of Industrial and Rural Recreation established in the School of Education.

1947 Department of Textile Chemistry established
1948 Department of Agricultural Engineering relocates

The Department of Agricultural Engineering moves to David Clark Labs.

David Clark LabsDavid Clark Labs
1948 Masters degrees first offered in Agricultural Engineering
1948 School of Education re-established
1948 First female Chemical Engineering graduate

Lois Madden became the first woman to graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

5/23/1948 School of Design established

The School of Design is established, with the Division of Architecture and Landscape Design incorporated into the curriculum. Henry Kamphoefner from the University of Oklahoma becomes the first dean of the school (he serves in the position until 1973).

Dean Henry L. KamphoefnerDean Henry L. Kamphoefner
1949 Department of Philosophy and Religion

The Department of Ethics and Religion is renamed the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

1949 Record graduating class

More than 1,000 students graduate from State College for the first time.

1949 Department of Wood Science and Technology established
1949 Female faculty increases

Twenty-two women are listed on the faculty, most at the instructor or laboratory technician level. Departments with more than one female member include English (six), Statistics (three), Textiles (three), and Modern Languages (two). Women are also on the faculty in Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Agronomy.

1950s

1950 Division of Biological Sciences established

The Division of Biological Sciences is established; the Department of Zoology and Entomology is placed within.

1950 School of Forestry

Division of Forestry becomes the School of Forestry.

1950 Department of Chemical Engineering accredited

The Department of Chemical Engineering receives full accreditation from the Engineer's Council for Professional Development.

1950 Department of Zoology, Department of Entomology

Department of Entomology and Zoology separated into two programs; Department of Zoology, Department of Entomology created

1950 Nuclear engineering program approved

Harold Lampe, Dean of the School of Engineering, approves the building of a nuclear reactor on campus and the establishment of a collegiate nuclear engineering program, both firsts in the nation.

Dean J. Harold Lampe at deskDean J. Harold Lampe at desk
1950 Division of Biological Sciences

Division of Biological Sciences created; plant pathology comprises the largest of five units.

1950 Department of Botany and Plant Pathology moves to Gardner Hall
Thomas HallThomas Hall
1950 Masters' and Ph.D. degrees in Wood Science and Technology created
1950 Department of Industrial Engineering moves

The Department of Industrial Engineering moves from the 1911 Building to Riddick Laboratories.

Riddick Engineering LaboratoriesRiddick Engineering Laboratories
1950 First masters' degree in Industrial Engineering conferred
1951 Department of Genetics established

The Department of Genetics is established and located in Winston Hall. (for historical records, see online collection guide)

View of Winston Hall from across Hillsborough StreetView of Winston Hall from across Hillsborough Street
1951 Graduate Admission for African Americans

The Consolidated University of North Carolina decides that African American students are eligible for admission into graduate programs.

1951 Department of Chemical Engineering moves

The Department of Chemical Engineering moves from Winston Hall to Riddick Laboratories.

3/21/1951 Department of Landscape Architecture accredited

The Department of Landscape Architecture receives accreditation from the American Society of Landscape Architects, becoming the second to do so in the South, and one of only ten accredited schools in the U.S.

4/27/1951 Dedication of Riddick Laboratory

Over 200 citizens gather for a ceremony at the newly-opened Riddick Laboratory. The lab building, constructed for $1,300,000, is dedicated to Dr. Wallace Carl Riddick, NC State's first Dean of Engineering, and the university's fourth president.

7/1951 New textiles equipment

A velvet carpet loom is installed on campus for use by the School of Textiles.

Installation of velvet carpet loom in the School of Textiles at North Carolina State College, July 1951Installation of velvet carpet loom in the School of Textiles at North Carolina State College, July 1951
1952 School of Forestry moves

The School of Forestry moves from Ricks Hall to Kilgore Hall.

Entrance to Department of Forestry, Kilgore Hall, North Carolina State CollegeEntrance to Department of Forestry, Kilgore Hall, North Carolina State College
1952 Department of Genetics moves

The Department of Genetics moves to Gardner Hall.

Gardner HallGardner Hall
1952 Department of Agronomy moves

The Department of Agronomy moves to Williams Hall.

Williams HallWilliams Hall
1952 Department of Zoology moves

The Department of Zoology moves to Gardner Hall.

Gardner Hall, aerial viewGardner Hall, aerial view
1952 School of General Studies established

The non-degree-granting School of General Studies was established (it later became the degree-granting College of Humanities and Social Sciences). General Studies replaced the Basic Division, and initially it included the following departments: Economics, English, History and Political Science, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Social Studies, and Sociology.

12/8/1952 Scott Hall opens

State College celebrates the opening of Scott Hall, the new poultry science building, named for Robert Walter Scott. Construction of Scott Hall cost the college $380,110.97.

Scott Hall, North Carolina State CollegeScott Hall, North Carolina State College
1953 First African American Graduate Students Admitted

State College admits two African American graduate students into the School of Engineering: Robert Clemons and Hardy Liston. Clemons became the college's first black graduate; Liston later withdrew and didn't complete his degree.

1953 First Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering conferred
2/27/1953 Semester system implemented

The Board of Trustees agrees to transition the academic calendar from a quarter system to a semester system, by a vote of 46-28. NC State will switch over in the fall semester of 1953.

5/29/1953 Student success in the School of Design

A popular myth that there is a "high academic mortality rate" for School of Design students is debunked. Of the 629 students enrolled in the School of Design, only 12 received flunking grades, a 2% mortality rate - much less than the rumored rate of 10%.

9/5/1953 Nuclear reactor goes into operation

The R-1 reactor was the first non-government-run nuclear reactor in the world and the first designed, built, and operated by an academic institution. Design and construction had begun in 1950. It was the first of four reactors operated at NC State. More information on the nuclear reactor program can be found on the departmental website.

Burlington reactor, 1950sBurlington reactor, 1950s
10/20/1953 Russian course

The Extension Division of NC State College begins offering a night class in Elementary Russian.

Students learning Russian languageStudents learning Russian language
12/18/1953 Kilgore Hall dedication

The new building housing the School of Forestry and the Department of Horticulture was formally dedicated as Kilgore Hall, named in honor of the late Dr. Benjamin Wesley Kilgore, former Dean of Agriculture, Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, and the first head of North Carolina's Agricultural Extension Service.

1954 First Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering conferred
1954 First Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering conferred

Hervasio Carvalho of Brazil, a graduate student in the School of Engineering at NC State, becomes the first person in the world to complete a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.

1954 Peru Project established

The Peru Project is established, a cooperative effort between NC State, the Foreign Operations Administration (U.S. Agency for International Development), and the government of Peru to develop programs in agricultural and textile research, extension, and education.

1954 Department of Mineral Industries established

Dean of Engineering Harold Lampe merges the departments of Ceramic Engineering, Geological Engineering and the metallurgy program in Mechanical Engineering, to become the new Department of Mineral Industries. William W. Austin is head of department. Separate degree programs were retained in ceramics (Worth Kriegel), geology (J. M. Parker III) and metallurgy (W.W. Austin). A departmental memo from 1954 states, "the merger has been made because it is felt that ... More

William W. Austin, Jr.William W. Austin, Jr.
1954 School of Engineering takes over Asheville Minerals Research Laboratory

In 1950, the TVA announced that due to budget restrictions it would be required to discontinue support of the Minerals Research Laboratory. The TVA agreed to give the State of North Carolina the equipment in the laboratory “if the State would continue to operate the Laboratory for the benefit of the mineral producers in the area.” Governor William B. Umstead determined that the Minerals Research Laboratory should become “a function of State College,” and in 1954, ... More

1955 Frazier v. the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina

In Frazier v. the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, the court determines that undergraduate colleges and universities should be open to African Americans.

1955 Edward Shinn develops a synthetic aorta

William Edward Shinn, head of the Knitting Department, developed knitted tubes using synthetic fibers to serve as artificial aortas. The knitted aortas were more flexible than the woven tubes previously used. Dean Campbell had an artificial aorta implanted in 1970 after suffering an aneurysm. He lived to 1978 with the help of the synthetic aorta that resulted from research he had supported.

William E. Shinn and Malcolm E. Campbell inspecting knitting machine on which Shinn developed the artificial aorta [!!Duplicate!!]William E. Shinn and Malcolm E. Campbell inspecting knitting machine on which Shinn developed the artificial aorta [!!Duplicate!!]
1955 Department of Entomology established

The Division of Biological Sciences is dissolved, and all subjects within become individual departments. Out of this, the Department of Entomology is established. More historical information about this department exists on their website.

5/23/1955 Burlington Nuclear Laboratories dedicated

The Burlington Nuclear Laboratories building is dedicated; located within the building is the first non-government-run nuclear reactor.

Burlington Nuclear Laboratories, the focus of nuclear activities on the North Carolina State College campusBurlington Nuclear Laboratories, the focus of nuclear activities on the North Carolina State College campus
1956 Department of Horticulture moved

The Department of Horticulture moved to Kilgore Hall.

1956 Department of Field Crops, Department of Soils

The Department of Agronomy is divided into the Department of Field Crops and the Department of Soils.

1956 First female Ph.D. recipient

Patricia Ann Sarvella become the first woman to receive a Ph.D. degree at State College (from the Department of Genetics).

5/24/1956 Agronomy Club Banquet

Dr. Arthur Kelman, professor of Plant Pathology, receives an award for being voted the most outstanding professor in the School of Agriculture at the first annual Agronomy Club Banquet.

7/1956 Atoms for Peace Program

Dr. William Barclay instructs a class as part of the Atoms for Peace Program.

Nuclear Technology short course Atoms for Peace Program, Dr. William Barclay instructing class, 1956 July.Nuclear Technology short course Atoms for Peace Program, Dr. William Barclay instructing class, 1956 July.
8/1956 Electronic analog computer

Students working on spinner rocket project with a Goodyear Electronic Differential analyzer, a type of electronic analog computer, August 1956.

Students on spinner rocket projectStudents on spinner rocket project
September 1956 First African American Undergraduates

The first four African American undergraduates enrolled at North Carolina State College: Ed Carson, Manuel Crockett, Irwin Holmes, and Walter Holmes.

1957 First African American Graduate

Robert Clemons received a professional degree in Electrical Engineering (PREE), becoming the first African American to graduate from NC State.

1957 Undergraduate degree in Zoology first offered
1957 Department of Agricultural Engineering moves

The Department of Agricultural Engineering moves to Weaver Labs.

Weaver LaboratoriesWeaver Laboratories
1957 Doctoral degrees first offered in Agricultural Engineering
1958 Department of Plant Pathology established
1958 Tobacco bulk curing unit

A tobacco bulk curing unit is developed by the Department of Agricultural Engineering.

Tobacco fieldTobacco field
1958 Research Triangle Institute established

The Research Triangle Institute at Research Triangle Park is established by NC State, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

1958 Department of Product Design established
1958 Department of Botany and Bacteriology established

Department of Botany and Bacteriology created, replacing the Division of Biological Sciences.

1958 Genetics nursery established
1958 First African American Academic Staff Member

The first African American woman academic staff member, Mrs. Justina Williams, is hired to work in the Department of Genetics' Drosophila research lab. Many African Americans had worked at State prior to Williams's appointment, however they primarily worked in custodial or food service positions.

1958 Department of Recreation and Park Administration

The Department of Industrial and Rural Recreation is renamed the Department of Recreation and Park Administration.

1959 Department of Textile Technology established

The Department of Yarn Manufacturing, the Department of Knitting, and the Department of Fabric Development merge to form the Department of Textile Technology.

1959 Department of Forest Management established

Department of Forest Management established, curriculum in the School of Forestry thus divided into departments for the first time

1960s

1960 Agricultural Policy Institute established

The Agricultural Policy Institute is established, and is one of only two such organizations in the United States.

1960 Department of Chemistry

The Department of Agriculture and Biological Chemistry is renamed the Department of Chemistry.

1960 Department of Chemistry relocated

The Department of Chemistry is transferred from the School of Agriculture to the School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics.

1960 Department of Physics relocated

The Department of Physics moves from the School of Engineering to become a founding department in the new School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics.

5/1960 First African American Undergraduate Degree Conferred

Irwin Holmes earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, making him the first African American undergraduate to receive a degree at NC State. Further documentation of Irwin Holmes's life exists at DigitalNC.

7/1/1960 School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics established
1961 Department of Food Science and Processing established

Additional historical information exists on the department's website.

1961 Department of Nuclear Engineering established

More information on the history of the nuclear engineering program can be found on the departmental website.

5/6/1961 Reading room named to honor Dr. Edgar Eugene Randolph

The Chemical Engineering department's reading room is dedicated in Riddick Labs in honor of Dr. Edgar Eugene Randolph, who was instrumental in developing the Chemical Engineering curriculum at NC State.

Entrance to Riddick Engineering LaboratoriesEntrance to Riddick Engineering Laboratories
1962 Department of Animal Science

The Department of Animal Industry is renamed the Department of Animal Science.

1962 Institute of Biological Sciences created

The Institute of Biological Sciences is created; the Department of Botany and Bacteriology becomes one of the five divisions within.

1962 Department of Poultry Science

The Poultry Department is renamed the Department of Poultry Science.

1962 Department of Soil Science

The Department of Soils is renamed the Department of Soil Science.

1962 Department of Horticultural Science

The Department of Horticulture was renamed the Department of Horticultural Science. More historical information exists on the department's website.

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1962 Department of Crop Science

The Department of Field Crops is renamed the Department of Crop Science.

1962 Computing Center established
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1963 Eloise Cofer becomes the second female full professor

Twenty-three years after Gertrude Cox's appointment, Eloise Cofer, Extension Professor of Food Science and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Extension Service becomes the second woman to be appointed as a full professor. In 1980, Cofer was named Home Economist of the Year by the N.C. Home Economics Association.

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6/25/1963 Speaker Ban Bill passes

The Speaker Ban Bill passes through the NC House, prohibiting anyone with "known Communist ties" from speaking on any state-supported campus, including NC State.

1963 School of Liberal Arts

The formerly non-degree granting School of General Studies is renamed the School of Liberal Arts, and receives authorization to award degrees. Fred V. Cahill was the first dean of the new school (he served in the position until 1971). Liberal Arts originally contained the following departments: includes Economics, English, History and Political Science, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Social Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology.

9/18/1963 Protective eyewear required in Chemistry labs

All Chemistry lab students must now wear protective eyewear, as voted on by the Chemistry Department, regardless of whether that student otherwise wears glasses.

9/25/1963 Warning to students in Physics courses

The new head of the Physics Department, Dr. Dudley Williams, is glad to have joined NC State. He warns his students that sleeping in class merits a piece of chalk thrown directly at them.

10/9/1963 New computer arrives on campus

A computer created by professors from NC State and built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at a cost of $50,000 has arrived on campus. The computer, named Lincy, greeted professors with the message, "I want to be here," and will be used in experiments to measure the distance between heart beats, blood pressure, and brain waves.

1964 Master's program in Math and Science Education approved
1964 State College awards its 25,000th degree
11/2/1964 Women in science and engineering

Two female engineering students from NC State attend a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that discusses the opportunities and difficulties facing women in the fields of science and engineering.

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11/10/1964 Compulsory ROTC service abolished

The Faculty Senate votes to abolish compulsory ROTC. Prior to this date, all male students were required to take military training.

NC State ROTC unitNC State ROTC unit
1965 Lint-free washcloth developed

John T. Bogdan developed a lint-free washcloth that was used on the Gemini and Apollo space flights.

Professor John BogdanProfessor John Bogdan
1965 Water Resources Research Institute established

The Water Resources Research Institute, a joint federal-state program for the UNC System, is established at NC State.

1965 Department of Microbiology established

The Department of Botany and Bacteriology is divided; Bacteriology program becomes the Department of Microbiology.

1965 Department of Biochemistry established
1965 First Summer Institute for International Students offered
1965 Triangle Universities Computation Center established

The Triangle Universities Computation Center is established by NC State, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill in Research Triangle Park. It is one of the world's largest university computing centers.

1965 Committee on Computer Science formed

Ad hoc Committee on Computer Science formed to include a faculty member each from the departments of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Statistics, and the director of the Computer Center, Paul E. Lewis

1965 First African American Instructor with Faculty Ranking

Dorothy Williams becomes the first African American instructor with faculty ranking, teaching in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Dorothy S. Williams, NC State University FacultyDorothy S. Williams, NC State University Faculty
1965 Extension Programs Integrate

Extension programs, including 4-H and Home Economics, began to integrate.

Home economics extension workers, June 12, 1967Home economics extension workers, June 12, 1967
1965 Department of Adult Education established
1965 Department of Economics

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology merges with the Department of Economics, keeping the latter name.

1965 Department of History, Department of Politics

The Department of History and Political Science is divided into two departments - the Department of History and Department of Politics.

1966 National Science Foundation grant

NC State received its first NSF grant to create a science development plan in order to strengthen faculties in the biosciences; support materials, mechanics and electrotechnics in engineering; and support the social sciences.

1966 First African American Woman Undergraduate Degree Recipient

Norma Wright Garcia becomes the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree, earning a BA in history.

1966 Department of Botany, Department of Microbiology

Botany and Bacteriology programs separated; Department of Botany and Department of Microbiology formed.

1966 Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Rural Sociology merges with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, retaining the latter name.

1966 Technical Information Center

The Technical Information Center opens in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, as a joint project between the library and the Industrial Extension Service.

1966 Center for Occupational Education established

The Center for Occupational Education is established, becoming one of just two such centers nationwide.

1966 Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services established
1966 Enrollment reaches 10,000 for the first time
1966 Third female full professor

Doris King becomes the third woman to serve as a full professor, teaching courses in history and education.

1966 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is renamed the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

1966 Report on Computing Center

Paul E. Lewis and John W. Cell of the Department of Mathematics write a report recommending the reconstitution of the Computing Center into the Department of Computer Science within the School of Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics.

Paul Lewis portraitPaul Lewis portrait
1967 First faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Stanley G. Stephens becomes the first faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Stanley G. Stephens, Professor of GeneticsStanley G. Stephens, Professor of Genetics
1967 Department of Geosciences established

The Geological Engineering program separates from the Department of Mineral Industries and the College of Engineering. It is renamed the Department of Geosciences in the newly-formed School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics, and later becomes part of the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences in 1980.

1967 Additional female full professors

The fourth and fifth female full professors are appointed. Hedwig Hirschmann Triantaphyllou advanced to full professor of Plant Pathology and Emily Quinn Pugh became a full professor of Adult Education.

Dr. Emily Quinn portraitDr. Emily Quinn portrait
1967 Department of Computer Science established
1967 Department of Recreation and Park Administration relocated

The Department of Recreation and Park Administration is transferred from the School of Education to the School of Forest Resources

1967 Cooperating Raleigh Colleges

The Cooperating Raleigh Colleges program is established by the libraries of NC State, Meredith College, Shaw University, Peace College, St. Mary's College, and St. Augustine College. The program allows direct borrowing of library resources among the six campuses.

1967 First African American PhD Recipient

Stephen Benton Latimer receives a PhD in Animal Science, becoming the first African American to earn a doctoral degree from NC State.

8/1967 New tobacco harvesting equipment

William E. Splinter, on the faculty of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, with tobacco harvesting equipment that he helped develop. Throughout the history of North Carolina State University, research and development conducted by its faculty and students have assisted North Carolina farmers.

Dr. William E. Splinter in field with tobacco harvesterDr. William E. Splinter in field with tobacco harvester
1968 Department of Wood and Paper Science

The Department of Wood Science and Technology is renamed the Department of Wood and Paper Science.

1968 School of Forest Resources

The School of Forestry is renamed the School of Forest Resources.

1968 Department of Forestry

The Department of Forest Management is renamed the Department of Forestry.

1968 Department of Computer Science moves

The Department of Computer Science moves to Harrelson Hall.

Student walking across University Plaza (the Brickyard) toward Harrelson Hall, North Carolina State University.Student walking across University Plaza (the Brickyard) toward Harrelson Hall, North Carolina State University.
4/14/1968 Academic College Bowl appearance

Students from NC State compete in the General Electric Academic College Bowl.

12/21/1968 Apollo VIII participation

The Apollo VIII spacecraft launches, becoming the first human spaceflight mission to escape Earth's gravitational field; many NC State alumni and faculty play a role in both the development and launch of the spacecraft.

1969 First Black Studies Classes Offered

In fall 1969, NC State began offering Black Studies courses; these courses included black American literature, the Afro American in America, black Americans in American politics, and black ideology. Previously, many students were going to Shaw University and St. Augustine's College to take these classes.

1969 Winston Music Collection

The library received the Sanford Richard Winston Music Collection, consisting of classical music scores, opera librettos, guides, biographies of composers, books on music criticism and history, and musical recordings.

1969 Making aeronautical history

Twenty-six NC State alumni, all employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), play a key role in the voyage of the Apollo 11 space mission, which is successful in placing the first men on the moon.

1969 Center for Acoustical Studies established
1969 Department of Materials Engineering

The Department of Mineral Industries is renamed the Department of Materials Engineering. Emphasis of the program changes from the exploitation of raw materials to discovering and applying fundamental relationships that exist between the hyperfine structures of solids and their engineering properties. William W. Austin is head of department.

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1969 School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

The School of Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics (PSAM) is renamed the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS).

1969 Department of Chemistry moves

The Department of Chemistry moves from Withers Hall to Dabney Hall.

Dabney HallDabney Hall

1970s

1970 NC State Fails to Comply with Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Health, Education and Welfare Department (HEW) informed the University of North Carolina schools that its institutions, including NC State, failed to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1970 School of Forest Resources moves

The School of Forest Resources moves from Kilgore Hall to Biltmore Hall.

Biltmore Hall, front viewBiltmore Hall, front view
1970 Department of Computer Science moves

The Department of Computer Science moves to Dabney Hall.

Dabney Hall, front viewDabney Hall, front view
1970 Goodnight joins Department of Statistics

James H. Goodnight receives an appointment as an assistant statistician in the new Department of Statistics. Over the next several years, Goodnight, a statistics student named John Sall, and others would lay the groundwork for what would become SAS. Today, SAS is one of the largest software providers in the world.

1970 Recreation and Park Administration curriculum

A masters' program in Recreation and Park Administration is created.

1970 Department of Adult and Community College Education

The Department of Adult Education is renamed the Department of Adult and Community College Education.

1970 Department of Statistics

The Department of Experimental Statistics is renamed the Department of Statistics.

1970 School of Forest Resources Library

The School of Forest Resources Library opened in Biltmore Hall. It later became the Natural Resources Library.

Pulp and paper students in Natural Resources LibraryPulp and paper students in Natural Resources Library
1970 Department of Wood and Paper Science moves

The Department of Wood and Paper Science moves to Biltmore Hall.

Biltmore Hall, North Carolina State UniversityBiltmore Hall, North Carolina State University
1970 First female Ph.D. recipient in Nuclear Engineering

Samiha Mourad becomes the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.

1971 Math and Science Education curriculum

A Ph.D. program in Math and Science Education is approved.

1971 Second African American Earns Ph.D.

Augustus M. Witherspoon becomes the second African American to earn a Ph.D. (in Botany) from NC State, and the first African American to receive a doctoral degree and go on to join the faculty.

Augustus WitherspoonAugustus Witherspoon
1971 Institute of Biological Sciences dissolved
1971 International Potato Center established

The International Potato Center is established in Peru by NC State and the Peruvian government, in an effort to increase the world's supply of white potatoes.

5/15/1971 Graduating woman with highest grade point

Every year at commencement NC State has honored the student graduating with the highest grade point average. Jane Carol Pickard was the first woman so honored, in 1971.

1972 UNC System created

The UNC System is created, with NC State as one of the constituent campuses. A Board of Governors is established at the system level, but a new Board of Trustees is instituted at NC State to oversee matters specific to the university.

1972 (circa) Department of Curriculum and Instruction established
1972 First African American Academic Administrator

William Maxwell becomes an assistant dean in the School of Education, making him NC State's first African American academic administrator.

1972 "In a Black Perspective" published

NC State publishes "In a Black Perspective." This pamphlet tallies the university's black community at nine professors and 222 students (out of a total 13,809), and lists courses focusing on black history and culture: two in Political Science and one on race relations in Sociology.

7/1972-7/1972 Card catalog

Interior of D. H. Hill Jr. Library, showing the documents card catalog. A few years after this photo was taken, in 1975, the NC State University Libraries commenced “computerized” cataloging of the book collection, which led to the development of the online catalog.

D. H. Hill Jr. Library interior, documents catalog, North Carolina State University, July 1972.D. H. Hill Jr. Library interior, documents catalog, North Carolina State University, July 1972.
1973 (circa) Department of Textile Materials and Management

The Department of Textile Technology is renamed the Department of Textile Materials and Management.

1973 Department of Product/Visual Design

The Department of Product Design is renamed the Department of Product/Visual Design.

1973 First African American Woman Ph.D. Recipient

Nannette Smith Henderson becomes the first African American woman to be awarded a Ph.D. at NC State, with a degree in Plant Pathology.

8/29/1973 First female teaching award recipient

Dr. Mary Wheeler becomes the first female recipient of the NC State Outstanding Teacher Award.

10/17/1973 North Carolina Award for Science

Dr. Ellis Brevier Cowling is awarded the North Carolina Award for Science.

Ellis Cowling portraitEllis Cowling portrait
1974 NC State hires Dr. Lawrence M. Clark

NC State hired Dr. Lawrence M. Clark (1934-2012) as Associate Provost. Dr. Clark was the second African American to serve as a university administrator. In addition to serving as a professor of mathematics education, Dr. Clark coordinated all activities related to the university’s Affirmative Action Plan. Dr. Clark was instrumental in the founding of NC State’s African American Cultural Center, the Peer Mentor program, and the African American Symposium.

1974 Rajendra Pachauri awarded doctorate

Rajendra Pachauri was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He had previously earned a Master of Science degree in 1972. Later, in 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize.

1975 Total number of degrees awarded reaches 50,000
1/1975 Second female department head

Barbara Parramore becomes the second female department head, leading the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at its founding.

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6/30/1975 Chancellor Caldwell retired

Dr. John T. Caldwell retired after 15 years as NC State's chancellor. Caldwell oversaw a period of unprecedented growth for the university: of the nearly 47,000 degrees awarded in the first 85 years of the university, two-thirds were earned during Caldwell's tenure.

Chancellor John T. Caldwell and Carol Caldwell at his retirement receptionChancellor John T. Caldwell and Carol Caldwell at his retirement reception
1977 Masters' degree in Computer Studies first offered
1977 Department of Recreation and Park Administration receives accreditation

The Department of Recreation and Park Administration becomes the first department of its kind in the United States to receive accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association.

1977 Department of Political Science

The Department of Politics is renamed the Department of Political Science.

1977 Third female department head

Mary E. (Betty) Wheeler becomes head of the Department of History, and only the third female to hold a position of department head at NC State.

1977 School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The School of Liberal Studies is renamed the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

1978 Humanities Extension Program established
1978 Department of Marine Science and Engineering established
1978 Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages is renamed the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

1980s

1980 State Climate Office of North Carolina relocates

The State Climate Office of North Carolina finds a permanent home in PAMS. The office had been established as part of the UNC System in 1976, and was primarily housed at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since moving to NC State, the office has grown into the primary source for North Carolina weather and climate information and for climate-related research, education and extension services.

1980 Department of Political Science and Public Administration

The Department of Political Science is renamed the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

1980 Center for Economic and Business Studies established
1981 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering is renamed the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

1981 Microelectronics Center for North Carolina established
1981 Department of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

The Department of Geosciences merges with the Department of Marine Science and Engineering to form the Department of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

1981 Garrett Briggs becomes PAMS Dean

Geology professor Garrett Briggs is named the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences' second dean. Briggs served until 1988, leaving NC State to serve as president of Peace College until his retirement from academics in 1998.

8/27/1981 First Veterinary Medicine classes

NC State's new School of Veterinary Medicine holds classes for the first time; initial enrollment is 40 students, selected from 126 applicants.

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1983 Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute established
1983 First female Alumni Distinguished Professor

Katherine W. Klein, Associate Professor of Psychology, becomes the first female faculty member to be named an Alumni Distinguished Professor.

1983 Biotechnology Program established
1983 Total number of degrees awarded reaches 75,000
1984 Center for Materials Research established
1984 Department of Product and Visual Design

The Department of Product/Visual Design is renamed the Department of Product and Visual Design.

1985 Department of Clinical Sciences established
1985 Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences established
1985 Department of Population Health and Pathobiology established
1985 Department of Textile Management and Technology

This department formed from the split of the Department of Textiles Materials and Management.

1985 Department of Textile Engineering and Science established

The department was formed when the Department of Textile Materials and Management was split.

1986 First Ph.D. degrees awarded by the School of Veterinary Medicine

The degrees are earned by Melinda Hollingshead in August and Cathy Carlson in December.

1986 Department of Materials Science and Engineering

In July 1986, as a result of successful advocacy by Dr. Hren and others, the name of the Department of Materials Engineering was chanced officially to Materials Science and Engineering. The new name reflects the dual nature of known routes to success within the materials disciplines by maintaining expertise in both science and engineering, consistent with recent trends among the nation’s materials-oriented academic institutions.

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1986 First female Dean of the Graduate School

Debra W. Stewart was appointed interim dean of the Graduate School, the first female dean and the first woman to serve as dean of the Graduate School. Her appointment became permanent in 1988. She served as dean until 2000.

1987 NC State University celebrated its centennial
1987 Schools become Colleges

Eight of the university's academic schools are redesignated as colleges.

1988 African American Studies Minor Introduced

In fall 1988, NC State implemented an African American Studies minor, the first of its kind at the university. The interdisciplinary minor required students to take courses in both history and English literature.

1988 First female to hold a named professorship

Elizabeth C. Theil becomes the first woman at NC State to hold a named professorship, and is honored with the University of North Carolina's O. Max Gardner Award.

Elizabeth Theil, Professor of BiochemistryElizabeth Theil, Professor of Biochemistry
1988 Department of Computer Science transferred

The Department of Computer Science is transferred from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences to the College of Engineering.

1988 African American Student Leaders Hold Meeting

Black student leaders gathered at the Student Center to discuss campus issues. The low graduation rate for black students, the lack of African American faculty members and athletic administrators, and the discriminatory discipline practices within the athletics department were problems cited by black leaders during this meeting.

1988 Department of Textile and Apparel Management

The Department of Textile Management and Technology is renamed the Department of Textile and Apparel Management.

1988 Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

The Department of Textile Chemistry and the Department of Textile Engineering and Science merged to form the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science.

1988 Mars Mission Research Center established

The Mars Mission Research Center is established. This is a cooperative effort between NC State and NC A&T State University.

1989 Women's Studies Program established

The Women's Studies Program is established, with Barbara Risman as its first director.

1989 Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

The department of Recreation and Park Administration is renamed the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

1989 Department of Toxicology established

1990s

1990 Economics and Sociology programs split into separate departments
1990 Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics created

New Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics created in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

1990 Information Technologies Teaching Center (ITTC)

The Information Technologies Teaching Center (ITTC) is established in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, initially funded through a gift from the Class of 1990.

1990 The Department of Computer Science moves to Withers Hall
12/19/1991 First Fall Graduation Ceremony

The first formal Fall Graduation took place on December 19, 1990.

1991 Department of Graphic Design, Department of Industrial Design

The Department of Product and Visual Design splits into the Department of Graphic Design and the Department of Industrial Design.

1991 PAMS establishes The Science House

PAMS establishes The Science House to provide hands-on science opportunities to K-12 students. Today, The Science House is a national model for the interaction of university science departments and K-12 students and teachers. Through its main office on Centennial Campus, five satellite offices throughout the state, and its online presence, The Science House annually impacts 5,000 teachers and 35,000 students across North Carolina and beyond.

1992 First African American Dean

James Anderson becomes the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, making him the first African American dean.

1992 Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines established
6 March 1992 College of Management established

The UNC Board of Governors authorizes the establishment of the College of Management at NC State. The college was formed out of what had previously been the Division of Economics and Business in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. During the college's first year, Robert L. Clark served as interim dean.

4/24/1992 Holladay Medal established

The Board of Trustees established the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence to honor NC State faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the university through achievements in research, teaching, or extension and engagement.

1993 Master of Accounting program established
1994 NC State is awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
1994 First female to receive Holladay Medal

Barbara Parramore became the first female faculty member to receive the Holladay Medal for Excellence.

1994 Biomedical Engineering concentration established

An undergraduate Biomedical Engineering concentration is established within the College of Engineering.

1995 Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

The Graphic Communications program merges with the Math and Science Education program to form the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education.

1996 Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management

The Department of Textile and Apparel Management is renamed the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management.

1996 Park Scholars Program founded
1998 Students rally in support of Affirmative Action

A crowd of approximately 500 students and faculty members rallied in Witherspoon in support of affirmative action. Students opposed UNC system President Molly Broad’s proposal to eliminate race based programs within the UNC system.

1999 Genomic Science degrees

NC State becomes one of the first land-grant universities to offer masters' and doctoral degrees in genomic science.

2000s

2000 Department of Architecture renamed the School of Architecture
2000 Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry is renamed the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry.

2000 Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry relocated

Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry relocated from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

2000 Daniel L. Solomon becomes fourth dean of PAMS

Statistics professor Daniel L. Solomon is named the fourth dean of the College.

2000 Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

The Department of Toxicology was renamed the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. More historical information about the department exists on its website.

2000 Department of Art + Design established
2000 School of Design renamed the College of Design
2001 Master of Science in Applied Communication first offered
2001 Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering approved
2001 Department of Psychology transferred

The Department of Psychology is transferred from the College of Education (formerly, the College of Education and Psychology) to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. More historical information can be found on the departmental website.

2003 Women in Science and Engineering program established

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program is established with 56 freshman women with majors in PAMS and the College of Engineering. As of 2009, this "living and learning village" has a full complement of 256 women majoring in five colleges across campus, and a high school chapter has been established at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

2003 Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering is renamed the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.

12/1/2003 Department of Biomedical Engineering established

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is established, co-located at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Medicine and NC State's College of Engineering.

2004 Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

The Department of Forestry was renamed the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. More historical information exists on the departmental website.

2004 Fox Science Teaching Laboratory opens

The Fox Science Teaching Laboratory opens, making new undergraduate chemistry lab facilities to students.

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2004 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering was renamed the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. More historical information exists on the department's website.

2005 Master of Social Work program established
2005 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering moves

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering moves from 111 Lampe Drive to Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus.

2005 Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering is renamed the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, making it the first named department at NC State. More historical information is available on the departmental website.

2006 Department of Adult and Higher Education

The Department of Adult and Community College Education is renamed the Department of Adult and Higher Education.

2006 Department of Plant Biology

The Department of Botany is renamed the Department of Plant Biology.

2006 Department of Political Science and Public Administration divides

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration divides into two departments: Department of Political Science and the Department of Public Administration; these two departments comprise the School of Public and International Affairs (within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences)

2007 Department of Physics moves

The Department of Physics moves into its new home in Riddick Hall, which had been completely gutted and renovated to provide the department with about 10,000 square feet of badly needed space for its growing number of faculty, staff and students.

5/2007 Department of Elementary Education established

The Department of Elementary Education is established within the College of Education.

2008 Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences moves

The Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, along with the College of Natural Resources, moves into a new wing of Jordan Hall. The new wing is comprised of 10,000 square feet of high-tech classrooms and teaching laboratories and quiet and comfortable offices and meeting spaces.

2008 Department of Biology

The Department of Zoology is renamed the Department of Biology.

2009 Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religion is renamed the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

2009 SAS Hall dedicated

SAS Hall is dedicated as the new home of the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics. The 119,000 square-foot building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, tutorial centers and meeting and study space for students and faculty.

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2010s

2010 Master of Social Work Program established

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program established.

3/2010 Department of Forest Biomaterials

The Department of Wood and Paper Science was renamed the Department of Forest Biomaterials. More historical information exists on the departmental website.

2012 Poultry Science department renamed

The department becomes the Prestage Department of Poultry Science after receiving a $10 million gift to honor Bill and Marsha Prestage, owners of the Prestage Farms poultry and pork production company.

2012 Department of Health and Exercise Studies

The university changed the name of the Department of Physical Education to the Department of Health and Exercise Studies.

7/1/2013 College of Sciences established

The College of Sciences was established, combining programs from the former College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences with several biological science programs from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

9/2013 Park Foundation gift of $50 million

The donation provided additional funding for the Park Scholars program.

7/1/2015 University College established

With the creation of University College, the following departments and programs moved under it: Music, Health and Exercise Studies, ROTC, and the Environmental Science BS. Also, the First Year College became the Exploratory Studies Program and the following departments.