When engineering classes at the University of Missouri began in 1849, a strong tradition was born that continues to grow. Today, the College of Engineering includes the first electrical engineering department established west of the Mississippi River and the only industrial engineering program in Missouri. The college offers fully accredited degree programs in biological, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering, along with computer science and information technology. All programs offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Naval Science is under the academic administration of the college as well. The hallmark of the College of Engineering is excellence in teaching and scholarly pursuits.