Two buildings had to be demolished to make room for a brand new, state-of-the-art building that will be ready at the Stephen F. Austin campus in Nacogdoches in the fall of 2018.  One area of study is exploding in popularity, and that's why many students are excited that it's coming.

STEM programs across the country are in high demand, and are expected to produce jobs that will high demand in the future too.

STEM is science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and SFA says these programs are a big part of the SFA 2020 campus master plan.

The Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building on the SFA campus is in the works now, and crews recently put up the steel beams that are starting to give the structure its shape.  SFA said this week that the construction is on schedule, and the building should be completed by fall 2018.

Gibbs Hall, Todd Hall and University Woods were torn down as part of the 2020 master plan, so that more energy could go toward the STEM Building.

Physics, Engineering and Astronomy departments will move into the new building when it's finished, and there will be other multi-purpose spaces for other programs too.  We'll keep up with the progress on the SFA Sciences and Mathematics Faceboook page.