USM Board of Regents Approves Two New Academic Programs for UMES

  • Friday, June 18, 2010

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-June 18, 2010-The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents approved two new academic programs for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore today during a meeting at the Richard A. Henson Center at UMES.

    The board voted on and approved a Professional Science Master's Degree in quantitative fisheries and resource economics and a Bachelor of Science in urban forestry, both residing in the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences.

    The Professional Science Master's Degree in quantitative fisheries and resource economics will expand academic course offerings and programs in the Department of Natural Sciences beginning in the fall 2010.  Students will select a concentration in a 37-credit quantitative fisheries track or a 38-credit resources economics track.

    According to campus officials, the goal of the program is to train and graduate students, including underrepresented minority groups, in fish population ecology/dynamics and resource economics; two areas where there is a critical need for experts in the U.S. to manage the nation's fisheries resources.

    Within the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, the approved Bachelor of Science in urban forestry will enroll its inaugural this fall.  The 120- credit program will provide academic and research training in urban forestry, the care and management of trees in the urban setting and the promotion of the benefits that trees provide. The program will provide hands-on learning experiences and job networking opportunities in forestry and related disciplines; and prepare students for graduate study.    

    For more information on the new master's in quantitative fisheries and resource economics, contact Dr. Joseph Okoh, chair, Department of Natural Sciences, at 410-651-6014 or by email at jmokoh@umes.edu, or for the bachelor's in urban forestry, contact Dr. Gladys Shelton, interim dean, School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, at 410-651-6072 or by email at ggshelton@umes.edu.

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.  

    Suzanne Street, agriculture communication specialist, 410-651-6084/410-651-3850, sstreet@umes.edu.