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Regents Okay New CASNR Degree: Professional Science Master’s Degree

Regents Okay New CASNR Degree: Professional Science Master’s Degree

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents today (Dec. 14) approved a new proposed degree program: a professional science master’s degree in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

“The master’s degree could begin as early as the fall of 2013,” said Texas Tech Provost Bob Smith. However, it still must be certified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and acknowledged by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools before it can be offered.

The professional science degree qualifies students for employment in the public or private sector. The distance degree program offers two tracks: natural resource management, offered in the Department of Natural Resources Management; and environmental sustainability – taught through the Department Biological Sciences.

The degree adds important graduate studies options, noted Mark Wallace, chairman of Tech’s Department of Natural Resources Management. “This distance-based approach with a strong internship component will provide professionals in the natural resources and ecology arena in Texas and the region a unique graduate program opportunity to further their education,” Wallace said.

The target audience is people with a bachelor’s degree of some kind in biology/natural resources, who are already employed in an agency somewhere, he said. The degree will enhance their career and promotion paths. Students need a bachelor of science degree to apply.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Mark Wallace, Chairman, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2841 or



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