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New bachelor's degree to focus on state's environmental needs

James KennedyUNT is the first university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology for Environmental Science.

The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences has a long history of education and research programs focusing on ecology, conservation and environmental science, and is in a unique position to offer the new degree, said Regents Professor of Biology James Kennedy.

“Students who go through the program will get a very academic perspective on ecology, and will also get experience with applied aspects to the program including ecotoxicology,” Kennedy said. “The job market for ecologists is expected to grow enormously over the next several years.”

Being one of the fastest growing states in the U.S., Texas has a strong need for ecologists who can find answers to problems created by growth and new demand on natural resources. Texas ranks among the most biologically diverse states in America, but also has the most species at risk of extinction because of external threats or global rarity.

Students who go through the program will be able to find employment as biological technicians working on environmental problems with consulting firms, conservation groups or government agencies, as lab or field technicians or outdoor educators, or continue their education through graduate school.

Students will be able to tailor their degrees to their future goals, and will have the opportunity to take classes including community ecology, evolution and environmental philosophy.

Students can enroll for the degree program by contacting the Department of Biological Sciences. Classes will begin in Fall 2013.

- Leslie Wimmer, News Promotions

Posted on: Tue 09 April 2013

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