Regents Approve Changes to Academic Programs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 3, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved changes and additions to several academic programs.

The Board approved changing the title of the master of science in industrial management degree to the master of science in technology management degree.  Along with this title change comes new options of manufacturing systems, industrial education/training and development, workplace environment and health safety, facilities management, telecommunications systems, and a customized option for individual preference.

In addition, the Regents approved a new academic program option in marine biology on the bachelor of science in biology degree.  Dr. Jane Stephens, Southeast provost, said this option will meet student requests by providing a programmatic path that ensures a defined curriculum for entering the marine biology job market or graduate school.  This also will strengthen Southeast’s relationship with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), a field station of The University of Southern Mississippi, in Ocean Springs, Miss., she said.  Study at the GCRL is an essential component of the marine biology option.  Southeast has been affiliated with the GCRL for more than 30 years.  The affiliation provides Southeast the opportunity to use their facilities.  In addition, students from Southeast may enroll in their summer field program taking courses approved by The University of Southern Mississippi that are transferable to Southeast.

In related action and in an effort to better communicate the curriculum of the graduate degree in community counseling, the Board approved changing the title of the master of science in community counseling degree to the master of science in mental health counseling degree.

The Board also approved changing the title of the bachelor of science in human environmental studies: housing and interior design program option to the bachelor of science in human environmental studies: interior design option.  Stephens said this change is necessary since most universities have dropped “housing” from their title, and prospective students usually look for “interior design” when reviewing potential universities.