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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 14, 2007) – Two new bachelor’s degree programs were approved by UCM ’s Board of Governors today, creating even more opportunities for UCM students to enter professions in the sciences.
Following the action by the board, the new Bachelor of Science degree programs in forensic chemistry and biochemistry will be forwarded to the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education for approval.
According to George Wilson, provost and vice president for academic affairs, the new bachelor’s degree programs will be implemented without any addition cost to the university.
“We have the necessary equipment, faculty and expertise already in place to offer these programs,” he said, “creating additional opportunities for UCM students to enter fields with high demand for highly trained professionals.”
The B.S. degree program in forensic chemistry will bring together resources from UCM’s Departments of Criminal Justice and Biology and Earth Sciences. Faculty and curriculum from these two departments currently support a minor in forensic science.
Wilson also noted that the B.S. degree program in biochemistry will meet a need determined by growth in employment opportunities in the biomedical and life sciences. The Departments of Biology and Earth Science and Mathematics and Computer Science will support the curricular and faculty needs for the new degree program.
The board also approved a proposal by Wilson to reduce the minimum number of credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree from 124 to 120. The new requirement will be implemented for fall semester 2008.
Wilson explained that UCM currently imposes more rigorous minimum degree requirements for a bachelor’s degree than many peer institutions, placing UCM students and incoming transfer students at a disadvantage. He noted that some degree programs may require more than 120 hours due to specific certification requirements.