Campus: STANISLAUS -- November 13, 2006

Ecology and Sustainability Master's Program Added at CSU Stanislaus for 2006-07

As the population in the San Joaquin Valley continues to boom, concerns about issues associated with conservation of the region's environment are expected increase right along with new development.

Coming up with solutions to resolve the conflicts between growth and the environment will provide plenty of content for the new Master of Science and Professional Science Master's Degree program in Ecology and Sustainability that started this fall at California State University, Stanislaus. Concentrations in the program, the first of its kind in the 23-campus California State University system, are offered in ecological conservation and ecological economics.

"This program will make California State University, Stanislaus the Central Valley's leader in this increasingly important field, preparing our students for important environmental roles at local, regional, national, and international levels," University President Hamid Shirvani said. "There is a critical need for college graduates with this kind of training who can help contribute solutions to the world's growing environmental and sustainability concerns."

"The realization is sinking in with people that conservation is really important to maintain the healthy ecosystems that make this region such a nice place to live and do business in," said Dr. Pamela Roe, CSU Stanislaus Professor of Biological Sciences who is overseeing development of the new graduate program. "This program will make CSU Stanislaus a leader in these increasingly growing fields of expertise."

Roe, who also directs the University's Marine Sciences Master's Degree program, said CSU Stanislaus has a solid science program and faculty that fit the bill for the ecology focus. The University is home to the Endangered Species Recovery Program that focuses on animals and plants impacted by California's development over the years, and a number of faculty are involved in a variety of ecological field research projects.

The purpose of the new master's program is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and tools to gain employment or to enter doctoral programs in fields that contribute solutions to the ever-growing environmental and sustainability issues in California's Central Valley and beyond. Experts indicate that the demand is increasing for educated professionals who can develop and implement practices that ensure long-term sustainability of human and ecosystem health in one of the world's major agricultural regions.

Contact: Don Hansen,209-667-3997,

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