February 1, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Birkeland, 360/546-9602, birkelan@vancouver.wsu.edu
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The state's Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted final approval for Washington State University at Vancouver to implement its new bachelor's degree in natural resource sciences.
        The degree integrates ecology, plant and range resources, natural resource economics and conservation. It can be used to prepare for careers in forestry, wildlife and fisheries management, conservation, and education and research related to natural resource issues.
        Brian Tissot, coordinator of science programs at WSU Vancouver, says the degree is especially important for the region. "Southwest Washington has tremendous natural resources, and there are a wide variety of opportunities for training and research for students seeking employment in the natural resource sciences," he says. "This program allows us to offer that training and integrate it with our current bachelor's degrees in biology and environmental science."
        By fall, the program will have one full-time faculty member in addition to several adjunct faculty. Interest in the program has been high, says Tissot, adding that the program will likely have 20-30 students in the next few years.
        Like all bachelor's degrees at WSU Vancouver, the program requires that students complete their freshman and sophomore years at another institution. The program is one of several new degrees and majors offered at WSU Vancouver in the past year, as well as classes for proposed bachelor's degrees in computer science and electronic communications. In all, WSU Vancouver offers 13 bachelor's degrees, seven master's degrees and more than 20 fields of study.
        WSU Vancouver provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses to approximately 1,500 students on its 351-acre campus seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.

Editor's Note:
Brian Tissot can be reached weekdays at 360/546-9611, or at tissot@vancouver.wsu.edu


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