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BI What’s New: Programs, Accreditations, & Initiatives

Southeast Missouri State University has a new bachelor of science
degree program in environmental science. The program was approved by
the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education and was
established in response to the growing demand for environmental science

The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary and science intensive.

The core curriculum is in the natural sciences and mathematics, and
has four option areas of specialization — biology, business,
chemistry, and geosciences. Based in the College of Science and
Technology, the program will be served by 30 faculty members from 14
academic departments.

Graduates in the business area will be prepared to enter and
complete the M.B.A. program at SMSU in just one year. And in addition
to advanced study in business, graduates of the program may opt for
advanced training in the sciences, law school, or medical school.

The program also offers two academic minors — the environmental
science minor is for students majoring outside of the natural sciences,
and the environmental studies minor is for students with a major in one
of the natural sciences.

For more information, visit the Web site at
; or call Dr. Steve Overmann, the
program’s director, at (573) 651-2386.

The university will also offer two related courses beginning in the
spring — Environmental Health, which will focus on environmental
factors that affect human health, and Environmental Law, which will
focus on environmental regulations and public policies.

For information, contact Dr. John Kraemer, who will teach both courses, at (573) 651-2355.

Regents College, New York’s virtual university, has published a
step-by-step guide to the research, writing, and thinking processes
necessary to succeed in graduate school.

Introduction to Graduate Research and Writing offers suggestions
for selecting and refining a research topic, conducting research,
evaluating print-based and electronic sources, developing a familiarity
with discipline-specific language and evaluating and revising a rough
draft. It also includes a comprehensive resource listing of academic
databases and provides guidelines for citing works using the styles of
the Modern Language Association, the American Psychological
Association, and the Council of Biology Editors.

The book, which costs $19.95, is available through the college’s
bookstore, located on the Web at , or
by calling (800) 466-1365.

George Washington University, Middle Tennessee State University,
Montana State University, and Pennsylvania State University have formed
a partnership with AT&T to provide elementary and secondary school
educators access to Web-based courses and professional development
opportunities. The universities will provide accredited courses through
AT&T’s Learning Network Virtual Academy, an online centralized
resource for teachers. Courses will range from technology usage to
middle school mathematics, science, and astronomy.

“The Virtual Academy is the first online centralized resource of
its kind to offer teachers access to a host of quality professional
development programs focused on integrating technology into the
classroom and designed to help teachers meet their credential
requirements,” said Joan Fenwick, director of the AT&T Learning

Users will be able to review course descriptions and apply or
register for courses. However, only teachers will be able to register
for continuing education units and graduate degree program courses.

The Web address is <>.

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