Prairie View A&M Debuts New Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Historically Black Prairie View A&M University has changed the name of its College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. It is now known as the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The new name “aligns with the future and trajectory of the college,” according to the university.

“It’s been two years in the making, but we finally get to rebrand the college in a way that is most fitting for the times, and that best describes our signature programs going forward,” said Gerard D’Souza, dean of the college.

In addition to the name change the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is offering a new master’s degree program in natural resources and environmental sciences. It is the first new degree program at the college in 25 years.

“This new program is for students who wish to have expertise in renewable energy, sustainability, climate change, and protecting the environment, not only from a scientific perspective but also incorporating social, economic, and political policy,” said Ali Fares, professor and co-director of the new degree program. Our students will develop a broad base of understanding of the interconnectedness of these issues, challenges, and opportunities. Our students will join our faculty on research projects to give them practical experience and training that will prepare them well for working in the field.”

Internships and collaborations with other PVAMU colleges, universities, government agencies, and industry partners will also provide opportunities for students to build their expertise and align their passion with careers in rapidly growing sectors, such as green energy and disaster management.

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