New Ag-Related Degrees Meet Industry Needs at U of Nevada

New Ag-Related Degrees Meet Industry Needs at U of Nevada

Input from industry helps U of Nevada shape ag-related degree courses.

New educational programs aimed at meeting the state's changing needs for agriculture and rangeland are being implemented at the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada-Reno this coming semester.

The college's new Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences will offer two new degrees: agricultural sciences and rangeland ecology and management.

A revamped and renamed major, forest management and ecology, was part of the package recently approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.

The new degrees  were developed with significant input from industry, faculty and other stakeholders.  Key elements of the department's programs were retained, especially pre-veterinary education and teaching and research in livestock/range management, by combining faculty with other departments in the college.

"We've realigned departments to build new offerings for students, developed these two new majors and both strengthened and created new synergies between departments and the ag and rangeland community," says Ron Pardini, CABNR dean.

"We'll look a little different than we did in 2010, and with strategic planning and targeting industry needs our students will be well trained to enter the job market where jobs will exist here in Nevada."

CABNR will be leaner, more efficient and more focused after the budget-induced streamlining that spotlights the future, Pardini says. The new realignment offers students a variety of course options in the two new degree programs that complement existing programs. The ag science degree has a strong scientific emphasis on modern technical aspects of ag production and ag business management.

"It's designer curriculum for ag sciences students," says Pardini. "They can organize their course work within several departments to fit their needs. We have a robust series of ag economics and business courses or they can emphasize science and production and  get large animal experience in our vet program, which will help satisfy a shortage of large animal vets in Nevada."

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