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B-CU Granted Accreditation for New Graduate Program in Integrated Environmental Science

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is pleased to announce today the approval by the Commission on Colleges - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for a new Master of Science degree in Integrated Environmental Science (MSIES).  

"We are thrilled to receive this great news about our exciting new area in graduate studies,” said B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed. "The hard work of our faculty and staff in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics combined with our dynamic prospectus, track record and quality programs made this possible.”

Set to launch in the summer of 2011, this will be the second master's degree for B-CU; joining the first degree – a master's in transformative leadership – begun in 2006.

B-CU has received initial funding to support the new MSIES degree. In late 2010, the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund awarded the university $250,000 to support its identification and acquisition of IES library resources. The University will house the program in its recently renovated B. J. Moore Center on the northeast side of campus.

The director of MSIES is Dr. Michael Reiter, nationally renowned environmental scientist who also serves as department head of B-CU's undergraduate department of integrated environmental sciences.

Curriculum for the new degree explores environmental topics with a foundation in the natural and physical sciences, while integrating social, economic, and political aspects of environmental topics to develop functional approaches to address environmental issues. Hands-on, service-based, and interdisciplinary, the MSIES seeks students who want to learn to make a difference.

The curriculum has been reviewed by upper-level employees of NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Estuarine Research Reserve system, and the U.S. Geological Survey, and incorporates the proposals of the Environmental Systems and Sustainability Roundtable, a national effort to develop standards for interdisciplinary environmental programs in higher education.

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2011. Individuals interested in the MSIES at B-CU may contact Dr. Reiter at (386) 481-2695 or by email at

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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