The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has relaunched its undergraduate degree program in regulatory sciences at the UAPB North Little Rock site. The degree program is intended to prepare more students in central Arkansas for careers related to regulatory and compliance activities with federal, state and local governments, as well as private industry. Prospective students can register for regulatory sciences courses for the spring 2018 semester directly at the site, located at 1333 Main Street in North Little Rock.

“The North Little Rock site is an important part of UAPB’s enrollment growth strategy,” Robert Z. Carr Jr., provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UAPB, said. “After meeting with community leaders, it is clear the North Little Rock community is poised to support UAPB’s regulatory science program. We are excited to partner with both the city of North Little Rock and local industries to educate the next generation of regulatory science majors.”

Graduates of the regulatory sciences program qualify for entry-level positions with government agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and Arkansas Department of Health, as well as for positions in private industrial and manufacturing plants, he said.

Though UAPB students enrolled in the program could previously take select courses at the North Little Rock location, they had to complete their degree at UAPB’s main campus in Pine Bluff. Now they can choose to complete the entire program in North Little Rock. Students enrolled in the program can pursue an option in agriculture, environmental biology or industrial health and safety. Depending on the particular degree option, courses include biostatistics, plant pathology, agricultural economics, environmental science, industrial safety management, occupational and environmental health and quality control.

“We at the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences are very excited to offer our regulatory science bachelor degree program to the North Little Rock community,” Muthusamy Manoharan, interim dean/director of 1890 research and Extension programs for SAFHS, said. “It will provide opportunities for people interested in jobs that safeguard food, environment and health and safety in the workplace.”

Manoharan said governmental regulatory agencies protect the health and safety of the American public. UAPB graduates who are hired as regulatory agents will help ensure safety standards in the use of natural resources and agricultural products, environmental issues, waste disposal methods and within industrial and manufacturing sectors.

“Graduates of the program have expertise in a technical field as well as broad-based knowledge of the legislative and judicial powers delegated to federal and state agencies,” he said. “They are equipped to balance regulatory issues of health and safety with the constitutional rights of citizens, economic development interests, national security and international development.

An open house was recently held at the UAPB North Little Rock site to announce the new degree program. During the ceremony, Carr presented his vision for the site and received a welcoming proclamation from Charlotte Thomas, special assistant to North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith. Carr said UAPB’s North Little Rock Site works to fulfill the university’s mission to provide educational opportunities to non-traditional students who aspire for a better life through higher education.