01/30/2015 01:17 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU increased its total number of graduate certificate programs to 23
on Friday, as the LSU Board of Supervisors approved four new programs at its January
meeting in Shreveport.
Graduate certificate programs in Fisheries Science and Assessment, Geographic Information
Science, School Librarianship and Workforce Development were approved. The board had
also previously approved certificate programs in Behavior and Health, Life Span Studies,
Mathematics for Advanced Secondary Instruction and Econometrics at the last board
meeting in December.
These certificate programs allow students to enroll in post-baccalaureate, inter-disciplinary
programs that offer specialized training that can be completed in a shorter time than
a typical master’s or Ph.D. program.
The Fisheries Science and Assessment certificate will offer an 18-hour curriculum
centered on fish ecology, resource management, resource economics, human dimensions
and quantitative methods. The program is the only one in the Gulf of Mexico region.
The Geographic Information Science certificate will be a 12-hour course offered through
the Department of Geography and Anthropology, College of Art & Design, Department
of Economics, School of the Coast and Environment, Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.
The certificate in School Librarianship will be the only program accredited by the American Library Association and American Association of School Librarians in the state of Louisiana. It will be available both on campus and online through the LSU School of Library and Information Science.
The Workforce Development certificate was developed in consultation with Louisiana
Economic Development’s FastStart program, and will help students understand what workforce
development systems are, how they function and the key concepts and underlying principles
of high-performance workforce development systems.
The LSU Graduate School administers more than 120 graduate degree programs offered
at LSU. As the state’s center of academic research and advanced studies, the Graduate
School administers a more extended and comprehensive program than any other educational
institution in Louisiana. For information on available LSU graduate programs, visit
LSU Board of Supervisors agenda details and support materials are available at http://www.lsusystem.edu/index.php/board-of-supervisors/minutes-agenda/.
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015