Regents approve two new master's degrees for A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - January 18, 2019

Contact: Julie Navejar
Email: julie.navejar@tamuk.edu
or Phone: 361-593-2590


            KINGSVILLE (January 18, 2019) — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved Thursday, Jan. 17, two new master’s degrees for Texas A&M University-Kingsville. They also authorized the degrees be sent to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the final approval.

 

            The first new master’s degree approved is environmental systems management which will reside in the agriculture, agribusiness and environmental sciences department in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The College of Business Administration will be a partner for this degree.

 

            The second is a graduate degree in mechatronics which will live in the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences and the department of mechanical and industrial engineering in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering.

 

            The proposed implementation date for both new programs is fall 2019.

 

Environmental Systems Management

            Environmental science courses have been offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level as elective courses since 2012 and enrollment has grown over that time. The enrollment data, coupled with increasing national demand for trained environmental scientists who can evaluate the economic aspects of the environment as an integrated system, indicate that the time is right for this advanced degree.

 

            The environmental systems management degree has become a necessity for the two colleges as environmental sustainability has become the management objective for every conceivable habitat or ecological community.

 

            The proposed degree incorporates business management and systems thinking principles and practices as a core facet of the discipline in the curriculum which makes this master’s program unique among environmental sciences programs offered by any other university of college in Texas.

 

            Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Texas Career Check, environmental jobs will be among the top 10 fastest growing jobs through 2026.

 

Mechatronics

            Mechatronics is a field that combines mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be a significant increase in the demand for professionals working collectively in these fields.

 

            If approved, Texas A&M-Kingsville will be the only institution in Texas to offer a degree in mechatronics engineering. This program will build upon the current computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering research and national prominence.

 

            Mechatronics systems are typically composed of traditional mechanical and electrical components but are referred to as “smart” devise or systems because of the incorporation of sensors, actuators and computer control systems. The objective of the mechatronic program is to produce graduates with broad and up-to-date knowledge, skills and judgement, prepared for professional careers in industry and further studies that emphasize advanced design, development and research methods.

 

            Mechatronic devices can be found in medicine and surgery, agriculture, buildings, homes, automobiles, the toy and entertainment industry and in intelligent aids for the elderly and disabled. Texas ranked among the top five states in the nation with the highest employment level of computer network architects, electrical engineers and mechanical engineer. Mechanical engineers in Texas also were among the highest paid in the profession in the country.

 

            Several courses in the proposed curriculum are already offered in the computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering department and new courses will be added.

 

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