UNIQUE — only one of its kind. That describes the Regulatory Science Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

“A bachelor of science degree in regulatory science is available from no other academic institution in the nation,” says Joseph Burleigh, professor and acting director of the Regulatory Science Program.

And, now, the general education requirements and some regulatory science courses can be taken at the UAPB North Little Rock site on the Shorter College campus with the final two years of course work completed on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus.

“Pine Bluff and the Shorter College campus are prime Arkansas locations for this degree program because of its proximity to the central Arkansas industrial corridor as well as state and federal agencies,” says Burleigh. “This is also an ideal program for adults seeking a career change for it may not have existed when they were in school, or they are getting a late start.”

The program is interdisciplinary, and it is designed to prepare students for careers in regulatory and compliance activities of federal, state and local governments and private industry.

Graduates gain expertise in a technical field as well as broad-based knowledge of the legislative and judicial powers delegated to federal and state agencies.

The regulatory science core curriculum centers on courses that provide an underlying knowledge of regulations and basic sciences, such as biology and chemistry, and the food, plant and animal sciences. Other courses include administrative law, governmental regulations and investigative procedures.

Students select from one of three options agriculture, environmental biology, or industrial health and safety. Two summer internships with a government regulatory agency or private industry are required.

Thus far, the program has 26 graduates, and nearly one-half have enrolled in graduate school.

Travis Donald, a 1998 graduate and an occupational and environmental health specialist with the National Center for Toxicological Research, says that the program is outstanding and heartily recommends it to anyone. “The course work was enjoyable, relevant and the internships prepared me for my career.”

Martha Mayhugh enrolled at UAPB when her last child started to college. She was a biology major with no idea of working after college. She switched to the regulatory science degree program and enjoyed her internships so much that she accepted a position at NCTR. Now a research assistant, she is testing human patients for obesity/wellness studies for an NCTR contractor.

Other graduates are employed by public agencies and private industries.

The Regulatory Science degree is part of the USDA Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Risk Analysis at UAPB. The center prepares students and professionals to conduct risk assessments and develop regulatory strategies in agriculture, environmental biology and industrial processes and healthy work and living environments.

For more information on the Regulatory Science Program, contact Jacquelyn McCray (870) 575-8529 or Burleigh, (870) 575-8151, or by mail at the School of Agriculture, Fisheries & Human Sciences, Mail Slot 4913, UAPB, Pine Bluff. 71601. Burleigh can also be reached via email Burleigh_J@vx4500.uapb.edu.