The University of Kansas Edwards campus in Overland Park, Kan., has added two degrees this fall.
The new degrees are in environmental assessment and exercise science. A spokesman said they are in response to new Kansas City-area job opportunities in those fields.
Currently KU offers an emphasis in exercise science under the umbrella of sports medicine. The change in degree status elevates the program.
The professional science master's in environmental assessment degree is the first of its kind in the area and is designed for graduates of bachelor’s programs in physical, natural and environmental sciences as well as engineering and related fields.
The focus of this program will be on environmental impact assessment, including soils, water and ecosystem science, as well as environmental law, policy and the regulatory environment.