New environmental program at Salisbury State


July 28, 1991

The first four-year study program at a Maryland university leading to a bachelor's degree in environmental health will be launched in September at Salisbury State University in the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology.

The new program, which received authorization recently from Maryland's Higher Education Commission, is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the expanding environmental health field.

Job opportunities in the field are opening up in federal, state and local governments, and in the private sector, said Dr. John Molenda, SSU biology professor and coordinator of the program.

The aim is to prepare students for such specialties as air, water or soil contamination control; solid or toxic waste management; workplace safety; food inspection; radiation, and many others.

Although at least one other university in Maryland offers advanced degrees in environmental health, SSU's program is the first for undergraduates leading to a bachelor of science degree in the field, Dr. Molenda said.

Early risers will have an opportunity this fall to earn college credits at Anne Arundel Community College. Four courses will begin at 7 a.m.

The early classes accommodate students who must meet other time commitments, officials said.

The fall schedule includes History of Western Civilization I, History of the United States I, American Government and Introduction to Psychology. All will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

PD Fall classes will begin Sept. 3. For information, call 541-2241.


Dr. Richard F. Bebee, an associate business dean at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., has been named dean of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury State University.

Dr. Bebee has written books and numerous articles. His "Cash and Accrual Methods of Accounting," published by the Bureau of National Affairs, was revised in 1986. It is used as reference book by tax specialists.

His academic and professional interests have focused on various facets of taxation. Recently he has been examining the possibilities of the tax applications of expert systems, and he continues to teach and publish in the area of taxation.

He has been active in many professional and civic organizations. Currently, he is president of the Hampton Roads chapter of the Financial Executives Institute and chairman of the committee of management of the Norfolk YMCA.

The Franklin P. Perdue School of Business was established in 1986 by an endowment from Franklin P. Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms Inc.

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