The Board of Trustees has voted to approve a master’s degree in financial risk management in the School of Business at the Stamford campus and to rename the Department of Plant Science.
The new financial risk program will focus on current issues in worldwide financial markets, said Provost Peter J. Nicholls.
Home to a number of financial services firms and two large banks, the Stamford area is considered home of the hedge fund industry and interest in the new program is expected to be strong, Nicholls said.
In other business, the trustees voted to rename the plant sciences department the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. The department encompasses two of UConn’s oldest concentrations – agronomy and horticulture – but in recent years has also focused on landscape architecture.
Nicholls noted that the department supports the state’s $1 billion a year green industry, and in recent years has also focused on biotechnology and on turf grass and soils.
“Our landscape architecture program trains students to obtain professional licensure and work in fields as diverse as land use planning and landscape design,” he said.