Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science at Texas A&M Univerisity

Advancing the science of creating tools, standards, and practices
to improve the protection and compliance of food systems



Increased regulation of food and feed products, the globalization of the economy and advances in technology contribute to a growing need for education in the emerging field of regulatory science.

To meet this need, the Departments of Soil & Crop Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Veterinary Pathobiology, and Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology at Texas A&M University have partnered to offer an online Regulatory Science in Food Systems Graduate Certificate that prepares professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century food and feed supply chain.

 

Students who complete our Regulatory Science in Food Systems courses will have the knowledge and skills to interpret U.S. and international regulatory guidelines and standards, assess the impact of existing and emerging regulations on business operations, establish practical strategies for compliance and reporting, lead regulatory reviews, and navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Overview Adobe PDF

We invite you to apply to the program and look forward to helping you meet your academic and professional goals!

~ Tim Herrman


Journal of Regulatory Science in Food Systems

NEW JOURNAL ANNOUNCEMENT

In support of the Regulatory Science in Food Systems Graduate Program, Texas Digital Library is hosting a new online, open-access journal intended for scholars with an interest in regulatory science. The electronic International Journal of Regulatory Science publishes free of charge, peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, proposed standard evaluations and rapid communications to advance the discipline of regulatory science. Our first issue will be coming soon!!

 
Business Operations, Laboratory & Economic

Online Courses

To meet the needs of working professionals, our Regulatory Science in Food Systems courses are delivered entirely at a distance! Courses address risk management tools, standards and practices to improve the protection and compliance of regulated products in the feed and food industry. Students who complete all the regulatory science courses will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Apply a science-based approach to risk management and be part of a risk management team;
  • Interpret and implement the U.S. and international laws, regulations, and standards that govern the development, manufacturing, and distribution of food and feed products;
  • Assess the significance and impact of existing and emerging regulations and standards on business operations;
  • Establish practical strategies for compliance and reporting;
  • Develop and implement laboratory quality systems;
  • Communicate the benefits of regulatory decision-making and compliance to management and consumers; and
  • Apply essential knowledge and skills to help companies navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment.

Students complete any four of the five courses listed below to earn 12 Student Credit Hours (SCH) for the Regulatory Science in Food Systems Graduate Certificate. Each course is offered for academic credit on a rotating schedule throughout the academic year.

Regulatory Science in Food Systems Online Course Offerings

Fall
(August - December)

Spring
(January - May)

SCSC 634
Regulatory Science: Principles & Practices in Food Systems
(3 SCH)

SCSC 636
Regulatory Science Methodology in Food Systems
(3 SCH)

SCSC 635 / AGEC 639
Comparative Global Standards in Food Systems

 (3 SCH)

AGEC 689
Managerial Economics for Regulatory Science
(3 SCH)

SCSC 629 / VTMI 629
Laboratory Quality Systems

(3 SCH)

SCSC 629 / VTMI 629
Laboratory Quality Systems

(3 SCH)


Course Delivery

All courses are delivered entirely at a distance through Texas A&M University's secure learning management system.  Students complete weekly assigned readings, listen to audio-over-PowerPoint presentations, participate through discussion boards, email and conference calls, develop individual and group assignments, and submit quizzes and exams.

To ensure successful participation in these courses, students must have access to:

- A computer that is less than 4 years old;
- High-speed Internet connection (cable/DSL or better) & updated browser;
- Office software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel or equivalent;
- Common plug-ins (e.g., Adobe Reader, Flash Player, virus protection, etc.);
- Microphone and speakers; and
- CD/DVD player/burner.


Apply to the Program

Students seeking graduate credit must be admitted to Texas A&M University prior to registering for courses.

CURRENT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:
If you are currently enrolled as a Texas A&M University graduate student or an undergraduate student of senior level status (with 3.0 GPA and higher), you may enroll in Regulatory Science courses at any time. Speak with your departmental advisor if you have questions about including these courses in your degree plan.

NEW TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:
If you are not currently admitted to Texas A&M University but you would like to register for Regulatory Science in Food Systems courses for graduate credit, please review the application requirements for non-degree seeking graduate or international graduate students, and complete the steps to apply.

Graduate admission at Texas A&M University is based upon the entire record of the applicant and availability of departmental resources.  At a minimum, the university requires that each applicant hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or higher from a college or university of recognized standing. The GRE or GMAT is not required for non-degree seeking graduate admission at Texas A&M University. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to submit proof of English proficiency (see Admission in the Graduate Catalog). Apply early to allow adequate time for the arrival of test scores and transcripts to the Texas A&M Office of Admissions and avoid late registration fees.

PROGRAM COSTS:
Cost for courses varies depending on your residency status and course-specific fees. Approximate graduate tuition and fees for each three (3) semester credit hour (SCH) course are provided in the table below. For current information and questions about cost of attendance, please contact Student Business Services.

$1300-$1600 per 3 SCH course
$2400-$2700 per 3 SCH course

Please note that Texas A&M distance students qualify for much of the same financial aid as on-campus students. Visit Scholarships & Financial Aid for information on financial aid opportunities. A GI Bill or other military education benefits may also be used to pay for distance education at Texas A&M. Visit the Veteran Services Office site for more information and required forms. Funding is also available for eligible regulatory risk managers who are employed by a local, state, federal or national government agency. Please contact us for more information.

Contact Us

Program Manager: Mary Sasser, (979) 845-1121, mary@otsc.tamu.edu

Admissions & Registration: LeAnn Hauge, (979) 845-6148, leann.hague@ag.tamu.edu

Program Director: Dr. Tim Herrman, (979) 845-1121, tjh@otsc.tamu.edu


Online Professional Education

Want to take a course but don't need the graduate credit? Register as a professional education participant - no graduate application required. Now offering:


Summer Online Courses
Begin June 2, 2014

Apply by May 1, 2014

SCSC 629 / VTMI 629
Laboratory Quality Systems
syllabus
Instructors: Drs. Susie Dai & Tim Herrman

Fall Online Courses
Begin September 1, 2014

SCSC 634
Regulatory Science Principles & Practices in Food Systems
syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Tim Herrman

AGEC 639/SCSC 635
Comparative Global Standards in Food Systems
syllabus
Instructors: Drs. Victoria Salin
& Tim Herrman

SCSC 629 / VTMI 629
Laboratory Quality Systems
syllabus
Instructors: Drs. Susie Dai & Tim Herrman


Curriculum Highlights

Complete four of the five courses to earn the Regulatory Science in Food Systems Graduate Certificate!

Online courses with no
on-campus requirements

Challenging science-based curriculum

Focus on prevention and risk management

Access to faculty members as instructors & mentors

Interaction with industry and regulatory professionals

Adaptable to your on-the-job needs

Overview Adobe PDF


Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Ricardo Molins
Dr. Ricardo Molins
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Visiting Professor

Prabha Vasudevan
Instructor

Quick Links

Texas A&M University

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Department of Agricultural Economics

Department of Animal Science

Department of Soil & Crop Sciences

Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology

Office of Admissions

Office of Graduate Studies

Office of the Registrar

Student Business Services

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Veteran Services Office


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