Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  Around Campus

By Victoria Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – A degree plan in UTRGV’s Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship has some modifications this semester, including a name change.  


  • The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Materials Managements and Logistics is now a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Global Supply Chain Management.  
  • In addition, the curriculum has been updated to reflect the marketplace, and math core requirements were adjusted toallow more students to transfer credits into the program.  


Dr. Russell Adams, chair and associate professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship, said the changes are important not only to keep the program current, but also to allow more students to transfer seamlessly.  

“Now that it is a BBA, it allows students to switch between majors without losing credits,” Adams said. “More importantly, the change in name better reflects the degree itself and the market’s understanding of the degree.  

“This should allow students to increase their marketability upon graduation and increase job placement within the industry,” he said. 

In November 2020, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved phasing out the original degree in place of the new program.  

The program is designed to make sure students gain an overall understanding and knowledge of theory and the tools necessary to acquire, transport, store and manage raw materials and finished goods in a global economy. 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.