Riverside: Graduate Division
Although limited graduate study
and research in the agricultural sciences had been offered on
the Riverside campus for many years in cooperation with corresponding
graduate programs of other campuses of the University, full-fledged
graduate study began with the designation of the campus as a general
campus of the University by the Regents in 1959, with the mandate
to develop graduate, professional, and organized research work
as appropriate to the University.
First Graduate Students
As a subdivision of the Graduate Division, southern section and
with the appointment of Arthur C. Turner as associate dean, the
first graduate program leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees was
offered in chemistry in the fall semester, 1960, with 17 students
enrolled. In the spring semester, 1961, additional program in
physics leading to the M.A. degree and in education leading to
the general elementary and general secondary teaching credentials
were offered, with the enrollment of 19 additional students.
An Independant Graduate Division
A separate and independent Graduate Division
was authorized and established in the summer of 1961 with the
appointment of Ralph B. March as dean. The initiation of 12 new
graduate programs in the fall semester, 1961 provided additional
opportunities for graduate study and research in English, entomology,
geology, history, horticultural science, mathematics, physics,
plant biochemistry, plant pathology, plant science, soil science,
and zoology. Graduate student enrollment in the fall semester,
1961 totalled 190.
The succeeding four years were
characterized by rapid growth and expansion as the necessary critical
resources were brought together to justify the initiation of new
graduate programs and the extension of previously authorized program
into additional areas of graduate study. In the fall semester,
1965, 23 master's degrees, 16 Ph.D. degrees, and three credential
programs were offered in anthropology, biochemistry, biology,
chemistry, comparative literature, economics, education, English,
entomology, French, geography, geological sciences, German, history,
mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, plant pathology, plant
science, political science, psychology, soil science, and Spanish,
with the enrollment of 834 graduate students in these programs.
These students represented undergraduate training from nearly
all the colleges and universities in California as well as most
of the 50 states and 35 foreign countries.
The initial graduate degrees were
conferred at Riverside in June, 1962, with the awarding of six
master's degrees. The first Ph.D. degree was conferred on Thomas
Wolfram in physics in January, 1963. Through the 1964-65 academic
year, 194 master's and 42 Ph.D. degrees were awarded.
Graduate Opportunities Expand
In addition to the world-renowned and long-established Citrus
Research Center, opportunities for graduate research were extended
by the establishment of the Air Pollution Research Center, the
Philip L. Boyd Desert Research Center, the Dry Lands Research
Institute, and the Latin American Research Program since Riverside's
designation as a general campus of the University.
Further development and expansion
of graduate programs to the doctorate level in all basic fields
of the arts, letters, and sciences was being given high priority
by the mid-1960's. A second development involved the further introduction
of interdisciplinary programs, while a third development was to
encompass entirely new areas of graduate instruction in the Schools
of Administration and Engineering, which were then in the initial
organizational stages. With these developments, a further doubling
of graduate enrollment to 1,700 students in 35 master's, 27 Ph.D.,
and five teaching credential programs was projected for 1970.