G.E. Course Proposal for AREA B: The Physical Universe and its Life Forms

Subarea: B1 Physical Science

Department__________________________________________ Course Number ________

Course Title_______________________________________________ Units__________

Contact Person_____________________________________________ Phone__________

I. Submissions shall include the following:

A. A proposed course syllabus which must include: catalog description of the course; prerequisites, if any; student learning objectives; assignments; texts; reading lists; materials; grading system; exams and other methods of evaluation.If more than one section is offered, provide a description of what would be considered common to all sections and what might typically vary between sections.

B. Detailed course outline with topics and subtopics to be covered on a weekly basis.

C. A statement indicating

l) the means and methods for evaluating the extent to which the objectives of Area B1 and the writing requirements are met for all course sections, and

2) what steps does the department plan to take to ensure that instructors comply with the category criteria and who is responsible?

II. Indicate in a written statement how the course meets the following criteria for Category B1. Relate the statement to the course syllabus and outline. Be as succinct as possible.

A. Is an introductory or survey course with no college level prerequisites.

B. Emphasizes general principles and concepts having a broad range of application and is not restricted to specialized topics.

C. Develops an understanding of the principles underlying and interrelating natural phenomena including the foundations of our knowledge of living and/or non-living systems.

D. Introduces students to one or more of the disciplines whose primary purpose is to acquire knowledge of the physical universe and/or its life forms rather than merely to apply existing knowledge.

E. Develops an appreciation of the methodologies of science, the requisite features of scientific endeavors, and the limitations of scientific inquiry.

G. Includes a writing component described on course syllabus

l) If course is lower division, formal and/or informal writing assignments encouraging students to think through course concepts using at least one of the following: periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, periodic formal writing assignments, periodic journals, reading logs, other. Writing in lower division courses need not be graded, but must, at a minimum, be evaluated for clarity and proper handling of terms, phrases, and concepts related to the course.

2) If course is upper division, a minimum of 1500 words of formal, graded writing. [Preferably there should be more than one formal writing assignment and each writing assignment (e.g. periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, a research/term paper etc.) should be due in stages throughout the semester to allow the writer to revise after receiving feedback from the instructor. Include an indication of how writing is to be evaluated and entered into course grade determination.]

III. If you would like, you may provide further information that might help the G.E. Course Review Committee understand how this course meets these criteria and/or the G.E. Program Objectives found on PP. 2-3 of the "Statement of Policies Pertaining to the G.E. Program" of August, 1991.

Submit proposals to the General Education Office in Sacramento Hall 234 [6016].


revised 5/9/03