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LIST #3 - 2008/2009

PROGRAM CHANGE PROPOSALS
UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, November 18, 2008, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on November 18 , 2008)


 

Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:






 



 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Teacher Education

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Library Media Teacher Services

Justification:

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) will begin issuing librarian credentials as "Teacher Librarian Services Credentials" beginning January 1, 2008.†This is a Title change only and the change has no effect on the requirements necessary to initially issue these credentials or renew existing credentials. (Please see attachment from CCTC).

 

 

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Science

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

MS in CS Advanced Achievement Certificate in Systems Software

Make CSC 239 (Advanced Operating Systems Principles and Design) required instead of optional.  CSC 245 and CSC 250 are now optional courses instead of one of them being a possible replacement.

Justification:

With the current catalog, students can receive both the Certificate in Data Management Systems and the Certificate in Systems software by completing CSC 244, CSC 250, and CSC 258.  The proposed change will not allow the same three courses to qualify for two certificates.  In addition, making CSC 239 a required course strengthens the Systems Software Certificate.  The movement of CSC 245 and CSC 250 to the optional group allows for more flexibility in studentsí schedules.

 

 

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS

Biological Sciences

NEW PROGRAM

Master of Arts in Biological Sciences

Justification:

We propose to expand our graduate program offerings within the Department of Biological Sciences at CSUS by adding a Master of Arts (MA) non-thesis degree to our pre-existing Master of Science (MS) thesis degree.  One of our main goals is to serve individuals whose primary motive is for professional career advancement in a biology-related field that do not need a thesis degree program (e.g. teaching, patent law, science journalism, biotechnology, and state agency positions).  There is a demand for such non-thesis graduate degree programs as evidenced by our survey of K-12 teachers in the region and the establishment of similar programs by biology departments at six other CSU campuses.  The coursework requirements for both the MA and MS programs will be identical so as to provide rigorous advanced course preparation (total of 30 units).  However, in lieu of a research thesis, the culminating requirement for students in the MA program will be a written project based on a research problem in biology under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  The primary objectives of the MA program are to produce students with an advanced understanding of biology and the ability to apply the scientific process to biological problems.  Our proposed MA program will serve an unaddressed need in the Sacramento region by providing graduate education in biology for individuals who do not need a thesis degree for their professional development.

 


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