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LIST #8 - 2008/2009


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on May 12, 2009)


Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:







Child Development


Minor in Counseling


The Counseling Minor is a joint effort between the Child Development and the Counselor Education Departments, both housed within the College of Education.  Although the Child Development B.A. program currently provides five concentrations as well as a general minor in Child Development, none of these is specific to counseling.  There is also no undergraduate minor within the Counselor Education program.  The proposed minor would consist of 20 total undergraduate units.  Four of the courses are current offerings in one of the two departments.  The minor would also require the development of two new courses, one in each department.

The intent of the minor is to serve the following purposes:
1)  Provide a Minor in Counseling for B.A. students interested in pursuing graduate study in Counseling.  Having such a minor would help students gain acceptance to these programs.
2)  Provide some counseling background for B.A. students not pursuing graduate study in counseling but who may be interested in careers where such a background would be useful, such as work in agencies like Child Protective Services.
3)  It is expected that the Minor would be attractive to many students in the CHDV undergraduate program, a number of whom go on to study in our Counselor Education program.
4)  It is also expected that the Minor would be attractive to students currently in other majors, e.g., Liberal studies; Social work; Criminal Justice; Humanities and Religious Studies; and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration and whose capacity for job marketability would be enhanced by the Counseling minor. In these cases, the Minor would bring in additional students to both departments.

Because the students who will be taking this minor will be undergraduates, the program will be housed within the Child Development Department by consent of the two departments, since CHDV faculty and staff are more familiar with general issues of undergraduate programs and advising.


Minor in Child Development


Our department created a new research methods course (CHDV 123), effective Fall 2008, which was originally conceptualized as an alternative to the CHDV 133 in the Child Development minor, as well as a pre- or co-requisite to the core upper-division CHDV classes.  However, the course now has been removed as a pre- or co-requisite for CHDV 137 and 138, and therefore we are removing CHDV 123 as an option for the minor.  However, it will remain on the approved electives list.


Counselor Education


Master of Science: Counseling


The proposed program seeks to modify undergraduate co-requisite requirements for the M.S. in Counseling program.   Existing co-requisite requirements include: PSYC 168: Abnormal Psychology (or equivalent), EDC 170: Introduction to Counseling, and EDC 171: Power Privilege and Self-Identity in Counseling.  Specifically, this proposal seeks to “add” a new course, EDC 172: Child and Family Psychopathology, as an option for students to take instead of PSYC 168.  Thus, students will have a “choice” between PSYC 168 and EDC 172.  The purpose for offering this new course is to provide those students who will specialize in working with children an opportunity to study in greater depth the area of abnormal development in children and family systems.




Mechanical Engineering


Bachelor of Science Program in Mechanical Engineering


All engineering programs in the system have been asked to reduce the number of units required to earn the baccalaureate degree.  With the proposed changes to the major requirements the B.S. program in Mechanical Engineering will reduce from 137 units to 129. &With these changes we will offer our students a first rate core education and be able to tailor our elective offerings to provide the flexibility needed to adapt to changes in the local economy.  The program will remain ABET accredited.

The changes do not affect any department outside of the College, and only the Civil Engineering Department within the College (the replacement of one course normally taught by Civil Engineering). Civil Engineering is aware of and supportive of our proposed changes.

There will be no additional fiscal or space resources required.




Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice Minor, Forensic Investigation Minor


This change is only a renumbering of current courses to produce a more rational and coherent number sequence.  There are no changes in requirements, course titles or units to graduation.


Physical Therapy


Master of Physical Therapy


The minimum number of units required in the professional course program will be reduced by 1 unit due to changing the number of units offered for PT 264 Neuropediatric Evaluation and Treatment from 3 to 2 units.  The new program will require 77 units instead of 78 units.  The other change involves providing an additional elective option to the PT 260 Graduate PT Seminar I course.  We will offer a new course, PT 260A Graduate PT Seminar IA, for students who want to enhance learning opportunities through mentoring other students, and we will offer PT 260B as a replacement course number for PT 260.  Students will have the option to take both PT260A and PT 260B, but will only be required to take one course to fulfill the Graduate Seminar I requirement.  Fiscal impact statement and the proposed changes in side-by-side format are attached.


Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration


Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration


This substantive change to the existing program adds a core 3-unit course, to the Recreation and Park Management option, that focuses on key topics in law and budget that are relevant to those going into careers in recreation, parks and tourism.  These are topics that have been found missing during program review and accreditation discussions, at the departmental level.  Coincidentally, 6 units of elective work is being dropped from the requirements, for a net drop of 3 units in the degree program.

Prerequisites of RPTA 1 and RPTA 30 are being added to RPTA 110.  The prerequisite of RPTA 105 is being added to RPTA 119.

The prerequisite of MKTG 101 is being dropped from RPTA 183.

Although this does not technically change the structure of the program itself, language is also being added to restrict the availability of two elective classes for majors.  RPTA 100 and 122 will no longer be counted towards the degree, except by special petition.  This affects both option areas.




Liberal Studies


Undergraduate Degree in Liberal Studies


Math 196H has been replaced by Math 107C.  “Math 196H” was the number used when the course was offered as an experimental course, but it has been approved as a regular course offering, with the new number of Math 107C, and the title of “Elementary Mathematics and the Learning Process”.

EDTE 101A/B is an additional option for satisfying the Field Experience Requirement.




Psychology Major


Several changes to the Psychology major are proposed in response to external and internal program reviews.  Course Change Proposal forms accompany the changes described herein, when appropriate.  The program changes and justifications are as follows:

Justification for items 1 - 3: These change come in response to program reviews suggesting that a single introductory psychology course would streamline the major and bring it into better alignment with community colleges and other universities, which would facilitate students’ progress through the Psychology major.

  1. Adds a new 3-unit course PSYC 2 Introductory Psychology that is required of all Psychology majors.
  2. Deletes PSYC 1 Introductory Psychology: Basic Processes and PSYC 5 Introductory Psychology: Individual and Social Processes over the course of two years.
  3. Adds a new 1-unit course PSYC 4 Navigating Psychology: The Major and Careers required of all Psychology majors.

Justification for item 4: The new course is designed for lower division Psychology majors to make sure that they receive systematic advising early on in their major course of study and basic information about careers in psychology and related fields. This course is intended to contribute to efforts to improve student retention and graduate rates and facilitate student school-to-work transitions. This change also comes in response to program reviews recommending that the department reevaluate and modify its advising policies and provide students with information about psychology-related careers.

  1. Increases the number of required electives from a minimum of one to two courses to a minimum of two courses.

Justification for item 5: Increasing student electives will provide students with more freedom to pursue areas of psychology that best fit their interests and will, additionally, increase their depth of knowledge by taking an additional upper division course.  In addition, increasing to two electives will serve to offset the net 2 unit decrease that will result from deleting PSYC 1 (3 units) and PSYC 5 (3 units) and adding PSYC 2 (3 units) and PSYC 4 (1 unit).

  1. Increases the minimum total number of required units for the major from 46 to 47.
Justification: The net result of the above changes in terms of units is an increase in total units for the major from 46 to 47.


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