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LIST #5 - 2009/2010

PROGRAM CHANGE PROPOSALS
UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 , at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on February 9, 2010 )


 

Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:

 

 






 

 

 

COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS

Communication Studies

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Graduate Program, Communication Studies

See Attached.

  1. Coms 213 to be moved from elective to core class list, but the total required units remain the same.
  2. Areas of concentration within the program to be crafted by the student and advisor and approved by the Graduate Committee.

This proposal is offered as a means to enhance the pedagogical rigor of the Communications Graduate Program by creating diversity and flexibility within course offerings and to assist us in maintaining a coherent cohort of students.

 

 

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS

Geography

NEW PROGRAM

Geographic Information Systems Minor

Justification:

The Geography Department is proposing a new Geographical Information Systems Minor.  It would require the same total number of units (18) as our existing Geography Minor, but is aimed at those students who want to focus more strictly on GIS and related spatial techniques rather than on the broader discipline of Geography.

 

Geology

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

B.A. Geology

Justification:

Proposed changes to B.A. Geology program are consistent with the proposed changes in the B.S. Geology degree.  The content B.A. under the proposed changes is similar to the current program with the following exceptions:

  • Convert GEOL 100 (Mineralogy) from 5 to 4 units
  • Convert the following course to an elective: Paleontology (GEOL 105)
  • Require students to take GEOL 110B (Structural Geology Field)
  • Change the Geology Electives requirement from "10 units" to "3 courses"

Justification: These changes achieve the following:
  • Reduce the number of units required for the major by 5 to 6 units.
  • Reduce the number of Geology Department WTU required to deliver upper-devision courses

 

B.S. Geology

Justification:

Proposed changes to B.S. Geology Program:

  • Delete MATH 31 as a requires course
  • Delete CHEM 1B as a requires course
  • Delete Sedimentology/Stratigraphy Field (103B - 1 unit)
  • Delete Igneous and Metamorphic Geology Field (102B - 1 unit)
  • Convert GEOL 100 (minerology) from 5 to 4 units
  • Delete the graduation requirement that students take Summer Field Camp at another institution
  • Create new course, Advanced Field Geology (GEOL 188) which replaces GEOL 102B, GEOL 103B and summer field camp
  • Remove the laboratory component from the following courses and change the units from 4 to 3: Geophysics (GEOL 112), Geochemistry (GEOL 123)
  • Convert the folowing courses to electives: Paleontology (GEOL 105), Geophysics (GEOL 112), Surface Processes (GEOL 120)
  • Modify the prerequisites for Geophysics (GEOL 112), Surface Professes (GEOL 120)
Justification: These changes achieve the following:
  • Reduce the number of units required for the major from 79 to 60
  • Reduce the number of units required for the B.S. in Geology from 124 to 120
  • Reduce the number of Geology Department WTU typically required to deliver upper-division course for the B.S. from 64 to 48
  • Remove the requirement that students take Summer Field Camp at another institution in addition to the nominal units required for the degree
  • Give the Geology Department control over the content of Summer Field Experience

 


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