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LIST #4 - 2011/2012

PROGRAM CHANGE PROPOSALS
UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on December 13, 2011)


 

Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:

 






 

 

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

MBA/IMBA

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

International Master of Business Administration

Justification:

This proposal is to to add the new class IMBA 299 and IMBA 296 to the IMBA curriculum.

Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Justification:

EMBA is a new course to be added as an elective to the EMBA curriculum. The EMBA program currently has no experimental course in its curriculum. The addition of EMBA 296 to the curriculum will enhance its flexibility to test out new course ideas to meet student learning needs in a competitive and volatile job market.

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Special Ed, Rehabilitation, School Psychology and Deaf Studies

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

Master of Arts in Education - Special Education

Justification:

The requirements for admission to the Master of Arts in Education Special Education program are being modified to address technical recommendations from the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS). Currently, OGS calculates a candidates’ GPA only utilizing the undergraduate grade level achievement, this includes lower- and upper-division courses. This current admission requirement has negatively impacted potential M.A. candidates who did not achieve a sufficient GPA during their lower division coursework. By adding the recommended phrasing, “…in the last 60-semester units of college coursework,” candidates who have demonstrated maturity and GPA success at the upper-division and/or graduate level (i.e., credential programs) can now meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirements.

Also, an addition of, “successfully meeting the University English Writing Proficiency requirements” is being proposed to align the admission standards with other graduate-level programs in the College of Education and within the department.

This non-substantive change is consistent with other graduate-level admission criteria throughout the campus.

 

Master of Science in Counseling - Vocational Rehabilitation

Justification:

The requirements for admission as a Master of Science in Counseling - Vocational Rehabilitation program are being modified to address a technical recommendation from the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS). Currently, OGS calculates a candidates’ GPA only utilizing the undergraduate grade level achievement, this includes lower- and upper-division courses. This current admission requirement has negatively impacted potential M.S. candidates who did not achieve a sufficient GPA during their lower division coursework. By adding the recommended phrasing, “…in the last 60-semester units of college coursework,” candidates who have demonstrated maturity and GPA success at the upper-division and/or graduate level (i.e., post-baccalaureate programs) can now meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirements.

This non-substantive change is consistent with other graduate-level admission criteria throughout the campus.

 

 

 

 

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS

Biological Sciences

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

Undergraduate Program in Biological Sciences (minimum grade)

Justification:

The Department is proposing a minimum grade of “C-“ when these courses are specifically taken as a pre-requisite to other courses in our curriculum.  This will serve as an early advisement tool for students who, based on poor performance in lower division major courses, are less likely to succeed in upper courses in the major.

Specific language:

A C- grade or better in Bio 1, Bio 2, Chem 1A, and Stat 1 is required when these courses are specified as pre-requisites for courses in Biological Sciences.  Students who do not meet this grade requirement may be administratively dropped from the course.

 

Undergraduate Program in Biological Sciences (pre-major)

Justification:

Biological Sciences is proposing the institution of specific requirements prior to acceptance into the major (aka a “pre-major”).  The Pre-major will have several benefits to the students and the Biological Sciences program.  Specifically, it will

(1)     Serve as an early advisement tool for students who, based on poor performance in lower division major courses, are less likely to succeed in upper division courses in the major.
(2)     Support the Graduation Initiative by providing early feedback to students that may not be suited for a major in the biological sciences.

*Note:  Students in the pre-major will receive academic advising through the Natural Sciences Advising Center (NSAC).

Criteria for acceptance as a Biological Sciences major:

1)   Completion of the following courses with a “C-” or better.  Only first or second attempt will be considered. BIO 1, BIO 2, CHEM 1A, STAT 1, ENG 1A (or equivalent)

NOTE:  Although entrance to the Biological Sciences major requires a C- or better in Chem 1A, eligibility for Chem 1B requires a “C” grade or better in Chem 1A.

 2)  Overall GPA of 2.3 based on the most recent 30 graded semester units and on any of the courses listed above that were taken prior to the last 30 graded semester units.

3)  Minimum of 30 units completed at the college level.

 

Chemistry

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Master of Science in Chemistry

Justification:

We are making two changes to our graduate program, both of which are intended to bring us into compliance with Title V and with CSUS Graduate Program policies. The first of these is to clarify that the mlmlmum number of 200-level seminar units required for the degree is eighteen. The second change is to reduce the number of 299 units from eight to six. At the same time, we are increasing the number of 500 units from two to four. Not only does this bring our program into compliance with Graduate Program policies, we believe the increase in 500 units better reflects the time and scope of educational experience involved in writing a thesis.

Master of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration

Justification:

We are making two changes to our Master of Science in Chemistry, concentration Biochemistry degree, both of which are intended to bring us into compliance with Title V and with CSUS Graduate Program policies. The first of these is to clarify that the minimum number of 200-level seminar units required for the masters degree is eighteen. The second change is to reduce the number of 299 unitss from eight to six. At the same time, we are increasing the number of 500 units from two to four. Not only does this bring our program into compliance with Graduate Program policies, we believe the increase in 500 units better refiects the time and scope of educational experience involved in writing a thesis.

 

 


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