Georgia Institute of Technology

2008-2009 Annual Report

Graduate Curriculum Committee


October 20, 2009, 3-5:00 p.m., Ferst Center for the Arts

General Faculty Assembly and Academic Senate (State of the Institute Address - Fall Meeting of the General Faculty)

Members: David Anderson, Julie Babensee, Bridget Barry, Robert Butera, Jim Craig, Beth Davis , Steven French, Alex Gray,  Leo Mark, Luis Martins,  Janet Murray,  Gary Parker, John Peponis,  Gail Potts,  David Rosen, Emilson Silva, Vinod Singhal, Marilyn Smith, Francesca Storici,  Reta Pikowsky, and Raymond Vito

Meetings: The GCC held 12 meetings during the 2008-2009 academic year plus additional meetings on focused topics such as program reviews. The work of the committee falls into three main categories which are curricular items, program reviews, and student petitions. Activities in each of these areas are outlined below. Gary Parker served as Chair of the Committee.  Julie Babensee served as Vice Chair of the Committee. 


Curriculum Items: Over the 2008-2009 academic year, the GCC approved several modifications and additions to Georgia Tech’s degrees.


32 New courses were approved in:

  1. Architecture
  2. Material Science and Engineering
  3. Mechanical Engineering
  4. Industrial & Systems Engineering
  5. Building Construction
  6. City and Regional Planning
  7. CETL
  8. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  9. Chemical Engineering
  10. Management
  11. Medical Physics
  12. Nuclear and Radiological Engineering


Changes to existing courses were approved in the following areas:

  1.  Building Construction
  2. Applied Physiology
  3. Mechanical Engineering


New Degrees or Concentrations

  1.  Doctor of Philosophy with a major in City and Regional Planning


New Joint Degree Programs

  1.  Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Material Science and Engineering Joint Material Science and Peking University Department of Advanced Materials and Engineering


Changes were approved that affected the following degree programs:

  1. Industrial & Systems Engineering eliminate from Ph.D program Optimization and Stochastics and add System Informatics and Control
  2. Computer Science Master of Science in Information Security offered via Distance learning
  3. Mechanical Engineering replaced seminar requirement MP8011 and MP8012 with two new seminar courses MP7011 and MP7012 for Master level students
  4. Industrial & Systems Engineering update and modernize Master of Science in Health Systems


Program Reviews were accepted in the following areas:

  1. Public Policy


 Student Petitions and Appeals: The Graduate Committee acted on 96 student petitions.  In 2007-2008 the Committee acted on 79 petitions.


Submitted by:


Gary Parker, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Chair, GCC, 2008-2009