Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Minutes

March 11, 2009

 

 

Present: Pikowsky (REG), Tone (HTS), Bottomley (CHEM), Isbell (CoC), Seitzman (AE), Kubanek (BIOL), Chang (MGT), Riley (ECE), Castro (COA), Benkeser (BME), Ferri (ME), Montoya (BIOL),  Schatz (PHYS)

 

Visitors: Howson (REG), Jones (REG), Laros (REG),  Senft (REG), Paraska (Provost), Blaylock (ME), Rahnemia (ME), Yen (BIOL),  Tovey (ISYE), Llewellyn (CETL),  Bruckman (CoC), Harwell (UROP)

Note: All action items in these minutes require approval by the Academic Senate.  In some instances, items may require further approval by the Board of Regents or the University System of Georgia.  If the Regents' approval is required, the change is not official until notification is received from the Board to that effect. Academic units should take no action on these items until USG and/or BOR approval is secured.  In addition, units should take no action on any of the items below until these minutes have been approved by the Academic Senate or the Executive Board.

Administrative Matters

Susan Paraska of the Provost’s Office did a presentation on changes in the process for program review. She outlined the changes and talked about how this would impact the work of the Program Review Subcommittee.  The Chair of the IUCC, Dr. Tone, called for a meeting of the Program Review Subcommittee to discuss the changes and to form a strategy.  He also asked that the Provost’s Office forward as soon as possible the program review information so that the Subcommittee can determine how to proceed to meet the deadline for getting the reviews completed.

Academic Matters

1.           A motion was made to approve a request from the School of Biology for new certificates and to eliminate the existing certificate.  The motion was seconded and approved.

·         Biomedical Science (CIP 26.0102)

·         Biomolecular Technology (CIP 26.1201)

·         Computation and Quantitative Biology (CIP 26.1101)

·         Environmental Science (CIP 03.0104)

·         Marine Science (CIP 26.9999)

·         Integrative Biology (CIP 26.0102)

 

The School of Biology proposed the establishment of 6 new optional Certificates in Biology for undergraduates majoring in Biology or other disciplines.  It also proposed removing the current certificate “Biology” which is only available to non-biology majors and is hardly ever utilized.  Georgia Tech regulations require that certificates consist of 12 credit-hours of coursework, including at least 9 credits at the 3000+ level.  Courses required by name and number for a student’s major program of study may not count towards a certificate.  Students may not double-count courses towards more than one certificate or minor.  Non-Biology majors will be required to include at least 9 credits of BIOL coursework within their certificate.  Students should choose 12 credits from the lists below for each of the 6 new certificates:

 

1) Biomedical Science

 

APPH/BIOL 3751         Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIOL 4015                   Cancer Bio/Tech

BIOL 4105                   Macromolecular Modeling

BIOL 4150                   Genomics

BIOL 4340                   Medical Microbiology

BIOL 4401                   Experimental Design and Statistical Methods

BIOL 4464                   Developmental Biology

BIOL 4570                   Immunology and Immunochemistry

BIOL 4668                   Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics

BIOL 4752                   Introduction to Neuroscience

BIOL 4802                   Special Topics: Current Trends in Biomedical Entrepreneurship

BIOL 4803                   Special Topics: Virology

BIOL 4803                   Special Topics: Endocrinology

BMED 3100                 Systems Physiology

BMED 3110                 Quant Engr Physio Lab I

BMED 4400                Neuroengineering

BMED 4500                 Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab

BMED 4570                 Diagnostic Imaging Physics

BMED/CHEM/

CHBE 4765      Drug design, development and delivery

LCC 2300                     Intro Biomedicine & Culture

 

2) Biomolecular Technology

 

BIOL 3380                   Microbiology

BIOL 3381                   Microbiology Lab

BIOL 4105                   Macromolecular Modeling

BIOL 4150                   Genomics

BIOL 4225                   Molecular Evolution

BIOL 4440                   Plant Physiology

BIOL 4746                   Signaling Molecules

BIOL 4478                   Biophysics

BIOL 4608                   Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics

BIOL 4668                   Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics

BIOL 4802                   Special Topics: Microbial Genomics

BIOL 4803                   Special Topics: Protein Biology (once approved)

BMED/CHEM/

CHBE 4765      Drug design, development and delivery

CHEM 4511                 Biochemistry I

CHEM 4512                 Biochemistry II

CHEM 4521                 Biophysical Chemistry

CHEM 4803                 Special Topics: Macromolecular Structure

CHBE 4760                  Biocatalysis

 

3) Computational & Quantitative Biology

 

BIOL 2400                   Mathematical Models in Biology

BIOL 4105                   Macromolecular Modeling

BIOL 4150                   Genomics

BIOL 4225                   Molecular Evolution

BIOL 4401                   Experimental Design and Statistical Methods

BIOL 4422                   Theoretical Ecology

BIOL/MATH 4755        Mathematical Biology

BMED 4477                 Bio Networks & Genomics

CS 4400                       Introduction to Database Systems

CS 4710                       Intro to Computing Concepts in Bioinformatics

MATH 3012                 Applied Combinatorics

MATH 3215                 Probability & Statistics

MATH 4022                 Introduction to Graph Theory

CEE/ISYE/MATH 3770 Statistics & Applications

 

4) Environmental Science

 

BIOL 2100                   Biogeography of New Zealand

BIOL 3100                   Ecology and Evolution of Australia

BIOL 3300                   Tropical Ecology

BIOL 3380                   Introductory Microbiology

BIOL 3381                   Introductory Microbiology Lab

BIOL 4101                   Sensory Ecology

BIOL 4221                   Biological Oceanography

BIOL 4410                   Microbial Ecology

BIOL 4417                   Marine Ecology

BIOL 4418                   Microbial Physiology

BIOL 4422                   Theoretical Ecology

BIOL 4440                   Plant Physiology

BIOL 4446                   Animal Physiology

BIOL 4471                   Behavior Biology

BIOL 4620                   Aquatic Chemical Ecology

BIOL 4803                   Special Topics: Urban Ecology

BIOL 4803                   Special Topics: Population & Evolutionary Ecology

CEE 2300                     Environmental Engineering Principles
CEE 3340                     Environmental Engineering Laboratory
CEE 4300                     Environmental Engineering Systems
CEE 4620                     Environmental Impact Assessment

CHEM/EAS 4740         Atmospheric Chemistry

EAS 1600                     Intro Environmental Science
EAS 1601                     Habitable Planet
EAS 2420                     Environmental Measures
EAS 2600                     Earth Processes
EAS 2602                     Earth Through Time
EAS 4110                     Resources, Energy & the Environment
EAS 4300                     Oceanography
EAS 4350                     Paleoclimate & Paleoceanography
EAS 4410                     Climate & Global Change
EAS 4602                     Biogeochemical Cycles

 

5) Marine Science

 

BIOL 4221                   Biological Oceanography

BIOL 4410                   Microbial Ecology

BIOL 4417                   Marine Ecology

BIOL 4446                   Animal Physiology

BIOL 4620                   Aquatic Chemical Ecology

CEE 3040                     Fluid Mechanics

CEE 4225                     Coastal Engineering

EAS 3620                     Geochemistry

EAS 4300                     Oceanography

EAS 4350                     Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography

EAS 4602                     Biogeochemical cycles

NS 2323                       Navigation

 

6) Integrative Biology

12 credits chosen from courses represented in four of the other certificates (e.g., 3 credits from each of 4 other certificates = 12 credits total).

 

For non-Biology majors:

Additional courses that can count towards any of the above certificates are: BIOL 1510/1511, BIOL 1520/1521, BIOL 2335/2337, BIOL 2344/2345, BIOL 3340 (as long as these courses are not required for their major program of study, and only up to 3 credits of courses at the 1xxx-2xxx level can count).  At least 9 credits of BIOL coursework are required for each certificate

2.           A motion was made to approve a new course from the School of Biology, the School of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Material Science and Engineering, the School of Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering, and the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  The motion was seconded and approved.

NEW COURSE (to be cross-listed)

BIOL/ME/MSE/PTFE/ISYE 4740 Biologically Inspired Design 3-0-3   

Note: Change to Pre-requisite of BMED 3160 to 3100 (3160 is an Inactive Course)

3.           A motion was made to approve a request from the School of Aerospace Engineering for modification of the minor.  The motion was seconded and approved.

CHANGES TO THE MINOR

·         Reduction in total hours required from 18 to 15.

·         Removal of specific tracks.

Note: There are currently six tracks within the AE Minor. With this change, there will be a minor in AE, but there will be no tracks within the minor.

·         Removal of prerequisite requirements of COE 2001 and AE 2220.

 

4.           A motion was made to approve a request from the School of Mechanical Engineering for new courses, modification of degree requirements, and prerequisite modifications.  The motion was seconded and approved.

NEW COURSES

·         NRE 3208 Nuclear Reactor Physics I (3-0-3) 

·         NRE 4208 Nuclear Reactor Physics II (3-0-3) 

Note: NRE 3208 replaces NRE 3212. NRE 4208 replaces 4204. Students may not receive credit for both NRE 3208 and 3212. Students may not receive credit for both NRE 4208 and NRE 4204.

DEACTIVATE COURSE

NRE 4204

MODIFICATIONS OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

·         Remove required course NRE 3212 “Fundamental of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering”

·         Remove required NRE 4204 “Nuclear Reactor Physics”

·         Add new required NRE 3208 “Nuclear Reactor Physics I”

·         Add new required NRE 4208 “Nuclear Reactor Physics II”

MODIFICATION OF PRE-REQUISITES OF EXISTING COURSES

·         NRE 3301 ‘Radiation Physics” from a co-requisite of PHYS 2213 to pre-requisite of Math 1502 and Physics 2211.

·         NRE 4206 “Radiation Physics Laboratory” from pre-requisites of NRE 4204 and NRE 3112 to pre-requisites of NRE 4208 and NRE 3112.

·         NRE 4232 “Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Design” from pre-requisites of NRE 4204 and NRE 4328 to pre-requisites of NRE 4208 and NRE 4328.

5.           A motion was made to approve a request from the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture for new courses and modification of the Undergraduate Research Option program.  The motion was seconded and approved.

MODIFICATION OF RESEARCH OPTION REQUIREMENT

 

·         Replacement of the current requirement in the Research Option for the 2-hour LCC 4700 thesis writing course with two 1-hour courses covering the same material to be taken in succession.

NEW COURSES

·         LCC 4701: Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing  1-0-1

List as equivalent to LCC 4700

 

·         LCC 4702: Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing  1-0-1

List as equivalent to LCC 4700

 

Note: LCC 4701 and 4702 are equivalent to LCC 4700 and will replace it. Students may not get credit for both.

6.           A motion was made to approve a request from the College of Computing for a new course and modification of thread picks.  The motion was seconded and approved.

NEW COURSE

CS 4472 Design of Online Communities 3-0-3

CHANGES TO THREAD PICKS

·         Remove CS 4365 Intro to Enterprise Computing from Pick 2 of Introduction to Information    Management group

 

·         Remove the following courses from the Enterprise Computing elective group:

               - CS 4560 Verification of Systems

               - CS 4342 Software Generation, Testing & Maintenance

               - MGT 4056 Electronic Commerce

               - MGT 4057 Business Process Analysis & Design

 

·         Create a new Management of Information elective group consisting of:

               - MGT 4056 Electronic Commerce

               - MGT 4057 Business Process Analysis & Design

 

         These revisions do not change the hours or 8-semester plans for the BSCS degree.

 

There was considerable discussion about whether approval was needed for these changes to Threads and Threads Picks. It was the conclusion of the Committee that these requests in the future will come as information items and will not need to be approved. If the Committee has any concerns, it will then re-evaluate this procedure.

7.           A motion was made to approve a request from the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning for new courses.  The motion was seconded and approved.

NEW COURSES

·         CETL 2698 Undergraduate Research Assistantship 1-12

·         CETL 2699 Undergraduate Research 1-12  

·         CETL 4698  Undergraduate Research Assistantship 1-12   

·         CETL 4699  Undergraduate Research  1-12

8.           A motion was made to approve a recommendation from the Registrar’s Office to include a statement about limitations on petitions for term and course withdrawals to the guidelines that were recently approved and posted to the web site. The motion was seconded and approved.

Note: The Committee suggested some changes in language that will be completed before this information is added to the guidelines document and posted to the web site. The Committee also debated whether this might more appropriately be referred to the Student Regulations Committee as a policy change.  After considerable discussion, it was decided that a statement in the posted guidelines would likely serve as a deterrent to these petitions and would provide some notice and frame of reference for the petitioners, advisors, and registrar’s office staff. Therefore, adding the information to the published guidelines, with the suggested changes in wording, would serve the desired purpose.

LIMITATIONS ON PETITIONS FOR LATE TERM WITHDRAWALS

Petitions for late term withdrawals will not be allowed after three terms have passed. In other words, a student who wishes to withdraw from the Fall 2008 term has until the end of the Fall 2009 term in which to file a petition. Petitions that exceed this time limit will be rejected by the Registrar’s Office.  If a student is not enrolled during the three terms that follow the term from which they wish to withdraw, the petition must be filed within the first term of re-enrollment. There are no exceptions.

LIMITATIONS ON PETITIONS FOR LATE COURSE WITHDRAWALS (SELECTIVE WITHDRAWALS)

Petitions for late course withdrawals (selective withdrawals) will not be allowed after three terms have passed. In other words, a student who wishes to withdraw from a course that was taken in the Fall 2008 term has until the end of the Fall 2009 term in which to file a petition. Petitions that exceed this time limit will be rejected by the Registrar’s Office.  If a student is not enrolled during the three terms that follow the term in which they are seeking a selective course withdrawal, the petition must be filed within the first term of re-enrollment. There are no exceptions.

9.           A motion was made to approve a set of guidelines, pending review of the suggested changes in wording, drafted by the Registrar’s Office to address Core requirements, the transition from the quarter system, and related confusion regarding students who have been here for 10 or more years and who are now trying to address credit hour deficiencies in the Math and Lab Science areas. The motion was seconded and approved.

The revised guidelines document will be reviewed by the Committee via email and will be posted in the next set of Minutes.

10.       A motion was made to approve an appeal of a student petition for a waiver of the 36-hour rule. The motion was seconded and approved.

Adjourned,

 

Reta Pikowsky

Registrar