Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Full Committee (Academic Matters)
06 September 2006
Present: Williams (ECE), Weinberg (ARCH), Ferri (ME), Snell (BIOL), Jarrett (ARCH), Guzdial (CoC), Seitzman (AE), Bottomley (CHEM), Barke (PUBP), Wong (MGT), Webster (CEE), Schatz (PHYS), Benkeser (BMED), Pikowsky (REGISTRAR), Riley (ECE), Parsons (MGT)
Visitors: Bradd (REGISTRAR), Carson (REGISTRAR)
1. A motion was made to approve a request from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for a new course. The motion was seconded and approved.
ChBE 4760/CHEM 4760 Biocatalysis 3-0-3
2. A motion was made to table a request from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for three new courses pending more information. The motion was seconded and approved.
PROPOSED NEW COURSES – TABLED
ChBE 4220, 4230, 4240
3. A motion was made to table a request from the School of Materials Science and Engineering for a curriculum change that would require a grade of C or higher in all math, science, and engineering courses required by name and number. The motion to table was seconded and approved.
4. The request from the School of Materials Science and Engineering to make MSE 2020 a perquisite for MSE 3020 was acknowledged and no concern was expressed. Since prerequisite changes are submitted as informational items, there was no vote necessary.
5. A motion was made to approve a request from the School of Public Policy for three new undergraduate course numbers to offer internships. The motion was seconded and approved.
PUBP 2651 Public Policy Internship 0-1-3
PUBP 4651 Public Policy Internship 0-1-6*
PUBP OLA Legal Internship 0-1-3
*May count up to 6 credits in internships for graduation.
6. A motion was made to approve a request from the Division of Professional Practice for a new course number for student working abroad in the new International Plan. The motion was seconded and approved.
INEX 3011, 3015, 3018 Work Abroad Semester 0-0-12
7. A motion was made to approve a request from the School of Public Policy for changes to their Public Policy and Political Science minors. The motion was seconded and approved.
Change Public Policy minor requirements to read “POL 1101 or equivalent as determined by the administrator of the minor program is required in addition to the 18 semester hours for the minor.”
For the Political Science minor, add INTA 2210, Comparative Political Philosophies and Ideologies to the list of courses satisfying the requirements for the Political Science minor.
For both the Public Policy and the Political Science minor, add the following language to the list of requirements:
“A student may seek permission from the School of Public Policy to allow 3 hours of upper-division coursework taught outside the School to count toward the completion of the minor if that coursework is clearly relevant to [Public Policy] [Political Science].”
8. The Committee discussed a proposal from the College of Computing to divide into schools. No written document detailing the proposed changes was presented. Rather, the Committee representative from the College of Computing gave a short presentation, explaining that the motivations for this proposed administrative structure are related to more effective administration, budgeting, and program creation within the College. If this change is implemented, the undergraduate degrees would still be administered by the College. The minor would still be administered by the College and the Computational Media program would reside with the School of Interactive and Intelligent Computing. The College of Computing expects that these administrative changes would have no harmful impact on undergraduate programs.
The sense of the Committee was that the proposed change would likely not have a significant impact on the current undergraduate degree programs offered by the College. However, it was noted that there are unknowns in the discussion and, in time, issues related to the undergraduate programs may arise and require further discussion.