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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
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PROTEST TO PROPOSED CHANGES FOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY (D 203-214), THE SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (D 274-297), AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS (D 307-314) IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000
We are protesting the proposed changes
in the Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry,
biology, and physics.
Proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of course 506. This requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.
Little or no justification is given for this change, and
we fail to see the value of this level of competence in a foreign language.
If students are to have any understanding and appreciation of another
language and culture, a greater level of exposure to the subject is needed.
If the desire is simply to do away with the language requirement, then
the educational implications of such a change should be discussed, rather
than settling for a compromise that does not appear to serve a sound
Justification: By making the Computation Option a part of thestudent's degree program, we are filling the need expressed by many students who want to learn about computing as it applies to their disciplines. It will enable this department to incorporate more computing into its curricula, thereby increasing students marketability after graduation.
Thus, the reduction in hours in a foreign language is
replaced by increasing hours in natural sciences. The intent of taking
more technical courses at the expense of liberal arts courses is reinforced
by the following that appears in the chemistry degrees:
The result of this may be to increase students marketability
in the short term, but we believe that it shortchanges our students in
the long term. Our students should have the opportunity to gain a broad
education and experience areas outside their major. This is a topic that
we should at least consider. We may reasonably debate and decide that
a second language is not a critical part of a students education,
but do we want to eliminate that exposure to the liberal arts in favor
of more courses in the major? An alternative would be to allow the students
to take additional electives outside the college. We understand the desire
to increase the technical competence of our students, but we object to
doing so by limiting the students exposure to the university experience.