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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIOLOGY IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Arts in Biology in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on June 14, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on October 3, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 19, 2007, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on January 17, 2008.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 10, 2008. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIOLOGY IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
The changes update and define the lists of courses used to satisfy the six areas of required coursework.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 458-459

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):

A committee of Marty Shankland (chair), Stan Roux, Shelley Payne, Jim Mauseth, and Elizabeth Weiss discussed and proposed revisions for the B.A. degree in Biology.
Specifically, some members felt that the current layout is too unstructured, permitting students to meet one or more of the breadth requirements with highly specialized or advanced courses that do not provide a solid foundation in that area of biology.
This revision requires that the student take one core foundation course in Cellular, Developmental, and Molecular Biology, and one core foundation course in Ecology and Evolution. These core courses would be taken in addition to the six area requirements, thereby insuring that students still have the opportunity to count more specialized courses in both of those areas.
These areas provide both breadth (molecular biology/physiology/population biology) and organismal diversity (animal/plant/microbe). However, the lists of courses that meet these area requirements are out of date, and the committee proposes a number of revisions detailed on the following pages. This increases the number of hours of required class work in the major subject from 32 to 35, which would still be less than the maximum of 36 hours permitted by the B.A. degree. The “C or better” statement was changed because the current statement is not broad enough to cover all courses required for the major.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain. No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: April 5, 2007
College: yes Date: June 14, 2007
Dean: yes Date: October 3, 2007

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.