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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF THE ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR THE
BACHELOR SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following addition of the admission criteria for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a major in Biological Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on July 8, 2009, and the dean approved the proposed changes on November 6, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 23, 2009, 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 for 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 December 21, 2009.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on December 9, 2009.


ADDITION OF THE ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR THE
BACHELOR SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a major in Biological Sciences

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Admission criteria to the major in Environmental Science are defined.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. page 490 under the header Admission and Registration

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The environmental science degree, with a major in biological sciences, will be administered by the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and will be overseen by a Program Coordinator. Students will be advised by the Biological Sciences Advising Center. This degree plan requires a significant amount of field work in the upper-division coursework.
To better manage student flow and college resources, the college and the School of Biological Sciences have defined criteria for moving from the entry-level major into the BS Environmental Science degree. Admission to the degree program will be via an application process and will be determined in part by grade and GPA requirements in pre-requisite coursework. Students will be selected by a faculty committee, chaired by the Faculty Advisor of the degree plan.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? The decision of how many students to admit will be determined in part through conversations with the other participating units in Geographical and Geological Sciences. All three units will be admitting students to the B.S. Environmental Science degree, and all of these students will be enrolling in particular field courses together.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Yes. Discussion with Jay Banner, Director of the Environmental Science Institute, on November 6, 2009. Correspondence with Richard Flores, Senior Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts, on November 6, 2009.

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 Approval Date: June 16, 2009
College Approval Date: July 8, 2009
Dean Approval Date: November 6, 2009

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