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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY 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 changes to the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on May 13, 2009, and the dean approved the proposed changes on October 5, 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 14, 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.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
There are four college-wide changes being made to the prescribed work and special requirements for this degree: (1) A statement that students must satisfy the University-wide core curriculum requirements has been added and redundant line requirements have been stricken; (2) Honors course options are listed as satisfying the introductory chemistry requirement in the degree; (3) The foreign language requirements have been modified to reflect the change in the foreign language curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts; (4) The GPA requirement statement has been modified to reflect the change to +/- grading.

There are also option-specific changes to degree requirements:
Option I: Early Childhood
Include a required core of HDF 338 (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) and HDF 378L (Theories of Child and Family Development); add three more courses to the list of HDFS courses from which students must choose additional hours—HDF 345 (Peer Relationships), HDF 358 (Parent-Child Relationships), and HDF 362 (Children and Public Policy).

Option II: Human Development

Include a required core of HDF 378L (Theories of Child and Family Development) plus six semester hours chosen from HDF 335 (Adult Development), 351 (Infant Development), or 371 (Adolescent Development); and add two more courses to the list of HDFS courses from which students must choose additional hours—HDF 339 (Development of Psychopathology from Infancy through Adolescence) and HDF 358 (Parent-Child Relationships).

Option III: Families and Personal Relationships
Include a required core of HDF 337 (Personal Relationships) and three semester hours chosen from HDF 356 (Development and Dissolution of Relationships) or 372K (Families in Transition); and add two more courses to the list of HDFS courses from which students must choose additional hours—HDF 335 (Adult Development) and HDF 371 (Adolescent Development).

Option IV: Families and Society
Include a required core of HDF 347 (Socioeconomic Problems of the Family) and HDF 362 (Children and Public Policy); add HDF 366 (Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships) to the list of courses from which students must choose additional hours, and delete three course from this list--HDF 354 (Advanced Personal Financial Planning), 375 (Economic Issues of the Family), and 378K (Topic 5: Media and the Family).

Option V: General Human Development and Family Sciences
Delete this option from the catalog; change the name of Option VI to Option V.

Option VI: Human Development and Family Sciences Honors
The breadth requirement was revised to ensure that students would satisfy the core requirements for Natural Sciences Part I and Part II through their selection of courses. A statistics course was also added to the breadth requirement and the upper-division HDFS coursework requirement was reduced by three hours to accommodate this change. The total hours of approved elective coursework was increased from twenty to twenty-one to correct for a mathematical inaccuracy in the 08-10 catalog. Two statements have been added in special requirements to clarify that students must be in good standing in the Dean’s Scholars program to graduate under Option III, and that AP credit may not be used to satisfy the breadth requirement in the degree.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 518-521

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
College-Wide Changes:
(1) Core Curriculum:
The college is adopting the University-wide common core for its B.S. degrees for the 2010-12 catalog. Our degree plans are being updated to reflect this change.
(2) Honors Course Options:
For the past two years, qualified natural sciences students have had the option to complete an honors biology sequence (BIO 315H and BIO 325) and an honors chemistry sequence (CH 301H and CH 302H) to satisfy their introductory biology and chemistry course requirements. The degree plans in the college are being updated to reflect this option.
(3) Calculus:
The college has created a two-semester calculus sequence for science majors (M 408N and M 408S) that will emphasize the science-related applications of calculus. The curriculum in this two-semester sequence will be collaboratively informed by the mathematics faculty and the science faculty and is expected to better prepare science students to be successful as they progress through their calculus-based science and laboratory course work. Data in the college has shown that students who progress as a cohort through their required coursework tend to be more successful. Given the low success rates of natural sciences students in M 408K and M 408L, it is expected that these new courses will decrease the repeat-rate of science students taking first and second semester calculus, thereby reducing the impact on the college’s instructional budget as well. Natural Sciences students will continue to have the option of completing the traditional two-semester sequence for calculus-ready students, M 408C and M 408D. The majority of students are expected to complete the M 408N and M 408S sequence.
(4) GPA Requirements:
The college’s adoption of C- as the minimum grade required for course credit raises the possibility that students may satisfy all degree requirements with grades of C- but simultaneously fall short of the minimum 2.0 GPA required in the major. Therefore, the college is implementing a common GPA statement for all degrees in the college to clarify that students must have a grade of at least C-, and a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the math and science courses required in the degree.

Option-Specific Changes:
Option I: Early Childhood
Adding a required core of HDF 338 (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) and 378L (Theories of Child and Family Development) to the requirements for Option I will provide students with a stronger base in coursework in early childhood. We also propose to add three more courses to the list of HDFS courses from which students must choose additional hours—HDF 345 (Peer Relationships), 358 (Parent-Child Relationships), and 362 (Children and Public Policy)—because they include content relevant to early childhood and add depth to the option. We propose to delete HDF 338 and 378L from this list since they will become required courses.

Option II: Human Development
Adding a required core of HDF 378L (Theories of Child and Family Development) plus six semester hours chosen from HDF 335 (Adult Development), 351 (Infant Development), or 371 (Adolescent Development) to the requirements for Option II will provide students with a stronger base in coursework in life-span human development. We also propose to add two more courses to the list of HDFS courses from which students must choose additional hours—HDF 339 (Development of Psychopathology from Infancy through Adolescence) and 358 (Parent-Child Relationships) —because they include content relevant to human development and add depth to the option. We propose to delete HDF 378L from this list since it will become a required course.

Option III: Families and Personal Relationships
Adding a required core of HDF 337 (Personal Relationships) plus three semester hours chosen from HDF 356 (Development and Dissolution of Relationships) or 372K (Families in Transition) to the requirements for Option III will provide students with a stronger base in coursework in families and personal relationships. We also propose to add two more courses to the list of HDFS courses from which students must choose additional hours—HDF 335 (Adult Development) and HDF 371 (Adolescent Development)—because they include content relevant to families and personal relationships and add depth to the option. We propose to delete HDF 337 from this list since it will become a required course.

Option IV: Families and Society
Adding a required core of HDF 347 (Socioeconomic Problems of the Family) and HDF 362 (Children and Public Policy) to the requirements for Option IV will provide students with a stronger base in coursework in families and society. We also propose to add HDF 366 (Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships) to add more depth to this option, since it provides valuable information for students interested in working in applied settings. We propose to delete HDF 347 and 347 from the HDFS courses from which students must choose additional hours, since they will become required courses, and to delete HDF 354, 375, and 378K (Topic 5: Media and the Family) from this list since these courses are no longer offered.

Option V: General Human Development and Family Sciences
Option V was created to be an option for students who wanted to design a program for themselves based on their career choices. However, this option tended to be abused as a quick way to graduate instead of being utilized by students interested in scholarly intent, so we propose to discontinue this option. Option VI, the honors option, is still available for outstanding students who want to have additional research experience. We propose to add a description of how to apply for Option VI so we can provide students with correct information on how to apply for the Dean’s Scholars program, and to change the name of Option VI to Option V so the numbering of the degree options will be consecutive after Option V is dropped.

Option VI: Human Development and Family Sciences Honors
The changes proposed in this degree are reflective of the changes being made across all honors degree plans in the college. 1) The breadth and thesis requirements in the honors degrees have been revised where necessary to either clarify eligible courses, add “hidden” lab requirements, or ensure that students would select course combinations that would satisfy the University core requirements for Natural Sciences I and II. 2) The degree plans now specifically state that AP credit cannot be used to satisfy the breadth requirement because the intention of the degrees is to provide students with an honor-level course in these areas. 3) The hours of additional approved electives were modified where necessary to accurately reflect the number of elective hours that students had available. It was discovered that there were mathematical inaccuracies in the 08-10 catalog and these are being fixed. 4) It was deemed necessary by the faculty to clarify that students must be in good standing in the Dean’s Scholars program to obtain the honors option of a degree. This was an implied requirement that was never officially stated in the catalog. It is now being added.

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 Approval Date: April 17, 2009
College Approval Date: May 13, 2009
Dean Approval Date: October 5, 2009

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