Decisions on proposals from UGS Agenda Nov8-2005

 

 

Old Business:

 

A. The revision to the FINC BS program consisted of a set of eight proposals rolled into one. The first two of these (dealing with written/oral communication requirements and with reduction of social science requirements) are still under review and will be discussed tomorrow (Jan 10), based on the email revision supplied by Paul Laux. The remaining six proposals (i.e. #3-8) were approved unanimously.

 

B. Many of the multicultural decisions are completed, but a few remain. Those remaining require some additional input from the faculty and will be dealt with at the meeting after the one tomorrow. Those that have been decided will be listed in a separate email shortly.

 

C. The Major/Minor/Concentration definitions were discussed/edited and are now finished.

 

D. The revision to the UGS committee charge (indicating that the committee considers advice from the General Education Committee in its deliberations) was approved.

 

E. Review of the FYE Guidelines remains to be discussed.

 

 

 

New Business:

 

A. APPROVED. MEEG441 (Combustion) deleted from courses allowed for Aerospace Engineering Concentration; MEEG419, 616, 636 and 655 to be added.

 

B. APPROVED. ELEG471 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3cr) added to list of advanced courses for Minor in Biomedical Engineering.

 

C. APPROVED. Adding ENWC 215 (Entomology Laboratory, 1 cr). Requirements for the Entomology Minor are to be reduced from 18 credits of ENWC courses including 205, 305, 406, and 408 to 16 credits of ENWC courses including ENWC 205, 215 [a new 1-credit version of 305], 406, and at least 6 additional credits from courses focused primarily on insects.

 

D. APPROVED. New Honors Bachelors of Science Degree in Plant Science.

 

E. APPROVED. New Honors Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Soil Science.

 

F. APPROVED. New Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Horticulture.

 

G. APPROVED. Environmental Soil Science BS Degree program to drop FREC 135 and computer science requirement. Entering students are expected to already have basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).

 

H. APPROVED. Plant Science BS Degree program to drop FREC 135 and computer science requirement. Entering students are expected to already have basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).

 

I. APPROVED. Landscape Horticulture BS Degree program to drop FREC 135 and computer science requirement. Entering students are expected to already have basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).

 

J. APPROVED. Deletion of Major and Minor in Plant Biology. Low enrollments in major and minor in spite of recruiting efforts. Students can still major in Plant Science and take plant biology courses using elective credits.

 

K. APPROVED. International Business Studies BS and Honors BS Majors to be added. Excellent and timely proposal. Credit load is somewhat high at 126, but very well justified. Business collaboration with Foreign Languages and Literature. All courses already exist.

 

L. PENDING. TWO changes proposed in core requirements for the BS Majors in three departments: Management, Marketing, and Operations Management. (1) Adding new freshman course (BAUD 110) as "first year experience" introduction to business surveying relevant topics. (2) Proposing decrease in written/oral communications requirement from 6 to 3 credits allowing either written OR oral 3 credit course to satisfy requirement. First change is approved, but second change is not approved. The latter is the same as that proposed for FINC and an alternative FINC change will be considered at the UGS Committee meeting tomorrow (Jan 10) to provide an interim solution to the conflict of the proposal with the General Education Goals of the University of Delaware.