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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


October 1, 2002

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, ext. 4521,

The department of Chemistry and Physics has requested the following curricular action:

Action: Program Change Proposal B.S. Chemistry (Chemistry & Biochemistry Concentrations)

Rationale for the change: To reduce credits required for the B.S. Chemistry programs from 128 to 120.

List all changes: Decrease the number of credits required from 128 to 120 by deleting 8 credits of free electives. No other changes should be necessary; with careful advising, a student should be able to complete the B.S. Chemistry degree with 120 credits. Details follow.

General Education specifies 55 credits. Both concentrations (Chemistry and Biochemistry) specify 70 credits. Six of the specified courses* satisfy 18 General Education credits, so that between General Education and the major programs, 107 credits are specified, leaving 13 credits for free electives [*CHM 1111 and PHY 2210satisfy the Natural Sciences block; MA 2231 satisfies Mathematics block; and CHM 1112, PHY 2211, and MA 2232 satisfy the General Education Electives block]. In addition to ENG 1112 and 33313, the major provides all of the required W courses. With COM 1101, the major provides all of the required I courses. Students will have to find three G course among General Education and free electives.

With regard to the 40% rule, the Chemistry concentration [with ENG 3313 provides a minimum of 42 upper-level credits, with a possibility of at least 4 more depending on what CHM and MA electives are taken. The Biochemistry concentration [with ENG 3313] provides 46 upper-level credits. In each case, students would need to take no more than two upper-level courses among their General Education and free electives.


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