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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


November 10, 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 Biology has requested the following curricular change:

Action: Program Change: BSE Biology

Rationale for change:

  1. The Biology BSE has to reduce its credit hours to 126 to comply with SSHE mandates. Biology education is one of the programs that have a waiver from the 120-credit rule.
  2. SSHE guidelines permit Professional programs to alter general education requirements to accommodate professional and accreditation requirements. Based on this guideline, the general education requirements have been adjusted to meet the allotted number of credit hours (126); thus the reduction by four hours to the general education requirements.
  3. HST 2201 or 2202 is no longer required for certification.
  4. Another English course is required for education certification.
  5. MA 1125 is a three credit course and MA 2231 is a four credit course and two math courses are required for certification; ergo, the placing of MA 2231 in the gen ed electives block.
  6. The placement of Educational Psychology into the Social Science block helps to make the move to 126 credits possible. The adolescent psychology component required for certification will be added to Educational Psychology.
  7. Botany's move to the general education block is to limit the number of courses to fill Group IV to two and to adjust the number of credits to more closely match the six-credit max.
  8. The elimination of adolescent psychology or life span development is necessary to adjust the credit hours to 126. The material needed for certification offered by these courses will be added to ed psych.
  9. The independent study (BI 4497)is needed to match the BSE degree to the BS degree according to PDE directives. Also the National Science Teachers Association wants biologists to engage in independent scientific investigation for accreditation purposes.
  10. The education department changed the number of this course (SPE 3275) and this change makes that correction.

List all changes:

  1. Change the number of credits required for the Biology BSE degree from 130 to 126.
  2. Reduce the number of credits required in General Education from 55 to 51 by reducing the number of wellness credits required from 3 to 2 and the number of credits in Group I and Group II from 12 to 9; the student will be able to chose which of these two blocks has 6 credits and which has only 3 credits.
  3. Eliminate the requirement of HST 2201 or 2202 from Group I.
  4. Add a requirement for an English literature course under Group II.
  5. Require only MA 1125 Statistics under Group III.
  6. Require ED 2205 Educational Psychology under Group V instead of the Professional Education Block.
  7. Move MA 2231 Calculus I to the General Education Electives block from Group III.
  8. Move BI 1130 Botany to the General Education Electives block from Group IV.
  9. Eliminate the requirement of PSY 3321 Adolescent Psychology or PSY 3290 Life
    Span Development.
  10. Add 1 credit of BI 4497 Independent Study to the biology requirements.
  11. Change the number of Inclusion of Diverse Learners from SPE 252 to SPE 3275.


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