Academic Affairs Committee
November 3, 2004
is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed
curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the
next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor
Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604, email@example.com.
Department of Chemistry and Physics has requested the following curricular
Course Change: CHM 1102 Organic and Biochemistry
Purpose and nature of change:
Changing the catalog prerequisite for CHM 1102 from "CHM
1101" to "CHM 1101 or permission of instructor" would
allow more students to take this laboratory science course. CHM 1102
addresses many aspects of organic and biochemistry, with applications
in the world of our experience, in ways that are not strongly dependent
on some of the material covered by CHM 1101. Students with some familiarity
with chemistry but lacking the explicit prerequisite can be, and have
been, successful in CHM 1102. With the current prerequisite, students
have no incentive to take CHM 1102 to fulfill the General Education
laboratory science requirement. Expanding enrollment is a benefit
to students and to the University's General Education program by increasing
General Education offerings. From the Department's perspective, seats
are available and could be filled.
Course Description for Catalog:
The only change to the catalog's course description is to make
the prerequisite "CHM 1101 or permission of instructor."
Prerequisites: CHM 1101 or permission of instructor
List all programs that require this course. Provide support from
Both CHM 1101 and CHM 1102 are required by two programs: B.S. Geography,
Environmental Science concentration; and B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics.
I have discussed this change with Dr. Russ Dodson and Dr. Kathy Wright,
both of whom feel it is a reasonable step that would have no impacts
on their programs.
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