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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


February 23, 2006

This 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, Jannis Floyd, Retan Center 208-D, ext. 4795,

Curricular Action Notice: Chemistry/Physics

1. Course Change: SCI 3270 Nanotech Lab Experience

Purpose and nature of change:
(i) remove existing physics prerequisites and require permission of the instructor--this course can be accessible to other majors, but it does have required content competencies (see the attached sheet) and

(ii) offer the course as an internship—this course is completed off-campus (similar to student teachers) and the students’ progress is monitored throughout the semester by the Nanotechnology Coordinator.

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):
An intensive nanotechnology laboratory experience. Topics covered include: material safety and equipment; basic nanotechnology practices; thin film deposition; lithography; materials modification; and device characterization, packaging, and testing. Permission of Nanotechnology Coordinator required.
Prerequisites: remove existing PHY 3312, PHY 3315, and PHY 3316 physics prerequisites.

Requested date of offering (Must meet new catalog deadline of March 1) Fall 2006

2. New Course Request: PHY 4440 Physics Internship

Purpose and Nature of Course:
Physics presently has no internship course options and we want one
For variable credits, list Minimum Credit 1; Maximum Credits 6_
To repeat for additional credit (not repeat of previously earned grade), list maximum hours of credit that may be earned over multiple Semesters __3___ semester hours.

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):
The physics internship gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in physics while working with a private or public agency. The practical experience required augments the physics learned in the classroom. May be taken for 1 to 6 credits. No more than 3 credits can count towards the major. Permission of advisor required.

Requested initial date of offering (Must meet new catalog deadline of March 1) Fall 2006

Estimated Frequency of Offering: as needed

Describe any student enrollment restrictions: Limited to majors in the BS Physics and BS Physics, Pre-Engineering programs.

Describe Evaluative Techniques: Observation and interviews with student/supervisor; descriptive journal and final paper

A copy of the New Course Request and Course Change Forms are available upon request.


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