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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


December 6, 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, Teri Doerksen, G04C Belknap Hall, ext. 4588.

Curricular Action Notice: Geography (Watershed Management)

New Program: B.S. Geography (Watershed Management concentration)

Rationale for program:

Issues of water quality and availability are becoming increasingly important in our world. It is essential that we have adequate numbers of properly-trained professionals to manage this vital resource. Mansfield University is an especially appropriate location for this program. Among the reasons are: our graduates already compete for jobs in this field—but they can be even more successful with have a stronger/more appropriate background; many students chose Mansfield University precisely because they want to work in an outdoor-oriented career; our geographic location is ideal (diverse water chemistry within 20 miles of campus, multiple flood control/water managements projects in Tioga County; Army Corps of Engineers, USGS, PaDEP and local groups are all active nearby; diverse bedrock and structure within county; varied land uses within county; boundary between glaciated/non-glaciated landscapes within county; part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, a focus of much research and remedial work; we already have a working relationship with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and have received a Teamwork Award from them; Pine Creek is part of the Scenic River Program; serious watershed problems exist in the county--acid mine drainage and nutrient loading of steams from intense farming operations, in particular; Mansfield University has runoff and water quality problems).
Mansfield University already offers many courses appropriate for this concentration, including: hydrology, geomorphology, weather and climate, limnology, chemistry, map/air photo interpretation, GPS and mapping, remote sensing, GIS, environmental geology, environmental issues, and introduction to regional planning.

New Courses:

GEG 1600 Introduction to Watershed Management (3 credits)
The beginning course in the concentration in Watershed Management. Topics include: delineation of watersheds; movement of surface and subsurface water; and the interaction of water, land and biota. The class is appropriate for anyone interested in the environment and water resources.

GEG 3272 GIS/GPS (4 credits)
Combines two existing 3-credit courses (GEG 3270 Geographic Information Systems and GEG 3400 GPS and Mapping) into one 4-credit course.

GEG 3260 Principles of Soil Science (3 credits)
A survey course that examines the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil. Relationships between soils and plant growth, land use, watershed management, water pollution and environmental protection form an integral part of the course.

GEG 4300 Watershed Restoration (3 credits)
Will cover various aspects of watershed restoration including: what it is, how it’s accomplished, who makes it successful and who carries it out.

GEG 3510 Wetlands (1 credit)
Covers the identification, delineation, classification and protection of wetlands.

GEG 3520 Watershed Ethics and Law (1 credit)
Covers legal and ethical issues pertaining to watershed management. Pertinent regulations, court decisions, and ethical concerns will be addressed.

GEG 3530 Watershed Policy (1 credit)
Examines how we use environmental and social factors to develop appropriate watershed policies and practices.

GEL 3310 Hydrology (4 credits)
Adds a lab and increases the breadth and depth of the existing 3-credit Hydrology course. Allows for coverage of additional content needed in the new Watershed Management program without having to add a new 3-credit course.

GEL 3310L Hydrology Lab (0 credits)
Includes both lab and field work. Evaluation of lab/field activities will be incorporated into the grade for the course.

Course Deletions:

GEG 3270 GIS (3 credits)
GEG 3400 GPS and Mapping (3 credits)
Rationale—GEG 3270 and GEG 3400 are being combined into a new 4-credit course, GEG 3272 GIS/GPS

GEL 3300 Hydrology (3 credits)
Rationale—GEL 3300 is being replaced by a new 4-credit course, GEL 3310 and GEL 3310L Hydrology which will have increased content and a designated lab.


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