Graduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
March 4, 2003

Members Present:  Barbara Eide, Jonathan Majak, Carol Angell, Robert Krajewski, Bradley Seebach, Joel Elgin, Steve Simpson, Kasilingham Periyasamy

Members Absent:  Thomas Krueger, Mark Kelley , Susan (Boon) Murray, Patricia Wilder (exc), Carey O’Kelly

Consultants:  Ron Rada, Charles Martin-Stanley, Diane Schumacher

Guests:  Kathryn Hollon, George Arimond, Mark Sandheinrich

1.     Joel Elgin was introduced as a new member to the committee.

2.     M/S/P to approve minutes of February 18, 2003, as amended.

3.     Second Readings: None

4.     First Readings:

Proposal #10, REC 420/520, Commercial Recreation Management, prerequisite, effective Summer 2003.

Prerequisite: REC 320 and ACC 221 or ACC 235.

The prerequisite is applicable primarily to undergraduate students. M/S/P to approve the proposal on the first reading.

Proposal #11, BIO 405/505, Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants, title, effective Fall 2004.

BIO 413/513, Medical Mycology, course description, prerequisites, effective Spring 2003.  A study of the increasing number of medically important fungi, including the yeasts, molds, other fungi, and actinomycetes that are pathogenic to humans and other animals. Emphasis is on laboratory techniques for isolation and identification of these pathogenic fungi. Prerequisite: MIC 230 or BIO 412/512. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Offered Sem. II.

BIO 440/540, Bioinformatics, new course, 2 credits, effective Fall 2003.  In this course, students will use computers to study and compare the sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA, or the amino acids in a protein. Computers are also used to examine the three dimensional structure of proteins. Being able to manipulate and study this information is the basis for the current revolution in Biotechnology. Topics include evolution, taxonomy, genomics and understanding disease. This course provides students an opportunity to explore the relationships between biology, microbiology, chemistry and computer science. Lect. 1, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: BIO 306 or MIC 230 (BIO 435 or MIC 416 recommended). Cross-listed with BIO 440/540; may only earn credit in MIC or BIO. Offered Sem. II or J-term

BIO 779, Biology Laboratory Assistant, new course, 1-2 credits.  Allows graduate students to gain experience in assisting with preparation and teaching 300 and 400 level laboratory-based coursed in conjunction with the regular instructor. Students will be expected to assist in preparation of course materials, demonstrate proper techniques, and evaluate student performance. Admission by instructor consent. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Not applicable to assisting in 100 or 200 level courses. Repeatable for credit –max 3. Elective in all graduate programs in biology and microbiology, excluding nurse anesthesia and clinical microbiology.

BIO 442/542, Plant Microbe Interactions, 3 credits, new course, effective Spring 2004.  This course will explore in depth various ways that plants interact with microbes in the environment, at the macroscopic, cellular, and molecular levels.  Case studies will include both parasitic and mutualistic (symbiotic) interactions.  Microbes include fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and viruses.  Includes plant pathology and studies of the beneficial relationships between plants and microbes.  Inquiry based labs are integrated into the lecture and discussion sessions.  Lect. 2, Lab. 2.  Prerequisites: BIO 204, MIC 230, plus EITHER BIO 306 or MIC 416.  Cross-listed with BIO 442/542.  Offered Sem. II, even years. Elective in biology, environmental, and microbiology programs.

BIO 490/590, Current Topics in Biology Education, course description.  Biological researchers produce new discoveries almost daily. To better understand these new discoveries, it is important that students be exposed to some of the current technologies and theories used in biology. The purpose of this course is to train K-12 pre-service and in-service teachers in the current technologies and theories used in biology and to demonstrate the current teaching these materials. Repeatable for credit under different topics. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading.

The committee requested the following from the department 1) BIO 779 needs more description on evaluation procedures, and 2) BIO 440/540 needs an LX 139. This was the first reading.  There will be a second reading.

 5.     Old Business: None

 6.     New Business

      Carol Angell informed the committee that there will be meetings with the School of Education in regards to School Psychology proposal.  If changes come from these meetings, changes will be brought back to the committee for review and approval.

      Diane announced that UG catalog proofs have now been distributed.  As proofs are returned, a list will be compiled of slight changes that were requested (e.g. when a course is offered) and placed on the committee’s agenda as a consent item.

 The meeting adjourned at 4:17 p.m.  The next GCC meeting is April 11, 2003.


Diane L. Schumacher, GCC Secretary