Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

 September 28, 2004


Members Present:                Mandy Anderson, Beth Cherne, Chris Frye, Ron Glass, Kenny Hunt, Terry Kelly, (chair) Paul Miller, Jeff Baggett, Joseph Kastantin


Members Absent:                Student members were absent


Consultants:                         Carla Burkhardt, Chris Bakkum, Amelia Dittman, Diane Schumacher, Emily Johnson


Guests:                                   Bonnie Bratina, David Riley, Mark Sandheinrich, Brad Seebach, Ann Galbraith, Paul Taylor, Sandy Krajewski, Dan Sutherland, Gubbie Sudhakaran, Jeff Bryan

Jeri Anibas


1.        Approval of the September 14, 2004 minutes


2.        Second Reading:

Proposal # 3, SAH 307, Changing the Culture, Women in Science, 3 cr. New course, effective spring 2005. This course will focus on the relationship between science and culture, specifically with regard to women.  A comprehensive approach will be taken to explore both women’s roles in science and women as objects of scientific investigation.  Issues that will be addressed include cultural and historical attitudes toward women in science, cultural and historical barriers fought against and overcome by women, and contributions of women to multiple scientific disciplines.  Women as objects of psychological and physiological investigation will be explored, and knowledge will be applied to an assessment of how cultural and gender biases have impacted women’s health and lives. Prerequisites: 60 credits or permission of an instructor. Offered Sem II.


Discussion continued from the previous meeting about whether it is a science course, particularly a 300 level science course with the SAH prefix or whether it would be more appropriate as a W-S course.  Memos verifying no significant overlap of content were received from sociology and health education; history provided verbal verification.


M/S/P to approve proposal (5/4/0)



3.        First Readings:

Proposal #4, C-S 103, Elementary Database Principles and Design, 1 cr. New course, effective spring 2005.  An introduction to the design and implementation of relational databases. Design concepts will include entity-relationship modeling, relational table structure, keys, foreign keys, referential integrity, and data quality.  Implementation concepts will emphasize extracting information through queries, reports, and forms.  Course not open to those who have completed C-S 101. Offered Sem II.


C-S 104, Elementary Spreadsheet Principles and Design, 1 cr. New course, effective spring 2005.

 An introduction to the design and implementation of spreadsheets.  Design principles will include cell content, use of functions and formulas, relative and absolute addressing, and formatting.  Modern spreadsheet software will be used to implement the spreadsheets, with an emphasis on presenting numeric data in an organized manner. Course not open to those who have completed C-S 101.  Offered Sem II.


These courses were designed particularly for the College of Business, to replace C-S 101 in the core. CBA must present program change proposal for approval of core. Course will not be limited to CBA students. Test-out opportunities will be available. Courses will be offered 7 weeks each.


M/S/P to waive second reading and approve the new courses.


Proposal #5, PHY 376 Introduction to Nuclear Science, 2 cr., (was 3 cr.) revise title, instructional pattern, description, credits, restrictions, effective spring 2005. 

An introduction to the structure and properties of atomic nuclei.  This course will explore the production of ionizing radiation, its interactions with matter, and the instrumentation used to detect it. While all types of ionizing radiation will be studied, particular emphasis will be placed on X- and gamma-rays.  Special topics related to the use of radiation in health care will also be covered.  Students may not earn credit in both PHY 386 and PHY 376. 


This service class for nuclear medicine technology students will meet with PHY 386 for 2/3 of the semester. After that, student in PHY 386 will continue for a total of 3 credits. The change will accommodate staffing needs and eliminate unnecessary duplication with CHM 461 lab because there will not be a lab component in PHY 376, thus the reduction in credits. The NMT program supports this change.


M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal.


Proposal #6, Biology, Course Revisions/New Courses

Course Revisions: effective spring 2005

      Biology Major, Cellular and Molecular Biology, 39 cr., revise required courses and electives.

Delete 204 and 210 as requirements and replace with 203 OR 204 and 210. Add 307 as requirement and

      delete 307 as elective.   

Biology Major, Biomedical Science Concentration, 39 cr., revise required courses and electives.

      Delete 210 as requirements and replace with 203 OR 204 and 210. Add 307 as requirements. Delete

      204, 307 as electives and add 467.


      Total credits do not change; students take fewer electives. Changes were made to provide broader

      course on organisms and more exposure to ecology.


BIO 465/565, Neurophysiology, 3 cr., revise title, instructional pattern, description, effective spring 2005.

An examination of the nervous system beginning at the cellular level and working up to neuronal systems.  Topics covered during the semester include the ionic basis of membrane potentials, synaptic communication, organization of functional circuits of neurons, and systems within the brain and/or spinal cord which control learning and memory, vision and motor function.  Exploration of these fundamental neurophysiology topics form the basis for understanding a variety of student-selected topics which will be covered later in the semester.  Late-semester topics often include higher-order aspects of brain function or challenges to the nervous system – such as the repair of brain or spinal cord injury, degenerative disease states, dyslexia, or gender differences.  BIO 467 (Neurobiology Laboratory Techniques) is an optional laboratory course which can be taken concurrently.


Previously 465 was a 4-credit lab course. This change splits the lab and lecture into separate courses, so students may take just the lecture or the lecture and lab.


New Courses:  effective spring 2005

BIO 467/567, Neurobiology Laboratory Techniques, 2 cr. An introduction to common laboratory techniques in neurobiology, including electrophysiology with invertebrate preparations, mammalian neuronal cell culture, and computational modeling.  Students will receive training in techniques while performing classical experiments, then design their own, novel experiments and carry them out.  Prerequisites: BIO 312; BIO 465/565 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem II.

BIO 203, Organismal Biology, 4 cr. A survey of the diverse form and function of prokaryotes, protistans, fungi, plants and animals. Basic ecology, natural history, evolution, biogeography and importance of organisms to humans will be emphasized.  Lect. 3, Lab. 2.  Prerequisites: BIO 103 or 105 and CHM 103 or concurrent enrollment.  May be applied to Biomedical Science, Cellular and Molecular and Environmental Science concentrations. Not applicable toward General Biology Major or Aquatic Science Concentration. Not for Biology credit if BIO 204 or BIO 210 taken. Offered Sem. II. (Course was submitted as 205; number was not available, changed to 203).


M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal


4.        Old business: none

5.        New business:  M/S/P to approve writing emphasis appeal for a student in Spanish.

                Senate charge was distributed. Specific charge is to “Review the recommendations regarding interdepartmental and extra-departmental courses presented to the Faculty Senate by the Academic Program Review Committee last spring. As necessary, develop and present to the senate policies for the review of proposals for interdepartmental and extra-departmental courses.”


Meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m. The next UCC meeting is set for October 12, 2004.


Diane Schumacher

UCC Secretary


Dean-approved General Education student appeals:

SAH:  Fitness (1 cr.) and Nutrition (2 cr.) taken at Northwestern, for HPR 105, Health & Well Being, on the General Education requirements.

ENG 215 for ENG 200, on the General Education requirements.

PSY 212 for PSY 100, on the General Education requirements.