Tuesday, April 10, 2007



Members Present: Angell, Baggett, Rolfhus, Sullivan, Wycoff-Horn, Zheng          

Members Absent:                McDougal, Socha (exc)

Consultants Present: Bakkum, Dittman, Johnson, Richter, Schumacher

Guests: Chu, Felix, Hupy, Sciborski, Wilder, Rasid.


  1. M/S/P to approve minutes of March 27th, 2007.


  1. Second Readings: None


  1. First Readings:


Medical Dosimetry Proposal, Postponed


Geography Proposal

Geography Major – Credits change to 39 FROM 36, required courses: add either ESC 221 OR 222, GEO/ESC 385; cultural geo: delete 329, 409; techniques: add 445, 485, 488; add one course in physical geography; add 270

Geography Major: Environmental Science Concentration – Credits change to 53-59 FROM 56-60, required courses: add GEO/ESC 385, GEO 401; electives revised: 4 courses (was 5); add 488 (270 not allowed)

Geography Major: GIS Concentration – Revise required courses: add 488; electives: delete 300, 409, 451 “and electives” (270 not allowed)

Geography Minor – Revise electives: delete 409, 451, and 488 (270 ok)

GIS Minor – Revise electives: add 488, delete 451, 300.  (270 ok w/approval)

Earth Science Minor – Revise electives: delete 451 (270 ok w/approval)


New Courses:

        GEO/ESC 270, Geographic Themes, 1-3 Credits

Specifically selected topics or skills which may be designed for the interest of special groups will be offered with formalized instruction and methodology appropriate to geography and/or earth science. Not applicable to GIS minor or ESC minor unless approved by the department.  Repeatable for credit – maximum 6. Offered occasionally. (lower level umbrella course)


                                GEO 488/588, Spatial Data Analysis, 3 Credits

Theory, methods, and techniques for quantitative analysis of spatial data. Students will learn and employ basic quantitative techniques for describing, modeling, and analyzing spatial data. This course explores point pattern analysis, methods for continuous data, and spatial regression. Focus will be on the interpretation and the application of spatial data analysis techniques to address geographic problems. Prerequisite: MTH 145. Offered Sem. I.


                Course Deletions:

                                GEO 329, Historical Geography of the United States and Canada

                                GEO 409, Geographic Elements of land Use Planning

                                GEO 451, Multimedia Cartography and Internet Geographic Information Systems


                GEO 102, Maps and Society, Change title, credits from 2 TO 3, and description.

This course introduces all aspects of the map and how they affect the individual in society. It examines the evolution of maps, the map as an art form, the map as a communication medium for spatial knowledge, the meaning of maps and their relationship to culture and society past and present, the influence of maps on an individual through mass media and the Internet, and the way maps reflect personal and societal points of view. It focuses on privacy and civil liberty issued of the individual in the age of digital information where maps and map databases can disclose the privacy of personal space. In addition, today’s GIS maps (in planning, in marketing, in hazard controls, etc.) embed substantial amounts of personal information that can affect personal security and how our lives are directly, indirectly, knowingly, and unknowingly influenced.

Note: This is a revision to a new course passed at the last UCC meeting. The revision is a result of Gen Ed Committee suggestions.


M/S/P to waive the 2nd reading and approve the proposal.


  1. Appeals:

Adapted PE Program: Program arranged to offer required courses in summer only.


An unwritten policy prohibits a department from offering a required course during the summer only, thus forcing students to attend summer session. The ESS department is appealing that policy, requiring the students in Adapted PE concentration to attend one summer (8 wks). The appeal is based on quality of experiences in ESS 233 and 436. Rather than having 30 students in the class this would allow for half the students taking the class during the academic year and half during the summer.


Discussion focused on possible options, then expanded to a general discussion of pros and cons of the unwritten policy, what role the UCC should play in appeals, whether there should be further study of this issue to form an official policy.


Recommendations for current appeal: offer courses this summer; assess course learning outcomes of 30 students in class compared to 15-16; return in the fall for permanent appeal. (Note: subsequent to meeting, dir4ector realized assessment comparison couldn’t be completed because current class already is just 15-16 students). 


Chair Baggett will contact Senate chair about further action regarding this issue.


  1. Old Business: None


  1. New Business: None


  1. Meeting adjourned at 5:30 pm.