Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

April 9, 2002



Members Present:            Schoen, Nelson, Reithel, Socha, Williams, Odulana, Finnegan, Kenmitz, Klindworth, Matchett, Scheuermann, Wainscott


Members Absent:            Loh (exc), Y. Johnson


Consultants:                   Dittman, Martin-Stanley, Jax, Schumacher


Guests:                          Stone, D. Wilder, Pribek, Wang, VonRuden, Holder


1.            M/S/P to approve minutes of March 26, 2002

2.            Second reading, Proposal #20, ENG 442, Chinese Discourse: Different Ways of Thinking and  Writing, 3 cr., course revision

?he course compares and contrasts discourse in China to that in the West.  It examines the culturally similar and crucially different ways of creating, elaborating, and presenting the writer's ideas. Introducing the students to a culture at once similar to and different from their own, the course activates the students' implicit knowledge of their own cultural/discursive heritages and supplements that knowledge when necessary. Readings for this class include ancient and modern Chinese philosophical essays, literary works, and writings on both Chinese calligraphy and paintings in relation to Chinese thinking. All texts used are in English. Prerequisite: three credits in any 200-level English course. ?o:p>


M/S/P to approve proposal #20.


3.            First reading, Proposal #22, ERS 110, Myth and Reality: An Examination of Ethnic and Racial Stereotyping, 3 cr., New course, effective Fall 2002


?his course will trace how popular entertainment mediums such as film, television, books, comics, ?ild West shows? music and cartoons have impacted perceptions of ethnic and racial groups from the early seventeenth century to the present. Besides analyzing the persuasive power of these types of mediums, it will examine why such representations were created and why they still persist. The mythopoeic image that surrounds American Indians, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics and other minority groups will be juxtaposed against the historical reality that these groups have faced and the contemporary inequalities that we still must confront.


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


4.            First reading, Proposal #23, Physics Major with Biomedical Concentration,  revised required and elective courses, effective Fall 2002 retroactive to all catalogs


(All colleges excluding teacher certification programs) 56 credits. A minimum of 32 credits of physics, including PHY 103 or 203, 104 or 204, 250, 302, 303, 311, 335 and at least 11 additional credits of electives in physics numbered higher than 250. A minimum of 24 credits outside physics including BIO 312, 313; CSC 421 or CHM 300 (or CHM 303, 304, 305); MTH 205 or 250, 309; and electives in biology, chemistry, mathematics and microbiology at the 300/400 level.


The department eliminated PHY 376 or 386 as requirements, increased the electives from 8 to 11 credits, and added CSC 421 as a course choice.


M/S/P to waive the second reading and approve proposal #23.





5.            First reading, Proposal #24, Geographic Information Science Minor, new minor, effective Fall 2002


(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) 21 credits, including GEO/ESC 250, 345, 481, 485 and a minimum of nine credits from two groups of courses:

1)            mapping techniques group (six credits minimum) from GEO/ESC 390, 440, 445, 451, 455, 499 (undergraduate research must be with GIS topic)

2)            geography/earth science elective group (three credits minimum) from ESC 101, GEO 110, 200, 201, 300, 307, 309

Students in this minor are required to take MTH 205 or 250. Students who cannot demonstrate fundamental skills in personal computer operations will be required to take C-S 101. Students majoring or minoring in geography/earth science will not be eligible to obtain the geographic information science minor.


        This new minor is part of the high tech/economic stimulus initiative.


            Applied Geography Minor, delete, effective Fall 2002

        No new students will be accepted into this minor; currently enrolled students will be allowed to stay in it.


M/S/P to waive the second reading and approve proposal #24.


6.            Old business?ompressed courses monitoring.


The committee discussed the latest version of the recommendation and report. After some minor editing, it was

M/S/P to approve the document and forward it to the faculty senate (1 abstention)


7.     New business?one

8.     College-approved substitution:

CBA?rt 175 taken at UW College-Baraboo, for ART 102



       Meeting adjourned. Next meeting will be Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 3:30 p.m.




       Diane L. Schumacher, Secretary