Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
September 10, 2002

Members Present:  Ronald Glass, Donald Socha, Carol Angell, Travis McBride, Sharon Casey, Adrienne Loh, Andrew Matchett, Dean Wilder, Brian Finnigan
Members Absent: Mitchell Stone, Jennifer Williams-Terpstra, Robert Klindworth
Consultants: Emily Johnson, Amelia Dittman, Ron Rada, R. Daniel Duquette, Diane Schumacher, John Jax
Guests:  Kathryn Hollon, Jan VonRuden, Antoiwana Williams, Carla Burkhardt, Sandy Keller,
Tim Gerber, Sandy Grunwald, Todd Weaver, Greg Wegner, Bruce Osterby, Bonita Bratina

1.            Members of the committee were introduced and notebooks were distributed.

2.            Elections:            Chair: Andrew Matchett                      Secretary: Diane Schumacher

3.         M/S/P to approve minutes of April 30, 2002.

4.         Second Readings – None.

5.         First Readings:

Proposal #1, BIO 490/590, Current Topics in Biology Education, 1-3 credits, description, effective Spring 2003.

Biological researchers produce new discoveries almost daily. 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 approaches to teaching these materials. Repeatable for credit under different topics. Not applicable to a major or minor in biology. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading.

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

Proposal #2, Biochemistry Major new major, effective Fall 2002.

Biochemistry Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification program) - 40 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 417, 418, and 407 or 309; BIO 435, 436 and five credits of electives from: CHM 310, 431, 441, 499; MIC 406, 420; BIO 312, 424, 443, BIO/MIC 440.  Only two credits from CHM 499 may count toward the major.

Students will have the necessary background in physics and math by taking prerequisite courses for courses required in the major.

CHM 407, Biophysical Chemistry, 2 credits, new course, effective Spring 2003.

A course designed to help students develop a fundamental understanding of the physical principles that drive biochemical processes. Topics covered include protein structure, molecular thermodynamics (especially as applied to molecular potential functions and protein structure calculations), basic statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics & spectroscopy (especially as applied to the study of biomolecular structure), and the kinetics of protein folding and protein motions.  Prerequisites: CHM 417 or CHM 325; MTH 207; MTH 250 or MTH 208 or concurrent enrollment; PHY 104 or PHY 204.

This course will apply as an elective in the chemistry minor.

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

Proposal #3, MIC 100, Microbes and Society, 4 credits, title, effective Spring 2003.

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

6.                   Old Business—none

7.         New Business

The deadline for submitting proposals was previously the Thursday prior to the scheduled UCC meeting.  The committee was in favor of changing the deadline to noon on the Wednesday prior to the scheduled UCC meeting.

No charge has been given to the committee at this time, but should be assigned in the near future.


CBA:   CST 230 taken at North Central Technical College, for CST 110 to fulfill Gen Ed requirement.
HIS 201 and HIS 202 for HIS 151 to fulfill Gen Ed requirement.
ESC 122 for ESC 101 to fulfill Gen Ed requirement.

The meeting adjourned at 4:26 p.m.  The next UCC meeting is September 24, 2002.

Diane L. Schumacher
UCC Secretary