Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

September 9, 2008



Members Present: Ahmed, Berlin, Friesen, Johnson, Rolfhus, Secchi, Socha, Sullivan, Zheng

Consultants Present: Burkhardt, Clow, Dittman, Keller, Bakkum

Guests: Arney, Gerber, Knudson, Manrique, Severson, Schumacher, Vogt             


  1. Introductions of committee members and consultants

Chris Bakkum introduced Diane Schumacher and Lisa Severson who will work with the

committee while Chris and Sue Knudson work on the PeopleSoft project.

  1. Elected Kristofer Rolfhus as Chair and Diane Schumacher as Secretary
  2. Chris Bakkum requested that, if at all possible, proposals become effective in Fall of 2009 when

the new catalog is published. The effective date also will minimize the amount of double entry of data during the PeopleSoft conversion.

  1. Chair and Secretary explained committee procedures to members
  2. 2nd readings  none
  3. 1st readings:


POL   316   Ethics in Government    New Course, effective Spring 2009 

The focus of concern about political ethics has shifted to the problem of “conflicts of interest” between elected officials’ private interest and their public duties, and to the regulation of campaign finance. The course will include: an introduction to ethics management; a discussion of  the U.S. Constitutional and administrative environment in which officials carry out their duties; descriptions and assessments of the tools available to elected and appointed officials who are committed to building ethical organizations; a review of existing ethics management programs in American cities and countries; and a review of legislative and administrative measures taken by Congress, presidents, the judiciary, and the fifty states to foster ethical governance. Prerequisite: POL 211


              Will be an elective in the Political Science and Public Administration majors.


              The Political Science Department consulted with Philosophy Department which suggested

              changing the title and shortening description.


              This was the 1st reading; there will be a 2nd reading.


SOC   321   Delinquency   3 cr.,  Course revision -  change in prerequisites and course description,

                     effective Fall 2009

This course is an overview of the sociological study of delinquency, with special emphasis on competing theoretical perspectives. In the process of learning about theoretical perspectives aimed at explaining delinquency, this course will pay special attention to gender and delinquency, gangs, current events regarding delinquency and the U.S. juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or ANT 101.


SOC   322   Criminology   3 cr.,  Course revision -  change in prerequisites and course description,

                     effective Fall 2009

This course provides an overview of the sociological study of crime in the United States, with a special emphasis on patterns of criminality, competing theoretical explanations of crime, and societal responses to crime. As part of the examination of crime in the U.S., the course explores the definitions, measurement, and patterns of various types of criminal behavior; theory and research on crime; the roles of the victim and offender and the implications of public policy. Specific crimes covered include homicide, hate/bias crime, assault, and white-collar crime. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or ANT 101.



SOC   324   Criminal Justice   3 cr.,   Course revision -   change in prerequisites and course  

                     description,   effective Fall 2009.

This course provides an overview of the United States criminal justice system. Issues relating to various segments of the criminal justice system, such as the administration of justice, the police, courts, and correctional systems are explored. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or ANT 101.


SOC    326   Sociopharmacology    3 cr.  Course revision- change in prerequisites, title and course  

                description,  effective Fall 2009.

              This course will analyze the interdependent relationship between drug use, the social environment, and its effect on brain and body function. We will exam

              how different routes of administration influence the speed with which the drug crosses the blood/brain barrier. Students will learn about the relationship

              between the route of administration and the addictive properties of drugs. The course examines the current and historical cultural patterns of drug use in

              society. The emphasis will be on understanding the sequence of initation use, and misuse of psychoactive drugs in society. The course involves an

              investigation of the social problem aspect of drugs in society.

              Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or ANT 101


              Committee requested:  1. The department meet with Psychology and Health Ed. 2. Provide an

              updated outline.  3. Change description to emphasis on sociological aspect of course.


              This was a 1st reading there will be a second                     


SOC   409   Readings and Research in Sociology   1-3 cr.,    Course revision - change in credits.

                    (was 2-3 credits),   effective Fall 2009


SOC   429    Sociology of Deviance  3 cr.,   Course revision -  change in prerequisites and course  

                     Description,  effective Fall 2009.

This course provides an overview of the sociological study of deviance. Various definitions of deviance are examined within the context of individuals, behaviors, and groups who are considered deviant as well as those who apply the deviant labels. The course explores a variety of theoretical perspectives of deviance and social control in order to better understand the social construction of deviance, the enforcement of social norms, and the social control systems that are established to respond to deviance. A variety of forms of deviance are covered, including: mental illness, drug and alcohol use, sexual deviance, and suicide. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or ANT 101. 


SOC   475/575   Workshop in Applied Sociology   1-3 cr.,    Course revision - course deletion         


SOC   485    Research Apprenticeship in Sociology   1-2 cr.,  New Course, effective Spring 2009

The student will assist a faculty member in any phase of the research process including literature searches, research design, data gathering, and data analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 200 and 250 and instructor consent. Pass/Fail grading. Repeatable for credit- maximum 4.


 Can be elective in sociology major or minor.


SOC   486   Teaching Apprenticeship in Sociology   1-2 cr.,    New Course,   effective Fall 2008

This course provides preparation and experience in a variety of instructional practices, strategies, and techniques. Students study theory and research on teaching and practice teaching skills under the guidance of faculty members. Prerequisite: SOC 200 and 250, junior standing, minimum 3.25 GPA and instructor consent. Repeatable for credit – maximum 4. Pass/Fail grading.


Can be elective in sociology major or minor



BIO    202   Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation   2cr.,     New Course,

                  effective J Term 2009

This course is an introduction to the common techniques used by biologists to efficiently and

effectively process, interpret, and communicate ideas and information generated in the biological sciences.  Students will learn the techniques in a hands on approach using biological databases.  Topics covered in this course will include basic laboratory and field notebook productions and use; the development and use of databases; construction of graphs, tables, and charts and other visual aids used in scientific papers; techniques for digital macroscopic image production and analysis.  Lec. 3 Lab. 6 Offered J- term and summer session, Prerequisite: BIO 103 or 105.


Can be elective for all biology majors, biology major (Teacher Certificate Program) biology minor, biology minor (Teacher Certificate Program), and all other concentrations.


Committee member requested that C-S department review outline.


This was the 1st reading; there will be a 2nd reading



  1. Consent Agenda:                 None


  1. Old business:                        None                                     


  1. New business:                      None


       Meeting adjourned  4:44p.m.


  1. General Education Course Substitutions


           College of Business Administration

·         English 210 for English 200 in Humanistic Studies, Literature requirement