University of Minnesota, Morris
Morris, Minnesota 56267
November 8, 2007
To: UMM Executive Committee
From: Roland Guyotte, Curriculum Committee Chair
Re: Item Approved by the Curriculum Committee
Below are items approved by the Curriculum Committee, which we request be placed on the agenda for the November 28 meeting of the Campus Assembly. These are action items for which detailed information is attached.
A summary of the votes cast by members of the Curriculum Committee is presented below:
Agenda Item Description
1. Eliminate 48-credit limit in a single discipline that can count toward the 120 total credits to graduate.
Rationale: See attached proposal.
2. New Major – Environmental Studies (EnSt)
Rationale: See attached proposal, sample plan, and checkpoint chart.
EnSt 1101‑Environmental Problems and Policy, ENVT (4.0 cr)
Rationale: This is a required course for the proposed environmental studies major, serving as an introduction to environmental policy. Environmental policy is fundamental to any environmental studies curriculum, and not currently offered at UMM.
EnSt 2101‑Environmental Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)
Rationale: This is a required course for the proposed environmental studies major. Knowledge of biology is considered core and fundamental in a standard environmental studies curriculum. This course provides a one-course gateway into upper division biology courses normally requiring the biol 1111-2101 sequence, and thus allows environmental studies students a targeted mechanism for studying biology (rather than the broader introduction required of biology majors.)
EnSt 3996‑Internship/Field Experience in Environmental Studies (2.0 cr)
Rationale: This is a required course in the proposed environmental studies major. It will give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a problem in a work, research or field setting. Furthermore, it will provide experience that they will bring back to the classroom for use in subsequent course work, especially in their environmental studies senior capstone experience.
EnSt 4901‑Senior Capstone Experience (2.0 cr)
Rationale: This is a required course for the proposed environmental studies major, serving as the capstone experience. It reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of the major by bringing students together to share and discuss their internship experiences and by engaging students with different disciplinary experience and points of view in group work on an interdisciplinary case study. Finally, it will provide formal and informal speaking experience in a small group setting.