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UMM Curriculum Change Proposals, November 28, 2007

Click on the course number in the tables below to view a proposal online. Click on "Download PDF" to download a document that you can print from Adobe/Acrobat Reader.

If you have questions or concerns, contact Darla Peterson (ext. 6015 or e-mail petersdk@morris.umn.edu) or Nancy Helsper (ext. 6012 or e-mail helsper@morris.umn.edu).

Curricular Changes for Action:

1. Eliminate 48-credit limit in a single discipline that can count toward the 120 total credits to graduate.

Rationale: See attached proposal.

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Approved 11-0-0 on 10/24/07

2.  New Major – Environmental Studies (EnSt)

Major Proposal (PCAS form)
Sample Plan
Checkpoint Chart

Rationale: See attached proposal, sample plan, and checkpoint chart (links above).

New Courses:

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.




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Approved 9-0-0 on 11/01/07