UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

DISCIPLINE COVER SHEET #1

SEMESTER

CURRICULUM CHANGES

FORM A

(9/02)

 

FORM A: DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

(Submit to Division Chair)

 

Discipline:

Physics

Date

September 2, 2002

 

Note: All changes become effective with the 2003-2005 catalog.

 

Statistical Summary of Proposed Changes:

 

 

(a)

(b)

(b) – (a)

 

Present

Proposed

Net Change*

The Major

 

 

 

   Total courses required for a major**:

14

14

0

   Total credits required for a major**:

58

58

0

The Minor

 

 

 

   Total courses required for a minor**:

7

7

0

   Total credits required for a minor**:

29

29

0

General Education

 

 

 

   Total General Education courses:

15

18

+3

   Total General Education credits:

61-67

75-81

+14

Entire Discipline

 

 

 

   Total courses taught in the discipline***:

16

19

+3

   Total credits taught in the discipline***:

61-67

75-81

+14

 

 

 

 

 

*"Present" counts are to be taken from the current 2001-2003 catalog and "Proposed" counts from copy for the new 2003-2005 catalog. The "Net Change" may reflect changes made earlier between catalogs.

**Includes required courses from other disciplines. ***Does not include Directed Studies or Senior Honors Projects.

 

Narrative Summary

 

If individual course changes are part of an overall plan for change within the discipline's curriculum, please summarize the intent of the changes in the space below. Use additional sheets as needed.

The physics faculty believe students will be better served by the two proposed changes:

(1) Split the astronomy course into two courses so that topics can be covered in more depth and students will have a choice of which topics to study.

(2) Create an algebra-based introductory physics course similar to what was offered before semester conversion. Some students would be better served by such a course with its slightly different choice of topics and lower mathematical level.

 

 

Financial Implications

 

 

Are there any financial or staffing implications of this proposal? If so, explain.

 

No. The current staffing level is sufficient to handle the proposed curriculum.