Resolution Number

2008-2009_35

Abstract

We wish to remove the current requirement for Biology Majors regarding 300-level electives. Currently, two courses at the 300-level are required for the major: BIO301, Cell Biology, and BIO302, Genetics. The current requirement is for one (minimum) OR two (maximum) additional courses at the 300-level, selected from the following: BIO323, BIO321, BIO322, BIO 303 (Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, or Ecology respectively). We wish to change the requirement for these classes, so that the only required courses at the 300-level are Cell Biology and Genetics, and that the remaining credits in the major can be selected from any of the remaining BIO323, 321, 322 and 303, or any of the 400-level Biology classes. There will still be a restriction in that no more than two elective 300-level courses can be counted towards the major. In addition to the above change, students will be required to take at least two laboratory courses at the 400-level within the major (courses listed on attached comparison sheet). Both of the changes above will better serve our students by increasing their exposure to valuable laboratory skills, improving our curriculum to focus more on Cell/Molecular Biology, and to increase student flexibility in terms of elective choices

Originating Committee

Undergraduate Curriculum and Policies

Type of Resolution

Policy

Academic Year

2008-2009

Date passed by Senate

5-4-2009

Comments

Accepted by President Halstead 5/11/09 - Effective Fall 2009

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