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Program Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008

Abstract

Updated 29 April 2008 1 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM DATE OF SUBMISSION: October 1, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: BIOLOGY; SUSAN WHITTEMORE, CHAIR PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Susan Whittemore: 8-2504, suwhitte@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or bold face proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: *Please note that changes pertaining to admission requirements for a major require approval of the Senate Academic Standards Committee. CURRENT PROGRAM: Biology Bachelor of Arts The Bachelor of Arts in Biology provides an introduction to the discipline and an opportunity to integrate the study of Biology with another field. In contrast to the B.S. program, the B.A. requires fewer credits in both biology and related sciences, permitting a student to complete a second major or additional courses in another discipline such as Chemistry, Psychology, Elementary Education, Journalism, Art, Management, or Computer Science; thus, it satisfies the needs of students with a combination of interests. INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS 44 credits minimum MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 52 credits Core Courses 20 credits • BIO 110 Molecules and Cells* • BIO 111 Evolution* Updated 29 April 2008 2 • BIO 210 Ecology • BIO 211 Genetics • BIO 212 Cells and Physiology *Students must earn a grade C or higher in both BIO 110 and BIO 111 in order to take any 2003level or higher BIO course. Upper3Level Courses 16 credits Select one course from each of the following categories: • Animal Diversity o BIO 333 Invertebrate Zoology o BIO 334 Vertebrate Zoology o BIO 335 Ornithology • Plant and Microbial Diversity o BIO 363 Plant Biology o BIO 365 Plant Evolution o BIO 367 Microbial Diversity • Ecology and Evolution o BIO 343 Ecosystem Ecology o BIO 345 Animal Behavior o BIO 347 Plant Physiological Ecology o BIO 349 Population Genetics • Cell/Molecular/Physiology o BIO 371 Ecophysiology o BIO 373 Neuroethology o BIO 375 Biochemistry o BIO 376 Molecular Biology o BIO 377 Immunology Updated 29 April 2008 3 o BIO 379 Comparative Animal Physiology Related Science or Math Courses 16 credits • INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics • Select one of the following: o INPHYS 141 College Physics I o INGEOL 151 Introductory Physical Geology ELECTIVES Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 120 credits For a dual major in Education, please refer to the appropriate Education program option. PROPOSED PROGRAM: Biology Bachelor of Arts The Bachelor of Arts in Biology provides an introduction to the discipline and an opportunity to integrate the study of Biology with another field. In contrast to the B.S. program, the B.A. requires fewer credits in both biology and related sciences, permitting a student to complete a second major or additional courses in another discipline such as Chemistry, Psychology, Elementary Education, Journalism, Art, Management, or Computer Science; thus, it satisfies the needs of students with a combination of interests. INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS 44 credits minimum MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 52 credits Updated 29 April 2008 4 Core Courses 24 credits • BIO 110 Molecules and Cells* • BIO 111 Evolution* • BIO 210 Ecology • BIO 211 Genetics • BIO 212 Cells and Physiology • BIO 495 Senior Seminar *Students must earn a grade C or higher in both BIO 110 and BIO 111 in order to take any 2003level or higher BIO course. Upper3Level Courses 12 credits Select a total of three courses from three of the four categories listed below: • Animal Diversity o BIO 333 Invertebrate Zoology o BIO 334 Vertebrate Zoology o BIO 335 Ornithology • Plant and Microbial Diversity o BIO 363 Plant Biology o BIO 365 Plant Evolution o BIO 367 Microbial Diversity • Ecology and Evolution o BIO 343 Ecosystem Ecology o BIO 345 Animal Behavior o BIO 347 Plant Physiological Ecology o BIO 349 Population Genetics • Cell/Molecular/Physiology Updated 29 April 2008 5 o BIO 371 Ecophysiology o BIO 373 Neuroethology o BIO 375 Biochemistry o BIO 376 Molecular Biology o BIO 377 Immunology o BIO 379 Comparative Animal Physiology Related Science or Math Courses 16 credits • INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics • Select one of the following: o INPHYS 141 College Physics I o INGEOL 151 Introductory Physical Geology ELECTIVES Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 120 credits For a dual major in Education, please refer to the appropriate Education program option. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 120 credits For a dual major in Education, please refer to the appropriate Education program option. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: Unchanged RATIONALE: We propose to change the requirements of the BA program in Biology to include BIO 495 Senior Seminar (4 credits) as a core course. BIO 495 currently isn’t required of students Updated 29 April 2008 6 in the BA program. We also propose to reduce our other upper-level course requirements to compensate for the addition of this 4 credit course. BIO 495 is a new 4 credit capstone course currently only required of students in our B.S. program. The catalog description for BIO 495 reads: Within the context of an overarching biological theme, students integrate and advance their experience and knowledge. Students will recognize their important roles as scientists in their communities and further enhance their research, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills. This course prepares students for professional careers or postgraduate opportunities. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall. When converting our programs to the four-credit model, we initially intended to restrict as much as possible the number of credits required in our B.A. program to allow students the option of choosing to complete two majors (Biology and something else) or to allow transfer students and other students who declared their major later to complete a Biology degree in a shorter amount of time. However, more of our students are choosing the BA program for a wide variety of reasons. And, these students are missing a culminating and important experience in biology. Our capstone course was designed to help students lead integrative discussions through analysis of recent research in biology. They are required to discuss the social, environmental, historical, global, and political relevance of each research topic. They leave the course with a career development portfolio consisting of plans, resumes, cover letters, and other critical resources for their future success. For these reasons, we propose to add BIO 495 Senior Seminar to the core course requirements for the B.A. program. RESOURCES: There will be no additional resources required (no additional faculty, no additional sections of the course). The number of students graduating annually, in the B.A. and B.S. programs combined, varies from 15 – 20. All of these graduating seniors can be easily accommodated by one section of the existing course. ADVISORY OPINIONS: None required.

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Senate Curriculum Committee

Language

English

Publisher

Keene State College

Biology BA  Program Proposal

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