Undergraduate Committee of the School of Science and Engineering Meeting

February 17, 2009


Attending: Members: Carol Burdsal, George Flowers, Thomas Hebert, Elizabeth Keith, Zhiqiang Mao, Dave Rice, Mark Sulkes, Beth Wee

Alternates: Vijay John for John Prindle Guests: Dayna Gessler (advising), Carol Pizer (advising)

Meeting began with a review of the October 20, 2008 minutes . One correction was added by George Flowers to change “Dr. Beth” to “Dr. Beth Wee”. With that correction, Dr. Flowers motioned for the approval of the minutes, motion seconded by Dave Rice, minutes were unanimously approved.

TIDES course approval process

There is no SSE approval required for TIDES courses, these go through the NTC curriculum committee.

Course approvals and updates as reported for approval by Carol Burdsal and Beth Wee and approved by the committee:

  • Course Changes:
    • CELL 301 Cell Biology changes to CELL 400
    • CELL 302 Cell Biology Lab changes to CELL 409
    • CENG 324 Unit Operations Lab includes a writing intensive component
    • PHYS 101 Great Ideas in Science renamed to Great Ideas in Science and Technolog with new course description
  • New Courses:
    • CELL425PrinciplesinImmunology
    • CELL 426 Biomedical Writing (fulfills writing intensive requirement)

Capstone Courses

Currently, CELL, EBIO, EENS, NSCI, and PSYC have approved capstones.

CENG and BMEN Senior Design are being proposed today as the capstones for those programs (proposal received from Vijay John).

CHEM independent study is CHEM capstone. These courses have an indicator number, CHEM 511. This only counts for second semester juniors and seniors.

MATH and PHYS remain without a capstone; these are in development.

For spring 2009 graduates, any course may be certified as a capstone, provided the student started in Fall of 2006. Any student who started after Fall 2006 must take a recorded capstone course.

Engineering Foreign Language Exemption

Dave Rice introduced and explained a proposal that the ABET accredited engineering programs (BMEN, CENG, and (soon to be) ENGP) should be exempted from the foreign language requirement of the B.S. degree based on student careers and marketing concerns. He asked that the following statement be approved by the committee for referral to the SSE faculty.

Statement; “In order to enable undergraduates majoring in engineering in SSE to have flexibility in the choice of minors, the faculty of SSE affirms the exemption from the foreign language requirements of students enrolled in ABET compliant programs of instruction.”

Questions were posed regarding the number of courses that would be required (1 at the 200-level), the percentage of ABET programs that have a language requirement (unsure), and the argument for a language as a global need (English is the global language for engineers).

Carol Bursdal motioned for approval of the statement, seconded by George Flowers, approved unanimously.

NB: It was decided at the SSE faculty meeting that, in order to preserve the foreign language exemption for the ABET compliant programs, the SSE would award the BSE rather than the BS in BMEN, CENG, and ENGP.

EENS requirements

George Flowers brought up that there is a need for changes in the course distribution for EENS majors. This proposal needs to come to the committee first and then to the faculty. We look forward to that proposal for the next meeting.

Engineering Science minor

Dayna Gessler inquired about the Engineering Science minor listed in the catalog. It is a minor that we intend to continue and Dayna asks that we give the minor more definition. Dave Rice indicated that Cedric Walker is in charge of this minor and that he would ask Cedric and report back.

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