Submitted by the Academic Programs
New Courses & Course Changes (5 packages)
Biology – Undergraduate
Change an existing course
The Pathogenic Bacteriology course (MCB 3203) is a course that presents advanced study of Bacteriology to biology undergraduates and is appropriate for senior level students. This course is cross-listed with the Pathogenic Bacteriology (MCB5205) graduate course. Since this is an advanced and cross-listed course, we request that the course designation be changed from MCB 3xxx to MCB 4xxx. No other change to the course is requested.
Internship in Applied Biology
The College of Arts and Science and the University are trying to standardize internships course listings and have asked all departments to use the same course number for their internships. We request that current course Internship in Applied Biology (BSC 4940) be changed to BSC 3949 to standardize the course listing among departments within the University.
Senior Seminar Preparation
Senior Seminar Preparation (BSC 4842) is a preparatory course for Biology Majors that provides guidance for their capstone project to be completed their senior year. We are requesting that General Biology III (BSC 2012C) be a co-requisite for this course to assure that students can begin their capstone research as soon as they are admitted into the Biology major. We are also requesting that the existing prerequisite of 11 cr hrs 3000 level biology be stricken, and that only the new co-requisite be included.
Add a new course
Animal Behavior (3 crs)
Prerequisites: "BSC2012C: General Biology III" or equivalentCo-requisites: None
This course emphasizes understanding animal behavior from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. Using a comparative approach, we will explore the basic questions of how and why animals behave in certain ways to survive, obtain resources and reproduce. Case studies, from both field and laboratory research, will be integrated throughout this course and examples will be drawn from a variety of animal groups to illustrate major concepts. Through this course learners will develop the conceptual framework to understand and appreciate the diversity and complexity of animal behavior.
Philosophy and Program of Religious Studies – Undergraduate
Special Topics in Asian Thought and Practice (3 crs)
Prerequisites: NoneCo-requisites: None
This is a special topics course in Asian Thought and Practice; as such the particular theme and content of the course will vary. The course will examine an important topic within the broader category of Asian Thought and Practice. Course topics may include but are not limited to Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. This course may be taken for a total of 12 credits.
Philosophy and Program of Religious Studies - Undergraduate
(FC) The Japanese Mind
This request is to change the title of this course (PHH3860: (FC) The Japanese Mind). The current course title reflects early twentieth century orientalist assumptions (outdated and irresponsible ways of approaching other cultures), and the current professor teaching the course would like to change the title to: PHH 3860: (FC) Japanese Philosophy Through Culture. The course description and outcomes are also being updated.
New Course Description:
This course is an introduction to Japanese philosophy through key elements of Japanese culture. We will explore Shinto, the indigenous world-view and practices of Japan; Japanese Buddhism, including Zen, Pure Land, and Nichiren; bushido, or the samurai spirit; distinctive contributions of Japanese thinkers to neo-Confucianism; and Japanese aesthetics. As we do so, we will explore the differences between orientalism and responsible approaches to non-western cultures and philosophies. We will also discuss Japanese responses to the Buddhist problem of original enlightenment, think through the role of ritualized activities in Japanese culture, and learn what the hierarchical nature of Japanese language can tell us about life in Japan.
Political Science and Public Administration - Undergraduate
Constitutional Law I
This proposed change removes POS 3606 The U.S. Supreme Court as a prerequisite for POS 4608 Constitutional Law I. The prerequisite is viewed as unnecessary by the instructor and has frequently been an issue for students attempting to enroll in the course. This change prevents the department from having to repeatedly waive the prerequisite each semester on a student by student basis.
Constitutional Law II
This proposed change removes POS 3606 The U.S. Supreme Court as a prerequisite for POS 4624 Constitutional Law II. The prerequisite is viewed as unnecessary by the instructor and has frequently been an issue for students attempting to enroll in the course. This change prevents the department from having to repeatedly waive the prerequisite each semester on a student by student basis.
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