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Agenda Item FA 18-03

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

College of Art and Sciences (Undergraduate) – (English, Physics, & Psychology)

New Course and Programs of Study changes (4 packages)

02/08/18: Passed

02/22/18: Approved

Log Number: 201708-24

English – Undergraduate

Add a new concentration to an existing program
Bachelor of Arts- English Major – Accelerated BA to MA in English Concentration

Summary of the Changes:

The Accelerated BA/MA Concentration will allow students who have completed fifteen hours within the English major with a GPA of 3.5 or better to apply for the Concentration: Accelerated BA to MA degree in English. Students accepted into the Concentration can complete up to nine hours of graduate coursework as an undergraduate student and transfer earned credits into the M.A. of English program after completing and graduating with their B.A. in English with the Concentration. Students then can apply for entrance into the M.A. program in English. If a student decides against pursuing an M.A. in English or fails to qualify for the Program, they can still earn a B.A.in English with the Concentration, counting up to nine graduate credit hours towards the undergraduate degree.
The following changes to the BA in English would make the Concentration possible: 1) the substitution of six free elective credit hours at the 3000/4000 level with two graduate courses (six credits) in English, and 2) the replacement of one 4000 level English course (3 credits) within the major with a graduate level English class (three credits). Changes made to the Masters of Arts degree (as it currently stands) reflect credit adjustments for students who have completed the Concentration at the B.A. level with nine hours of graduate credit. There are no changes to the M.A. Program aside from these credit adjustments.
The Concentration is intended for only high performing students. It can prepare students for advanced careers in English that require a master's degree or graduate credit hours (such as teaching at community colleges or in dual enrollment high school classes). Students will be able to apply most forms of undergraduate financial aid towards the first three graduate courses (taken when the student is an undergraduate), making a master's degree in English potentially more accessible than a traditional master's degree. The Concentration will require no additional resources. 

(Click here for the program of study)

A support letter from the Graduate School – Graduate Dean

November 13, 2017

Dear Academic Programs Committee:

The Graduate School is a proud partner in the University’s initiative to support creative and pedagogically sound academic initiatives. The development of accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s tracks is an important step in this direction, and therefore the Graduate School has worked closely with various units across campus to ensure that accelerated tracks can be successfully implemented.

While planning their accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s track, the English department consulted with the Graduate School several times. We are convinced that the department has created a program of study that does not compromise academic cohesion and rigor of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The department has established a higher admission standard for high achieving students to enter the accelerated track and has conducted a review of the departmental resources required to maintain the program. We agree with the conclusion that the accelerated track will require no new resources.
In sum, the Graduate School supports the English Department’s proposal to create an accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s track.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any additional information
(email: j.kantner@unf.edu; phone: 904-620-4650).

Sincerely,

John Kantner, PhD, RPA
Dean of the Graduate School

Log Number: 201708-82

Physics– Undergraduate

Change a degree-major of an existing program
Bachelor of Science – Physics Major

Summary of the Changes:

Updates are being made to three of the eight concentrations of the Physics BS degree - the concentrations in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Civil Engineering. The updates are designed to bring the course requirements of these concentrations in line with current course offerings and prerequisite requirements in Engineering. The updated programs of study (POS) are included in this APC package.
In the Civil Engineering concentration, Major Requirements are being changed from 43 to 46 credits. (In the current POS for Civil Engineering, Major Requirements are incorrectly listed as 46 credits when in fact they are 43 credits; in the updated POS, they actually add up to 46 credits.) In Major Requirements, the course EGN3202 Computer Aided Engineering (3 credits) is being replaced with CWR3561 Numerical Methods in Civil and Coastal Engineering (3 credits)and the course CES3100 Analysis of Structures (3 credits) is being added.
In the Electrical Engineering Concentration, Major Requirements are being changed from 51-52 credits to 47 credits and Contextual Courses are being changed from 6 to 9 credits. (In the current POS for Electrical Engineering, Major Requirements are incorrectly listed as 50 credits but actually add up to 51-52 credits.) In Major Requirements, the courses EEL3304 Electronic Circuits I (3 credits) and EEL3303L Electrical Circuits Laboratory (1 credit) are being eliminated, as these courses no longer exist, and the courses EEEL3117L Electrical Circuits Laboratory (1 credit), EEL3135 Signals and Systems (3 credits), EEE3308 Microelectronics I (3 credits), EEL3710 Introduction to Digital Systems (3 credits), and EEL3701L Introduction to Digital Systems Lab (1 credit) are being added. The course EEL4744C Microcontroller Applications (4 credits) is being removed (it is still available as an option under Major Electives), and the requirements of choosing one from either CDA 3101 Introduction to Computer Hardware (4 credits) or EEL 3701C Introduction to Digital Systems (4 credits) and either EEL 3135 Signals & Systems (3 credits) or EEL 4309C Electronic Circuits II (4 credits) are also being eliminated. MAS3105 Linear Algebra (3 credits) is being added as a required Contextual Course.
In the Mechanical Engineering concentration, Major Requirements are being changed from 53 to 51 credits, Requisites are being changed from 3 to 6 credits, and Major Electives are being changed from 1 to 3 credits. (In the old POS for Mechanical Engineering, Major Requirements are incorrectly listed as 52 credits but actually add up to 53 credits.) In Major Requirements, EML4140 Heat Transfer (3 credits) is being eliminated (it is still an option as a Major Elective) and EML4304L Fluid Mechanics Lab (1 Credit) is being added. In Requisites, COP2220 Computer Science I (3 Credits) is being added.
The total number of credits required for each degree remains unchanged at 120 credits. These updates have been developed in consultation with the School of Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee; a letter from the chair of that committee is included in this APC package.
(Click here for the program of study)

Log Number: 201708-86

Physics– Undergraduate  

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program
Bachelor of Science – Physics Major


Summary of the Changes:

A new course PHZ 4667 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory will be created. This course will serve as an additional option for the major electives required of physics majors. The number of required major electives varies by concentration. The creation of this course will only change the program of study for two of the eight concentrations of the Physics BS degree; these are the (traditional) Physics and Astrophysics concentrations. The updated programs of study for these two concentrations are included with this APC package. These programs of study are changed because they list all the major elective course options; the other six concentrations will still have this new course available as a possible major elective, but as these other concentrations do not list all the available major electives in their programs of study, no change to their programs of study is needed. The total number of credit hours required for the physics major will not change. 

(Click here for the program of study)

 

Add a new course

Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (3 crs)

PHZ

Senior (4xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
"PHZ3113C: Mathematical Physics"
Co-requisites:   
"PHY3604: Quantum Mechanics"

Course Description:

Prerequisite: PHZ 3113C 
Corequisite: PHY 3604 
This course is an introduction to quantum field theory. After a review of the relevant topics in quantum mechanics, the course will cover relativistic quantum mechanics, the Kline-Gordon equation, Dirac equation field theory, tensor fields, spinors, scattering matrices, Feynman diagrams, Mandelstam variables, and quantum electrodynamics. This course will be three hours of lecture. 
Availability: This course is normally offered in alternating years. 

 

Log Number: 201708-67

Psychology– Undergraduate

Change a degree-major of an existing program
Bachelor of Science – Psychology Major

Summary of the Changes:

The Department of Psychology is proposing a change to the BS degree in Psychology and the BS degree in Psychology, Child Concentration. The proposed change is to increase the number of credit hours required for Major Requirements from 15 credit hours to 18 credit hours and to increase the number of credit hours required for Major Electives from 9 credit hours to 12 credit hours. TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 47
Rationale: The Major Requirements and Major Electives of the BS degrees required 18 and 12 credit hours, respectively, before a minor was added to the BS degree. When the BS degree was changed to include a science minor these requirements were reduced. The minor in the BS degree was removed last year (APC Packages 201608-82 and 201608-85, for the BS Psychology major and the Child Psychology concentration, respectively) and we are proposing these changes so that the required credit hours for the BS degree return to their original number. This change will require students to take more classes within the major, allowing us to expand their skills in and exposure to the field of psychology.
We are also deleting a paragraph from the POS about minors that was missed as part two approved APC packages (201408-32 and 201408-34)
(Click here for the program of study)