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SSE Undergraduate Committee

February 10, 2010

Attending: B.Wee (SSE Dean’s, Neuroscience), D. Rice (BME), H. Jacobsen (CHEM, substitute for Mark Sulkes), J. Prindle (CENG), N. Hopkins (CMB), S. Darwin (EEB), Al Vitter (MATH), Z. Mao (PHYS), T.Herbert (PSYC), M. Ryan (SSE Dean’s)

Absent: G. Flowers (EENS)

Guests: D. Gessler (AAC), C. Pizer (AAC & Newcomb Tulane).

Approval of Minutes:

The meeting minutes from the November 2, 2009 meeting were approved previously via E-mail.

Courses Approved by B. Wee and J. Prindle:

The following EBIO courses were approved for discontinuation:

Discontinue Course

EBIO221 2          INSECT BIOLOGY                    STAFF
EBIO360 2          FORESTRY & POLICY             STAFF
EBIO377             MISSISSIPPI RIVER COLQ     HANK BART
EBIO402 2          PLANT ECOLOGY                    STAFF
EBIO433 1          ENTOMOLOGY                        STAFF
EBIO452 1          ECOLOGICAL PHYSIOLOG     STAFF
EBIO453 2          COMPAR ANIMAL PHYSIO      STAFF
EBIO614 1          BIOLOGY OF INVERTEBR     

EEOB courses not brought forward as EBIO that will not be taught:

EEOB250            NAT. RES. CONSERVATI
EEOB605 2         POPULATION BIOLOGY         NOT IN CATALOG
EEOB607 1         RESTORATION ECOLOGY     STAFF
EEOB611 2         TROPICAL ECOLOGY             CHANGED TO 411/711
EEOB612 2         PLANT PHYSIOLOGY             NOT IN CATALOG
EEOB623 2         BIOGEOGRAPHY                    STEVEN DARWIN
EEOB624 1         BIOLOGY OF FISHES             DAVID HEINS
EEOB628 1         ICHTHYOLOGY                       CHANGE TO 428/728
EEOB659 2         LIMNOLOGY                            STAFF

The following courses have been approved:

SCEN 101-01 and 101-02-Communicating Science: Approved to separate into two couses SCEN 1010 Communicating Science-Teaching and SCEN 1020 Communicating Science-FIRST Lego League.

ENGP 2430-Mechanics of Materials: Approved course description change.

BMEN 3400/7400 -  Cell Tissue Engineering: Course title change to "Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering" approved.

CENG 3020 - Chemistry and Engineering Science in the Community: Course title change to “Chemical Engineering and the Community” and course description change approved.

Engineering Science Minor course requirements change Approved.

New Courses:

CELL/NSCI 4200 -General Endocrinology: Approved

*EBIO 3580-Urban Ecology: Approved, provided the edited course description is approved by Drs. Prindle and Wee.

*EENS 6060-Tectonic Geomorphology: Approved, provided the course description is edited to include the term “mandatory” before fieldtrips.

NSCI 3360-Neuroanatomy and Central Nervous System Dissection: Approved

*SCEN 3020-Leadership in Lego Robotics: Approved, provided the course description is edited.

*Proposed Service Learning classes, proposals submitted for CPS approval.

Old Business:

Writing Intensive Requirement-

B.Wee noted that all courses with required field trips need to have this information in their course description, in order to let students know when they sign up for the class that there are required to attend these additional sessions.

After a discussion regarding the possibility of creating a stand-alone writing intensive course, similar to service learning stand-alone courses, it was decided by the committee that the current practice for handling the writing intensive requirement through petition satisfies the needs of the students and spreads out the work load for the professors. B.Wee will keep a record of all writing intensive petitions and will send e-mail reminders to students and professors about the extra work needed to be completed by students.

S.Darwin asked if the extra papers required for the writing intensive requirement should be part of the student’s grade in the course. After T.Hebert and N.Hopkins explained their rules regarding writing intensive papers, it was explained that the grade of the paper and its weight in the course’s overall grade is up to the discretion of the professor.


New Business:

Newcomb-Tulane Catalog Description- B.Wee had asked all committee members to e-mail any revisions to Newcomb-Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering Catalog Description to her. C.Pizer noted that the Math requirements, specifically the AB and BC exam qualifications needed to be clarified. N.Hopkins agreed. A.Vitter will review the Math paragraph in the catalog description and send B. Wee an accurate and revised version.

600 Level courses –B.Wee asked all department representatives to e-mail to her what a 600-level course means for their department/program.

Double majors/minors – B.Wee asked all department representatives to e-mail to her what the restrictions are for double majoring or minoring in their department/program.

Meeting Adjourned: February 10, 2010 12 noon.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Maura Ryan


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