Program Revisions

Program revisions require a different level of review depending on if the revisions are considered minor or major. To submit a program revision: 

  • Create a document with track changes (Recommend using Microsoft Word file copying current program from the catalog)
  • Include a brief rationale for revisions (This is a field on the Curriculog Program Revision form)
  • For undergraduate programs, include a 2-year (if applicable per SB 1440) and 4-year degree roadmaps if the revisions require updates to the roadmap (template linked)
  • Create a side-by-side comparison document that outlines requirements in the base degree and concentration, options, specializations, or electives (sample side-by-side comparison) (if units are being revised ONLY)
  • Detailed memo explaining revisions as described below (for Major Changes to Existing Programs ONLY)

Once your proposal is complete, upload the proposal via the Program Revision Proposal in Curriculog.


Minor Changes to Existing Programs

Changes may include one or more of the following: course additions or deletions, unit changes, course number changes, or addition, deletion, or changes to preparation for and/or support for the major.

If you are only adding new elective options to your program, make a note on your course proposals or submit a Minor Catalog Update form in Curriculog.

Approval Process

Minor Program Revisions require review and approval as follows:

  1. Chair or Director
  2. College Curriculum Committee (as required by the college)
  3. College Dean/Associate Dean
  4. Appropriate College of Graduate Studies or Undergraduate Education Office Approver

Concentrations, Options, Specializations, or Electives

All programs must be in compliance with Executive Order 1071 and Senate Policy 14-9:

Concentrations, options, specializations or electives within degree program must constitute less than half of the units required in the program, which could include preparation for the major, core courses, and major requirements, including culminating experience units (project, portfolio, or 299). Concentrations must also abide by the following requirement:

  • For Undergraduate Programs: At least 10% of the units for the degree must have a unique set of requirements for that concentration.
  • For Graduate Programs: At least 30% of the units for the degree must be a unique set of requirements for that concentration.

Major Changes to Existing Programs

Program revisions seeking to request any of the following are considered major when:

  • Proposals with impact on other disciplines, including all program name changes.
  • Proposals requiring an increase in resources.
  • Proposals seeking to increase program total units, for undergraduate programs include a 2-year and 4-year degree roadmap. 
  • Changing a Degree Name
  • Changing Degree Designation
    • Changing a BA to BS, or a similar change in degree category, is considered a new degree for the campus and must follow procedures for new degrees (revised 2017), including prior Chancellor's Office approval before the new designation can be publicized. Condensation of a BA into an existing BS or vice-versa requires official discontinuation of one degree but is otherwise an “Academic Major/Minor Curriculum Change”, please use the New Degree Proposal form in Curriculog to submit this request.

Approval Process

Major Program Revisions require review and approval as follows:

  1. Chair or Director
  2. College Curriculum Committee
  3. College Dean/Associate Dean
  4. Undergraduate Studies or Graduate Studies & Research Committee
  5. Curriculum & Research Committee
  6. Appropriate College of Graduate Studies or Undergraduate Education Office Approver
  7. Name or Degree Designation Changes Only: Chancellor's Office Approval