Program Revision / Catalog Update Proposals

All program revision / catalog update proposals are submitted in Curriculog (instructions linked). Program revisions require a different level of review depending on if the revisions are considered minor or major.

Catalog Update. Changes to the catalog description for a program or to add existing courses as electives/options in your program. To make a new course an elective in an existing program, clearly indicate where the course fits into the program on the proposal.

Minor Programs Revisions. 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. Name changes for specializations or tracks are considered minor program revisions. 

Major Programs Revisions. Proposals (1) with impacts on other disciplines, including all program name changes; (2) requiring an increase in resources; (3) seeking to increase program total units; (4) changing a degree, concentration, certificate, or minor name; and/or (5) changing degree designation (e.g. BA, BS, MA, MS). Major program revisions require review by the Undergraduate Studies or Graduate Studies & Research Committee as well as the Curriculum & Research Committee. Name or Degree Designation Changes must be submitted for Chancellor's Office approval.

Attachments to Proposal

  1. If revision has an impact on other disciplines. Review the Consultation webpage and include appropriate evidence of consultation.

  2. If requesting an increase in resources. Detailed memo explaining resource need.

  3. If revising program units. 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) and include a 2-year (if applicable per SB 1440) and 4-year degree roadmaps (follow the links download your existing, approved roadmap).
    Blank Template for 2-Year Roadmap [pdf] | Blank Template for 4-Year Roadmap [pdf]

  4. If Changing a Program Name. Changing the name of an existing degree, concentration, certificate, or minor may be permitted so long as the new name conforms to the existing CSU-assigned HEGIS/CIP code [pdf] for the degree. You can find the current code used for your program in the catalog. Some names (e.g., architecture) are restricted. 
    Template for Concentrations or Certificates or Minors [docx] | Template for Degree Programs [docx] 

    A proposal for changing a program name might trigger a number of other curricular revisions. It is recommended that these proposals, if applicable, are submitted concurrently. If a program name is changing,
    1. does this also affect a department or school name? For example, when the "Health Science, BS" became the "Public Health, BS", the department name was also updated from department of "Health Science and Recreation" to "Public Health and Recreation". Learn how to change a department or school name
    2. does this also affect a course subject code/prefix? For example, when the "Health Science, BS" became the "Public Health, BS", the course subject code/prefix was also updated from "HS - Health Science" to "PH - Public Health". Contact the Curriculum Analyst for an official list of all courses in order to submit Curriculog proposal to initiate this type of change. 

  5. If Changing Degree Designation. To propose a degree designation change, you must submit a request that should include a memo addressing the rationale for the change. A rationale would typically be one or two paragraphs long and should refer explain why this degree designation is necessary. There is no prescribed format, but the Chancellor's Office guidance indicates that a rationale may address disciplinary convention, recruitment issues, employer concerns, or the degree designations used at other CSU campuses or at public or private institutions across the country, for example. Please submit this as a memo (From: Department Chair; To: Provost) in Curriculog (use the form called: *Memo Routing - Curricular). Be sure to check off Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGS) or Graduate Studies & Research Committee (GS&R) and Curriculum & Research Committee (C&R) for the field titled: Check ALL That Apply. University Committee Review Required*