Curriculum Updates

2019-2020

All revisions effective fall 2020 or as indicated. 

Courses

For more detail, view the Course Proposal Log (links to syllabi included, when available).

  • 126 New Courses
  • 365 Modifications to Existing Courses

New Programs

  • New Concentrations in the Public Health B.S.: Community Health Education and Population Data Science (full proposal linked) (PeopleSoft Academic Plan Codes: Community Health Education - , and Population Data Science - ).
  • Elevation of the Art BA, AHVC Concentration to Art History and Visual Culture BA (New PeopleSoft Academic Plan Code for AHVC BA Majors: AHVCBA-1; PeopleSoft Academic Plan Code for Art Majors, AHVC Concentration: XARTHBA-1).
  • New Minor in Aerospace Engineering (full proposal linked) (PeopleSoft Academic Plan Code: AEROMIN1).
  • New Minor in Digital Media for Mass Communications (full proposal linked) (PeopleSoft Academic Plan Code: MCOMMIN1).
  • State Side Master of Science in Data Analytics (full proposal linked). The self-support program is also revised to match the state side curriculum (revised self and state support program). (PeopleSoft Academic Plan Code: DATAMS-3).
  • New Concentration in Digital Evidence (Forensic Science BS) (PeopleSoft Academic Plan Code: FSDEBS-1) (linked you will find their full proposal).
  • New Minor in Comparative U.S. Race and Ethnic Relations (full proposal linked) African American Studies Department) (PeopleSoft Academic Plan Code: CRERMIN1).
  • Concentration to a Full Degree Elevated: The Counseling and Student Personnel concentration in Education MA was elevated to the Counseling and Guidance MA.

Program Revisions

For additional MINOR Program Revisions not listed below, view the GoogleDoc folder that includes documentation detailing other minor revisions.

  • Applied Mathematics BS. Increase the lower division requirements in the major to include MATH 39 and revise upper division requirements and reduce the total unit requirements by 3 units.
  • Masters in Archives and Record Administration. Remove a major core course and add an elective course. Most of the students in the program are already working and want a specialized elective class rather than an internship.
  • Art, BA (Studio Practice and Studio Practice Preparation for Teaching). The revised program now align much more closely with BA program in the Department of Design while also permitting considerable program flexibility. The changes to the Art History requirements for the BA Art, Preparation for Teaching, on the other hand, reflect more realistically which art history courses are actually being offered in the department.
  • Biological Sciences MA. Program revisions to comply with EO 1071.
  • MBA for Professionals. Remove the 3-unit core course BUS 200W Business Research and Communication and to insert two new core courses: a 2-unit course BUS 200L Leadership Communication and a 1-unit course BUS 265P Silicon Valley Experience for Professionals.
  • Chemical Engineering MS. Added CHE 200 Research Methods in Chemical and Materials Engineering and CHE 280 Graduate Research to the core, and removed CHE 207 from the core. Reduced CHE 298 and CHE 299 to culminating experience credit only which for us is an approved oral and written defense. The research units are now CHE 280 and students may use up to 10 CHE 280 units as part of their 30 units.
  • Computer Engineering MS. Changes include adding GWAR class as a degree requirement, removing one class (CMPE 256) and adding one class (CMPE 258) to the Data Science specialization, and changing the total degree units to 33.
  • Economics BA. Two modifications to the course requirements for the Economics BA: One, replace one of the required Upper Division Economic Electives with ECON 103a as a required course. Two, replace the ECON 3 requirement with STAT 95. Requesting to increase the grade level requirement for the "Preparation for the Major" courses from C- or better to C or better. The courses include STAT 95 and MATH 30 (or MATH 71).  The intent of the degree modifications is to better prepare students for the job market and graduate school. The modifications also bring the department's curriculum inline with the broader the field's. The modification will insure the grade requirements for the "Preparation for the Major" courses are the same for both the Economics BA and BS.
  • Economics BS. Three modifications to the course requirements for the Economics BS: One, replace the ECON 3 requirement with STAT 95. Two, replace the ECON 103 requirement with ECON 103a. Three, replace one of the required Upper Division Economic Electives with ECON 103b as a required course.  The intent of the degree modifications is to better prepare students for the job market and graduate school. The modifications also bring the department's curriculum inline with the broader the field's
  • Electrical Engineering MS. Incorporate a GWAR requirement into program.
  • General Engineering BS. Major revisions to program core to meet industry needs and provide a focused program of study.
  • Japanese BA and Minor. This catalog change happens because a newly created area V course (JPN102B 3 units) was added to the catalog and because the existing JPN102A will be changed from 3 units to 4 units. Other major language programs have this area V and 4-unit JPN102A courses, so Japanese program can align with other major language programs by this change.
  • High-Speed and Intercity Rail Management Certificate. Minor updates to the certificate title and certificate description. Better reflect the content taught and current professional needs.
  • Marine Science MS. Incorporate a GWAR requirement into program.
  • Materials Engineering MS. Added CHE 200 and MATE 280 to the core, and removed MATE 210 from the core. Reduced MATE 298 and MATE 299 to culminating experience credit only. The research units are now MATE 280 and students may use up to 10 MATE 280 units as part of their 30 units.
  • Medical Product Development Management MS. Revisions to course curriculum for MPDM MS program to reflect changes of classes due to faculty retirement, reassignment. 
  • Nursing BS. The curriculum redesign will reduce the total program length from 6 semesters to 5 semesters to meet the 2025 CSU graduation mandate, enhance courses with evidence-based practice, include newly required content, and incorporate Area Z 100W writing course into an evidence-based nursing research course. Courses will be renumbered. 
  • Nursing BS, RN to BSN. Creating a separate track for RN to BSN students that is primarily online (hybrid). Courses will be renumbered.
  • Political Science BA. Capstone course revision to expand capstone course options for political science majors.
  • Public Health, BS. Program revisions and discontinuation of the Concentration in Health Services Administration.
  • Social Work BA. Updating the catalog with specific information regarding course sequencing and passing grade criteria to match internal advising requirements. 
  • Social Work MSW. 1) Introducing a Social Work Writing Course (ScWk 200W) that would fulfill the GWAR Requirement to be offered in the Fall Semester. Currently, the listed GWAR Courses are ScWk 212 and ScWk 214. 2) Removing Fields of Practice in the Advanced Year 3) Combining the two Research Courses in the Foundation Year (ScWk 240 and ScWk 242) into an integrated course, ScWk 240 to be offered in the Spring semester.
  • Software Engineering MS. Changes include adding GWAR course as degree requirement, adding one core course (CMPE 255), adding two courses (CMPE 257 and 258) to the Data Science specialization, subtracting two courses (CMPE 255 and 256) from the Data Science specialization, and changing the total units to 33.

Organization

  • Effective July 1, 2020, the Department of Justice Studies will be transferred to the College of Social Sciences (formerly College of Health and Human Sciences). View the Approval Memo
  • Department Ownership Change: Recreation & Nature Minor. Change of home from Department of Environmental Studies to the Department of Public Health and Recreation. View the Approval Memo. 
  • Department of Health Science and Recreation name change to the Department of Public Health and Recreation was approved by Provost Del Casino on November 1, 2019.