AFLS Curriculum Minutes -- Oct. 7, 2005

APPROVED
Minutes of the DBCALFS Agriculture Curriculum Committee
October 7, 2005, 1:30 pm

APC Conference Room
Members Present: Brown, Johnson, Graham, Hettiarachchy, Lindstrom, Owens (for Emmert), Scott, Wailes (for Parsch)
Absent: Costello, Gbur, Miller, Rothrock, Whan
Guests: Stephens, A.
1. Call to order:
Chair Hettiarachchy called the meeting to order at 2:05 pm.
2. Approval of Agenda:
The agenda for the meeting was approved
3. Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for the September meeting were approved with two minor changes.
4. Old Business:
1. Brown presented information on ANSC 4482. The Animal Sciences department plans to change the course number of ANSC 2482, Introduction to Companion Animal Management to ANSC 4482, Companion Animal Management. This would be a capstone class for students interested in companion animal management. Both undergraduate and graduate credit will be allowed. The proposal passed the second reading.
2. Owens presented information on changes to the Poultry Science minor and major. For the minor, the department will reduce the number of credits required from 19 to 15 and reduce the number of classes in the minor that require pre-requisites. The proposal to change the minor passed the second reading.
With the Poultry Science major, the department will offer two specializations: Poultry Science or Poultry Industry. These two specializations would better accommodate students currently enrolled in the department. There was some concern that the name of the specialization, Poultry Science, duplicates the name of the degree. The proposal passed the second reading.
3. Lindstrom presented information on changes to the curriculum in the Horticulture department. Currently the department offers five concentrations:
Turf, Landscape Horticulture, Horticulture Science, Horticulture Management and Production, and Horticulture Merchandising. The department proposes to consolidate these offerings into a single degree in Horticulture, Landscape and Turf Sciences. The proposal passed the second reading.
4. Hettiarachchy presented information on a program change in Food Science. The department plans to change admission requirements for the Ph.D. so that highly qualified B.S. students can enter the program without first obtaining a M.S. In addition, minor changes to the existing B.S. to M.S. and M.S. to Ph.D. programs also proposed. After discussion on the number of hours required for students pursuing the M.S. degree, the proposal passed the second reading.
5. Johnson presented information on a new course in Entomology, ENTO 410V. The department plans to add a Special Topics course number to accommodate undergraduates taking classes in Entomology. The proposal passed the second reading.
5. New Business:
6. Wailes presented information on major changes to AGEC 4413, Economics of Environmental Management. The department proposes to change the course number and name to AGEC 5133, Agricultural and Environmental Resource Economics, and allow only graduate students to enroll. Undergraduate demand in this topic area is satisfied by AGEC 3413. The proposal passed the first reading.
7. Wailes presented information on major changes to AGEC 4303, Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management. The department proposes to change the course title, content and pre-requisites. The new title for the course will be AgriBusiness Entrepreneurship. The focus of the course will now be the process of creating a product or business. AGEC 1103 will be the only pre-requisite. The proposal passed the first reading.
8. Wailes presented information on a program change in the M.S. in Agricultural Economics. An additional course was added, a required prerequisite, ECON 5233. The number of elective hours was reduced to nine from 12. The proposal passed both the first and second readings.
6. Report from the HES subcommittee No official report, although Dean Graham did alert the committee to a number of changes forthcoming.
7. Report from the Dean's Office
Eight-semester plans may need to re-done in light of Act 1014.
8. Announcements
The next meeting will be held November 4, 2005, at 1:30 pm, in the APC Conference Room.
Minor Changes to the curriculum
One change to report: Only students with freshman or sophomore standing will be allowed to enroll in CSES 1011, Introduction to Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences.
9. Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 2:45 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon T. Lindstrom
Secretary