Curriculum Development

This page provides an outline of the materials/forms and the process required to initiate changes to the curriculum in the College of Science.

Required Forms/Materials for the Creation of New Courses

Required Forms/Materials for Revisions to Existing Courses

  • Completion of Course number registry (CNR) form
  • Copy of original syllabus (always) and revised syllabus (when applicable)
  • Brief statement outlining the purpose of the course revision (new/different audience, new/different content, new/different Core attribute, etc.)

Required Forms/Materials for the Creation of a New Combined Undergraduate Major

Required Forms/Materials for the Creation of New Academic Degree Programs

Process for Review of Curricular Materials

For all of the above, the process for review of curricular materials begins with your submission of the above materials to the College’s administrative assistant Tammi Westgate who will forward these materials to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for an initial review. [2-3 days]

If the review is positive, the materials will then be circulated to the COS Undergraduate Curriculum committee or the COS Graduate Curriculum Committee, as is relevant to the curricular changes proposed.  [15 day review]

Following approval by the relevant college committee, new courses are then forwarded to the Registrar’s Office for their review and approval. [1 week]

Following approval by the Registrar’s Office, they are forwarded to the Provost Office where they are reviewed by either the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (undergraduate) or the Graduate Course Review Committee (graduate).  [15 day review]

This is generally the last step in the approval process for new courses.

For new programs:

Once approved by the relevant college curriculum committee (undergraduate or graduate), proposals for new or substantially revised curricula are forwarded to the COS College Council for review and approval. 

The next step for new graduate degree programs is circulation to the Graduate Deans and then review by the Graduate Council.

All new degree programs next move to the Faculty Senate and finally the Board of Trustees.  Generally, the process for approval of new degree programs takes about a year. [1 year]

Helpful Link:  Registrar’s Website