Senate Document Number 1502S
Date of Senate Approval 01/24/02
Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC Document 12: Addition of two new ornithology courses for ENVR.
Effective Date: Fall 2002
1) Addition of two new ornithology courses (add to catalog): p. 109
340 Ornithology (BIOL 340) (4) Introduction to the evolution, behavior, and ecology of birds. Laboratory will focus on the field identification of native species. At least one weekend field trip is required. Students may not receive credit for both ENVR 340 and 348. Prerequisite: BIOL 210, or permission of instructor. Odd years Spring.348 Avian Ecology and Conservation (BIOL 348) (4) An introduction to the identification, ecology and conservation of birds, particularly those of the Southern Appalachians. Laboratory will include several early morning field trips. At least one weekend field trip is required. Students may not receive credit for both ENVR 340 and 348. Prerequisite: ENVR 130, or permission of instructor. Even years Spring.
2) Under Concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology (p. 106)
DELETE: "…; 11 hours of advanced Biology or Environmental Biology electives from BIOL 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 339, 350, 351, 356; ENVR 321, 341, 346, 350, 390, 432, 442, 443, 444."
ADD: "…; 11 hours of advanced Biology or Environmental Biology electives from BIOL 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 339, 350, 351, 356: ENVR 321, 341, 346, 340 or 348, 350, 390, 432, 442, 443, 444."
Impact Statement: BIOL (Jim Petranka) and ENVR (Kitti Reynolds) are collaborating to offer ornithology courses. Each will be offered in the spring of every other year and will alternate so that students will have one course offering annually. Because of some overlap, students will not be allowed to receive credit for both courses. These offerings will serve as advanced electives and will not affect general requirements for the university, major, or minor for either department. Neither course will require additional staffing needs. These courses will strengthen our existing offerings and will increase interactions and collaborations between the two departments. We see no negative impacts to either department.
Rationale: Both courses are currently being offered as special topics courses. Biology has offered ornithology six times at sporadic intervals and Environmental Studies will offer Avian Ecology and Conservation next spring as a special topics course. We wish to have both courses offered on a regular basis and formally added to the course listings.