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  1. 1. Central Michigan University College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences College Curriculum Committee MINUTES Date: December 10, 2007 Location: Anspach 113 Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Curriculum Chair: Interim Associate Dean, Mitchell Hall Curriculum Secretary: Executive Secretary, Suzanne Sova website: www.chsbs.cmich.edu E-Mail: chsbscur@cmich.edu Phone: 989-774-3342 Committee Representatives Present: Bill Spruiell (ENG), Keith Palka (FLLC), Mick Kolinski (MSC), Neil Christiansen (FLLC), Roger Hatch PHL&REL, Jean Toner (SASW) Committee Representatives Absent: Doina Harsanyi (HST), Moataz Fattah (PSC) I. ITEMS TO THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE A. Course Requests 1. Items for Publication a. New Courses b. Course Deletions C. Course Changes 2. Items for Action a. New Designator “NSC” for Neuroscience Courses Approved II. ITEMS TO THE GRADUATE COUNCIL A. Course Requests 1. Items for Publication a. New Courses (1) NSC 501 Principles of Neuroscience I 4 (4-0) Bulletin Description: First of two core neuroscience graduate courses providing comprehensive coverage of neuroscience fundamentals. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the Neuroscience Graduate Program or permission of instructor. Approved (2) NSC 502 Principles of Neuroscience II 4 (4-0) Bulletin Description: Second of two core neuroscience graduate courses providing comprehensive coverage of neuroscience fundamentals. Prerequisites: NSC 501 or permission of instructor Approved (3) NSC 690 Research Seminar in Neuroscience 1-4 (spec) Bulletin Description: Seminar emphasizing review of the primary literature in several areas of neuroscience. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the Neuroscience Program or permission of instructor. Approved B. Curricular Change Requests c. New Academic Program Requests 1. Items for Action (1) Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience
  2. 2. I. General description of proposed program, including its objectives and activities. (Include objectives stated in terms of student learning.) The proposed Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience at Central Michigan University represents an interdisciplinary program, integrating courses, research, and clinical opportunities from three Colleges and several departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Communication Disorders, and Psychology. The core curriculum of the proposed program will be a combination of foundation courses, including a two-semester core course in the principles of neuroscience, a seminar course in neuroscience during each of the first four semesters, an advanced seminar course to be taken in the last two years of the program, a two semester-long statistics/research design courses, specialized electives (which are to be chosen in close consultation with the student’s advisor), a Master’s thesis (with oral defense), a major paper and qualifying exam, and a dissertation (with oral defense). The Program is a spin-off program of the existing Ph.D. Program in Applied Experimental Psychology, and uses their successful mentorship model. The advantage of the new proposed Program is that it will allow a greater focus on neuroscience-related courses and give neuroscience students more flexibility in choosing electives (see Appendix A for a list of potential electives) from various departments, thereby enhancing the interdisciplinary nature of the Program’s curricula. The Program is designed to meet these objectives by providing all students with a solid core curriculum, along with sufficient flexibility to allow each student to tailor his or her coursework to meet his or her individual objectives. Most of the course work in the proposed Program will be done during the first two years, which will comprise all of the required coursework for the M.S. in Neuroscience. Students who have obtained their M.S. degree will become candidates for the Ph.D. in Neuroscience after they have completed 30 credits beyond the M.S. degree and have successfully passed an oral defense of a major paper (a publication-quality research project). All Ph.D. candidates are required to complete an empirical dissertation project and pass an oral defense of the dissertation) in order to obtain the Ph.D. In terms of learning outcomes, students earning this degree will be able to: Demonstrate a comprehension of neuroscience principles at a graduate-school level; 2. Utilize advanced statistical techniques to analyze research data; 3. Produce written and oral critiques which analyze, synthesize, and integrate information from various perspectives in the neuroscience literature; 4. Formulate hypotheses and craft a research proposal that addresses an important question in neuroscience in a manner consistent with current ethical guidelines; 5. Produce a high-quality thesis and provide an oral defense of it; 6. Write a publishable-quality major paper and provide an oral defense of it; 7. Present his or her research at a national or international meeting; 8. Craft a publishable-quality dissertation and provide an oral defense of it. In summary, the major objective of the proposed Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience is to provide students with the requisite academic background, technical skills, and hands-on research experience that will allow them to successfully compete for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors. Students in the proposed program will receive a solid theoretical foundation, as well as attaining high-level technical skills and extensive research experience. Students who complete this program will receive excellent training for technical and/or research positions in either the private or public sectors, including jobs in academia, or as researchers in pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and biotechnology firms, including the newly emerging ‘neurotechnology’ industry.
  3. 3. II. New courses to be incorporated in the proposed new program (if any) NSC 501 (Principles of Neuroscience I) NSC 502 (Principles of Neuroscience II) NSC 600 (Special Issues) NSC 690 (Research Seminar in Neuroscience) NSC 696 (Directed Research) NSC 697 (Independent Study) NSC 789 (Advanced Seminar in Neuroscience) NSC 798 (Thesis: Design) NSC 799 (Thesis: Implementation) NSC 800 (Research in Neuroscience) NSC 898 (Dissertation: Proposal) NSC 899 (Dissertation: Implementation, with oral defense) III. Requested Bulletin copy (Show as requested to appear in the Bulletin.) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Neuroscience: 90 hours Minimum Totals for Graduation: The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Neuroscience Program at Central Michigan University is designed to give each student a comprehensive understanding of the core principles in neuroscience and the requisite training that will prepare students for positions in academics, industry, or government that utilize highly trained research skills in specific areas of neuroscience. The foundation of the Program is provided during the first two years, which encompasses all the requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Neuroscience. Throughout the program, all students are expected to be actively involved in research with a Program faculty member, who serves as a mentor. Upon receiving the M.S. degree in Neuroscience (or its equivalent, for students who enter the Ph.D. Program after their second year), students will work closely with their mentor to establish a line of research that will lead to a publishable-quality major paper and dissertation. As such, the focus of the Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience is to build upon the student’s broad-based and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of neuroscience and develop a strong background for applied research in some specific area of neuroscience. Current areas of specific research training include studying the causes and potential treatments for respiratory disorders and for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases. Admission, Retention, and Termination Standards Application Deadline for all Materials: March 1 The application deadline for receipt of all materials will be March 1. When applying for the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, applicants must send three letters of reference, official transcripts, and official GRE scores directly to the Program Director. Applicants are expected to complete a Bachelor of Science degree, have at least 15 hours of courses in neuroscience, chemistry, and/or biology (including biologically-based psychology courses), have at least 3 hours of statistics, and have a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) to gain admittance to the program. Preference will be given to students with prior research experience, especially in the area of neuroscience. Students who are deficient in certain subject areas, such as statistics or chemistry, will be expected to make up these deficiencies in addition to the normally prescribed graduate coursework for the degree. A maximum of 9 credit hours earned during non-degree status may be applied toward the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Neuroscience is based upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate work, including the successful completion of the Principles of Neuroscience courses and successful completion of a thesis (with oral defense). Students who are unable to pass the comprehensive examination for the Principles of Neuroscience courses after three attempts will be dismissed from the program. Students who complete the required coursework for the first two years and successfully defend their thesis will attain M.S. in Neuroscience 3
  4. 4. the Master of Science in Neuroscience degree. Thus, each Ph.D. student must complete the equivalent of all the requirements for the M.S. degree in Neuroscience. Upon completion of the requirements for the M.S. degree in Neuroscience, students will be required to complete NSC 800 (a major paper with oral defense) for their qualifying exam. Upon satisfactory completion of their qualifying exam, the student is an official Ph.D. candidate in the Program. Students who do not successfully defend their major paper by the third attempt will be dismissed from the Program. Upon completion of the remaining course requirements and following the successful oral defense of the dissertation, the student will receive the Ph.D. in Neuroscience degree. All other retention and termination standards for the program follow University policy as specified in the Graduate Bulletin. Program Requirements Admission to doctoral candidacy is based upon satisfactory grades (i.e., maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average), completion of thesis requirements, and completion of both semesters of the Principles of Neuroscience (NSC 501 and NSC 502) or passing the comprehensive examination for these courses, and successfully completing NSC 800. The doctoral degree is awarded upon the successful defense of the doctoral dissertation. Degree Requirements Required Courses (54-72 hours) NSC 501 - Principles of Neuroscience I 4(4-0) NSC 502 - Principles of Neuroscience II 4(4-0) PSY 511 – Statistics in Psychology 3(3-1) PSY 611 – Research Design 3(3-0) NSC 690 – Research Seminar in Neuroscience 1-4(Spec) NSC 789 – Graduate Seminar in Neuroscience 1-12(Spec) NSC 798 – Thesis: Design 1-3(Spec) NSC 799 – Thesis: Implementation 1-3(Spec) NSC 800 – Research in Neuroscience 1-12(Spec) NSC 898 – Doctoral Dissertation: Design 1-12(Spec) NSC 899 – Doctoral Dissertation: Implementation 1-12(Spec) Note: A minimum of 4 hours of NSC 690, 6 hours of NSC 789, 6 hours from a combination of NSC 798 and NSC 799, 6 hours of NSC 800, and 18 credit hours from the combination of PSY 898 and PSY 899 is required. In addition to course work, a student must complete an oral examination over the thesis, major paper (NSC 800), and the dissertation. Electives (18-36 hours) To be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Total: 90 semester hours Approved (2) M.S. Degree in Neuroscience I. General description of proposed program, including its objectives and activities. (Include objectives stated in terms of student learning.) The proposed M.S. Program in Neuroscience at Central Michigan University represents an interdisciplinary program, integrating courses, research and clinical opportunities from three Colleges and several departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Communication Disorders, and Psychology. The core curriculum of the proposed program will be a combination of foundation courses, including a year-long core course in the principles of neuroscience, a seminar course in neuroscience during each semester of the two years, two semester-long statistics/research design courses, specialized electives (which are to be chosen in close consultation with the student’s M.S. in Neuroscience 4
  5. 5. advisor), and a Master’s thesis (with oral defense). The Program is a spin-off program of the existing M.S. Program in Experimental Psychology, and uses their successful mentorship model. The advantage of the new proposed Program is that it will allow a greater focus on neuroscience-related courses and give neuroscience students more flexibility in choosing electives (see Appendix A for a list of potential electives) from other departments, thereby enhancing the interdisciplinary nature of the Program’s curricula. The Program is designed to meet these objectives by providing all students with a solid core curriculum, along with sufficient flexibility to allow each student to tailor his or her coursework to meet his or her individual objectives. In terms of learning outcomes, students earning this degree will be able to: Demonstrate a comprehension of neuroscience principles at a graduate-school level; 2. Utilize advanced statistical techniques to analyze research data; 3. Produce written and oral critiques which analyze, synthesize, and integrate information from various perspectives in the neuroscience literature; 4. Formulate hypotheses and craft a research proposal that addresses an important question in neuroscience in a manner consistent with current ethical guidelines; 5. Produce a high-quality thesis and provide an oral defense of it. In summary, the major objective of the proposed M.S. Program in Neuroscience is to provide students with the requisite academic background, technical skills, and hands-on research experience that will allow them to successfully compete for doctoral programs in neuroscience or for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors. Students in the proposed program will receive a solid theoretical foundation, as well as attaining high-level technical skills and research experience. Students who complete this program will receive excellent training for doctoral programs in neuroscience or technical and/or research positions in either the private or public sectors, including some jobs in academia, or as researchers in pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and biotechnology firms, including the newly emerging ‘neurotechnology’ industry. M.S. in Neuroscience 5
  6. 6. II. New courses to be incorporated in the proposed new program (if any) NSC 501 (Principles of Neuroscience I) NSC 502 (Principles of Neuroscience II) NSC 600 (Special Issues) NSC 690 (Research Seminar in Neuroscience) NSC 696 (Directed Research in Neuroscience) NSC 697 (Independent Study in Neuroscience) NSC 798 (Thesis: Design) NSC 799 (Thesis: Implementation) III. Requested Bulletin copy (Show as requested to appear in the Bulletin.) Masters of Science (M.S.) in Neuroscience: 30 hours Minimum Totals for Graduation: The Masters of Science (M.S.) in Neuroscience Program at Central Michigan University is designed to give each student a comprehensive understanding of the core principles in neuroscience and the requisite training that will prepare students for further, doctoral-level graduate training or for positions in academics, industry, or government that utilize highly trained research skills in specific areas of neuroscience. Throughout the program, all students are expected to be actively involved in research with a Program faculty member, who serves as a mentor. The focus of the M.S. Program in Neuroscience is to build a broad-based and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of neuroscience and develop a strong background for applied research in some specific area of neuroscience. Current areas of specific research training include studying the causes and potential treatments for respiratory disorders and for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases. Admission, Retention, and Termination Standards Application Deadline for all Materials: March 1 The application deadline for receipt of all materials will be March 1. When applying for the M.S. degree in Neuroscience, applicants must send three letters of reference, official transcripts, and official GRE scores directly to the Program Director. Applicants are expected to complete a Bachelor of Science degree, have at least 15 hours of courses in neuroscience, chemistry, and/or biology (including biologically-based psychology courses), have at least 3 hours of statistics, and have a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) to gain admittance to the program. Preference will be given to students with prior research experience, especially in the area of neuroscience. Students who are deficient in certain subject areas, such as statistics or chemistry, will be expected to make up these deficiencies in addition to the normally prescribed graduate coursework for the degree. A maximum of 9 credit hours earned during non-degree status may be applied toward the M.S. degree in Neuroscience. The M.S. degree in Neuroscience is based upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, including the successful completion of the Principles of Neuroscience courses and successful completion of a thesis (with oral defense). Students who are unable to pass the comprehensive examination for the Principles of Neuroscience courses after three attempts will be dismissed from the program. Students who complete the required coursework and successfully defend their thesis will attain the Master of Science in Neuroscience degree. All other retention and termination standards for the program follow University policy as specified in the Graduate Bulletin. M.S. in Neuroscience 6
  7. 7. Degree Requirements Required Courses (24 hours) NSC 501 - Principles of Neuroscience I 4(4-0) NSC 502 - Principles of Neuroscience II 4(4-0) PSY 511 – Statistics in Psychology 3(3-1) PSY 611 – Research Design 3(3-0) NSC 690 – Research Seminar in Neuroscience 1-4(Spec) NSC 798 – Thesis: Design 1-3(Spec) NSC 799 – Thesis: Implementation 1-3(Spec) Note: A minimum of 4 hours of NSC 690 and 6 hours from a combination of NSC 798 and NSC 799 is required. Electives (6 hours) To be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Note: Students need a minimum of 2 credit hours from elective courses at the 600 level. Total: 30 semester hours Approved III. ITEMS TO THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE - None IV. ITEMS TO THE GENERAL EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE - None V. ITEMS TO THE PLANNING COUNCIL - None VI. ABBREVIATED PROCESS - None VII. OTHER BUSINESS (1) PSC 150 Course Request change for MCS Review and Addendum was Revised/resubmitted to Gen Ed Committee per their request. (2) PSY 682 Course Request change for MCS Review and Addendum for Distance Delivery was Revised/resubmitted to Graduate Council per their request. (3) ENG 616 New Course Request was Revised/resubmitted to the Graduate Council per their request. Respectfully, Mitch Hall Suzanne Sova CCC Chair Recording Secretary M.S. in Neuroscience 7

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