January 10, 2017 (Volume 45, Number 4)


TO: All Senators, Executive Vice President and Provost, Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, Deans, Chancellors, Heads of Departments (Programs, Divisions, Intercollege Programs), Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education, and Graduate Council Committee on Programs and Courses.


Questions concerning items that have been held must be resolved within a 90-day period following the approval date of the Senate Curriculum Report. The proposals will be returned to the presenting departments if the hold is not resolved by the end of the 90-day period unless an extension of the hold is granted by the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs.

November 15, 2016, Senate Curriculum Report, Volume 45, Number 3
45-03-017 Earth and Sustainability, Earth and Mineral Sciences – HOLD
45-03-021 GEOG 230, Earth and Mineral Sciences – Returned to Department
45-03-022 GEOG 260, Earth and Mineral Sciences – Returned to Department
45-03-025 GEOG 315, Earth and Mineral Sciences – Returned to Department
45-03-027 GEOG 328, Earth and Mineral Sciences – Returned to Department
45-03-031 PNG 301, Earth and Mineral Sciences – Returned to Department
45-03-057 Astronomy and Astropysics, Eberly College of Science, HOLD
45-03-062 ASTRO 320, Eberly College of Science, Returned to Department


The Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs is considering the attached proposals. New majors, options, and minors become effective following the approval of the Executive Vice President and Provost. New courses and courses being dropped become effective the first semester following the approval of this Report unless otherwise specified. Changes in existing course offerings will become effective the date of the first published Schedule of Courses listing the changed course, unless written objection is received at the Senate Office, 101 Kern Graduate Building (814-863-0996) on or before February 9, 2017. A copy of any written objection sent to the Senate Office must also be sent to the college/campus representative of the sponsoring unit. Senate Office staff will communicate the objection to the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs. Any item to which written objection is made will be reconsidered by the appropriate committee and may be delayed for scheduling.

New Programs: Majors, Options, and Minors
Acting, BFA, Arts and Architecture
Dance, B.S., Arts and Architecture
Landscape Architecture Minor, Arts and Architecture
Materials Science and Engineering Minor, Penn State Harrisburg

Academic Programs [Majors/Options/Minors] Phase-Out
Youth and Family Education Minor, Agricultural Sciences

Moving/Discontinuing Degree Programs Among Colleges/Campuses of the University

For curriculum information (guidelines, forms, etc.) visit the Senate’s curriculum page at http://www.senate.psu.edu/curriculum.asp.


Asad Azemi, Brandywine
Michael Bartolacci, Berks
Raymonde Brown, Nursing
David Christiansen, Resource, ACUE
Colleen Connolly-Ahern, Communications
Angela R. Davis, Resource, Libraries
Michele Duffey, Chair, Health and Human Development
Jacqueline Edmondson, Resource, Undergraduate Education
Marc A. Friedenberg, Information Sciences and Technology
Paula K. Hamaty, Resource, University Registrar
Sally A. Heffentreyer, Resource, University Relations
Kathleen Heid, Graduate School Representative
James Jaap, Co-Vice-Chair, Greater Allegheny
Paul Kalapos, Medicine
Lawrence Kass, Medicine
Kenneth C. Keiler, Science
William C. Kenyon, Arts and Architecture
Suzanna Linn, Co-Vice-Chair, Liberal Arts
Barbara Masi, Resource
Robert Melton, Engineering
Judith Ozment, Abington
Timothy W. Palmer, Medicine
Mari Pierce, Beaver
Julia D. Plummer, Education
Lisa L. Posey, Business
Felisa Preciado, Business
Ljubisa Radovic, Earth and Mineral Sciences
Ling Rothrock, Engineering
Janet Schulenberg, Resource, Division of Undergraduate Studies
Robert D. Shannon, Agricultural Sciences
Richard Singer, Altoona
Margaret Slattery,  Resource
Jennifer Sliko, Harrisburg
Michael Straw, Student
Rodney Troester, Erie



APPENDIX A (Undergraduate)


  • Graduate (No proposals submitted)
  • International Affairs, School of (No proposals submitted)
  • Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Credit Certificate Programs (No proposals submitted)


  • Medicine, College of (No proposals submitted)


  • Dickinson Law (No proposals submitted)
  • Penn State Law (No proposals submitted)

Subcommittee on Retention and Transfer