Animal Science—BS in Nutrition
Can you explain the change in credit hours? It seems like more than “minimal” changes were involved in this change, so can you explain the argument for adding 8 course hours?
We identified it as minimal changes as we were primarily modifying the courses offered within the Animal Science Core section within the major and considering what students were previously using to fill their electives (generally taking both the ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition courses) the proposed program really provides more direction. Essentially we have added a 2 credit research methods course and increased electives in the major. The increase in credit hours is associated with:
Requiring both ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition (before students were selecting one or the other) to ensure breadth of animal nutrition (accounts for 3 of the 8 credit hours; this change is referenced above).
We are requiring students to take a research methods lab – given the rigor and scientific nature of this major we felt strongly that this would help students understand the scientific literature they would encounter in this curriculum and this area of study (accounts for 2 of the 8 credit hours).
We also increased the electives in the major to encourage students to enroll in nutrition related courses offered outside the Department of Animal Sciences (i.e. Human Nutrition), again to ensure these students have both breadth and depth in the area of nutrition, (accounts for the remaining 3 of the 8 credit hours). This change was made at the request of Human Nutrition when we were seeking concurrence. I am not sure this effort was reciprocated by the other major within the B.S. in Nutrition; however, we went forward with this increase in electives with an emphasis on having students pursue nutrition courses outside of those offered by Animal Sciences as we felt it would help prepare them for their future careers.
We have also required a physiology class, however, this was required in the previous program as well, it was previously listed under supporting courses rather than under the list of core courses. While this is not an increase in the credit hours in the program, it has simply been realigned to provide more direction to the students as they plan their degree program.
Since all FAES majors are supposed to require a minor or minor equivalent – is the “additional science core” a minor equivalent? Can there be some brief explanation for this structure?
Only the BS in Agriculture requires a minor in CFAES, tagged degrees do not. This is a tagged degree. However, it is correct that the list of required science courses would meet the spirit of the minor as well.
Can you update the semester plan and list the other GE options (e.g., Rural Soc or Sociology)?
See attached Bingo sheet