Minutes of the Undergraduate Studies Committee

Attending Voting Members: G. Pulliam (HUM/CAC), J. Twombly (SSB), S. Hong (CHBE), C. Hood (CS), X. Guan (CHEM), N. Menhart (BIO), M. Safar (INTM), R. Steffenson (SSCI), P. Snopok (PHYS), J.Hajek (ITM), P. Troyk (BME), A. Raina (SGA), R. Ellis (AMAT),  T. Pan (CAAE), C. Wark (MMAE), J. Miller (PSYC), J. Saniie (ECE).

Also attending: J. Gorzkowski; (UGAA), G. Smith (UGAA), G. Welter (UGAA), S.Pariseau (UGAA), M. Lopez (OneStop), J. Chong (CHEM), K. Spink (PreHealth), G. Shobein (SGA), S. Spicknall (TechNews)

Departments with absent voting members:  COA, MSED, ROTC

Quorum declared at 12:45

Adjourn at: 13:31


Documents for this meeting are available at:


Meeting chaired by Ray Trygstad.

Minutes recorded by Rebecca Steffenson.


1. Minutes of the 11/22/16 Meeting  [Trygstad]


Minutes from 11/22/16 approved unanimously.


2. Undergraduate Honors [Pulliam]

11/22/16 Proposal: “To be eligible for the high honors designation at graduation, undergraduate students must have completed at least 100 hours at IIT.” The existing policy can be found here: http://bulletin.iit.edu/undergraduate/academic-policiesprocedures/graduation/graduation-with-honors/ 

Pulliam will form an ad hoc committee to discuss the honors policy. Anyone interested in discussing possible revisions to the honors policy criteria should contact him. 

3. New Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry: [B. Mandal, J. Chong, and R. Guan  – Chemistry]    BS in Bioanalytical Chemistry  BS in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry     BS in Environmental Chemistry   BS in Forensic Chemistry    BS in Medicinal Chemistry   http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/documents/Supporting Information_New Chemistry Programs.pdf http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/documents/Bioanalytical Chemistry Program_S2017_UGSC.pdf http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/documents/Computational Chem Biochem Program_S2017_UGSC.pdf http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/documents/Environmental Chemistry Program_S2017_UGSC.pdf  http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/documents/Forensic Chemistry Program_S2017_UGSC.pdf http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/documents/Medicinal Chemistry Program_S2017_UGSC.pdf  The above represents the final revisions of the previously submitted programs which we have approved, with the exception of the BS in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry, which has been significantly revised. 


Minor revisions have been made to the previously approved degrees.

The BS in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry has been significantly revised with input from CS, ITM, and Biology. Two additional computer science courses and 1 biochemistry course have been added to the degree, with possible additional electives from ITM. Discussion noted that 1) CS 110 was not a prerequisite for CS 201 and therefore could not be used interchangeably with CS 105 and 2) that CS 331 is 3 credit hour course (not 2 credit hour).


4. BS in Applied Mathematics -Change the CS course sequence [R. Ellis – Mathematics]

The Math department is revising the CS course sequence so students do not get credit for CS 104 +CS 105 + 115, because the content is too similar. Instead students should take a sequence of courses. Revised Sequences include:   CS 115 & CS 116 (4 credits total), or CS 115 & CS 116 (4 credits total), or   CS 104 & CS 115 (4 credits total), or CS 104 & CS 201 (6 credits total), or   CS 105 & CS 201 (6 credits total)  CS 105 & CS 201 (6 credits total)

This change has been applied to the BS in Applied Math. It does not change the credit hours, and is presented as an informational item. Details of and justification for this change: http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/documents/Proposal to update CS requirements for BS-AMATH students.pdf Current degree requirements: http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/documents/Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics.pdf.

Discussion followed about the prerequisites for CS 201. Some transfer credit students have gone straight into CS 201 because CS 105 was not offered in the fall semester. CS confirmed that CS 105 will be offered in the fall going forward.

5. Premedical Studies Minor [K. Spink – Biology]

BME450 Animal Physiology is an option in this minor. BME has replaced BME 450 with BME453 Quantitative Physiology, changing this minor option. This is an informational item.

6. Discussion of transfer credit for courses without necessary prerequisites. [G. Welter – UGAA]

Question: What is the policy for transfer of a course if student does not have the IIT prerequisite? UGAA will not transfer a course without a prerequisite until the prerequisite is fulfilled. If the department offering a course waives a prerequisite, then it is waived but the credit hours must be substituted.

7. Other New Business [Trygstad]

Email Chris White if you would like to be an honorary coach for a day to show support for student athletes.

8. Next UGSC meeting [Trygstad]

The next UGSC meeting will be February 14, 2017. It will be the last opportunity to present material which will require a vote of the UGSC for inclusion in the Fall 2017 Bulletin. All minutes and supporting documents may be found on the UGSC website:  http://www.iit.edu/~ugsc/