Minutes of the Undergraduate Studies Committee



Attending Voting Members: J. Budiman (CAEE), M. Bauer (CS), J. Cesarone (MMAE), B. Steffenson (SSCI), R. Trygstad (ITM), J. Twombly (SSB), N. Menhart (BIOL), R. Ellis (AMAT), J. Miller (PSYC),  N. Karuri (CHBE), M. Safar (INTM), A. Schachman (ARCH), R. Wadhwani (SGA), G. Popovic (MSED), P. Tryok (BME), A. Unni (CHEM), L. Coffey (PHYS), G. Pulliam (HUM/CAC),


Also attending: J. Gorzkowski (UGAA), G. Welter (UGAA), G. Smith (UGAA),  J. Kallend (ACE),  A. Hall (Registrar), D. Rempfer (MMAE), R. Calia (MPA/SSB), J. Snapper (UFC), C. Torres (ARCH), BJ Englehardt (Career Services), C. Emmons (Assessment), A. Opdycke (Student Health & Wellness Ctr), G. Fu (CAEE).


Absent departments:  ROTC, ECE

Quorum is declared.

Documents pertaining to this meeting are at:


Meeting is chaired by Kathryn Spink.

Minutes recorded by Pulliam.


1) Minutes of the 2/10/2015 meeting are approved.


New Business

2) (Opdycke) Info on new “Level Up Your Life” programs for students (in documents folder).


Old business

3) (Fu) Engineering Mgt B.S./Master of Public Adm. Co-terminal.  Passes unanimously.


More New Business

4) (Twombly) New minor in Economics.  Informational item.

In response to the demand for an Economics Minor, primarily from Social Sciences faculty and students, an ad hoc committee from the Stuart School (Liad Wagman, Priyanka Sharma and John Twombly) proposes the following Economics Minor (a minimum of five courses):


Required Courses:  (four)

ECON 151, Making Strategic Decision in the Marketplace (Micro);

ECON 152, Understanding and Competing in the Global Marketplace (Macro);

ECON 423, Economic Analysis of Capital Investments (Capital Budgeting);

BUS 382, The Behavioral Economics of Managerial and Consumer Decision-Making.


Plus one course from:

BUS 321, Quantitative Models for Effective Decision-Making;

BUS 452, International Finance; or

BUS 455, Corporate Finance.


 More Old business

5) (Menhart) ITP Subcommittee.

a) Learning objectives for all ITP courses

               I.          Ethics: Understand the ethical framework applicable to the discipline. Understand the importance of ethics to the profession. Be able to recognize ethical issues and propose ethical responses to ethical problems.

             II.         Communication: Understand the standards of professional communication used within the profession. Be able communicate (understand, and respond) in a discipline specific fashion

           III.         Professionalism: Understand the norms of profession behavior within the discipline. Be able to discuss and understand how professional conduct reflects on and supports the discipline.

Approved unanimously.


b) “trafficking rules” discussion.