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Proposal Summary: AS-08-077

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TitleThe History of Life
Submitting DeanRonald Levant
Submitting CollegeArts & Sciences -- Annabelle Foos x7937
Departments Generating the ProposalGeology and Environmental Science
Objection Deadline
Proposal StatusProposal Withdrawn
Proposal Last UpdatedApril 10, 2008 by AS dean's ofc Cathy Moore
Effective DateFall 2008
Brief Summary of ProposalThe Department of Geology and Environmental Science is proposing a new class to be taught. It will be an introductory undergraduate course (proposed course number is 3370-112-001). This course is designed to introduce students to the history of life. It will focus on the fossil record, from the origins of life to the development of the tree of life, emphasizing the origin of fish, amphibians, insects, land plants, mammals, dinosaurs, and birds. The nature of the fossil record will be examined, addressing questions of how fossils get preserved, biological diversity patterns through time, including mass extinction events. By the end of the course, students will have acquired the skills to critically analyze the nature of the fossil record as well as evaluate evidence for the history of life in the context of modern evolutionary theory. Course will be directed and aimed towards general education as well as biology students in the Integrated Bioscience program.
Type of ProposalCourse changes only
Graduate School Endorsement StatusNot required
Graduate School Endorsement UpdatedNovember 07, 2007 by GS Heather Blake
Institutional Research StatusApproved
IR Status UpdatedNovember 28, 2007 by IR Eric Sponseller
Library StatusApproved
Library Status UpdatedNovember 07, 2007 by UL Jo Ann Calzonetti
Distance Learning Review Committee StatusNot required
DLRC Status Updated
General Education Advisory Committee StatusUnder review
GEAC CommentGEAC questions and comments forwarded to submitting college, Nov. 13, 2007. Waiting on response.
GEAC Status UpdatedNovember 13, 2007 by PR Rex Ramsier
Resource RequirementsNo additional resources
Resource Requirements UpdatedDecember 07, 2007 by AS dean's ofc Cathy Moore


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