Resolution Regarding Offering of Master of Science in Life Sciences

Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies

CGS&P Resolution 98/99 A

Approved by the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies: October 28, 1998
Approved by University Council:
Approved by the Board of Visitors:

WHEREAS, the numbers of master's degrees awarded in Biochemistry & Nutrition and Plant Pathology, Physiology & Weed Science have been at or below productivity standards established by the State Council for Higher for several years,and

WHEREAS, many of the core requirements for high-quality graduate education in these two fields and in Food Science & Technology and Entomology are common to all, and

WHEREAS, the merger of separate master's degree into an M.S. in Life Sciences creates a master's degree parallel to the existing Ph.D. in Life Sciences, and

WHEREAS, consolidation of less productive degree programs supports the university's academic restructuring priorities, and

WHEREAS, pooling of resources from several departments will result in more efficient use of the resources

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following recommendation be adopted by Council.

That the proposal for the M.S. in Life Sciences be approved and forwarded to the Board of Visitors and SCHEV for further consideration and approval.

The proposal contains the following actions:

  1. The separate masters degree programs in Biochemistry & Nutrition, Entomology, Food Science & Technology, and Plant Pathology, Physiology & Weed Science will not be offered after the Summer 1999 academic session,

  2. A new merged degree program to be titled Master of Science in Life Sciences serving four departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is being created to be effective Fall 1999. The new degree would be awarded beginning with the Fall 2000 semester.

  3. Students entering master's degree programs through Summer 1999 will complete requirements under the current departmental programs.

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