The notion that students should be asked to take only a course that, judging
from the number of credits, is likely to be a non-lab course is a travesty.
This is where the line in the sand must be drawn. While I could be convinced
that a good, interdisciplinary course that deals with science for the
non-science major is a possibility, it must be a hands-on course.
Call out the dogs. Call out AAAS. Call out anyone who will support you in
this absolutely ludicrous effort.
From: cronewil at hvcc.edu [mailto:cronewil at hvcc.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 3:18 PM
To: plant-ed at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Subject: changing standards in required courses
Hi--we here in SUNY (State University of New York) land are facing big
changes in upcoming general education requirements. Students will now
need only take a single 3 hour science class as part of their gen ed
requirements for graduation. Before commenting on the thinking behind
this, I wanted to hear from those in the group who have faced similar
minimal science requirements from their students and their departmental
responses to that. Did y'all create a lot of new, nonlab, nonmajor
biology courses? Did you try to "toe the line" and try to get all
students to take a general bio with lab? What has worked and what
hasn't? I figured that this would be an appropriate followup to our
current thread on "getting botany into the undergraduate curriculum."
Thanks for your thoughts. Bill Crone
Right now, it looks like we're going to try to keep general biology with
lab as our main course, but we will need to see where enrollment ends
Department of Biology
Hudson Valley Community College
Troy, NY 12180
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