Silver Core Catalog Descriptions
All undergraduate majors are required to submit new program requirements by April 17, 2015, using Curriculog's Program Change process. These new requirements will be published in the University Catalog beginning in 2016, and they will need to describe how students in each major will meet the Silver Core general education requirements and satisfy all 14 Core Objectives in the new Silver Core Curriculum. There are changes to the format, and these will be described below. The following proposals have been submitted to Curriculog, though they have not yet been approved. These proposals must be approved by the Department and College before coming to the University Courses & Curricula Committee, and the UCCC will require all core courses referenced in them to be verified by the Core Board before final approval. Majors will also be required to submit a new four-year course plan in Fall 2015.
The new catalog descriptions have a number of changes to the format. A sample Word document for editing can be found here.
Majors should include a one-paragraph description of the major, with a link to more information. This information should include a link to your program learning outcomes published at unr.edu/assessment, along with information on careers for which the major prepares students. This is followed by contact information for students interested in declaring a major or seeking advising.
If the major has admissions requirements in addition to those for the university, this information should follow the contact information.
Graduation requirements are listed in a table before the course requirements. This includes the required minimum number of units (or credit hours) for graduation, the university or major GPA requirements, the residency requirements, the upper-division requirements, and the minimum number of units from 4-year institutions. Some of these are set by Regents' policy, some are set by the university, and some are set by the college or department.
The course requirements begin with a required statement that the major meets all of the Silver Core Objectives. Core courses that have been verified by the Core Board are designated by "- CO(X)" in bold italics, where (X) is the number of the Core Objective.
Section I includes only the six general education requirements: Core Writing, Core Math, Core Natural Sciences, Core Social Sciences, Core Fine Arts, and Core Humanities. Section II includes the six Core Objectives in Silver Veins III and IV, and lists the credits only if they cannot be taken elsewhere in the major requirements.
The Core Board requires that all college-level prerequisites be included in the general education requirements, particularly for Core Writing and Core Math. An exception may be requested for exclusion of these prerequisites if the department can show that at least half of their graduating seniors enter college having already satisfied these prerequisites, or if being ready is an established standard in the field. For example, majors in physics and engineering may be able to list only MATH 181 for their Core Math requirements if a majority of their graduating seniors were not required to take MATH 126, 127, and/or 128. Majors may not eliminate these prerequisites in order to reduce their total number of units if most of their students must still take them.
The following sections include college requirements (only if they exist independent of the major), major requirements, minor requirements (even if there are none), and electives (even if there are none). In general, the minimum number of elective units is the difference between the maximum number of units in the other sections and the total number of units required (usually 120), while the maximum number of elective units is the difference between the minimum number of units in the other sections and this total.
Majors will also be expected to include a final section advising students on the recommended courses to take in each semester, for each year, in order to graduate in four years. This is not due until Fall 2015, and the format will remain the same as in the current Catalog.