Refer to DOPS for the full listing of Curriculum Policies
Refer to the Curriculum Handbook (Fall 2013), developed by the College Senate Curriculum Committee. Faculty should be aware of the content.
Refer to DOPS Credit/Contact Hour Relationship. The unit of credit at Buffalo State is the semester hour, consistent with the traditional "Carnegie Unit" accepted by most American universities and colleges. 1 credit represents completion of one 50-minute class period per week for one semester. Buffalo State generally expects two hours of student preparation for every one hour in class. Activity supervised as a group (studio. laboratory, shop classes, etc.) where little outside prep is expected generally earns 1 credit for each three hours of attendance. Where such activity involves substantial outside preparation by the student, 1 credit for each two hours of attendance is earned.
Undergraduate courses should be offered at least once in each of two successive academic years. Graduate courses should be offered at least once in every three academic years. See Course Offering Frequency in DOPS.
New course proposals are initiated at the department level and are approved by the dean or faculty curriculum committee, the College Senate, and the president. Upon approval, the new course will be announced in the Daily Bulletin. Refer to Curriculum Handbook (Fall 2013), which includes a template for new and revised course proposals. Refer to New and Revised Course Proposals. Refer to DOPS Honors Courses.
DOPS Curriculum Section IV also provides procedures for proposals for topics courses, internship courses, special graduate courses, and special undergraduate courses.
See DOPS Challenging Proposed Courses. A proposed course challenge may be initiated within 15 academic days of the date a course proposal is presented to the campus through publication in the Daily Bulletin. All challenges are administered through the College Senate Curriculum Committee and must be forwarded by the chair of the challenging department to the chair of the Curriculum Committee.
See DOPS Course Number Change.
See DOPS Course Title Change.
Refer to DOPS Program Proposals and Review. New program proposals are initiated at the department level and require approval both locally and by SUNY System Administration.
Refer to DOPS Proposals for Minors.
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