In November 2014, the BSC 1421C course came to the CCC for inclusion into the General Education program. The course was not approved for inclusion. The minutes from that meeting are reflected below:
The committee questioned whether it was necessary to include BSC 1421C on the list of Gen Ed courses to broaden offerings for students not in the program. There was discussion as to whether the course was a broad enough course, too narrowly defined, leads to a profession, transferability or not unique to an instructor to meet the criteria. Mike Bosley spoke to this and would like the course in Gen Ed and it will be taught on every campus to get into the Biotechnology Lake Nona program. Faculty felt it was broad enough and will be taught by several faculty. There was question about the course being specific to the field of biotechnology as was thought to be very narrowly defined and there are no other courses at the university level for transfer. It is designed for a non-science/stem major. The philosophy is generally that if course is in AS degree it is not included in Gen Ed, i.e., engineering courses or computer science. Karen reminded the committee that PHY 1007, Physics with Medical Application, was approved previously which seems to parallel the BSC 2114C BioMed Tech course based on criteria as being specific to a field, so should the BSC 1421C course be considered the same in concept. GLY 2160, Geology of Natural Parks, was also raised.
The Biology faculty would like to revisit this question again.