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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

April 18th, 2008

- UNAPPROVED -

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Anthony Denkyirah, M. Jane Gillespie, Christopher Herndon, Stephanie McAndrews, Michael Shaw, Chair

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Laura Fowler, Stephen Hansen, Regina McBride, Steve McCommas, Valerie Yancey

GUESTS: Zhi-Qing Lin, Graduate Program Director, Environmental Sciences

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of March 28th, 2008

Stephanie McAndrews requested to be moved from the category of "absent" to "excused" since she was at a conference. Anthony Denkyirah made a motion to accept the minutes as amended; Christopher Herndon seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Environmental Sciences (CAS-07-150)

The graduate program wishes to add an emphasis in environmental toxicology. To "provide … faculty with new opportunities of conducting collaborative research with faculty in the School of Pharmacy and Nursing, Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. It will greatly benefit [their] students who desire training in the Environmental toxicology." The graduate program anticipates a high demand for "highly qualified graduates in the field of Environmental Toxicology" since there are no other institutions near here that are offering this. SLU has offerings on toxicology but not the environmental aspect. There is no budgetary impact because the resources are available.

The committee pointed out that there was a typo in the required emphasis courses for the Environmental Toxicology catalog text. The text should have read "ENSC 520 or 528, 531, 535 or 540" to make a total of 9 hours.

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion to approve the request as amended; Anthony Denkyirah seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

IV. Old Business

There was no old business.

V. New Business

There was no new business.

VI. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 1:48 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen
Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School

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