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    Agenda April 10, 2009


    1. Approval of the minutes of March 13, 2009.

    2. New Courses

    A10 CSCE 445 A11 GEOG 442 cross-listed with GEOS 442 A12 GEOS 430 A13 GEOS 442 cross listed with GEOG 442 A14 GEOS 470 A15 MATH 460

    3. Change in Course

    C13 ENTC 361 course title, description

    4. Special Consideration College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications H2 B.S. in Agricultural Sciences Production Option Horticulture Option Department of Horticultural Sciences H3 B.S. in Horticulture Science Option 5. Other Business

  • Minutes of the University Curriculum Committee March 13, 2009

    217 Koldus Members present: Robert Knight (Chair), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Christine Farris (for Tim Scott) (Vice-Chair), College of Science; Lynn Burlbaw, College of Education and Human Development; Sarah Bednarz, College of Geosciences; George Fowler, Mays Business School; Thomas Vogel (Faculty Senate Representative), College of Science; Kristin Harper (for Martyn Gunn), Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services; James Herman, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Mark Womack, Student Representative. Guests: Jim Kracht, College of Education and Human Development; Donald Curtis, College of Liberal Arts; Scott Socolofsky, Department of Civil Engineering The University Curriculum Committee recommends approval of the following: 1. The minutes of the February 13, 2009 meeting. 2. New Courses

    EHRD 391. Measurement and Evaluation in HRD. (3-0). Credit 3. Measurement and evaluation techniques in the field of Human Resource Development; emphasis on understanding, calculation, and application of basic testing, assessment, and interpretation methods. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; admitted to professional phase or approval of instructor.

    SOCI 402. Sociology of Latin America. (3-0). Credit 3. Latin American society; integration of viewpoints from the humanities, arts and social sciences. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

    3. Change in Courses

    MKTG 322. Buyer Behavior. Course title From: Buyer Behavior. To: Consumer Behavior.

    MKTG 327. Retail Merchandising. Course number From: MKTG 327. To: MKTG 425. MKTG 345. Promotion Strategy. Course title From: Promotion Strategy. To: Alternative Media, Public Relations, and Sales Promotion.

  • Minutes of the University Curriculum Committee March 13, 2009 Page 2

    Course description

    From: Planning, executing, and controlling of any demand-stimulation practices; advertising, personal selling, packaging, publicity, and sales promotion.

    To: Alternative media, direct marketing, the internet and interactive media, sales promotion, public relations, publicity, event planning and marketing, and social media.

    MKTG 347. Advertising.

    Course title From: Advertising. To: Advertising and Creative Marketing Communications.

    Course description

    From: Place of advertising in business, advertising media, methods of advertising, consumer habits and psychology, advertising campaigns, cost analysis, legal and ethical problems in advertising.

    To: Hands-on introduction to advertising; effective advertising planning; multi-media campaigns; emphasis on enhancing creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills.

    MKTG 435. Personal Selling. Course number From: MKTG 435. To: MKTG 335. VIBS 443. Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues. Prerequisites

    From: VIBS 305 or BIOL 318; CHEM 228; VTPP 423 or BIOL 388; junior or senior classification in life sciences; BIMS major with a minimum overall 2.5 TAMU GPA.

    To: Junior or senior classification in life sciences and interest in health related careers.

    4. Change in Curriculum

    Dwight Look College of Engineering Zachry Department of Civil Engineering B.S. in Ocean Engineering

  • Minutes of the University Curriculum Committee March 13, 2009 Page 3 5. Administrative Change

    College of Science Department of Physics Request to change the name to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

    6. Special Consideration

    College of Geosciences Department of Geology and Geophysics B.S. in Earth Science

    Request to discontinue degree 7. Other Business

    Tom Vogel appointed to UCC as a representative from Faculty Senate. On-line approval system overview from Kristin Harper. Discussion on learning outcomes and teaching roadmap.

  • Past Climates syllabus Page 1

    PAST CLIMATES (GEOS 442) Fall 2010

    Instructors: Mitch Lyle Brendan Roark Office: Room 411B O&M Room 811 O&M Office Hours: TBD TBD Phone: 979-845-3380 979-862-1775 Email: mlyle@ocean.tamu.edu broark@geog.tamu.edu Class Meeting Time and Place: TBD Online Course Information: http://elearning.tamu.edu/ COURSE DESCRIPTION Earths climate has warmed and cooled well before humans started to influence climate. Modern instrumental climate records only go back 100-150 years. How do we know what Earths climate was like in the past? Past climate variability is key to understand how climate works and how it can change in the future. Many earth systems respond on time frames longer than the instrumental record and cannot be studied without making use of natural recorders (proxies) of past climate variations in marine and terrestrial archives. This course will survey some of the terrestrial and marine proxy records of past climate variability, including tree rings, coral, and sediments. The course will discuss how natural recording systems have different abilities to measure climate variations on different time scales, ranging from annual and millennial scale resolution over different temporal scales (e.g. Little Ice Age) to lower resolution (e.g. Milankovitch cycles). The course will also emphasize that linking models, modern instrumental data and paleoclimate observations provide better insight into the nature of climate change and the challenges human kind faces the next few centuries. A number of key concepts will be addressed including (1) The basic physics and chemistry of the climate system remain constant although the past climates may not resemble modern conditions; (2) Earth systems are interlinked in the process of climate change; (3) There are different modes of climate variability operating on different time scales; (4) the current instrumental record is far too short to understand these modes of variability, and (5) Rapid climate change has occurred in the past and understanding these climate thresholds or tipping points are critical to addressing climate changes of the near future. The course will also compare current human impacts to past climate changes to show that the potential human impacts on climate are significant even compared to past climate perturbations. PREREQUISITES The course assumes a fundamental understanding of Earth system science and the fundamentals of climate change. As such, either GEOG 203, GEOL 101 or 104, ATMO 201 or OCNG 251 is required.

  • Past Climates syllabus Page 2

    COURSE EVALUATION: GEOS 442 1 Midterm 30% 1 Group presentation 20% 4 Journal paper summary and review 20% 1 Final term paper 30% The grading system follows the Texas A&M University grading system: A = Excellent B = Good C = Satisfactory D = Passing F = Failing Grades will be assigned based on the following cutoffs: A = > 90%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F =

  • Past Climates syllabus Page 3

    Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. Bradley, R. S. 1999. Paleoclimatology; Reconstructing Climate of the Quaternary. 2nd edition. Academic Press. Ruddiman, W. F. 2001 Earths climate: Past and Future. W.H. Freeman and Company.


    1 Introduction: course expectations and introduction to paleoclimates

    Climate variability over the Cenozoic: hypotheses for climate change and time scales

    Zachos et al, 2001 Lyle et al, 2008

    The instrumental record--temperatures; reconstructing the last century

    Bradley Chap 1&2

    2 What do we know about other earth systems processes-satellites and ice, CO2 record

    Proxies-what they are, what they do Bradley Chap 5.1-5.3 & 6.1-6.3

    Dating methods--use and limitations Bradley Chap 3&4

    3 How is the earth heated? -The basics solar constant, latitudinal trends, greenhouse effect

    Ruddiman Chap 1&2

    Solar variability--is it large enough to explain 20th century warming?

    IPCC Chap 2

    The Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period Ruddiman Chap 16

    4 Solar variability over million year time scales--faint sun, Be-10, warm Cenozoic

    Ruddiman Chap 7 Zachos et al, 2001

    Student Presentations

    Dendrochronology; reconstructing temperature and precipitation

    Bradley Chap 10

    5 Sea Surface Temperatures -- coral and foraminifera records; alkenones and other biomarkers

    Bradley Chap 6 Prahl and Wakeham, 1987

    Student Presentations Herbert et al., 1998

    6 ENSO over the last 100 year and in the Holocene; ENSO in warm climates MIDTERM 1

    Tomczak Bradley Ch19; Huber & Caballero, 2003

    7 Climate and the rise and fall of civilizations-- e.g. Maya civilization

    Bradley Chap 11

    The anthropocene--when did humans start producing significant greenhouse gases?

    Ruddiman Chap 17