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NatSci Program and Curriculum Changes

All curriculum requests are reviewed by the CNS Program and Curriculum Committee (PCC)

Review process for course change proposals:

Department > Dean's Office> NatSci PCC > Associate Dean > Grad Division/OVCAA

Review process for program changes:

Department > Dean's Office> NatSci PCC > Associate Dean > Grad Division/OVCAA

Course Proposal Procedures

  1. Be sure to use current versions of UHM-1 and UHM-2 forms and follow the current UHM guidelines . Additional information on the curriculum planning and approval process may be found on the OVCAA website.
    Required: Justification for New Courses (UHM-1, box 19)
    Required: Justification for Course Modifications (UHM-2, box 9)

    Faculty/Departments should work with their PCC representative to make sure the paperwork is filled out properly before submitting curriculum forms to the CNS Dean’s Office.

  2. Each proposal should be submitted as a single pdf file including both the UHM form and any additional documentation. Save this UHM pdf using Adobe Acrobat Pro (not Adobe Reader), so that changes requested by the PCC can be readily incorporated. The syllabus must be attached to all UHM-1 and UHM-2 forms. Note: Learning outcomes should be included on the syllabus.
  3. Proposals should be submitted, as email attachments, to lynnehig@hawaii.edu directly from the Department Chair. This is in order to ensure that the chair is aware of the proposal and will approve it, and obviates obtaining signatures when UHM forms are modified.
  4. File names should be of the form “BIOL999V1.pdf”. The version number (e.g. V1) should be modified if changes and revisions are requested by the Dean’s Office or the NatSci PCC.
  5. No signatures are required on the electronic submission. Once a UHM form has been approved, the Dean’s office will work with the department chairs on getting signatures.
  6. Please enter “Natural Sciences…Aloysius Helminck” in the “Approved By/1st College/School…Dean” fields.
  7. Please enter the printed names of all other required signers in the appropriate fields. Do not enter a date on the signature line.

Questions? Contact Lynne Higa

Changes to Degree Programs

The NatSci Program & Curriculum Committee reviews and makes recommendations on all requests to create or modify degree/minor programs. Proposals should be submitted to Lynne Higa. Proposals must include a justification for the requested changes, as well as address any resource issues tied to the requested changes. You should also include a copy of the existing catalog entry marked up to include the proposed change(s). Effective as of Spring 2018 submissions, departments must also include copies of program sheets and four-year plans that are marked to reflect the proposed changes.

Helpful Resources

Please click buttons below for "Cheat Sheets" summarizing common questions related to the UHM forms.
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  • Page numbers refer to UHM guidelines
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UHM-1 form: NatSci Cheat Sheet
UHM-2 form: NatSci Cheat Sheet

Please find below links to NATSCI course usage by other units; viewable by college/school or by course.

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NATSCI Courses by College 2020-2021

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NATSCI Degrees by Courses 2020-2021

Program and Curriculum Committee Deadlines

Status of your curriculum requests - Fall 2021

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Status of your curriculum requests - Fall 2020

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