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Change Undergraduate Option
Individualized Specialty

Status: Draft

Proposal

Proposal ID: 102215
Type: Change Major/Option/Minor/Certificate
Effective Term: Summer 2018
Justification:
We are removing the restriction that students must choose coursework that encompasses at least three departments with no more than 24 credits from one department. This restriction is no longer needed and can be a roadblock to students who are trying to meet credit hour requirements for federal and state job requirements.

Students with individualized options are very often transfer students with lots of applicable work that doesn’t fit elsewhere in the major or students who have very specific interests that aren’t met by other majors or specialty options. Students work very closely with their academic advisor to develop a written proposal for their program of study and coursework must support their stated goals. The written proposal is subject to approval by the Program Director and often goes through several revisions so there is ample opportunity throughout the process to direct students toward appropriate coursework.
Comments: None

Originators

Name Title Department/School
Julie Barlow Administrative Program Assist College of Forestry Adm

Contacts

Name Title Department/School
Terina Mc Lachlain Mgr-Nat Res Prog/Advisor-Acad Forest Ecosyst & Society

Liaisons

Liaison Status Required
Alfonso Bradoch - Dir-Dept & Studen Svcs / Extended Campus
> Waiting for liaison to reply.
(Request sent Dec 8, 2017)
Contacted No
Erica Curry - Coordinator-Curr Accr & Assess / Extended Campus
No objections.
(Responded on Dec 14, 2017)
Responded No
Natalie Dollar - Associate Professor / Acad Prog / Student Aff
Proposal supported.
(Responded on Dec 8, 2017)
Responded No
Michael Gassner - Instructor / Acad Prog / Student Aff
This is fine, supported.
(Responded on Dec 8, 2017)
Responded No
Troy Hall - Department Head / Forest Ecosyst & Society
> Waiting for liaison to reply.
(Request sent Dec 8, 2017)
Contacted Yes
Nicole Kent - Mgr-Undergrad Curricula/Advis / College of Forestry Adm
No concerns.
(Responded on Dec 8, 2017)
Responded Yes
Terina Mc Lachlain - Mgr-Nat Res Prog/Advisor-Acad / Forest Ecosyst & Society
support

(Responded on Dec 8, 2017)
Responded Yes
Chad Mueller - Instructor / Eastern Ore Univ Ag Prg
> Waiting for liaison to reply.
(Request sent Dec 8, 2017)
Contacted No
M Jane Reynolds - Dir-Enrollment Services / Acad Prog / Student Aff
> Waiting for liaison to reply.
(Request sent Dec 8, 2017)
Contacted No
Shannon Riggs - Director / Extended Campus
No objections.
(Responded on Dec 12, 2017)
Responded No
Randall Rosenberger - Assoc Dean-Undergrad Studies / College of Forestry Adm
Support
(Responded on Dec 11, 2017)
Responded No

Program Information

Program Title: Individualized Specialty 
College/Department or College/School: College of Forestry / Forest Ecosystems and Society 

Program Type: Undergraduate Option 
Associated Major: Natural Resources - BS, CRED, HBS 
Original Program: Individualized Specialty 
Description: Updated 

Also available at OSU-Cascades and via Ecampus.

Also available at OSU-Cascades and via Ecampus.

Requirements: Updated 

Student Designed Specialty Option

Minimum of 40 credits with 20 credits of upper division credits required.

A specialty option is a required part of the Natural Resources major that allows the students to develop depth and focus in a particular area of natural resource management.

The Individualized Specialty Option is a student designed option that allows a student to tailor his or her academic program to specific goals or interests. In consultation with their Academic Advisor, students will develop a program of study that meets their goals as well as program requirements. Students should contact their assigned Academic Advisor for information on developing an Individualized Specialty Option.

Natural Resources Specialty Option (40 credits)

Incorporated in a student’s course of study is the specialty option, 40 credits that support an academic theme related to natural resources. It is in the specialty option that the student develops depth and a particular focus on natural resources. 

Individualized Specialty Options

If you are interested in creating your own specialty area, discuss this with your advisor as soon as possible. The advisor will be able to guide you in creating an option that works for you and satisfies the program requirements.

Student-designed specialty options must:

  • contain at least 20 credits of upper-division courses
  • consist of a minimum of 40 credits, encompassing at least three departments, with not more than 24 credits from one department
  • have course work that reflects stated knowledge and skill "goals"
  • not come close to "duplicating" existing majors

Natural Resources

Student Designed

Specialty Option (40 credits) Option

Incorporated in a student’s course Minimum of study is the specialty option, 40 credits that support an academic theme related to natural resources. It is in the specialty option that the student develops depth and a particular focus on natural resources. 

Individualized Specialty Options

If you are interested in creating your own specialty area, discuss this with your advisor as soon as possible. The advisor will be able to guide you in creating an option that works for you and satisfies the program requirements.

Student-designed specialty options must:

  • contain at least 20 credits of upper-division courses
  • consist upper division credits required.

    A specialty option is a required part

    of the Natural Resources major that allows the students to develop depth and focus in a minimum particular area of 40 credits, encompassing at least three departments, natural resource management.

    The Individualized Specialty Option is a student designed option that allows a student to tailor his or her academic program to specific goals or interests. In consultation

    with not more than 24 credits from one department
  • have course work their Academic Advisor, students will develop a program of study that reflects stated knowledge and skill "goals"
  • not come close to "duplicating" existing majors
meets their goals as well as program requirements. Students should contact their assigned Academic Advisor for information on developing an Individualized Specialty Option.

Documents

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