HOUGHTON - Michigan Technological University's Academic Senate Wednesday was introduced to three new degree proposals to consider over time.
After approving a proposal for a non-departmental Ph.D. program in biochemistry and molecular biology and a master's program in biomedical engineering, the senate was introduced to three new proposals, including a master of science in medical informatics, bachelor of arts in physics and a bachelor of arts in physics with a concentration in secondary education.
"There's a great need for (a bachelor of arts in physics with a concentration in secondary education)," said senate President Rudy Luck. "There is a great need for physics teachers in high schools."
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Michigan Technological University Provost Max Seel gives an update on the university’s graduate program Wednesday evening at the Academic Senate meeting in the Electrical Engineering Resource Center on Tech’s campus.
With this proposal, the university would offer this degree to students and would allow them appropriate time to earn the degree, in four or four-and-a-half years, as opposed to six or more years while getting a bachelor's degree in science and physics with a concentration in secondary education.
"It is of great importance that we train students to teach in physics," he said.
Senate members were asked to review the proposals and come back in two weeks to discuss and approve the proposals.
In other news, the senate:
discussed House Bill No. 4770 which would disallow the existing provision by a public employer of medical and other fringe benefits for domestic partners.
heard an update from Provost Max Seel concerning the graduate program.
heard an update from Associate Provost Christa Walck concerning Academic Quality Improvement Program projects.
heard a report from senate standing committees.