Types of Proposals

Review the Curricular Review Process [pdf] for the different types of proposals.

New Courses (Permanent)

All new course proposals are submitted in New Courses Curriculog Form (instructions linked). New courses may be developed to serve as electives or required components of programs.

  • To make your new course an elective in a new or existing program, clearly indicate where the course fits into the program on the proposal.
  • To incorporate your new course as a required component of a new or existing program, you must also submit a new program proposal or program revision.

Subsequently, the proposal is entered into PeopleSoft Course Catalog and the appropriate Online Academic Catalog. 

Modifying Existing Courses

All modifications to existing course proposals are submitted in Modifying Existing Courses Curriculog Form (instructions linked; video tutorial available in instructions). Unless a change in course description and title is so removed from the current description and title that it is truly a new course, you can submit proposals for any changes or modifications to existing courses.

If you are modifying courses in bulk, e.g. changing all course prefixes, prerequisites, etc., contact the Curriculum Analyst to submit a Memo/MOU Proposal instead of submitting a separate proposal for each course.

New Sub-Topics for Courses 

All sub-topics are submitted using a Course Sub-Topics Curriculog Form (instructions linked).

Executive Order 1037 has eliminated repeatability from courses unless the student's grade is C- or below (undergraduate). Some departments have a need for some types of courses to be repeatable as content or focus changes or to increase students' skills (typically music, art, and other performance-based courses). To address the need for repeating some courses, departments should set up courses to be topic-based. Topic-based courses usually have titles such as “Special Topics in…” or “Topics in…”. When a department proposes topic-based courses, they submit a series of topics to be used in scheduling; the scheduled topic then appears on the student’s transcript. Topics are only approved if there is a specific syllabus submitted for each topic via a minor curriculum change request.

Approved topics are then entered into CMS and available for scheduling. Proposers must also coordinate with Academic Scheduling in order to add the topic to the course/section in the schedule of classes.

Experimental Courses (96/196/296/596)

All experimental proposals are submitted in Experimental Courses Curriculog Form (instructions linked). Experimental courses are offered so that a department may offer a new subject matter or to meet time demands. These courses are listed in the Class Schedule, but not in the Online Academic Catalog. 

Experimental courses are only active for one term. A new Experimental Course Proposal must be submitted each term an experimental course is to be offered ( a maximum of three times). To offer the course more than 3 times you must submit it as a New Course (Permanent). 

Inactivating/Reactivating Courses

All course inactivation proposals are submitted in Course Inactivation/Reactivation Curriculog Form (instructions linked).

Course inactivations can be submitted at anytime (previous year), however they will only be made effective for Fall semester (i.e. a Spring 18 submission is effective Fall 19), as they can impact program requirements.

A course reactivation is possible if there are limited adjustments to the course set up. Limited adjustments to title, description and prerequisites are allowable for a course reactivation. Major hanges to course title, description, units, or course classification should be submitted as a Modification to an Existing Course.