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Degree MAP Instructions for UCC Proposals

A Degree MAP for each major will be included in the online ISU Catalog.

Degree MAPs (Major Academic Plans)

A Degree MAP is a course plan that includes all requirements necessary to achieve a degree (Bachelor, Associate) or Certificate, and illustrates one arrangement of course sequencing and configuration.   MAPs are based on graduation requirements for each undergraduate program.

Current catalog year MAPS, a MAP template, and MAP creation instructions are housed on the Central Academic Advising (CAA) website.

 

Beginning with AY 2020-2021, departments within each of the colleges will update (or develop) undergraduate degree MAPs for each program.  Department chairs will arrange course requirements in a manner most beneficial to student learning and progression.  The MAP requirements are to match Degree Works curriculum by catalog year.

UCC Advising Representatives are available to assist the PO with any questions regarding the MAP.

  • The UCC Advising Representative for the College of Technology (COT) is Tiffany Mitchell at fanntiff@isu.edu
  • The UCC Advising Representative for all other colleges is Buck Benson, bensbuck@isu.edu

 

Updating MAPs in conjunction with UCC Proposals

According to the Advising Questionnaire section of the Impact Statement (in Part D of the UCC Proposal Form), the PO must include a MAP with any proposal that changes curriculum. The PO should download the current catalog year MAP from the Office of Academic Advising website and update the MAP to show the proposed curriculum change(s), and then email the proposed updated MAP to maprepo@isu.edu by September 20. In the event a MAP does not exist for a particular program, the PO will download a MAP template, create the MAP, and email it to maprepo@isu.edu.

The current catalog year MAPs have been developed by each department, reviewed by Central Academic Advising (CAA) and Office of the Registrar liaisons, and accepted for catalog inclusion by the Undergraduate Curriculum Council (UCC). Academic requirements in the MAPs must match the requirements in the e-catalog and in Degree Works for each catalog year.

If inconsistencies or inaccuracies are discovered in the e-catalog, a Curriculum Council proposal may be required by the department to make the needed adjustments to a subsequent catalog.

Each MAP will include: 1) General Education requirements, 2) major/program degree requirements, 3) electives, and 4) university and program credit requirements within a given catalog year.

If curriculum changes are not required for a program in any given year, the department chair will indicate "No change" and forward the MAP to maprepo@isu.edu.  CAA and COT personnel will update the MAP's catalog year, add the newest general education link, and post to the CAA website by April of each year.

MAP Degree Credit Requirements

MAPs for Bachelor degrees must include at least 120 credits:
  • At least 36 credits in satisfaction of General Education Objective requirements
  • At least 36 Upper Division credits
  • At least 15 credits of the 36 Upper Division requirements must be in the Major
  • Free Electives or Upper Division Free Electives to equal total credits needed
  • Eight (8) semesters of at least 15 credits per semester
  • GEM Objective One (ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102) to be scheduled in the first two semesters
  • GEM Objective Two (COMM 1101) to be scheduled after ENGL 1101 and prior to semester four
  • GEM Objective Three (MATH) to be scheduled in semester one or two 
  • Do not include remedial Math or English courses in the MAP 
  • One course meeting both a Major and a Gen Ed requirement will be noted in both the Major and Gen Ed sections but the credits will be counted in the Gen Ed section only.
  • Nine (9) credits of Major related requirements to be scheduled in semesters one and two
  • Identify Milestone courses by highlighting in green
MAPs for Associate of Arts or Science degrees must include at least 60 credits:
  • at least 36 credits in satisfaction of General Education Objective requirements
  • Free Electives to equal total credits needed
  • Four (4) semesters of at least 15 credits per semester
  • GEM Objective One (ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102) to be scheduled in the first two semesters
  • GEM Objective Two (COMM 1101) to be scheduled after ENGL 1101 and prior to semester four
  • GEM Objective Three (MATH) to be scheduled in semester one or two 
  • Do not include remedial Math or English courses in the MAP 
  • One course meeting both a Major and a Gen Ed requirement will be noted in both the Major and Gen Ed sections but the credits will be counted in the Gen Ed section only.
  • Nine (9) credits of Major related requirements to be scheduled in semesters one and two
  • Identify Milestone courses by highlighting in green
MAPs for Associate of Applied Science (AAS) MAP requirements:
  • At least 60 credits
  • At least 15 credits in satisfaction of General Education Objective requirements
  • No Free Electives
  • Four (4) semesters of at least 15 credits per semester
  • GEM Objective One (ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102) to be scheduled in the first two semesters
  • GEM Objective Two (COMM 1101) to be scheduled after ENGL 1101 and prior to semester four
  • GEM Objective Three (MATH) to be scheduled in semester one or two 
  • Do not include remedial Math or English courses in the MAP 
  • One course meeting both a Major and a Gen Ed requirement will be noted in both the Major and Gen Ed sections but the credits will be counted in the Gen Ed section only.
  • Nine (9) credits of Major related requirements to be scheduled in semesters one and two
  • Identify Milestone courses by highlighting in green
Certification programs (CERT) MAP requirements:
  • All courses required to achieve the certification, including all college-level courses serving as pre-requisites to specialized courses.