1) Determine if the proposed course is an appropriate fit for a college-level offering. A course offered at the college level using the C ENV prefix should meet the following criteria:

  • Feature significant breadth and multidisciplinary content such that it serves a larger student audience than the students within a single unit.
  • Include content spanning more than two units within the college.

2) Submit a course proposal to the College of the Environment Curriculum Committee including the following:

  • If this is a new permanent course, submit a New Course Application to outline the proposed course level, rationale, content, learning goals, etc. Follow the College of the Environment’s guidelines for proposing a new course. In the “Justification” section of the New Course Application, include a statement about anticipated student demand and any information that supports estimated enrollment.
  • Documentation of course funding sources and course budget, including all resources required to offer the course (instructors, teaching assistants; honoraria, travel, lodging and/or meals for guest lecturers; field trip expenses; receptions, etc.). All funding must be secure before any new C ENV course proposals are submitted to the College Curriculum Committee.
  • If this is a Special Topics course, submit the C ENV Special Topics Course Application and the funding and staff support information noted above.
    NOTE: The Committee strongly suggests that instructors offer a pilot version of a new course first as a C ENV special topics course before proceeding with the approval of the new permanent course number in order to refine course goals and structure, determine student demand, etc.
  • Documentation of course funding sources and course budget, including all resources required to offer the course (instructors, teaching assistants; honoraria, travel, lodging and/or meals for guest lecturers; field trip expenses; receptions, etc.). All funding must be secure before any new C ENV course proposals are submitted to the College Curriculum Committee.
  • Statement of any staff support required to manage logistics (events; receptions; assisting with establishing Writing Links, Freshman Interest Groups, or Service Learning, etc.).
  • Documentation that the instructor has consulted all affected units before submitting the course proposal to the College Curriculum Committee for review.

College of the Environment Curriculum Committee review process:

  • After the College Curriculum Committee approves the proposal, they will send proposals for new permanent C ENV courses to the University Curriculum Committee for review and approval. Proposals for special topics courses are not reviewed by the University Curriculum Committee.

NOTE: Allow approximately three quarters from the submission of a new course proposal to the intended quarter for the course offering.