The Curriculum: 2000

The Programs

Saturday, September 8th, 2018


On December 5, 2000, a total of 104 members attended the Agricultural Faculty meeting to discuss Agricultural Faculty Document III, a Curriculum and Student Relations Committee report to modify the School of Agriculture core curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree.

Professor Joan Fulton, Committee Chair, said the proposed revisions addressed three primary faculty concerns:

  • There is need for greater flexibility in the core requirements.
  • Total core requirements should not be expanded beyond 65 credits.
  • There should be more course choices available to students to fulfill communication requirements.

Extensive debate followed. Several amendments were proposed concerning social science and humanities requirements, and international understanding electives.

Discussion was temporarily interrupted to allow a report from the Administrative Leadership Review Committee and for a presentation by Professor Robert Ringel, Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

Consideration of the curriculum proposal continued. Someone moved to table the report, but the motion did not pass. Professor Dennis LeMaster called for the question on Document III as amended. The document passed by a vote of 42-28 near the end of the meeting that concluded at 5:41 PM. Nearly one-third of those attending had departed before the vote.

photo of Ag Dean Victor Lechtenberg

Victor Lechtenberg, Dean of Agriculture 1993-2004

Several faculty members expressed concerns after the meeting and Dean Victor Lechtenberg called a special meeting of the Agricultural Faculty on February 20, 2001, to consider additional amendments to the curriculum proposal adopted December 5. At that meeting:

  • An amendment passed that clarified the handling of Capstone Courses and Experiences.
  • An amendment passed that clarified how Social Science and Humanities requirements could be met.
  • An amendment passed specifying the 2001-02 academic year as the effective date of the new requirements.


2001-02 Core Curriculum Requirements, Bachelor of Science Degree, School of Agriculture, Purdue University

Subject                                                       Credits

Intro to School of Agriculture/Purdue         1

Calculus                                                             3

Statistics                                                            3

General Chemistry                                           6

Biological Sciences                                           8

Additional Mathematics/Sciences                 8

Written Communication                                 6

Oral Communication                                       3

Additional Communication                             3

Economics                                                         3

Other Social Sciences and Humanities       18

Dept. Requirements/Electives                      68

Total Credits *                                              130

* Plans of study must include nine or more credits of International Understanding electives, and a Capstone Course or Experience.



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