Common Core: The Natural World

New Natural World Variable Title Requiring a New Common Core Course Designation - Instructions

The following Natural World course designations are approved for use on the IU South Bend campus:

ANTH(N190/N390)  , AST(N190/N390)  , BIOL(N190/N390)  , CHEM(N190/N390)  , GEOL(N190) , MATH(N390)  ,  PHYS N190

If the common core course designation you wish to use is not listed above, you must follow the instructions outlined in steps  1 & 2 below.   For example, if you wish to offer a WGS N190 course, you must first gain approval to use WGS N190 on this campus.

Step One:   CARMin New Course Approval Process

  1.  Check with the person in your unit (chair, unit head, registrar) about obtaining the required course number for use on this campus.   Alternatively, you may call MaryAnn Iaria at 812-855-2218 to reserve the subject designation with the N190 or N390 number
  2.   Once the course designation has been reserved, submit a new course request through the CARMin remonstrance process via your onestart account >services>faculty systems>initiate new course/change course request
  3. Each common core category has the same title and course description.  In preparing the CARMin form for a new common core course, please follow the instructions below:

CARMin question 5a.  Course number N 190 or N390 (Select one)

CARMin question 8a.  Course title:   The Natural World

Question 14.  Is variable title approval being requested?    YES

Question 16:  Course Description for N190

Introduces students to the methods and logic of science, and helps them understand the importance of science to the development of civilization and the contemporary world.  Provides a context within which to evaluate the important scientific and technological issues of modern society.  Interdisciplinary elements.

Course Description for N390

Explores an important scientific or technological issue in modern society.   Applies scientific methods and interdisciplinary perspectives in an examination of the subject.  Investigates the broader implications and ethical dimensions of scientific research and technological advancement.

Question 27  Justification for New Course

Course is being designed to meet a general education requirement.

Essential syllabus information:  Submit your particular course as an example of a variable title course.

4.Upon approval on this campus (unit curriculum committee, unit dean, Senate Curriculum Committee,  VCAA’s Office), the proposal is submitted for remonstrance for at least a 30 day period, before final approval for the new course is complete.

Step TwoSenate General Education Committee Approval Process

  1. Because the process for getting new course approval can take many weeks, once the course has been approved by your unit Curriculum Committee, the new course should be submitted to the Senate General Education Committee for approval.  This step requires filing a Gen Ed proposal form which can be found by clicking the links below:

Natural World Essential Characteristics

Natural World Proposal Form

Once the CARMin course proposal has been approved by your unit Curriculum Committee, notification is sent to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs who will notify the Senate General Education Committee.  The Senate Gen Ed Committee will then review and act on your general education course proposal.  Upon approval by the Senate Gen Ed Committee, the course will be forwarded to the Senate Curriculum Committee to continue its journey through the remonstrance process as described in point 4 above.

It is highly recommended that you begin this process at least one academic year before the semester you plan to offer the course.  The process of obtaining approval through multiple levels (dept, unit curriculum committee, dean, general education committee, Senate curriculum committee, VCAA's office, 30 day remonstrance process) can take up to six months or longer if there are requests for changes/clarifications/corrections.

Questions about the process should be directed to