††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† March 22-23, 2001

ITEM 110-1005-R0301†††††† Approval of Proposal to Add an Option in Microbial Ecology to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology; The University of Montana-Missoula

THAT:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes The University of Montana-Missoula to establish an option in Microbial Ecology to the Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.

EXPLANATION:††††††††††††††††† The proposed program is an expansion of an existing program.This proposal would offer a B.S. in Microbiology with an option in Microbial Ecology, in addition to the currently offered general microbiology degree.This option would be available to students interested in ecological aspects of microbiology; current program structure does not adequately accommodate students with this educational goal.An increasing number of jobs is being advertised in the Microbial Ecology area (last year, 20 to 40 percent of microbiology jobs advertised in A.S.M. News), there is increased funding at the national level, and consequently, there is an increase in student interest.Of the last seven faculty hires in the Microbiology/ Biochemistry program at The University of Montana, three are in the field of Microbial Ecology.To our knowledge, there are no established undergraduate programs with defined curricula that focus on the area of microbial ecology in Montana, the Pacific Northwest, or states bordering Montana.Indeed, the only established program in this area in the United States is in Pennsylvania. Therefore, the addition of this option, which is resource neutral, would attract nationally competitive undergraduate students to UM-M and Montana.

The completed signature page resides on file at the Presidentís Office, The University of Montana-Missoula.

ATTACHMENT:†††††††††††††††††† Program Description,   Collaborations