Undergraduate Curriculum Council

Degree MAP (Major Academic Plan) Instructions for

Undergraduate Curriculum Council (UCC) Proposals

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

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, www.isu.edu/advising.

Beginning with the 2018-19 catalog, Undergraduate Curriculum Council (UCC) proposals that alter the contents of the current catalog year degree MAP will require an updated MAP reflecting the proposed changes be submitted to either the College of Technology (COT) Advising Representative (zinkcore@isu.edu) or to the Central Academic Advising (CAA) Representative (hertjoan@isu.edu) for review. If a current catalog year MAP does not exist, a MAP must be created and submitted.

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

According to the Advising Questionnaire section of the Impact Statement (in Part D of the UCC Proposal Form), the PO is to submit the MAP to the UCC Advising Rrepresentative. The PO should download the current catalog year MAP from the CAA website: http://www.isu.edu/advising/academic-support/degree-maps-/ and update the MAP to show the proposed curriculum change(s), and then email the updated MAP to the appropriate UCC Advising Representative. In the event a MAP does not exist for a particular program for the current catalog year, the PO will download a MAP template, create the MAP, and email it to the UCC Advising Representative.

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 in any given year for a program, the MAP from the prior catalog year will be moved forward to the new e-catalog with no need for departmental action or updates.

MAPs for Bachelor degrees must include at least 120 credits:
MAPs for Associate of Arts or Science degrees must include at least 60 credits:
MAPs for Associate of Applied Science must include at least 60 credits:
MAPs for Certification programs must include:

Page One of the MAP Template

  1. Open the Degree MAP Template.

  2. In the upper right corner of page one, add degree (e.g., BS), major (e.g., Health Education), and concentration, if relevant (e.g., Community Worksite Health Emphasis).

  3. In each semester, list approximately 15 credits of the departmental recommended combination and sequence of courses.
    • Arrange courses using department knowledge of course rigor, best sequence practices, and to achieve a desired balance.
    • Each semester allows for 5 courses. If more than 5 courses are needed, add additional rows by placing the cursor outside of the table, adjacent to the last row. Click to enter.

  4. Enter additional information in designated columns, when applicable:
    • Credit hours
    • Minimum grade (per university or departmental requirements)
    • GE or UU or UM (i.e., General Education GE, Upper Division Major UM, or Upper Division University UU)
    • Semester offered according to catalog year and using the Course Scheduling codes found in the Course Policies section of the catalog (F, S, Su, D, etc.)
    • Pre-requisite(s) or Co-requisites(s)

Page Two of the MAP Template

Add the appropriate Catalog Year to Major Requirements and General Education section.
Use the same department terminology and identified structure that is found in the undergraduate catalog.

  1. In the section labled "Major Requirements," list the name of the first subcategory of requirements (e.g., CORE). If the major has no subcategories, list all courses under Major Requirements and add corresponding credits.

  2. Bold the subcategory heading (e.g., Core, Major Required Electives, Concentration), alphabetize, add the required courses, and add the corresponding credit number.

  3. Continue the same process with all subcategories of courses.

  4. When a required Major course is used to satisfy a GE Objective, identify such in the Major Requirements section by adding the notation: "(counted in GE section)". Remove the corresponding Major Course credit(s) and place the Double Use annotation so it spans into the credit section. See Example A below.

    NOTE: A "Double Use" course satisfies at least two requirements but the corresponding course credit can be counted only once. Therefore, when Double-Use occurs between Major and GE courses, MAPs will identify and count the courses and credits in the GE section only. If several major requirements can satisify a GE Objective, for simplicity, choose the first course that appears in the Major Requirements section.

    Example A:

    Major Requirements


    POLS  1101 Intro to US Government                                           (counted in GE section)

    POLS  2202 Intro to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis


  5. In the GE section, add the required Major course and credits to the appropriate GE Objective line. See Example B.

    Example B:


    6. Behavioral and Social Science                                (2 courses-different prefixes; 6 cr. min)

    POLS Intro to US Government


    • Add the number of total GE credits to the Total GE box.
    • NOTE: The minimum of GE credits for ISU Bachelor and Associate of Arts/Science is 37 credits. Depending on Double Use courses, the GE total could be greater.

  6. Complete the MAP Credit Summary chart by confirming the actual number of credits counted as: 1) Major credits, 2) the actual number of credits counted as General Education, and 3) the actual number of credits counted as Free Electives. Free Electives (and Upper Division Free Electives) are non-specific course credits needed to reach the minimum number of credits required to graduate and/or the minimum number of Upper Division credits. The total number of required Free Electives (or Upper Division Free Electives) could be zero.

  7. Confirm the plan includes the necessary credit minimums in the Graduation Requirement Minimum Credit Checklist (i.e., General Education (36), Upper Division Overall (36), Upper Division Major (16), and Total (120 or 60 or # for certificate).

  8. Add any desired Advising Notes.

Page One of the MAPs will be included in the e-catalog. Page Two as well as MAP Instructions and a MAP Template will be housed on the CAA website.

For assistance and consultation, contact any of the following:

Pocatello, Central Academic Advising

JoAnn Hertz, hertjoan@isu.edu, x4601 COT liaison

Susanne Forrest, forrsusa@isu.edu, x4062 COSE liaison

Caleb Maddox, maddtimo@isu.edu, x4653 CAL liaison

Shawn Forney, fornshaw@isu.edu, x5412 COE liaison

Juli Hafen, hafenjul@isu.edu, x2263 DHS liaison

Buck Benson, bensbuck@isu.edu, x3277 COSE liaison

Division of Health Sciences

   Jacque Baergen, baerjacq@isu.edu, x2375

College of Business

   Kristine McCarty, mccakris@isu.edu, x3856

College of Education

   Jamie Webster, websjami@isu.edu, x5164

College of Technology

   Corey Zink, zinkcore@isu.edu, x2622

College of Science and Engineering

   Dr. David Rodgers, rodgdavi@isu.edu, x3460

College of Arts and Letters

   Caleb Maddox, maddtimo@isu.edu, x4653





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