School of Natural and Social Sciences

Natural and Social Sciences Curriculum Committee

Departments begin the process of curricula change by sending their proposals to Sophia Diamantis-Fry ( at Academic Programs in the Office of Academic Affairs, Ms. Diamantis-Fry sends the proposals to a) to the chair of the appropriate Undergraduate or Graduate Senate Curriculum Committee, Barbara Jacobson ( and Janet DeSimone ( respectively, and to b) the Associate Dean of Natural and Social Sciences (

The faculty members of the NSS Curriculum Committee (NSSCC) will review the proposals in conjunction with the Dean’s Office. Once the curricula change proposals are in proper order, they move to the Office of Academic Programs and the appropriate Senate Curriculum Committee. Proposals approved by Lehman Senate Curriculum Committee(s) are forwarded to the Lehman College Senate for a vote, and then on to CUNY's central office and Board of Trustees for final approval, after which the curricula changes are entered into Smart Catalogue and appear in the Bulletin.

Please note that faculty is responsible for initiating the curriculum change by submitting proposals to Sophia Diamantis-Fry/Academic Programs. Curricula change proposals must fully conform to the curriculum change templates provided on the links in this page. They are also responsible for making sure that student learning outcomes included on their proposals match those outlined in their Department's assessment map. More than one curriculum change proposal needs to be contained in one running document, not as separate files.

The following links should help departments as they plan, submit, and revise their proposals:

NSSCC Membership 2013-2014




Member's Email


Christa Salamandra

Biological Sciences

Renuka Sankaran

Economics and Business

Dene Hurley

Earth, Environ, & Geospatial Sci (EEGS) Hari Pant

Health Sciences

Robin Kunstler

Mathematics and Computer Science

Anthony Cocchi

Physics and Astronomy

Matthew O'Dowd

Political Science

Elhum Haghighat


Vincent Prohaska

Sociology Susan Markens


Lehman College Senate Curriculum Committees 2013-2014

Lehman College Senate Schedule 2013-2014

  • Click here to link to the Lehman College Senate Schedule

During the academic year, departments should allow at least two weeks (and more, for complex proposals) prior to the items deadline to enable proposals to go through both the School and Senate curriculum committees.

Departments are strongly advised to send a representative to all Curriculum Committee and Senate meetings in which departmental proposals are discussed.

CUNY Deadline Calendar 2013-2014

  • Click here to link to the CUNY Deadline Calendar.

Proposals approved by the Lehman College Senate proceed to the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), the Committee on Academic Program, Policy, and Research (CAPPR), and the CUNY Board.

The CUNY Deadline Calendar explains how long it will take for final CUNY approval after proposals have left the Lehman Senate. As the Calendar indicates, the date for likely CUNY approval depends on when Senate-approved proposals arrive at the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs.


Procedure for Proposing Curricular Changes & Forms

During the academic year, departments should allow at least two weeks prior to the items deadline to enable proposals to go through both the School and Senate curriculum committees.

Departments should use the following templates for all proposed curricular changes:

For changes to existing programs:

  • The “From” section of each template should follow existing Bulletin copytext exactly. Deformat any text copied from online, underlines, removing hyperlinks and hypertext.
  • Verify that proposed course numbers and codes are accurate. For undergraduate courses,visit this web page and click on “Course Offerings, Levels and Codes,” “Course Levels,” “Course Categories,” and “List of Alpha Codes.” For graduate courses,visit this web page and click on “Curricula and Course Offerings,” “Cross-listed Courses,” “Course Levels,” and “Index of Course Abbreviations (Alpha Codes).” Note: All new courses now have four-digit numeric codes, created by adding a zero to the end of the old three-digit codes.
  • Align each template’s “Learning Objectives” with the Department’s current Learning Objectives and Assessment Goals. Learning Objectives consist of actions students should be able to perform by the end of the course.
  • Bold-bracket all changes in the “From” section. Underline all changes in the “To” section.

Entirely new programs are not covered by the instructions and templates listed above. New programs need to send a formal Letter of Intent to CUNY; departments should expect a delay of 3+ semesters as CUNY seeks information on funding and assesses University-wide demand for the program. (New minors and new BA/MA proposals do not require a Letter of Intent.)

Academic Programs Inventory

As departments prepare the “Changes in Degree Requirements” form, they should consult the Academic Programs Inventory for Lehman College (pdf file).

  • The “Program Code”, used by the New York State Education Department to register programs, is the five-digit number that appears at the top left of each entry in boldface.
  • A program’s “Hegis #” (Higher Education General Information Survey) appears on the left in the form 0000.00.
  • A “Major Code,” used by the Lehman College Registrar to keep track of majors, is the three-digit number that is indented from the left-hand margin.

Sample Approved Proposals

  • SOC New Course [PDF]
  • PSY Change in Course Description [PDF]

Last modified: Jul 30, 2014

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