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Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
via Zoom


  1. Call to Order
  2. Chair's Remarks
  3. Announcements
  4. Committee Reports
    • Undergraduate Program Committee - Ethan Devinatz
  5. New Business
  6. Executive Session
  7. Adjournment


The regular meeting of the faculty of the Department of Mathematics was held via Zoom at 3:30pm PST, February 2, 2021. John Palmieri, Chair, presided at the meeting. Rose Choi was recording secretary.

The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting’s minutes.

Chair's Remarks

A reminder that the department dinner will take place this Friday, February 5th. Details for the Zoom gathering will be sent out via e-mail later today.

There is a possibility that next month’s department meeting will be pushed back a week. If so, an update will be sent out via e-mail. If anyone has an objection to this change, please contact John Palmieri to discuss.

Although there has not been an official announcement from the University regarding Spring quarter, it is anticipated that classes will continue to be held on-line so please prepare accordingly.

Committee Reports

The Undergraduate Program Committee recommends changes to the following:

  • The policy pertaining to direct major admissions for transfer students – a committee of the Faculty Senate has recommended that prospective transfer students be allowed to apply for the major earlier on in order to assess whether they meet the standards of eligibility prior to their official admission. Knowing whether they can get into their preferred major will help those students decide whether to pursue the transfer. The UPC concurs with this recommendation.
  • MATH/STAT 491 & 492 – These classes have been held jointly with Statistics; however, Statistics has since created their own Topics course, STAT 498, which they propose be converted to MATH/STAT 492 which would require the current MATH/STAT 492 to be renamed MATH/STAT 493. This change would thereby adjust the sequence requirement for the Math major to now include MATH/STAT 491, 492, and 493. Students can use 491 + 492 or 491 + 493 as a two-quarter sequence, or use all three as a three-quarter sequence, in order to satisfy departmental degree requirements.

A vote was held, passed, and approved.


There being no new business, the meeting passed into executive session at 3:44pm.

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