Curriculum Changes

Changes to Courses and Academic Programs:
Implementation Term Policy

Curriculum changes approved by the University Curriculum Council and Academic Programs will be implemented by term according to the following guidelines:

Course Changes:
  • Changes to existing course data will not be made once registration has begun. However, new schedule types may be added.
  • New courses approved by Academic Programs after registration has begun will not be offered until the next term.
Academic Program Changes:
  • Course requirements changes to existing programs may be made in a term that is already in progress because such changes do not affect students' ability to register for courses.
  • Renamed programs will be added to the Banner curriculum tables, catalog, and MyDegrees in the proposer's requested term unless that term has already passed before curriculum council approval.
  • New programs (majors, minors, options, certificates, endorsements) will be added to the Banner curriculum tables, catalog, and MyDegrees in summer term—the start of the new academic year—even if summer term has started or has passed.
Scheduling Changes After Registration has Begun: See Protocols

Curriculum Proposal System (CPS)

The Curriculum Proposal System is provided by the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation for the submission and tracking of curriculum proposals.

Category I proposals are for major curricular changes that require state level approval.

Category II proposals are for other changes to courses, options, certificates, minors, majors, subject codes, extension of programs to other campuses.

Academic Credit Definition

The Office of Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation provides information and guidance regarding the assignment of credits to a course. View Credits–Definition and Guidelines for more information.

OrACRAO Curriculum Change Reports

Curriculum changes in the standardized format used by OrACRAO members may be generated from the OSU curriculum proposal system at Note: When generating reports, please use Firefox, Internet Explorer 6 or 7, or Safari 3.1.

Later in 2015, OSU will implement a new curriculum proposal system.

OrACRAO Curriculum Tracking

Curriculum Changes at Oregon State University

The OSU University Curriculum Council approves curriculum changes throughout the year as proposals are submitted, not on a set schedule by term.

To generate your own reports of OSU curriculum changes, follow these directions:

  • Open the OSU Curriculum Proposal System (CPS). The CPS includes both category I and II proposals.
  • Click on Reports in the left column.
  • Click on the Curricular Changes Report link.
    • Select the Term you're interested in or leave ALL to get all terms.
    • Click Search and read the report or click Excel download to put the report on your machine.
    • Select the Academic Year of interest.

Category I proposals

Category I proposals are new academic degrees or academic units, or changes to academic degrees or academic units. For further details, see the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation.

Category I proposals started after January 2010 may be found in the curriculum proposal system (CPS) administered by Academic Planning and Assessment (no password or logon required).

Category I proposals prior to 1/2011 were reviewed and processed on paper, and recorded, tracked, and stored in an online database. No password or logon is needed to look at this database. The database is best viewed in Internet Explorer. You may experience problems using other web browsers.

Category II Curriculum Proposals

Category II proposals are for new courses, options and minors, changes to courses, options, minors, or terminations of courses, options, and minors. They are reviewed, processed, and stored in the curriculum proposal system (CPS) administered by Academic Planning and Assessment (no password or logon required).

To search through the proposals, click on the View All Proposals link.

Prerequisite Policy

Prerequisites are established by Category II approval.

Information on prerequisite enforcement.

No prerequisites or corequisites may be deleted from or added to a course or section without an approved category II proposal. Prerequisites for a section must be in place before registration for a the term begins.

If registration is not in progress, existing prereqs or coreqs may be switched from unenforced to enforced, or enforced to unenforced, without category II proposals. Prereqs may not be switched or changed once registration has begun.

All sections of a course must use the same prerequisites or corequisites that have been approved for that course except as noted below.

Departments may not add prereqs or coreqs to the section Comments field of the online Schedule of Classes except as noted below:


Blanket courses: X01 through X10 (Research and Scholarship, Independent Study, Thesis/Dissertation, Writing and Conference, Reading and Conference, Special Problems/Special Projects, Seminar, Workshop, Practicum/Clinical Experience, Internship/Work Experience)

Special Topics courses, X99: Note–there are still some courses titled “Special Topics” that do not follow the X99 numbering convention. These will be treated as X99s.

These two exceptions are handled at the section level (each CRN).

Prereqs enforced by Banner are coded at the section level in SSAPREQ.

Coreqs (Banner-enforced corequisites) are coded at the section level in SSADETL.

Prereqs and coreqs enforced after registration by the instructor or department cannot be coded at the section level in SSASECT but may be listed in the section's Comments field.

Graduate-level courses that have undergraduate prereqs are not enforced by Banner. These prereqs may be deleted without a category II. Email your request to the catalog coordinator.

When exceptions may be added:

Departments may add enforced prereqs to blanket courses and special topics course sections without Category II proposals, as long as no enrollment has occurred. Contact Scheduling.

If students have enrolled before the enforced prereqs were requested to be added to a CRN, Associate Registrar Michelle McAllaster decides to add them or not. Such changes are rarely approved.