Academic Affairs

At the College of Applied Science and Technology, our faculty is our greatest asset. CAST programs are greatly enhanced by their teaching, research, and advising.

The Academic Affairs department supports the advancement of academics by ensuring a challenging academic curriculum, an accommodating learning environment, and opportunities for productive and educational engagement between faculty and students. The Academic Affairs Department is responsible for academic degree program and course development, and for ensuring that university curriculum requirements are met and adhered to.

Curriculum DeveLopment

Course development at CAST is a process managed by the Academic Affairs Department. A series of steps is laid out here.

Choose the Right Form

Course Addition, Modification, and Inactivation forms are available from the Registrar's Office Course Catalog Request Information page. Download and fill out the appropriate form from the Registrar's Office. Forms are not directly linked here in order to assure that faculty members are using the current version.

Submit the Form and Syllabus to Academic Affairs

Once the appropriate form is obtained and completed, Course Additions, Modifications, and Inactivations should be submitted to Esther Henley.

The approval process involves several steps and numerous entities, both here at CAST and at main campus. Allow plenty of lead time. Process steps are:

  • Paperwork initially submitted to Academic Affairs (Esther Henley)
  • Review by the Appropriate Department Head
  • CAST Curriculum Committee Review
  • Course is entered into UAccess by Academic Affairs (Esther Henley)
  • Approval by Main Campus departments
  • Course entered into the Academic Catalog
  • Available for scheduling by Academic Affairs

Create a Syllabus (Additions/Modifications)

The course syllabus is to be created and submitted along with the above-referenced forms. CAST maintains syllabus templates in the Instructional Resource Repository. Please note that no syllabus is required for house numbered courses.

Additional Information

Course additions/modifications/inactivation forms Submit to Esther Henley

Course additions /modifications/inactivation – forms must be completed and submitted with the CAST Routing Form

Course forms are available at:

Please note that no syllabus is required for house numbered courses

Template for syllabi

Additional info:

To accommodate changes to existing courses in the Course Catalog, departments may submit certain types of course modifications in an expedited format using a spreadsheet via email instead of the Course Management Form process. This expedited format for course modifications will only be allowed during the open access scheduling period. The deadline for submitting these types of course modifications (including all required signatories) is the same as the deadline for the close of the open access period. Forms received after that date will require a Course Management Form process or changes will not be made effective until the following term. The Expedited Course Modification form and instructions for its use are housed at the Registrar's Office Expedited Course Modifications page.

Once complete, the form should be submitted to Esther Henley

100% Engagement Experience Courses

100% Engagement is the University of Arizona's commitment that all undergraduate students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to real world challenges through an upper-division course or significant non-credit learning experience such as an internship, undergraduate research experience, preceptorship, senior capstone, study abroad, field work, performance, student leadership, or service learning. (

Each experience connects to one of the identified Engagement Activities and to one of the Engagement Competencies which reflect the unique strengths and value of the University of Arizona experience. A detailed description of the Engagement Activities is located at Competencies are located at

Procedure For Credit Engagement Experiences:

The program directors are to determine engagement activities and competencies from the university's list of options that are appropriate for their programs and the content of the selected courses.

Shared Programs (main campus departments)

Program Directors consult with home departments and submit approved courses for modification to the curriculum committee if needed.

Routing: Submit syllabus and main campus department head’s approval to Academic Affairs: Esther Henley

CAST Program Courses

CAST Faculty submit new courses or course modifications in accordance with the Course Modification Process.

Routing:  Program Director, Department Head, Dean

Procedure for Non-credit Engagement Experiences:

Faculty and staff can propose non-credit experiences to participate in the 100 % Engagement Initiative, following CAST and the University Process:

Per UA policy all approved non-credit Engagement experiences must at a minimum:

To view the proposal form, please download this pdf.

Routing:  Program Director, Department Head, Dean

Creating a CAST prefix for an existing course offered by a main campus department

  • Submit syllabus and rationale to the Associate Dean Barbara Citera

  • Include a minimum of 3 learning outcomes in your syllabus.

  • Your rationale should address the programmatic need and how the course supports other UAS programs (if applicable). In order to avoid curricular overlap, we suggest communicating with other program directors before you submit the rationale and syllabus to the Associate Dean.

  • Once approved, submit the syllabus and rationale to the main campus department. In some departments the syllabus may be routed through the curriculum committee or the director of undergraduate studies first and then submitted to the department head for approval. The Associate Dean or academic support staff are available to shepherd the proposal through the main campus department process.

  • Submit the permission from the main campus department head, the syllabus and rationale to Esther Henley. The department heads email should include following approval: “the course XYCV 123 is equivalent and mutually exclusive to XYC 123. Students will receive credit from taking either XYCV 123 or XYC 123 but not both”.

  • Esther will submit the forms in the Course Management System for the approval process in UAccess.