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Courses have been taught in Zoology since 1868 under the Department of General Science and Literature;[sup]1[/sup] Department of Natural History (1868-69);[sup]2[/sup] College of Natural History, Zoological Department (1870);[sup]3 [/sup]College of Natural Science, School of Natural History (1871-90);[sup]4[/sup] College of Science, School of Natural Science (1891-93);[sup]5[/sup] College of Science, Natural Science Group (1893-1900 );[sup]6[/sup] College of Science, General Science Group (1900-01);[sup]7[/sup] College of Science, Department of Zoology (1901-13);[sup]8[/sup] and in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1913-73).[sup]9[/sup] In 1884, the Department became a clearly defined course of study.[sup]10[/sup] The Department granted B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology and offered courses in genetics, parasitology, ecology, and physiology.[sup]11[/sup] In 1973, the Department of Zoology was divided into two provisional departments: the Department of Ecology,Ethology, and Evolution and the Department of Genetics and Development within the of Life Sciences. In March 17, 1976 the Board of Trustees approved the reorganized department.[sup]12[/sup] Genetics and development was approved by the University Senate as one of the specializations within regulatory biology to convey an emphasis of the department.[sup]13[/sup] The Executive Committee of the School of Life Sciences in 1986 decided to dissolve the Department of Genetics and Development and in 1990 approved a Senate recommendation to terminate the department.[sup]14[/sup] According to Professor David Nanney the dissolution of thedepartment was a "turf war" concerning genetics and its proper location within the university.[sup]15[/sup] The Board of Trustees renamed the Department of Anatomical Sciences as the Department of Cell and Structural Biology.[sup]16[/sup]
1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 1st Report, June 13, 1868, p. 50.
2. Ibid, 2nd Report, January 12-22, 1869, p. 5-6.
3. Fourth Annual Circular, Illinois Industrial University, 1870-71, p. 34.
4. Catalogs and Registers, 1878-79, p. 23; 1889-90, p. 35.
5. Catalogs and Register, 1891-92, p. 26.
6. Catalogs and Registers, 1893-94, p. 48.
7. Catalogs and Registers, 1900-01, p. 61.
8. Catalogs and Registers, 1901-02, p. 124.
9. Board of Trustees Transactions, 27th Report, July 5, 1912, p. 71.
10. Catalogs and Registers, 1884-85, p. 67.
11. Graduate Study Catalog, 1971-72, p. 288-293.
12. Board of TRustees Transactions, 58th Report, March 17, 1976, p. 576.
13. Board of TRustees Transactions, 62nd Report, July 21, 1983, p. 298-299.
14. Board of Trustees agenda, June 14, 1990, #17.
15. Daily Illini, Tuesday, June 19, 1990, p. 1, 4.
16. Board of Trustees Transactions, 64th Report, April 14, 1988, p. 514.