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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY


CHANGES IN THE DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS, THE APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES, AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-20001



Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below for changes in the departmental honors programs, the applicability of courses, and the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. The Course and Curriculum Committee of the College of Natural Sciences and the dean have approved the changes. The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on April 4, 2000. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by May 5, 2000.*



<signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council




This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on April 19, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


1 Change in the document title per the College of Natural Sciences on April 20, 2000.
* The no-protest deadline was extended from April 28, 2000, to May 5, 2000, due to changes requested by the College of Liberal Arts on April 28, 2000.

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CHANGES IN THE DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS, THE APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES, AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-20002

 


On page 377, of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, section "ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES," please make the following changes:

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS

Most departments in the College of Natural Sciences offer departmental honors programs to their majors. Minimum requirements for the completion of all such programs include (1) a University grade point average of at least 3.00; (2) a three-semester-hour thesis or research project, or a reasonable equivalent, with a grade of at least B; some programs may require a higher grade; (3) completion, with a grade point average of at least 3.50, of the coursework required for a major in the field in which the student seeks honors; [(3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination in the major field, or a reasonable equivalent;] and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.


Rationale:
To stipulate that honors project requirements require a grade of at least B, to eliminate unnecessary statements, and to clarify others.


On page 380, of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, section "DEGREES," subsection "APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES," please make the following changes:

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSES

Physical activity (PED) courses and Kinesiology 119 [are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They] may not be counted toward a degree in the College of Natural Sciences. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point average.


Rationale:
To reflect the addition of Kinesiology 119 to the course inventory.

ROTC COURSES

ROTC units are maintained on campus by the Departments of Air Force Science, Military Science, and Naval Science. For information about each program, consult the chairman of the department concerned.

Nine semester hours of coursework in air force science, military science, or naval science may be counted toward any degree in the College of Natural Sciences. Such credit may be used only as [lower-division] electives and/or to fulfill the substantial writing component requirement, and only by students who are commissioned. [complete the ROTC program.]


Rationale:
To allow upper-division ROTC courses to count as upper-division credit. Until now, ROTC coursework has been counted only as lower-division. The wording was changed to commissioned to match the more accurate wording used by the College of Liberal Arts uses.


2 Change in the document title per the College of Natural Sciences on April 20, 2000.

 


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ADMISSION DEFICIENCIES

Students admitted to the University with deficiencies in high school units must remove them by the means prescribed in General Information. [Course credit used to remove deficiencies may not be counted toward the student's degree.]


Rationale:
To facilitate completion of degree requirements in as close to four years as possible, students with fewer than two high school units of a foreign language can count their foreign language hours toward their degree.

CORRESPONDENCE AND EXTENSION COURSES

Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a degree in the College of Natural Sciences unless specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree offered in the College of Natural Sciences may be taken by correspondence.

COURSES TAKEN ON THE PASS/FAIL BASIS

No more than sixteen semester hours taken on the pass/fail basis may be counted toward the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I. In general, only electives may be taken on the pass/fail basis. Complete rules on registration on the pass/fail basis are given in General Information.


On pages 380-383, of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, section "DEGREES," subsection "BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I," please make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I

The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts under Plan I are designed to give each student flexibility in the selection of courses to meet individual needs. Except for the limits imposed by specific requirements in the Plan I degree program, there is no restriction on the number of courses a student may take in other colleges and schools of the University.

SUMMARY

The following is a brief overview of the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I; for detailed regulations see "Degree Requirements, Specific," pages 381-386.

A total of 120 semester hours is required for the degree. Of the 120 hours, thirty-six must be in upper-division courses. At least thirty hours, including eighteen hours of upper-division coursework, and at least twenty-four of the last thirty hours must be taken in residence at the University. Provided residence rules are met, credit may be earned by examination, by extension, by correspondence (up to 30 percent of the hours required for the degree), or, with the approval of the dean, by work transferred from another institution. A maximum of sixteen semester hours of classroom and/or correspondence coursework may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

Three categories of work must be completed: prescribed work; major requirements, including minor requirements, if any; and electives to provide a total of 120 semester hours.


Rationale:
To include University extension (evening) classes in the list of coursework taken out of residence that can be applied to University degrees. University extension courses can be transferred to the University.

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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, SPECIFIC

Specific requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, are divided into four areas: A, B, C, and D. With the dean's approval, interdepartmental courses, courses offered by other colleges and schools of the University, and credit by examination may be used to meet these requirements; however, these courses may not be used to meet the requirements of special programs or majors without the approval of the program director or the department chairman. A course taken to meet the requirements of one area may not also be used to fulfill the requirements of another area; the only exception to this rule is that a course taken to fulfill the Area A foreign language requirement or the Area B, C, or D requirement may also be counted toward the writing requirement in Area A, if the course is certified as having a substantial writing component. No courses used to fulfill area requirements may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

In addition to the following requirements, the student must fulfill the University requirements for graduation given in chapter 1 and the requirements of the College of Natural Sciences on page 379.

PRESCRIBED WORK

Area A

English composition and literature: [English] Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K.

Writing: In addition to [English] Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other area requirements or major requirements. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

Foreign language: Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. [Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency, then complete the equivalent of two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill their foreign language requirement.]


Rationale:
To remove foreign language deficiency requirements for entering freshmen.

The foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency rather than the completion of a specified number of hours; however, the courses taken to gain this proficiency are not electives and may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Any part of the requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination. Students may accelerate their progress at any point in the sequence by means of credit by examination.

To achieve proficiency in a foreign language as rapidly as possible, qualified students are urged to take advantage of the intensive foreign language study program. Information about this program is available from the appropriate language department. Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement must be language courses; literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be counted.

Area C

Each student must have credit for three semester hours in a course offered by the University of Texas at Austin Department of Mathematics, excluding Mathematics 301, 316K, and 316L. Algebra courses at the

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level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 [or 304E] without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

Fifteen additional semester hours, with no more than nine in any one department, from the fields of study listed below. No more than nine hours of mathematics and computer sciences combined may be included in these fifteen hours. Nine of these fifteen hours must be taken in courses in the College of Natural Sciences, items 1 through [9] 10 below, with at least six hours taken* in one subject from items 1 through 8 below; * these nine hours may include no more than three hours of mathematics and computer sciences combined.3The remaining six hours may be chosen either* from courses in the Natural Sciences listed below or from* the list of approved alternative courses in subjects 11 through 16 that is available from the Student Office. Of these six hours, a [A] maximum of three semester hours in courses in either the history of science [and] or the philosophy of science may be used [to fulfill Area C requirements; any course used must have a prerequisite of at least six semester hours of biological or physical sciences].


Rationale:
To reflect current policy and procedure.

A course listed in two or more departments may be used as a course in only one department in fulfilling requirements under Area C. Courses in anthropology, geography, linguistics, and psychology used to fulfill Area C requirements may not also be used to fulfill Area B requirements. Courses in philosophy used to fulfill Area C requirements may not also be used to fulfill Area D requirements.

1.
Astronomy
2.
[Biological sciences] Biology
3.
Chemistry
[4.
Computer sciences]*
4.[5.]*
Geological sciences
5.[6.]*
Marine science
[7.
Mathematics]*
6.
Nutrition*
7.*[8]
Physical science
8.*[9]
Physics
9.
Mathematics*
10.
Computer Sciences*
[10]11.
Experimental psychology
[11]12.
Physical anthropology
[12]13.
Physical geography
14.
Philosophy (logic)
[13]15.
History of science and philosophy of science
16.
Other science courses approved by the dean



["Biological sciences" includes courses offered by the Division of Biological Sciences and the Departments of Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology.] Students should confer with the staff in their advising center or the Student Division Office to determine which courses are included in items 8 [10, 11, 12, and 13] and 11 through 16.


3Additional catalog change submitted by the College of Natural Sciences on April 21, 2000.
* Additional changes were made to this page at the request of the College of Liberal Arts on April 28, 2000. These changes have caused some text to shift from this page to the next when compared to the original document.
Note: To differentiate between revisions, the April 28 additions have been bolded in the second paragraph.


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Students, counselors, and advisers are urged to make careful selection of Area C courses in order to develop a meaningful pattern and a coherent sequence.


Rationale:
Precludes students from taking more than 6 hours in mathematics or computer sciences.*


[Requirements in Order of Work

In general, it is desirable that a student register for a foreign language course in the first long-session semester and continue the foreign language sequence until the requirement is complete. A freshman may not take two first-semester language courses.

A freshman may not register for more than eight semester hours in one department in a single semester.]


Rationale:
To remove restrictions on entering freshmen and thereby facilitate earlier graduation.

Hour requirements for the major. A major consists of at least twenty-one but no more than [thirty-six] forty-two semester hours, with at least twelve hours in upper-division courses. Of these twelve semester hours, six must be taken in residence. These restrictions exist in the context of the general residence requirement for the major of eighteen semester hours.


Rationale:
To reflect current practice. One of the degrees in the College of Liberal Arts, for example, requires forty-two semester hours for the major.


* Rationale was added at the request of the College of Liberal Arts on April 28, 2000.