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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY


PROPOSALS FOR THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS INTHE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY, AND PHYSICS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES



Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed the response below pertaining to action at the April 17, 2000, meeting of the Faculty Council on the protest (D 436-437) regarding foreign language requirements in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (D 203-214), the School of Biological Sciences (D 274-297), and the Department of Physics (D 307-314) in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000.

This response will be considered at the Faculty Council meeting on May 8, 2000.



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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council




This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 4, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500. This document was revised after the date of circulation as indicated in the footnotes.

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PROPOSALS FOR THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS INTHE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY, AND PHYSICS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES



On April 17, the Faculty Council rejected proposals from the College of Natural Sciences regarding foreign language requirements in the four named degrees (minutes, D 574-579).1 At the Council meeting on May 8, the college is expected to ask the Council to reconsider the proposals rejected on April 17, with very minor changes in wording. These are reproduced below, under the heading Preferred Proposals. As alternatives, the college is expected to offer the options under the heading Alternative Proposals, which are the same as the foreign language requirements currently in force for the three degrees.

An additional proposal, concerning the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry, appears at the end of this document.
PREFERRED PROPOSALS

The College of Natural Sciences is requesting that the following changes be used in place of those originally proposed (D 205 and 208) for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.2


On pages 386 and 393, in the section "DEGREES," make the following changes:

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

2. [Courses 506 and 507 or the equivalent in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student’s score on the placement test. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.] Foreign language/culture requirement. Choose one of the following options:]
a. second semester proficiency in a single foreign language.
b. first semester proficiency in a single foreign language and a foreign culture course from the same language area.
c. two foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean’s office or from the advising centers.
d. a foreign culture course and an additional course chosen from the Plan I area B and D requirements: anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, sociology, architecture, classics, fine arts, philosophy, or an approved interdisciplinary course.
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 foreign language deficiency.
   


Justification:
Due to the increasing requirements for expertise in the computer sciences and technical areas, the foreign language requirements have been reduced and options expanded. Students will take additional courses that better prepare them for a more technical world in the areas of their majors. The foreign language requirement will include options of foreign culture courses which will add breadth to students’ cultural awareness and enhance their understanding and appreciation of other cultures.


1 Sentence corrected on May 9, 2000 to read "four named degrees" instead of "three named degrees."
2 Sentence corrected on May 9, 2000 to include D 205.


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The College of Natural Sciences is requesting that the following changes be used in place of those originally proposed (D 285) for the School of Biological Sciences.

On pages 387-391, in the section "DEGREES," make the following changes.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

2. [Proficiency in a single foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of three semesters of college coursework. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.] Foreign language/culture requirement. Choose one of the following options:
a. second semester proficiency in a single foreign language.
b. first semester proficiency in a single foreign language and a foreign culture course from the same language area.
c. two foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean’s office or from the advising centers.
d. a foreign culture course and an additional course chosen from the Plan I area B and D requirements: anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, sociology, architecture, classics, fine arts, philosophy, or an approved interdisciplinary course.
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 foreign language deficiency.


Justification:
Due to the increasing requirements for expertise in the computer sciences and technical areas, the foreign language requirements have been reduced and options expanded. Students will take additional courses that better prepare them for a more technical world in the areas of their majors. The foreign language requirement will include options of foreign culture courses which will add breadth to students’ cultural awareness and enhance their understanding and appreciation of other cultures.



The College of Natural Sciences is requesting that the following changes be used in place of those originally proposed (D 309) for the Department of Physics.

On page 411, in the section "DEGREES," make the following changes:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS

[PRESCRIBED WORK] PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

2. [Courses 506 and 507 or the equivalent in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student’s score on the placement test. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.] Foreign language/culture requirement. Choose one of the following options:
a. second semester proficiency in a single foreign language.
b. first semester proficiency in a single foreign language and a foreign culture course from the same language area.
c. two foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean’s office or from the advising centers.
d. a foreign culture course and an additional course chosen from the Plan I area B and D requirements: anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, sociology, architecture, classics, fine arts, philosophy, or an approved interdisciplinary course.


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  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 foreign language deficiency.


Justification:
Due to the increasing requirements for expertise in the computer sciences and technical areas, the foreign language requirements have been reduced and options expanded. Students will take additional courses that better prepare them for a more technical world in the areas of their majors. The foreign language requirement will include options of foreign culture courses which will add breadth to students’ cultural awareness and enhance their understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS

The College of Natural Sciences is requesting that the following changes be used in place of those originally proposed (D 208) for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


On pages 386 and 393, in the section "DEGREES," make the following changes:

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

Courses 506 and 507 or the equivalent in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student’s score on the placement test. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.


The College of Natural Sciences is requesting that the following changes be used in place of those originally proposed (D 285) for the School of Biological Sciences.


On pages 387-391, in the section "DEGREES," make the following changes.


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

Proficiency in a single foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of three semesters of college coursework. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.

The College of Natural Sciences is requesting that the following changes be used in place of those originally proposed (D 309) for the Department of Physics.

On page 411, in the section "DEGREES," make the following changes:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS

[PRESCRIBED WORK] PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS


Courses 506 and 507 or the equivalent in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student’s score on the placement test. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in


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a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.3



ADDITIONAL PROPOSAL - ELECTIVE STATEMENT



On pages 393-394, in the section "Degrees," make the following changes.


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: CHEMISTRY

12. In fulfilling requirement 9 above, the student must complete nine hours chosen from the following courses: Chemistry 339K, 339L, 341,* 354, 367L, 368, 369, 369K,* 369L,* 370, 375K, and 475K. At least three of these nine hours must be in a laboratory course; courses marked with an asterisk may be used to fulfill this laboratory requirement. Chemistry 341 and 368 may be repeated for credit toward this requirement when the topics vary. No more than three semester hours in Chemistry 369K may be counted toward this requirement; three additional hours may be counted as electives.
13. Nine semester hours of coursework in the College of Natural Sciences (excluding chemistry) and the College of Engineering. Any course designed for science and engineering majors may be counted. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.
14. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 127 semester hours. [Students are encouraged to take additional chemistry courses as electives.]



3 On May 9, 2000, brackets were removed immediately before and after the paragraph..