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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF THE ELEMENTS OF COMPUTING PROGRAM
TO THE GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION IN
THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000


Mary Ann Rankin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below for addition of the Elements of Computing Program to the General Information section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. The changes were approved by the faculty and the dean of the College of Natural Sciences. The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on February 15, 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 March 24, 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 March 8, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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ADDITION OF THE ELEMENTS OF COMPUTING PROGRAM
TO THE GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION IN
THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000


The changes set forth below are proposed for the College of Natural Sciences in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, of The University of Texas at Austin.

On page 376, in the section "GENERAL INFORMATION," before the subsection "FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES," please add the following:

THE ELEMENTS OF COMPUTING PROGRAM

The Elements of Computing Program is designed to support computational work in other disciplines and to provide students with skills in the use of computer applications. Any non-computer sciences major with a University grade point average of at least 2.00 may take any elements of computing course for which he or she meets the prerequisite. No application process is required.

Non-computer sciences majors who wish to build a concentration in computing may request certification in the elements of computing. Students who complete the following certification requirements and submit a request to the program director receive a certificate of completion of the program and a letter listing the courses taken. Additional information about the Elements of Computing Program is given at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/utcs/elements/.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The certification requirements are

1.
Mathematics 305G with a grade of at least C, or an equivalent score on the SAT II: Mathematics Level IC or Level IIC test.
2.
Computer Sciences 303E and 313E, with a grade of at least C in each.
3.
Two of the following four courses, with a grade of at least C in each: Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E.
4.
The student must complete at least two long-session semesters in residence.

Justification:

This program is designed to fill the need expressed by many students in the University who are studying other disciplines and who want to learn something about computing as it applies to their disciplines. It will enable other departments to incorporate more computing into their curricula where desirable and will provide skills which may help students find employment after graduation.