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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY


CHANGES IN DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS 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 changes in degree requirements for the Department of Physics 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 14, 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.



<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 March 2, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500. No-protest deadline has been extended from March 17, 2000 to March 24, 2000.

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CHANGES IN DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS 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 pages 411-413, in the section "DEGREES," make the following changes:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS

[The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program is designed to provide the skills, understanding, and outlook required for participation in the development of new knowledge about the material universe.

The program is balanced and broad, providing the student with basic skills needed for many careers. Students who elect to end their formal training with the Bachelor of Science in Physics degree can seek employment in industry and teaching. These students may be able to help answer many of the technological questions facing our society. How to extend present technologies to meet human needs and how to help future generations understand the role of science in society are important aims of the physicist. The methods and skills that students are expected to master in the Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program, such as analysis of the mathematical model, will provide the insights and techniques necessary for versatility in many employment areas.

For students who elect graduate study, the Bachelor of Science in Physics provides a firm foundation for further training. For those who plan to teach physics in secondary school, the Bachelor of Science in Physics: Teaching Option provides the courses needed for certification.]

All aspects of the physical universe are of interest to the physicist, who seeks to understand not only the smallest forms of matter and the rich phenomena present in our everyday lives but also the universe itself. Physics has played a critical role in human technological and intellectual development during the twentieth century. The tools of the physicist – observation, imagination, model building, prediction, and deduction – will enable physics to continue this influence into the new century. The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program is designed to provide the skills, understanding, and outlook required for participation in the discovery of new knowledge about nature.

The Bachelor of Science in Physics program is balanced and broad. It is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and, with additional training, for work in a variety of other areas, such as astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computer sciences, engineering, geophysics, mathematics, medicine, physics teaching, and space sciences. Students who end their formal training with the bachelor’s degree may seek employment in industry, in national laboratories, or in teaching. These students should consider the options in computation, radiation physics, space sciences, and teaching, which augment the broad instruction provided by the basic Bachelor of Science in Physics. For those who plan to teach physics in secondary school, the teaching option provides the courses needed for certification.


[PRESCRIBED WORK] PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

1.
[English] Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial


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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 with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
2.

[Courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a foreign language approved by the undergraduate adviser, 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 appropriate language 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.] Proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of course 506. Courses taken to fulfill this requirement may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. This requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination. Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement.
               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.

3.
Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
4.
Six semester hours of American history.
5.
Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
6.
Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317. Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement.
7.
Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it. Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement.
8.
Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
[9.
Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following mathematics courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, 361, and 362K. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted 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.
10.

At least twenty-nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.]

[11.] 9.
Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
[12.] 10.
At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, must be completed in residence at the University.
[13.
Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.]


ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: PHYSICS

This option is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and for further study or work in a variety of other areas.

11.
Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, 361, and 362K. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school


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  mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
12.
At least twenty-nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.
13.
Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester of hours.


OPTION II: COMPUTATION

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation and hands-on skill in computation for the student who plans a career or further study in computational physics or computer sciences. Students who complete this option also fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of the program for a certificate of completion. The Elements of Computing Program is described on page 376.

11.
Twenty-two semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, and 361. 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 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
12.
Physics 329.
13.
At least twenty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 329, 336K, 352K, 453, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.
14.
Twelve semester hours in the elements of computing, consisting of Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, and six hours chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, and 327E.
15.
Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

OPTION III: RADIATION PHYSICS

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for the student who plans a career or further study in nuclear engineering, radiation engineering, or health physics.

11.
Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, 361, and 362K. 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 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
12.
At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362L, 369, and 373, or their equivalents.
13.
Thirteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in mechanical engineering: Mechanical Engineering 177K, 361F, 337C, 337D, and 379M (Topic: Radioactive Waste Management).
14.
Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION IV: SPACE SCIENCES

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for the student who plans a career or further study in space sciences.


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11.
Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, 361, and 362K. 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 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
12.
At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 329, 336K, 453, 362K, 369, and 373, or their equivalents.
13.
Either fifteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in aerospace engineering or thirteen hours in aerospace engineering and three additional hours of upper-division coursework in physics.
14.
Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

[SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given on pages 16-17 and the college requirements given on page 379. He or she must also earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in physics courses taken at the University and used to fulfill requirement 10 of the prescribed work above.

ORDER AND CHOICE OF WORK

The following is a recommended program of study to fulfill the requirements given under "Prescribed Work" above. The student should consult the faculty adviser each semester regarding order and choice of work.

First year: Physics 301 and 101L; Mathematics 408C and 408D; English 306; three hours of biology and two additional hours of biology, geological sciences, or astronomy; Chemistry 301 and 302.

Second year: Physics 315, 115L, 316, and 116L; Mathematics 427K, 340L or 311, or 364K; English 316K; Chemistry 204; foreign language 506 (or the equivalent); three hours to fulfill requirement 5 under "Prescribed Work."

Third year: Physics 336K, 336L, 338K, 352K, 453, and 373; Mathematics 361, 362K, 365C, 372, or 374; foreign language 507 (or the equivalent) and three hours for which 507 (or the equivalent) is prerequisite; six hours of American government, including Texas government; a three-hour elective to be counted toward requirement 1 under "Prescribed Work."

Fourth year: Physics 362K, 369, 474, and either 362L, 370C, 670T, 375P, 375S, or 379H; six hours of upper-division mathematics; six hours of American history; three hours to fulfill requirement 8 under "Prescribed Work."]


Justification. The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program is designed to provide the skills, understanding, and outlook required for participation in the discovery of new knowledge about nature. Also, a large component of the training of a physics student consists of attacking and solving problems. All aspects of the physical universe are of interest to a physicist. Physicists seek to understand not only the smallest forms of matter and the rich phenomena present in our everyday lives, but also the universe itself. The BS Physics program is balanced and broad, providing the student with a strong foundation for graduate study or with additional training for work in a variety of other areas such as astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computer sciences, engineering, geophysics, mathematics, medicine, physics teaching, and space sciences.

The Options in the Bachelor of Physics Degree are being introduced in order to allow more specialization at the Bachelor of Physics level. These represent rational concentrations in areas that can be recognized by employers and other programs. Students have expressed interest in such specializations and in the past have


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taken courses over and above their basic degree. However, a more coherent approach seems appropriate and one which allows a more direct recognition of the specialization.


On pages 412-413, in the section "DEGREES," make the following changes:


[BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS: TEACHING OPTION]

OPTION V: TEACHING

This program is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification in Texas as a secondary school teacher [in Texas, but] with a science composite teaching field; however, completion of the program does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional certification requirements, [see chapter 5 of this catalog and] consult [the University's teacher certification officer in the College of Education] the UTeach program coordinator.

[1.
English 306, 316K, and three additional semester hours in English; English 309K or 309L is recommended. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. The additional required course(s) in English may be counted toward this requirement if certified to contain a substantial writing component. 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 with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
2.
Either two years of high school coursework in a single foreign language or courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language. 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.
3.
Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
4.
Six semester hours of American history.
5.
Psychology 301.
[6.] 11.
Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, and either [311,] 340L, 341, 361, or 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. [Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted 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.
[7.
Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
8.
Six semester hours in human development, consisting of one course from each of the following groups:
a. Child Development 313, Educational Psychology 332, 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), Psychology 304, 309, 333D, or 339.
b. Applied Learning and Development 322 or Psychology 345.
9. Eighteen semester hours in education: Curriculum and Instruction 331C, 332S, 667S (Student Teaching in Secondary Schools: Science), 370S (Topic 2: Science), and 371 (Topic 18: Critical Issues in Schooling).
10.

Documented evidence of proficiency in oral communication. Proficiency is assessed in Curriculum and Instruction 332S. Students who lack proficiency must take Speech 305, 319, Theatre and Dance 303, 303C, or 326.


11. Documented evidence of proficiency in computing or credit for three semester hours in computer sciences, data processing, management information systems, or coursework intended to provide computer literacy. This requirement is fulfilled by completion of Physics 329.]
12. At least twenty-two [nineteen] semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, consisting of Physics 329, 336K, 338K, and 453 [,]; either 352K, [433] 333, or 373; [, and] a three-hour course approved by the undergraduate adviser, such as Physics 370C or an upper-division astronomy course; and Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods). With the consent of the program coordinator, an upper-division physics course that includes a substantial research component may be substituted for Physics 341.
13.

History 329U or Philosophy 329U.

[13.] 14. [Six] At least eight semester hours in [biological sciences, including] biology, consisting of Biology [302] 211, 212, 213 or 214, and 205L, 206L, or 208L. Courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement.
[14.] 15. To fulfill the composite science teacher certification requirement in geological sciences, six [Six] semester hours of geological sciences. Courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement.
[15.] 16. To fulfill the composite science teacher certification requirement of [twelve] at least eight semester hours in [a second field] chemistry: Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317[; and either Chemistry 618A and 118K, or 353 and 153K].
17.

Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Chemistry 107 (Topic: Step I), Biology 101C (Topic: Step 2), Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 21: Knowing and Learning in Math and Science), 371 (Topic 20: Classroom Interactions), 371 (Topic 22: Project-Based Instruction), Chemistry 107 (Topic: Special Topics Seminar), Curriculum and Instruction 667S.

[16.] 18. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve hours of upper-division work in physics taken in residence at the University.
[17.] 19. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 120 semester hours.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given on pages 16-17 and the college requirements given on page 379. He or she must also earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in physics courses taken at the University and used to fulfill requirement 12 of the prescribed work above.

To graduate, students who follow the teaching option must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50; to be recommended for certification, they must pass the final and teaching portfolio review. For more information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, [see chapter 5 of this catalog and] consult [the University’s teacher certification officer in the College of Education] the UTeach program coordinator.


Justification for these Changes in Degree Descriptions:

Requirement 1: Three additional hours of English will no longer be required for preservice teachers under the new framework of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

Requirement 5: The course material in PSY 301 is being covered in the new professional development courses (EDC 371: Knowing & Learning; EDC 371: Classroom Interactions) for preservice teachers.

Requirement 11: Course number has been changed to reflect new course number for M311. Additional statement has been added to make degree consistent with other BS Physics degree.

Requirement 12: The new research methods course is being offered for students seeking science certification.

Requirement 13: This course replaces the course material in the 6 hours of human development courses which is now being covered in the new professional development courses (BIO 110C and EDC 371: Knowing & Learning) for preservice teachers. Perspectives is being offered for math, computer science and science preservice students to fulfill State requirement of coursework that informs the prospective teacher of the social, historical and philosophical implications of science. The course also fulfills University requirements for an Area D course.

Requirement 14: Current composite science certification requirements include eight hours of biology. Course numbers have been changed to reflect the restructuring in the biology curriculum.

Requirement 16: Current composite science certification requirements include a minimum of eight hours of chemistry.

Requirement 17: These changes reflect the new set of preservice courses being offered in the preservice program for math, science and computer science majors at UT Austin.

Student proficiencies in communication and computing are incorporated into a larger set of state educator proficiencies that are being assessed through a portfolio review process (see Special Requirements below).

Special Requirements: SBEC guidelines require that students have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to begin their student teaching semester and to receive their teaching certificate. The teaching portfolio review assesses student proficiency in the State standards for educators.