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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Mary Ann Rankin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below to add College Academic Programs 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 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.
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.
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," add the following:
COLLEGE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
The College of Natural Sciences offers the following programs to supplement the degree plans described on pages 381-416. Additional information about these programs is given at http://www.utexas.edu/cons/student.
EMERGING SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), sponsored by the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and the College of Natural Sciences, is a nationally recognized program in which freshman calculus students also take a supplemental problem-solving course. Students who have strong academic credentials and a history of achievement in mathematics and sciences are invited to participate. The program allows highly motivated mathematics, science, and engineering majors to work closely with faculty members and other high-achieving students. Students in the program have the chance not only to excel in calculus but also to learn calculus in a more thorough, more satisfying way.
PARTNERSHIP FOR EXCELLENCE IN NATURAL SCIENCES
Partnership for Excellence in Natural Sciences (PENS) is a freshman-year program designed to give cohorts of fifty students the advantages of a small-college learning environment. Students are selected from backgrounds that are not typically represented at the University. The program includes a year-long sequence of the core mathematics and science courses appropriate to the students degree program or career choice. Extensive mentoring and a group approach to study-skills development are used to promote students' success.
One advantage that the University offers undergraduates is the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research with some of the worlds most respected scientists. Each department in the College of Natural Sciences supports undergraduate research programs in which students may earn University credit. Students may also earn special departmental honors for exceptional research. The college holds an annual Undergraduate Poster Session to recognize and reward students who participate in research. Additional opportunities vary from department to department. Information is available in the Academic Advising Center for the student's major.
UTeach is an innovative teacher preparation program that allows students to pursue secondary school teacher certification within a four-year mathematics, science, or computer sciences degree program. While learning the subject matter of their majors, students also learn how to teach. Upon completing the program, students graduate with a bachelor's degree and are recommended for a secondary school teaching certificate.
The UTeach program invites students to explore their interest in teaching as early as the freshman year. Students learn quickly whether teaching is the profession for them through courses taught by some of Texas' most respected secondary school math and science teachers.
Interested students are encouraged to apply for admission to the UTeach program at any time during their undergraduate careers. Applications are available in the Office of Special Projects in the College of Natural Sciences. Applicants must be considering a teaching career in secondary school science, computer sciences, or math and must meet grade point average requirements. Students who are interested in elementary school teacher certification should contact the College of Education.
In addition to the courses required by their degree plans, students must complete eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework, two supporting courses, and a sequence of math and science content courses. Lists of the content courses that must be completed for certification are available in the UTeach office. UTeach prepares students for single-field certification in mathematics and computer science and offers a composite science certification as well. Current certification guidelines allow students to be certified in a single field or two science fields, but most school districts prefer the composite approach. Students can complete the UTeach courses as electives within a standard bachelor's degree program. However, students are strongly encouraged to consider the teaching options in the Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Physics, and Mathematics degrees.
Coursework for Certification
Chemistry 107, Topic: Step 1
Biology 110C, Topic: Step 2
Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 20: Classroom Interactions
Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 21: Knowing and Learning in Math and Science
Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 22: Project-Based Instruction
Chemistry 107, Topic: Special Topics Seminar
Curriculum and Instruction 667S, Student Teaching in Secondary Schools
Biology 370C, Topic: Research Methods; Chemistry 369K, Topic: Research Methods; or Physics 341, Topic: Research Methods
History 329U, Perspectives on Science and Mathematics, or Philosophy 329U, Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
The Emerging Scholars Program has been in existence for several years. The information will be included in the catalog for the first time for the purpose of informing a larger group of students.
The PENS program is a new program to help ensure success among first-year students.
The information about Undergraduate Research is included to explain the importance of research and its availability to undergraduate students.
The UTeach program is a new initiative that will provide a certification process for secondary mathematics and science teaching through the College of Natural Sciences.