DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
CREATION OF A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE IN THE COLLEGE
OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002
Associate Dean Larry Carver, for Richard
W. Lariviere, filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following
proposal to create a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree in the
College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002.
The changes were approved by the dean and by the liberal arts faculty
on a no-protest basis on November 14, 2001, and were submitted to the
secretary on November 26, 2001. The secretary has classified the proposal
as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single
college or school.
The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications
on March 14, 2002, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree
Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 20, 2002.
The committee forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty on
March 25, 2002, recommending approval. The authority to grant final
approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.
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 April 5, 2002.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council
This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site
on March 27, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office
of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500
CREATION OF A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
IN PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002
| On page 265, in the section DEGREES, insert
the following after the BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II:
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY
As an alternative to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science
in Psychology is designed to offer students a more extensive scientific
program that may better prepare them for graduate study or employment
in research fields. Students interested in mathematics-based or physiology-based
areas of psychology have the opportunity to develop more breadth and
depth in the fields that complement their area of interest within psychology.
To accomplish this goal, emphasis in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology
degree is more on natural sciences and less on language arts.
In addition to the following requirements, students must meet the University
requirements for graduation given in chapter 1 and the college requirements
in the sections "Special Requirements of the College of Liberal
Arts," page 249, and "Applicability of Certain Courses,"
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, must be
taken in residence at the University; 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. No courses used to fulfill area, major, or minor requirements
may be taken on the pass/fail basis. No more than thirty-six hours may
be counted in any one subject (including psychology) or in courses offered
in any one college or school other than the College of Liberal Arts
or the College of Natural Sciences.
Four categories of work must be completed: prescribed work, the major,
the minor, and electives. Only in the following cases may a single course
be counted toward more than one requirement:
|| Courses counted toward the prescribed work may
also be counted toward the major.
|| Up to three hours of coursework counted toward
the prescribed work may also be counted toward the minor.
|| Courses counted toward the substantial writing
component requirement may also be counted toward other requirements.
AREA A, LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
|| English composition and literature:
Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K.
|| Writing: In addition to Rhetoric
and Composition 306 and English 316K, each student must complete
two courses certified as having a substantial writing component.
One of these courses must be upper-division; both must be taken
for a letter grade. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement
may be used simultaneously to fulfill other area requirements or
major requirements, unless otherwise specified. Courses with a substantial
writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
|| Foreign language/culture: Students
must complete one of the following options:
|| Second-semester-level proficiency in a
|| First-semester-level proficiency in a
foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture
of the same language area.
|| Two three-hour foreign culture courses
chosen from a list available in the Student Division and the
Department of Psychology.
AREA B, SOCIAL SCIENCES
Eighteen semester hours, distributed among at least four
of the following fields of study.
|| Six hours in each of the following fields of
|| American government, including Texas government
|| American history
|| Three hours each from any two of the following
fields of study:
|| With the approval of the dean, courses in other
social sciences may be counted toward this requirement.
AREA C, NATURAL SCIENCES
At least of twenty-five semester hours in natural sciences,
|| At least nine semester hours of mathematics:
Mathematics 305G, 408C, and 316 or a higher-level math course in
|| Sixteen to eighteen semester hours, consisting
of the following sequences:
|| Biology 211, 212, 214, and 325
|| Chemistry 301, 302, and 204
|| Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, and one
of the following: Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E
|| Physics 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; or
301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N
AREA D, GENERAL CULTURE
Six semester hours from the fields of study listed below.
Three of these six hours must be chosen from subarea 1, 2, 3, or 4 (excluding
courses in logic).
A student who uses Greek or Latin to meet the foreign language
requirement may use additional coursework in the same language to meet
the Area D requirement, but only courses beyond the second-semester
proficiency level may be used.
|| Classics, including classical civilization, Greek,
|| Fine arts, including art history, design, ensemble,
fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual
|| Other courses that emphasize the topics listed
above, if approved by the Office of the Dean. A list of approved
alternatives is available each semester in the Student Division
and on the college Web site.
Twenty-eight semester hours of psychology, including Psychology 301
and 418, each with a grade of at least C, and at least eighteen
semester hours of upper-division coursework. Of these twenty-eight hours,
eighteen hours, including Psychology 418 and at least six hours of upper-division
coursework, must be completed in residence at the University. Also included
in these twenty-eight hours must be at least one three-semester-hour
course in each of four areas:
| Clinical/social psychology
| Developmental/evolutionary psychology
A list of the courses in each area is
available in the Department of Psychology Undergraduate Office and on
the department Web site at http://www.psy.utexas.edu.
Psychology majors must earn a grade of at least C in Psychology 418
to register for upper-division psychology courses. Students may not
enroll in Psychology 418 more than twice.
Psychology 357 and 359 may not be counted toward the twenty-eight hours
in psychology required for the major.
Twelve semester hours, including at least nine hours of upper-division
coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of
the twelve hours must be taken in residence. No more than three of the
twelve hours may also be counted toward any area requirement for the
Additional restrictions may be imposed by the academic department(s)
in which the student completes the minor; before planning to use a course
to fulfill the minor requirement, the student should also consult the
department or program that offers the course.
The remaining coursework needed for the required total of 120 semester
hours consists of electives. A maximum of sixteen hours of elective
coursework may be taken on a pass/fail basis.
MINIMUM SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS
The student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in courses
taken at the University (including credit by examination, correspondence,
and extension) for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W,
X, or CR is recorded. In addition, the student must earn
a grade point average of at least 2.00 in courses taken at the University
and counted toward the major requirement.
For more information about grades and the grade point average, see General
Students in this degree program may pursue any of the honors programs
available to Bachelor of Arts, Plan I students. These programs are described
in the section "Liberal Arts Honors Programs, Plan I," page 242.
| On page 249, in the section GRADUATION,
make the following change:
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE COLLEGE
OF LIBERAL ARTS
All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given
in chapter 1. Students in the College of Liberal Arts must also fulfill
the following requirements.
|| The University requires that the student complete
in residence at least thirty semester hours of the coursework counted
toward the degree. For the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, and the
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, these thirty hours must include
at least eighteen hours in the major. For the Bachelor of Arts,
Plan II, these thirty hours must be taken in the College of Liberal
Arts or the College of Natural Sciences.
|| The University requires that at least six semester
hours of advanced coursework in the major be completed in residence.
For additional requirements of [
|majors in] the College of
Liberal Arts, see the major
|| requirements [
|that begin on page 255] of
the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, pages 255-263, and the requirements
of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, page 365.
| On page 251, in the section DEGREES, under
the heading APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES, make the following
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, or the Bachelor of
Science in Psychology; no more than nineteen semester hours taken
on the pass/fail basis may be counted toward the Bachelor of Arts, Plan
II. 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
COURSES IN A SINGLE FIELD
No more than thirty-six hours may be counted in any one subject (including
the major, unless major requirements state otherwise) or in courses
offered in any one college or school other than the College of Liberal
Arts or the College of Natural Sciences.
Rationale: The Bachelor of Science degree plan will require
students to become better educated in the biological and quantitative
aspects of Psychology. Psychology departments at other comparable institutions
offer both a BA and a BS degree. The general requirements have been
restructured similarly to Bachelor of Science degrees in the College
of Natural Sciences, with less emphasis on foreign languages and more
emphasis on mathematics and sciences. A Non-substantive Change Request
has been submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.