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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

Dean Mary Ann Rankin filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog. The dean submitted the proposed changes to the secretary on November 27, 2001, indicating that the departments in the College of Natural Sciences, as well as the College of Natural Sciences Course and Curriculum Committee approved them. The secretary has classified this 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 February 7, 2002, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on February 18, 2002. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on March 1, 2002, recommending approval. However, the committee also recommends that as soon as practicable, the colleges consider the option of replacing each requirement of M 408C or M 408D by an equivalent of one or more of the new courses M 408K, M 408L, and M 408M. 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 March 13, 2002.


<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 5, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS IN IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

In Chapter 9 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, on pages 424-426, in the section DEGREES, make the following changes:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS

{No change to introductory text.}

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

1. 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 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 single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 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.
3. Six semester hours of American history.
4. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
6. Eight semester hours in one of the following areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.
7. Six semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy, or programs of special concentration. For students in the teaching option, three of these hours must consist of History 329U or Philosophy 329U. For students in the other options, three of these hours must be taken in architecture, classics, fine arts, or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
8. Mathematics 408C and 408D.
9. Forty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework.
10. At least six hours of upper-division coursework must be outside both mathematics and the subject areas listed in requirement 6. Philosophy courses in logic, computer sciences courses in discrete mathematics, and engineering courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
[10.] 11. Eighteen semester hours in mathematics must be completed in residence at the University.
[11.] 12. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: ACTUARIAL SCIENCE

12. Actuarial Foundations 309.
13. Economics 304K, 304L, and 420K.
14. Accounting 310F or both 311 and 312.
15. Finance 357.


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16. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics and supporting areas, consisting of
a. One of the following courses: Mathematics 328K, 343K, 361, 361K, 365C, 367K, 373K.
b. Mathematics 340L or 341.
c. Mathematics 362K and either 358K or 378K.
d. [Three of the following courses] At least three courses chosen from the following: Mathematics 439J, 339U, 439V, 349P, 349T.
e. Enough additional coursework to provide a total of at least thirty-two hours. In addition to upper-division mathematics courses, the following courses in supporting areas may be counted toward this requirement: Finance 354, 367, Legal Environment of Business 320F, 323, Management Information Systems 325, 333, Risk Management 357E, 369K, 377. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may not be counted toward requirement 10 above.

Rationale: Requirement 16e. This requirement allows certain non-mathematics courses to count as hours towards a mathematics degree. Therefore, these courses should not be allowed to count towards upper-division coursework outside of mathematics.


OPTION II: APPLIED MATHEMATICS

12. Computer Sciences 303E [or Mathematics 318M] or the equivalent.
13. Thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics, consisting of the following courses. The student should consult the applied mathematics adviser for information on other courses that may be counted toward this requirement.
a. Mathematics 340L or 341.
b. Mathematics 427K, 348, 362K, and 474M.
c. Mathematics 361 and 365C.
d. Mathematics 343K or 373K.
e. Enough of the following coursework to provide a total of at least thirty-two hours: Mathematics 346, 365D, 368K, [372] 372K, 376C.

Rationale: Requirement 12: Mathematics 318M is no longer taught, hence is being removed from the degree programs. Requirement 13e.


OPTION III: MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Specialization in Statistics, Probability, and Data Analysis

12. [Mathematics 318M] Computer Sciences 303E or the equivalent.
13. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics and related areas, consisting of
a. Mathematics 427K and 362K.
b. Mathematics 340L or 341.
c. Mathematics 361K or 365C.
d. Mathematics 358K and 378K.
e. [Enough of the following coursework to provide a total of at least thirty-two hours:] Additional coursework chosen from the following: Civil Engineering 352, Computer Sciences 327E, Economics 341K, 350K (Topic 4: Advanced Econometrics), 354K, Electrical Engineering 366L, 379K (Topic 2: Quality and Reliability Engineering), 379K (Topic 15: Information Theory), Geography 360G, Management Information Systems 325, [373 (Topic 1: E-Business Application Development),] Management Science 371 or 371H, Mathematics 325K, 439J, 339U, 439V, 346, 348, 349P, 362M, 365D, 368K, 374G, 474M, Mechanical Engineering 366L, [366M, 379M,] 367S, 279M (Topic: Modeling under Uncertainty), 279M (Topic: Operations Research: Optimization), Psychology 325K, Risk Management 357E, Statistics 376. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may not be counted toward requirement 10 above.


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      Courses should be chosen in consultation with the specialization adviser to form a coherent program consistent with the student's background and goals. The student is responsible for meeting prerequisites and other requirements for enrollment in the courses he or she selects.

Rationale: Requirement 12: Mathematics 318M is no longer taught, hence is being removed from the degree programs.

Requirement 13e: The college requested we rephrase 13e because of ambiguity about the number of hours required. This requirement allows certain nonmathematical courses to count as hours towards a mathematics degree. Therefore, these courses should not be allowed to count towards upper-division coursework outside of mathematics.

Requirement 13e: MIS 373 has been deleted because the topic of the course has been changed to one no longer suitable for mathematics majors (a change from database management to e-business topics). Economics 354K has been added; its original omission was an oversight. M 374G has been added; the course was developed in support of this degree, but was not in the course inventory at the time the degrees were approved. Deleted Mechanical Engineering 366M and add 279M (Topic: Modeling under Uncertainty) and 279M (Topic: Operations Research: Optimization). This reflects changes in course numbering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Changed M E 379M (Topic: Simulation Modeling) to 367S. This also reflects changes in course numbering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Add Mathematics 349T: although this course was designed for actuarial students, time series and survival models are increasingly important in biology, environmental science, economics, and public policy. Offering this option to our students will add breadth to the degree. Physics 329 deleted from the list: The degree requires M 348, but it is not possible for a student to receive credit for Mathematics 348 and Physics 329. Eliminating Physics 329 makes explicit what is already de facto true.

Specialization in Scientific Computation

Students who complete this specialization [also] may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of [the] that program for a certificate of completion. The Elements of Computing Program is described on page 397.

12. Computer Sciences 303E [or Mathematics 318M,] and [Computer Sciences] 313E, or 307 and 315.
13. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics and related areas, consisting of
a. Mathematics 340L or 341.
b. Mathematics 427K, 348, 362K, and 368K.
c. Mathematics 361K or 365C.
d. [Enough of the following coursework to provide a total of at least thirty-two hours:] Additional coursework chosen from the following: Up to six hours of upper-division coursework in the Elements of Computing Program, [Computer Sciences 323E, 326E,] Mathematics 427L, 343K, 346, 361, 365D, 372K, 373K, 474M, 376C[, Physics 329]. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may not be counted toward requirement 10 above.

Rationale: Header to degree: the phrase "may simultaneously" replaces "also" because the degree does not automatically guarantee certification: students must take additional courses.

Requirement 12: Mathematics 318M is no longer taught, hence is being removed from the degree programs.

Requirement 13d: the degree was designed to assist students in completing the Elements of Computing Program, but it was not spelled out specifically in requirement 13d that such hours would count towards the degree. Phrasing has been added to make it explicit.

Requirement 13d: This requirement allows certain non-mathematics courses to count as hours towards a mathematics degree. Therefore, these courses should not be allowed to count towards upper-division coursework


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outside of mathematics.

Requirement 13d: Computer Sciences 323E and 326E are already in the new phrase "up to six hours of upper-division coursework required by the Elements of Computing Program."

OPTION IV: PURE MATHEMATICS

12. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics, consisting of
a. Mathematics 340L or 341.
b. Mathematics 427K, 361, 362K, 365C, and 373K.
c. One of the following two-course sequences: Mathematics 427K and 372K, 358K and 378K, 362K and 339U, 362K and 439J, 348 and 368K, 365C and 365D, 367K and 367L, 373K and 373L.
d. [At least nine additional hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics,] Additional hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics chosen with the approval of the mathematics adviser. Either Mathematics 343K or 361K may be counted toward this requirement, but not both.

Rationale: Requirement 12d: The college requested we rephrase 12d.


OPTION V: TEACHING

This program is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification as a middle grades or secondary school mathematics teacher in Texas[, but]; however, completion of the program does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach [program coordinator] academic adviser.

Students pursuing [this] either of these options are encouraged to become familiar with a variety of mathematical software relevant to middle grades or secondary teaching, such as computer geometry systems, spreadsheets, and statistical software. Whenever possible, the student should take courses and sections of courses that use these types of software in place of those that do not.

12. Mathematics 315C.
13. Biology 370C (Topic: Research Methods); Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods); or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods).
14. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics, consisting of
a. Mathematics 340L or 341.
b. Mathematics 325K, 333L, 358K, and 362K.
c. Mathematics 326K or 360M.
d. Mathematics 361K or 365C.
e. Mathematics 328K, 343K, or 373K.
f. Mathematics 427K or 378K.
g. Enough of the following coursework to provide a total of at least thirty-two semester hours: Mathematics 326K, 427K, 328K, 439J, 339U, 343K, 343L, 348, 360M, 361, 362M, 365C, 365D, 368K, 373K, 373L, 175, 378K. A course used to fulfill requirements 14a through 14f may not also be counted toward requirement 14g.
15. A three-hour supporting course that uses mathematics but is in a field other than mathematics. The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement: Architectural Engineering 323K, Astronomy 307, 352K, 352L, 358, 367M, Chemistry 301, 303, Civil Engineering 321, 341, 352, Computer Sciences 307, Economics 420K, 341K, 354K, Electrical Engineering 302, 366, 366L, Engineering Mechanics 314, Geological Sciences 346C, 354, 476K, Geography 360L, Government 341M, Human Development and Family Sciences 322, Mechanical Engineering 320, 326, 366L, [366M,] 279M (Topic: Modeling under Uncertainty), 279M (Topic: Operations Research: Optimization), Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 310, Physics 301, 303K, 303L, Psychology 325K, 332, 334C, 345, Sociology 369L, Statistics 376. The supporting course may not also be counted toward requirements 2 through 7 of the prescribed work.
16 Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: [Chemistry 107 (Topic: Step 1), Biology 101C (Topic: Step 2),] Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 21: Knowing and Learning in Math and


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  Science), 371 (Topic 20: Classroom Interactions), 371 (Topic 22: Project-Based Instruction), [Chemistry 107 (Topic: Special Topics Seminar), Curriculum and Instruction] 667S, UTeach Natural Sciences 101, 110, 170.
17. Students seeking middle grades certification must complete the following courses: Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), or Psychology 301 and 304; and Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 23: Reading, Writing, and Assessment across Disciplines).

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given on pages 17-18 and the college requirements given on page 401. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in Mathematics 408C and 408D and in each course completed at the University and counted toward the prescribed work requirements for his or her option.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, students who follow the teaching option must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50[; to be recommended for certification, they]. They must earn a grade of at least C in each of the professional development courses listed in requirement 16 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review; those seeking middle grades certification must also earn a grade of at least C in the each of the courses listed in requirement 17. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach [program coordinator] academic adviser.

Rationale: The change in requirement 15 reflects changes in course numbering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Establishing a separate abbreviation identifying these courses as UTeach courses is an important part of identifying the program itself. Since these are neither biology nor chemistry content courses, it is not appropriate to have them identified as such. The State Board for Educator Certification has created a new certification category, middle grades teacher, to teach grades four through eight. The reference to middle grades, therefore, needed to be added. The professional development sequence is of equal importance as the major in the teaching option, since these are the courses on which recommendation for certification is also based. A minimum grade of C will therefore be required in both areas.