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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS 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 in Physics 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 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 IN PHYSICS COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

In Chapter 9 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, on pages 429-432, in the section DEGREES, make the following changes:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS

{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. One of the following foreign language/culture options:7
a. Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
b. First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language area.
c. Two three-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean's office and the college advising centers.
d. A three-hour foreign culture course and a three-hour course in one of the following fields: anthropology, architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), economics, geography, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and approved interdisciplinary fields.
Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement.
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. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
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.

footnote:
7. 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.


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ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

{No change to options I through IV.}

OPTION V: TEACHING

This program is designed to fulfill the course requirements for composite certification as a middle grades or secondary school science teacher in Texas with [a composite] physics as the primary teaching field; however, completion of the program does not guarantee the student's certification. Composite certification requires twenty-four hours of coursework in the primary field, twelve hours in a second field, and six hours each in two additional fields. For information about additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach [Program coordinator] academic adviser.

12. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, and either 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. 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.
13. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, consisting of Physics 329, 336K, 338K, and 453; either 333, 352K, or 373; 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.
14. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
[15. At least eight semester hours in biology, consisting of Biology 211, 212, 213 or 214, and 205L, 206L, or 208L. Courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement.
[16. To fulfill the composite science teacher certification requirement in geological sciences, six semester hours of geological sciences. Courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement.
[17. To fulfill the composite science teacher certification requirement of at least eight semester hours in chemistry: Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317.]
15. To meet the requirements of composite certification, the student must complete
a. Biology 211, 212, and either 213 or 214.
b. Chemistry 301 and 302.
c. Six hours of coursework in geological sciences; courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement.
d. Enough additional approved coursework in biology, chemistry, or geological sciences to provide the required twelve hours in a second field.
[18.] 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 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).
[19.] 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.
[20.] 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 17-18 and the college requirements given on page 401. 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 13 of the prescribed work above.


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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 State Board of Educator Certification has created a new certification category, middle grades teacher, to teach grades four through eight. Those seeking certification in physics will be required to obtain composite science certification. This means twenty-four semester hours in the primary field of teaching (the major), twelve semester hours in the second field of teaching, and six semester hours each in two additional sciences. This degree plan does not specify that twelve semester hours are required for the second field of teaching. We want the degree plans to reflect the number of hours and the flexibility of the second field of teaching without prescribing it. 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.