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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES CONCERNING THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 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 concerning the biological sciences 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 CONCERNING THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

 

In Chapter 9 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, on pages 405-406, in the section DEGREES, under the heading BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I, make the following changes:

Biology

In addition to the major requirements below, the student must complete the following: Biology 211, 212, 213, 214, and 325; Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H; and Chemistry 301. The student must complete these courses before taking further upper-division coursework in biology. Biology majors must also complete Mathematics 305G and 408C; Chemistry 302 and 204; and one of the following: (1) Chemistry 610A, 610B, and 210C; (2) eight hours of coursework in physics, including laboratory work; or (3) six hours of coursework in computer sciences, including at least three hours of upper-division work.

Major: Twenty-one semester hours of coursework, including at least three hours in each of the following areas; no course may be counted toward more than one area.

1. Cellular, developmental, and molecular biology: Biology 320, 323L, 325L, 325T, 326D, 326E, [226R] 326R, 126L, 226T, 327, 127L, 330, 130L, 331L, 332, 333, 335, 336, 337 (Topic: Development and Evolution), [337G,] 337J, 339, 339M, 343M, 344, 347, 349, 350M, 360K, 160L, 366, 366R, 367, 368L, 379G, 379J.
2. Physiology, neurobiology, and behavior: Biology 322, 122L, 226S, 328, 128L, 329, 129L, 337 (Topic: Endocrinology), 338L, 339, 341, 141L, 345, 359J, 359K, 359R, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, 361T, 365L, 465M, 365N, 365R, 365S, 365T, 365W, 371L, 371M.
3. Ecology and evolution: Biology 321L, 226S, 340L, 342L, 448L, 351, 352, 353L, 354L, 455L, 456L, 357, 458L, 359, 359J, 262, 262L, 363, 364, 369L, 370, [371G] 471G, 472L, 373, 373L, 375, 376, Marine Science 352C, 354Q.
4. Animal biology: Biology 321L, 337 (Topic: Endocrinology), 338L, 340L, 448L, 353L, 354L, 455L, 359K, 359R, 361T, 369L, 478L, Marine Science 354, 354C.
5. Plant biology: Biology 322, 122L, 324 and 124L, 327 and 127L, 328, 128L, 350M, 351, 352, 262, 262L, 363, 472L, 374 and 174L, Marine Science 352D.
6. Microbiology: Biology 126L, 226R, 226S, 226T, 327, 127L, 329, 129L, 330, 130L, 333, 339, 341, 141L, 364, Marine Science 354E.

To provide twenty-one semester hours in the major, the student must complete three additional hours of coursework chosen from the following: the biology and marine science courses listed in areas 1 through 6 above; other upper-division biology courses; Chemistry 339K and 339L, or 369. The twenty-one hours in the major must include at least three laboratory courses. They may include three hours in undergraduate research or special studies courses. Another three hours in special studies courses may be counted as electives. The student must earn a grade of at least C in each course taken at the University and counted toward the major requirement.

Rationale: Four new biology courses are being offered regularly; they are being incorporated into the list of options for the biology degree requirements.

In Chapter 9 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, on pages 409-412, in the section DEGREES, make the following changes:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY

{No change to introductory text.}


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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:2
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 who follow 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. 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.
7. Mathematics 408C and 408D. 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 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
8. An eight-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N. Students in the ecology, evolution, and behavior; human biology; marine and freshwater biology; microbiology; and teaching options may substitute Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N.
9. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
10. Biology 211, 212, 213, 214, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before students progress to other upper-division biology courses.
11. At least [thirty-six] twenty-four semester hours of upper-division [coursework, of which at least twenty-four hours must be in the biology and marine science] work chosen from the courses listed below. In some options, other courses may be used to fulfill this requirement; these courses are listed in the section "Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option," below. The student must earn a grade of at least C in each course. The [thirty-six] twenty-four hours must include at least one different course and at least three hours of coursework in each of the following three areas:
a. Cellular, developmental, and molecular biology: Biology 320, 323L, 325L, 325T, 326D, 326E, 126L, 226R, 226T, 327, 127L, 330, 130L, 331L, 332, 333, 335, 336, 337 (Topic: Development and Evolution), 337J, 339, 339M, 343M, 344, 347, 349, 350M, 360K, 160L, 366, 366R, 367, 368L, 379G, 379J.
b. Physiology, neurobiology, and behavior: Biology 322, 122L, 226S, 328, 128L, 329, 129L, 337 (Topic: Endocrinology), 337 (Topic: Principles of Drug Action), 338L, 339, 341, 141L, 345, 359J, 359K, 359R, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, 361T, 365L, 465M, 365N, 365R, 365S, 365T, 365W, 371L, 371M.
c. Ecology and evolution: Biology 321L, 226S, 340L, 342L, 448L, 351, 352, 353L, 354L, 455L, 456L, 357, 458L, 359, 359J, 262, 262L, 363, 364, 365W, 369L, 370, 371G, 472L, 373, 373L, 375, 376,

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  Marine Science 352C, 354Q.
12. The student must complete at least four laboratory courses in biology with a grade of at least C. Three of these courses must be upper-division.
13. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in biology must be completed in residence at the University.
14. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 126 semester hours. All students must complete at least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

footnote:

2. 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.

Rationale: Requirement 11 is rewritten for clarity with part of the statement moved to requirement 14. Four new biology courses are being offered regularly; they are being incorporated into the list of options for the biology degree requirements.


ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND BEHAVIOR

15. Biology 318M with a grade of at least C, and three hours of coursework chosen from the following: Chemistry 610A, 610B, and 210C; computer sciences courses other than Computer Sciences 303E; Geological Sciences 401, 303, 312K, and geological sciences courses that may be counted toward the requirements for a major in geological sciences; Mathematics 316, 340L, and mathematics courses for which Mathematics 408D is a prerequisite; Physics 315 and 115L, and upper-division physics courses other than Physics 341.
16. In fulfilling requirement 11 above, the student must complete at least twenty-seven semester hours chosen from the following coursework, including at least three hours in each area:
a. Ecology: Biology 456L, 357, 364, 373, 373L, 375, Marine Science 352C, 354Q.
b. Evolution: Biology 370.
c. Cellular, developmental, and molecular biology: Biology 320, 323L, 325L, 325T, 326D, 326E, 126L, 226R, 226T, 327, 127L, 330, 130L, 331L, 332, 333, 335, 336, 337J, 339, 339M, 343M, 344, 347, 349, 350M, 360K, 160L, 366, 366R, 367, 368L, 379G, 379J.
d. Physiology, neurobiology, and behavior: Biology 322, 122L, 226S, 328, 128L, 329, 129L, 338L, 339, 341, 141L, 345, 359J, 359K, 359R, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, 361T, 365L, 465M, 365N, 365R, 365S, 365T, 365W, 371L, 371M.
e. Taxon-based diversity courses: Biology 321L, 324 and 124L, 327 and 127L, 340L, 341, 141L, 448L, 353L, 354L, 455L, 262, 262L, 369L, 472L, 478L, Marine Science 352D, 354, 354C, 354E.
17. One of the four laboratory courses used to fulfill requirement 12 above must have a field component. The following courses may be used: Biology 321L, [340L,] 342L, 353L, 455L, 456L, 373L, Marine Science 352D, 354, 354C.

Rationale: Biology 318M (biostatistics) is currently listed with non-biology requirements such as chemistry, calculus, etc., so biology majors need only pass the course with a D. Students counting this course towards their Bachelor of Science in Biology must earn a grade of at least C, even though it is a lower-division course. BIO 340L (The Biology of Birds) is no longer being taught as a field course. The field component is taught as a separate course, BIO 342L (Field Ornithology), which stays on the list.


OPTION II: HUMAN BIOLOGY

15. At least six hours of coursework chosen from the following: Biology 318M with a grade of at least C; Chemistry 610A, 610B, and 210C; computer sciences courses other than Computer Sciences 303E; Geological Sciences 401, 303, 312K, and geological sciences courses that may be counted toward the requirements for a major in geological sciences; Mathematics 316, 340L, and mathematics courses for


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  which Mathematics 408D is a prerequisite; Physics 315 and 115L, and upper-division physics courses other than Physics 341.
16. In fulfilling requirement 11 above, the student must complete Biology 346, at least six hours in area a below, and at least three hours each in areas b through e.
a. Cellular and molecular biology: Biology 320, 323L, 326D, 326E, 344.
b. Anatomy: Anthropology 432L, Biology 478L, Kinesiology 324K.
c. Physiology: Biology 337 (Topic: Endocrinology), 361T, 365L, 365R, 365S, 371M.
d. Behavior and psychology: Anthropology 323K, 350M, Biology 359K, 359R, Psychology 332, 333.
e. Evolution and ecology: Anthropology 348, Biology 357, 364, 370, 373, 373L.3
17. In fulfilling requirement 11 above, the student must complete at least fifteen hours of course-work, including at least nine hours of upper-division work, in one of the following concentrations:
a. Cellular, molecular, and developmental biology: Biology 126L, 226R, 330, 331L, 332, 337 (Topic: Development and Evolution), 339M, 345, 349, 365N, 366R, 379J.
b. Genetics and biotechnology: Biology 325L, 325T, 126L, 226R, 226T, 335, 347, 366, 366R, 379G, 379J.
c. Pathogenesis and immunity: Biology 126L, 226R, 226T, 329, 129L, 330, 130L, 336, 341, 141L, 347, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, 365T.
d. Social aspects of health and disease: Sociology 330C, 354K, and nine hours chosen from the following: Chemical Engineering 357, Geography 357, Human Development and Family Sciences 313, 372K, Humanities 101, Nursing 310, 347 (Topic: Death and Dying), 347 (Topic: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on AIDS), Philosophy 325M.
e. Problems of developing countries: Biology 351, Economics 333K,4 Geography 326K, 339K, 342C, 346, 356, 357, 358, Sociology 319, 324K, 346.
f. Human impact on the environment: Biology 359, 373, 373L,3 Civil Engineering 357, Geography 326K, 334, 339K, 346, Philosophy 325C, Sociology 319.
g. Urban planning and development: Civil Engineering 357, Community and Regional Planning 369K, Economics 334K,4 Government 358, Geography 315, 337, 358, Humanities 101, Sociology 319, 346.
18. Biology 170C, completed on the pass/fail basis in the student's senior year. In this conference course, students meet for one hour a week to summarize their work in their concentrations.

footnotes:
3. Biology 373 and 373L may not be counted both toward requirement 16e and toward requirement 17f.
4. Economics 304K and 304L are prerequisite to this course. One of them may be counted toward requirement 5 of the prescribed work.

Rationale: Four new biology courses are being offered regularly; they are being incorporated into the list of options for the biology degree requirements.


OPTION III: MARINE AND FRESHWATER BIOLOGY

15. In fulfilling requirement 12 above, the student must complete Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H.
16. Biology 318M with a grade of at least C.
17. Chemistry 610A, 610B, and 210C.
18. [Eight] At least six semester hours of geological sciences, chosen from courses that may be counted toward the requirements for a major in geological sciences.
19. In fulfilling requirement 11 above, the student must complete the following courses. (For students in the marine and freshwater biology option, the marine science courses listed here may be counted toward requirement 11.)
a. Biology 126L and 226R.
b. Marine Science 320 and 120L.
c. At least twenty-one hours of coursework chosen from the following: Biology 321L, 327, 127L, 328, 128L, 354L, 361T, 370, 375, Geological Sciences 422K, Marine Science 440, 352C, 352D, 354C, 354Q, 354T, 170, 270, 370, 367K, Biology 364 or Marine Science 354E, Biology 448L or Marine Science 354. Six hours of this coursework must be completed at the Marine Science Institute at Port


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Rationale: Biology 318M (Biostatistics) is currently listed with non-biology requirements such as chemistry, calculus, etc., so biology majors need only pass the course with a D. Students counting this course towards their Bachelor of Science in Biology must earn a grade of at least C even though it is a lower-division course. Reduce the minimum semester hours in geological sciences to match the most commonly taken introductory geology courses for majors (either two three-hour courses or one three-hour and one four-hour course; i.e., two of the following: GEO 401, 303, 312K). Suggested by Ken Dunton, faculty advisor for Option III.


OPTION IV: MICROBIOLOGY

15. Chemistry 610A, 610B, and 210C.
16. Chemistry 339K or 369.
17. In fulfilling requirement 11 above, the student must complete
a. Biology 126L, 226R, 226S, 226T, 330, and 360K.
b. Biology 329, 332, or 341; 333 or 366; and 339 or 364.
c. Six hours chosen from the following: Biology 329, 332, 333, 335, 336, 339, 339M, 341, 361, 364, 366. A course counted toward requirement 17a or 17b may not also be counted toward this requirement.
18. In place of requirement 12 above, the student must complete five hours of upper-division laboratory coursework, chosen from Biology 129L, 130L, 141L, 160L, 361L, and 368L.

OPTION V: CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

15. Chemistry 610A, 610B, 210C, 339K, 353 or 353M, 370, and either Biology 339 or Chemistry 339L. (Biology 339 may not be counted both toward requirement 12 above and toward this requirement.)
16. In fulfilling requirement 11 above, the student must complete
a. Either Biology 320 and 344 or Biology 326D and 326E.
b. Biology 126L, 226R, 331L or 368L, 349, and 370.
c. Biology 366, 366R, 379G, or 379J.
d. d. At least nine semester hours chosen from the following: Biology 323L, 325L, 226T, 329, 129L, 330, 130L, 332, 333, 335, 336, 337G, 339, 339M, 343M, 345, 347, 350M, 360, 160L, 366, 367, Chemical Engineering 322, 353, 353M, 354, 360, 379 (Topic: Cell and Tissue Engineering).
17. In addition to biology courses, Chemical Engineering 363M and 264 may be counted toward requirement 12 above.

Rationale: The engineering courses added facilitate students earning a joint degree in the College of Engineering.


OPTION VI: NEUROBIOLOGY

15. Chemistry 610A, 610B, and 210C.
16. In fulfilling requirement 12 above, the student must complete Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H. In addition to biology courses, Electrical Engineering 464H, 464K, and 374L may be counted toward requirement 12.
17. In fulfilling requirement 11 above, the student must complete
a. Either Biology 320 and 344 or Biology 326D and 326E.
b. Biology 349; 361T, 365R, or 371M; and 370.
[c. At least fifteen hours chosen from the following: Biology 318M, 337J, 359K, 365L, 465M or 371L, 365N, 365T, 365W; Chemistry 339K and 339L, or 369; Chemistry 353 or 353M, 354, 354L, 370.]
c. Two of the following courses: Biology 337 (Topic: Drug Action), 359K, 365L, 365N, 365T, 365W.
d. Nine hours chosen from the following courses: Biology 318M; 337J; 465M or 371L; Chemistry 339K and 339L, or 369; Chemistry 353 or 353M; 354; 354L; 370; Electrical Engineering 311; 313; 325; 338; 338K; 351K; 374K; 374L.

18.

 

Nine additional semester hours chosen from the following: Biology 325L, 478L, Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, Psychology 308, 332, 353K. (Biology 325L may not be counted both toward requirement 11 above and toward this requirement.)


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Rationale: This breakdown of requirements will insure that students complete some physiology courses (listed in 17c) in their major field. Without this new specification, students could complete the requirement with courses in statistics, computation, and biochemistry and not include physiology, which is important for success in this field. The engineering courses added in 17d facilitate students earning a joint degree in the College of Engineering.


{No changes to Option VII: Plant Biology.}

OPTION VIII: 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 biology as the primary teaching field[, but]; however, completion of the program does not guarantee the student's certification. Composite certification requires twenty-four hours of coursework in biology, twelve hours in chemistry, and six hours each in geological sciences and physics. For information about additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach [Program coordinator] academic adviser.

15. Chemistry 610A, 610B, and 210C.
[16. Six semester hours of geological sciences.
[17.] 16. In fulfilling requirement 11 above, the student must complete
a. Biology 320, 126L, 226R, 226S or 226T, 370, and either 324 and 124L or 322 and 122L.
b. At least three hours chosen from the following courses in physiology, neurobiology, and behavior: Biology 322, 122L, 226S, 328, 128L, 329, 129L, 338L, 339, 341, 141L, 345, 359J, 359K, 359R, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, 361T, 365J, 365K, 365L, 465M, 365N, 365R, 365S, 371L, 371M.
c. One of the following courses with a substantial field component: Biology 321L, 340L, 342L, 353L, 455L, 456L, 373L, Marine Science 352D, 354, 354C.
[18.] 17. In fulfilling requirement 12 above, the student must complete Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H.
[19.] 18. Biology 337 (Topic: Discovery Laboratory in Plant Biology) or an approved research methods course, and History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
19. To meet the requirements of composite certification, the student must complete six hours of coursework in geological sciences; courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement. The remaining composite certification content requirements are met by the chemistry and physics courses used to fulfill requirements 8, 9, and 15.
20. 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.
21. 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 each biology course counted toward the degree, in each course used to fulfill requirement 11 of the prescribed work, and in each course used to meet 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


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grade of at least C in each of the professional development courses listed in requirement 20 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 21. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach [program coordinator] academic adviser.

{No further changes.}

Rationale: The State Board for Educator Certification has created a new certification category, middle grades teacher, to teach grades four through eight. This new category and its requirements need to be added to the Teaching Option. Those seeking certification in biology 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. The Bachelor of Science in Biology teaching degree option fulfills science content requirements for new state composite certification, which will be the only secondary certification option for newly certified teachers beginning fall 2002. The professional development sequence is of equal importance as the major in the teaching option, since these are courses on which recommendation for certification is also based. A minimum grade of C is therefore required in both areas.