DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY MATHEMATICS
AND SCIENCE OPTION I: MIDDLE GRADES TEACHING 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 in Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Science Option I: Middle
Grades Teaching in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate
Catalog. The degree was created by D 1140-1142 and approved by the
Faculty Council on March 9, 2001. 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
To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General
Faculty by March 13, 2002.
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.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF
SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE OPTION I: MIDDLE
GRADES TEACHING IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE
| In Chapter 9 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002,
on page 424, in the section DEGREES, make the following changes:
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY
MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE
OPTION I: MIDDLE GRADES TEACHING
This program is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification
in Texas as a middle grades teacher in the composite teaching field of
mathematics/science. However, completion of the program does not guarantee
the student's certification. For information about additional certification
requirements, consult the UTeach [
program coordinator] academic
|| 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.
|| 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
|| Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 23: Reading,
Writing, and Assessment across Disciplines).
|| Six semester hours of American government, including
|| Six semester hours of American history.
|| Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent
Development), or Psychology 301 and 304.
|| History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
|| The following foundation courses:
|| Mathematics 408C, 408D, 315C, 316L or 362K,
326K, and 333L.
|| Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
|| Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N, or an equivalent
sequence. Students who choose the physics concentration must
take Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L.
|| Computer Sciences 303E or the equivalent.
|| Biology 211, 212, 213, 214, and 205L, 206L,
|| Three semester hours of coursework in geological
|| Three semester hours of coursework in astronomy
or marine science.
|| Biology 370C (Topic: Research Methods),
Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods), or Physics 341
(Topic: Research Methods).
|| 9. One of the following concentrations:
|| Twelve hours of approved coursework in mathematics,
including Mathematics 358K. Mathematics 325K, 341 or 340L, and
360M are recommended.
|| Twelve approved hours of coursework beyond
the foundation courses listed above in any one of the following
areas: chemistry, biology, physics, or geological sciences.
|| Eighteen semester hours of professional development
|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.
|| 11. Enough additional coursework to make a total
of at least 126 semester hours.
The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements
given on pages 1718 and the college requirements given on page
401. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in all courses
used to fulfill requirements 8 and 9 of the prescribed work above.
To graduate and be recommended for certification, students 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 the professional development courses listed in requirements
3, 6, and 10 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review.
For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification
requirements, consult the UTeach [ program coordinator] academic
Rationale: Establishing a separate course 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 continue to have them identified as
such. 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
is therefore required in this area.