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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 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 INTERDISCIPLINARY MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE OPTION I: MIDDLE GRADES TEACHING IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

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 adviser.

PRESCRIBED WORK

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. 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 language deficiency.
3. Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 23: Reading, Writing, and Assessment across Disciplines).
4. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
5 Six semester hours of American history.
.6 Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), or Psychology 301 and 304.
.7. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
8. The following foundation courses:
a. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 315C, 316L or 362K, 326K, and 333L.
b. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
c. Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N, or an equivalent sequence. Students who choose the physics concentration must take Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L.
d. Computer Sciences 303E or the equivalent.
e. Biology 211, 212, 213, 214, and 205L, 206L, or 208L.
f. Three semester hours of coursework in geological sciences.
g. Three semester hours of coursework in astronomy or marine science.
h. Biology 370C (Topic: Research Methods), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods).
9. 9. One of the following concentrations:
a. Twelve hours of approved coursework in mathematics, including Mathematics 358K. Mathematics 325K, 341 or 340L, and 360M are recommended.
b. Twelve approved hours of coursework beyond the foundation courses listed above in any one of the following areas: chemistry, biology, physics, or geological sciences.
10. 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.
11. 11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 126 semester hours.


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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 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 adviser.

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.