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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED ENGINEERING/BIOLOGY DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM 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 engineering/biology dual degree program in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog. The dean submitted the proposal 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 proposal to the Office of the General Faculty on March 1, 2002, and, because of insufficient information about the requirements for the degree, does not recommend approval. 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.


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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 ENGINEERING/BIOLOGY DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

In Chapter 9 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, on page 412, in the section DEGREES, before BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY, make the following addition:

ENGINEERING/BIOLOGY DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

A limited number of very strongly motivated students whose high school class standing and admission test scores indicate strong academic potential are admitted into one of the dual degree programs in biology and engineering. Two programs are available: the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering combined with the Bachelor of Science in Biology (cell and molecular biology option), and the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering combined with the Bachelor of Science in Biology (neurobiology option). Each program, offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences, provides students with a rigorous education in both engineering and biology that is designed to prepare them for graduate study in either discipline. The goal of each program is to provide the student with equal skill in engineering and biology and with a full understanding of the different problem-solving strategies of the two. Students may complete both degrees in five years if they register for fifteen to eighteen hours of coursework each semester.

Additional information is available in the College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs.

Rationale: Since The University of Texas at Austin does not have an effective educational model for an engineering degree based on the biological sciences, two existing degrees have been integrated to create the Engineering/Biology Dual Degree Program. The proposed dual degree program will include an honors engineering and life sciences curriculum; selecting students from the engineering honors and/or Plan II applicant pool. The proposed dual degree program is not intended to supplant or impinge upon existing engineering - pre-medical/pre-dental curricula, but rather to provide an alternative curricular pathway for engineering students in life sciences.