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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGICAL 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 to the Bachelor of Science in Geological 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 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 GEOLOGICAL 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 417-419, in the section DEGREES, make the following changes:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

{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.

Courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student's score on the appropriate language placement test. Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement.
    For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.

3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
4. Six semester hours of American history.
5. Three semester hours of coursework in economics, upper-division coursework in anthropology, or upper-division coursework in geography.
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. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be completed in residence at the University. For students in options I, II, and III, at least eighteen of these hours must be in geological sciences; for students in option IV, at least twelve hours must be in geological sciences. For all students, at least twelve of the thirty-six hours must be outside geological sciences.

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: GENERAL GEOLOGY

{No change to requirements 8 through 12.}

13. Nine semester hours chosen from the following courses: Aerospace Engineering 201, Civil Engineering 319F, 341, 357, 374K, Engineering Mechanics 311M, 319, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 323, 424, 362, 365, 368, 369, and any course in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, engineering mechanics, or mechanical engineering for which Engineering Mechanics 311M, 319, or Mathematics 427L is a prerequisite; any upper-division astronomy course for which Physics 316 and 116L are prerequisites; Biology 406D, 322 and 122L, 324 and 124L, 325, 126L, 226R, 226S, 226T,


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  327 and 127L, 328 and 128L, 448L, 349, 456L, 357, 262 and 262L, 363, 365R, 365S, 370, 373 and 373L, and 478L; Chemical Engineering 317, 322, and 353; Chemistry 610A, 610B, 210C, 353 and 153K, and any upper-division chemistry course for which Chemistry 610 or 353 is a prerequisite; Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, 329E [307, 310, 315, and any upper-division computer sciences course for which Computer Sciences 315 is a prerequisite]; Geography 334, 334C, 334K, 335C, 335K, 339, 356, 360L, 362K, and 366K; Geological Sciences 325K; Marine Science 440, 348, 352C, 354, 354C, and 354F; any upper-division mathematics course for which Mathematics 408D or the equivalent is a prerequisite; and any upper-division physics course except Physics 341.
     This requirement is intended to function as an unspecified minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirement do not have to be taken in the same department, but they should form a self-reinforcing sequence related to geological sciences. Courses not listed above will be considered upon petition to the undergraduate adviser.
14. Enough additional coursework, outside geological sciences, to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Rationale: The committee voted to allow the courses offered in the Elements of Computing Program to count as majors-level courses.

{No change to options II and III.}

OPTION IV: 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 geological sciences 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 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.

8. In place of requirement 2 above, either two years of high school coursework in a single foreign language or course 506 (or the equivalent) in a foreign language.
9. To fulfill requirement 5 above, students in the teaching option may complete three semester hours of lower-division or upper-division coursework in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
10. Mathematics 408C. 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.
11. To fulfill requirement 6 above, students must complete History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
[12. Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N; or Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L.
[13. Biology 211, 212, 213, and 214; and Biology 205L, 206L, or 208L; and at least eight semester hours chosen from the following: Biology 320; 322 and 122L, or 324 and 124L; 325; 126L, with 226R, 226S, or 226T; 328 and 128L, or 349, or 361T; 357 or 373.
[14. Chemistry 301 and 302, and Chemistry 204 or 317.
[15.] 12. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 404C or 405, 416K, 416M, 420K or 320L, 335, and enough additional upper-division coursework in geological sciences to make a total of at least twenty-eight semester hours.
13. 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. Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N; or 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or an equivalent sequence.
d. Enough additional approved coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics to provide the required twelve hours in a second field.
[16.] 14. Biology 370C (Topic: Research Methods), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods).

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[17.] 15. Astronomy 303, 307, or 367M; and Marine Science 307.
[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. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 128 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 make a grade of at least C in each course counted toward the degree. Geological sciences majors may not repeat any geological sciences course more than once without written consent of the undergraduate adviser.

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 geological sciences 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 has incorporated these requirements already, however, it currently prescribes the second field of teaching as biology (see item 13.). We want the degree plan to reflect the flexibility of the second field of teaching rather than 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 is therefore required in both areas.