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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS 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 Arts degree in mathematics 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.


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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 CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

In Chapter 9 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, on page 407, in the section DEGREES, make the following changes:

Mathematics

Undergraduates seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics must choose either the standard option or the mathematics for middle grades or secondary school teaching option.

Major, standard option: At least twenty-four semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, 305G, and equivalent courses may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The student must earn a grade of at least C in Mathematics 408C and 408D and in each mathematics course used to fulfill the major requirement.

The student must complete the following:

1. Mathematics 408C and 408D.
2. Mathematics 340L or 341.
3. Mathematics 328K, 343K, or 373K.
4. Mathematics 361K or 365C.
5. Mathematics 362K.
6. At least one course chosen from the following: Mathematics 333L, 439J, 339U, 343L, 344K, 348, 358K, 361, 367K, 368K, 372K, 474M, 376C, 378K. This requirement is intended to broaden the student's training.

Major, mathematics for middle grades and secondary school teaching options: At least twenty-four semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, 305G, and equivalent courses may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The student must earn a grade of at least C in Mathematics 408C and 408D and in each mathematics course used to fulfill the major requirement.

The middle grades and secondary school teaching [option is] options are designed to give students the mathematical background appropriate for teaching middle grades and secondary school mathematics, but students must meet additional requirements, including grade point average requirements to obtain certification. [Information about these requirements is available from the UTeach program. A list] Lists of the combined requirements of the UTeach [secondary school] certification programs and [the Bachelor of Arts degree is also] these options are available from the UTeach advisers [program and from advisers in the Department of Mathematics]. The UTeach program is described on pages 396-397.

The student must complete the following:

1. Mathematics 408C and 408D.
2. Mathematics 340L or 341.
3. Mathematics 315C, 325K, 333L, 358K, and 362K.
4. Mathematics 326K or 360M.
5. Mathematics 361K or 365C.
6. Mathematics 328K, 343K, or 373K.

Rationale: The State Board for Educator Certification has created a new certification category, middle grades teacher, to teach grades four through eight. Additional information is added to give students more information regarding certification in Texas. Also, the UTeach advisors are better qualified to discuss the options available for teachers than the advisors in the Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy Advising Center. The statement


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regarding the gpa of 2.5 is included in all of the UTeach degrees and was omitted from this degree the 2000-2002 catalog.