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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CREATION OF A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ASTRONOMY IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006 1

On January 17, 2003, Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposal to create a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The dean and the College of Natural Sciences Course and Curriculum Committee approved the proposal on November 7, 2002. 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 April 15, 2003, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on April 23, 2003. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on May 6, 2003, recommending 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 May 16, 2003.

 

<Signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 7, 2003. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


1On June 9, 2003, Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics was changed to Bachelor of Science in Astronomy by the College of Natural Sciences and the Department of Astronomy because it better fit their long-term needs.


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CREATION OF A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ASTRONOMY IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006 1

On page 410, in the section DEGREES, add the following before the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY.


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ASTRONOMY 1

Astronomy tells us about the place of humankind in the universe: how Earth was created, how the Sun was formed, how galaxies form and evolve. It tells us where the universe is going and where it came from. Astrophysicists address these questions at a fundamental level. Their goal is to determine the basic and controlling properties of the universe and to transmit that knowledge to society. The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy is designed to give students an understanding of the universe and to prepare them to participate in the advancement of this exciting search.

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 course 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.
One of the following foreign language/culture options:*
a. Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
b. First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language area.
c. Two three-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean’s office and the college advising centers.
3.
Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
4.
Six semester hours of American history.
5.
Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
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.
Six semester hours in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and/or geological sciences. Chemistry 301 and the courses in the Elements of Computing Program may be counted toward this requirement; any other course to be counted must meet major requirements in the department that offers it.

8.

Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, and 340L. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. †
9.
Physics 301, 101L, 315, 115L, 316, 116L, 336K, 352K, 453. 362K, 369, and 373.
10.
Twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy, including Astronomy 352K, 353, and 358. Astronomy 351 is recommended.
11.
Nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics and/or astronomy.
12.
At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
13.
At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours in physics and astronomy, must be completed in residence at the University.
14.
Enough additional coursework to make a total of 123 semester hours.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given on pages 16-18 and the college requirements given on page 404. He or she must also earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in physics and


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astronomy courses taken at the University and used to fulfill requirements 9, 10, and 11 of the prescribed work above.

footnotes:

* 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 foreign language deficiency.
† Students who enter the University with fewer than three high school units of mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.



Rationale: The primary motivation for this plan is to offer a B.S. degree plan for students intending to pursue graduate school and professional careers in astronomical research and college-level teaching, or careers in industry or government labs involving astronomy or physics. This program contains the essential material in both physics and astronomy and can be completed in four years. This offers an alternative to the common practice at UT of getting a B.A. in astronomy and a B.S. in Physics, which takes five years. We have striven to allow maximum elective flexibility.