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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

On January 17, 2003, Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes in the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science in the College of Natural Science 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.


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PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

On page 428, in the section DEGREES, under the heading BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE9, make the following changes.


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY [MATHEMATICS AND] SCIENCE9

OPTION I: MIDDLE GRADES TEACHING IN MATHEMATICES AND SCIENCE

{No further changes to option I}

OPTION II: SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHING IN COMPUTER SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS

This program is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification as a secondary school teacher in Texas, but completion of the program does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach Natural Sciences 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. 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. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
8. The following foundation courses:
a. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 315C, Mathematics 325K or Philosophy 313K, Mathematics 333L, 326K or 360M, 341 or 340L, 358K, and 362K.
b. Computer Sciences 303E or 305J, 307, 310, 315, 326E or 356, 327E or 347, and 349.
c. Six additional hours in computer sciences chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E or 354, 336, 337, 345, 352, and 372.
d. Physics 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 317L, 117M, and 117N.
e. Management Information Systems 311F.
f. Information Studies 312.
g. Biology 337 (Topic: Research Methods-UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods).
9. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework:
a. UTeach Natural Sciences 101, 110, and 170.
b. Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 20: Classroom Interactions) or UTeach Natural Sciences 355.
c. Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 21: Knowing and Learning in Math and Science) or UTeach Natural Sciences 350.

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d. Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 22: Project-Based Instruction) or UTeach Natural Sciences 360.
e. Curriculum and Instruction 667S.
10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 126 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 make a grade of at least C in all courses used to fulfill requirements 7, 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. They must earn a grade of C in the professional development courses listed in requirements 7 and 9 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach Natural Sciences academic adviser.


footnote:

9. Final approval of this degree program is pending.


Rationale: The title of this degree is changed to accommodate more options in this area. Option II is added to fulfill the course requirements for certification and success as a secondary school teacher of computer sciences in Texas. It requires a minimum of thirty-two upper division hours in mathematics or computer sciences, including at least fifteen semester hours of upper-division mathematics and at least twelve semester hours of upper-division computer sciences (from which either computer sciences elements courses or courses for computer sciences majors can count).

This proposal is a partial answer to increasing demands from students in various majors for a UTeach Program major to certify teachers to teach computer sciences. The current computer sciences degrees have more focus on research and business and do not adequately prepare high school teachers. This year we will have at least six students completing the UTeach Program who would like to teach high school computer sciences and are currently in mathematics or physics. We have had student inquiries from pre-computer sciences majors and from students in the College of Engineering.