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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


Dean Ben Streetman of the College of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes to the dual degree program in the College of Engineering chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the department and the dean approved the proposed changes on February 10, 2004. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on January 30, 2004. 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 March 10, 2004, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 23, 2004. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 1, 2004, 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 noon on April 16, 2004.


<signed>

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council




This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on April 8, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


On page 132 under the heading DEGREES in the section DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS in the College of Engineering chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

[ENGINEERING/BIOLOGY DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS]


[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 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 from the College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs.
]


RATIONALE: In the two years this program has existed, no student has applied and we have had only one legitimate inquiry.


ENGINEERING/PLAN II DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

A limited number of students whose high school class standing and admission test scores indicate strong academic potential and motivation may pursue a curriculum leading to both a bachelor’s degree in engineering and the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II. This dual degree option, offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the Plan II Honors Program of the College of Liberal Arts, provides the student with challenging liberal arts courses while he or she pursues a professional degree in engineering. Admission to this program requires at least two separate applications: one to the University and one to the Plan II Honors Program. [If the student wishes to enter the First-Year Engineering Honors Program, he or she must submit an application to that program as well.] Students should contact both the College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs and the Plan II office for more information on applications and early deadlines.


RATIONALE: The First Year Engineering Honors Program is being replaced.

SIMULTANEOUS MAJORS

An engineering student may pursue two majors simultaneously. The student must follow all procedures, meet all requirements, and pay all fees and charges associated with both majors. An engineering student may not pursue two engineering majors simultaneously.

The simultaneous major option is available only to undergraduates who have completed thirty hours of coursework in residence at the University and who have been admitted to the second degree program.


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RATIONALE: There is no educational advantage to pursuing two engineering majors simultaneously. Students who want to earn two engineering degrees may pursue them sequentially.