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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science in physics in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the college approved the changes on October 16, 2003. The dean approved the proposed changes on January 20, 2004, and submitted them to the secretary on January 21, 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 February 23, 2004, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on February 23, 2004. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on March 4, 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 an 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 15, 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 March 5, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


On pages 434-436, under the heading DEGREES, in the section BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS, in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS

All aspects of the physical universe are of interest to the physicist, who seeks to understand not only the smallest forms of matter and the rich phenomena present in our everyday lives but also the universe itself. Physics has played a critical role in human technological and intellectual development during the twentieth century. The tools of the physicist—observation, imagination, model building, prediction, and deduction—will enable physics to continue this influence into the new century. The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program is designed to provide the skills, understanding, and outlook required for participation in the discovery of new knowledge about nature.

The Bachelor of Science in Physics program is balanced and broad. It is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and, with additional training, for work in a variety of other areas, such as astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computer sciences, engineering, geophysics, mathematics, medicine, physics teaching, and space sciences. Students who end their formal training with the bachelor’s degree may seek employment in industry, in national laboratories, or in teaching. These students should consider the options in computation, radiation physics, space sciences, and teaching, which augment the broad instruction provided by the basic Bachelor of Science in Physics. For those who plan to teach physics in secondary school, the teaching option provides the courses needed for certification.

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. One of the following foreign language/culture options:10
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.
[d. A three-hour foreign culture course and a three-hour course in one of the following fields: anthropology, architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), economics, geography, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and approved interdisciplinary fields.]
Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement.

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. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317. Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement..

7. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it. Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement..

8. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies),

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  classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.

9. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

10. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, must be completed in residence at the University.


RATIONALE: The current fourth method of fulfilling the foreign language/culture requirement is too broad: it does not ensure that the student will have six semester hours of exposure to a foreign language or culture.


ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: PHYSICS


This option is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and for further study or work in a variety of other areas.  

12. Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, 361, and 362K. 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.

13. At least twenty-nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.

14. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
 

OPTION II: COMPUTATION

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation and hands-on skill in computation for the student who plans a career or further study in computational physics or computer sciences. Students who complete this option may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of the program for a certificate of completion. The Elements of Computing Program is described on page 399.


12. Twenty-two semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, and 361. 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.

13. At least twenty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 329, 336K, 352K, 453, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.

14. Twelve semester hours in the elements of computing, consisting of Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, and six hours chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, and 327E.

15. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION III: RADIATION PHYSICS

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for the student who plans a career or further study in nuclear engineering, radiation engineering, or health physics.


12. Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, 361, and 362K. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of

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  Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

13. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362L, 369, and 373, or their equivalents.

14. Thirteen semester hours of upper-division course--work in mechanical engineering: Mechanical Engineering 337C, 337D, 361F, 177K, and 379M (Topic: Radioactive Waste Management).

15. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION IV: SPACE SCIENCES

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for the student who plans a career or further study in space sciences.

12. Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, 340L, 361, and 362K. 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.

13. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, consisting of Physics 329, 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 369, and 373, or their equivalents.

14. Either fifteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in aerospace engineering or thirteen hours in aerospace engineering and three additional hours of upper-division coursework in physics.

15. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION V: TEACHING

This [program] option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for [composite] certification as a middle grades or secondary school science teacher in Texas; the student chooses composite science certification with physics as the primary teaching field, physical science certification, or mathematics/physical science certification. [; however,] 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 requirements, consult the UTeach Natural Sciences academic adviser.

12. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, and either 340L, 341, 361, or 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may 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.

13. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, consisting of Physics 329, 336K, 338K, and 453; either 333, 352K, or 373; a three-hour course approved by the undergraduate adviser, such as Physics 370C or an upper-division astronomy course; and Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods-UTeach). With the consent of the program coordinator, an upper-division physics course that includes a substantial research component may be substituted for Physics 341.

14. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.

[15. 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. Six hours of coursework in geological sciences; courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement.
d. Enough additional approved coursework in biology, chemistry, or geological sciences to provide the required twelve hours in a second field.]

15. One of the following:
a. For composite science certification: (1) Biology 211, 212, and either 213 or 214; (2) Chemistry 301 and 302; (3) six hours of coursework in geological sciences; courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; (4) enough additional approved coursework in biology,

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chemistry, or geological sciences to provide the required to provide the required twelve hours in a second field.
b. For physical science certification: (1) Chemistry 301, 302, 204 or 317, 353, 153K, 354L, 154K, and 455 or 456; (2) three additional hours of upper-division coursework in physics.
c. For mathematics/physical science certification: (1) Chemistry 301 and 302; (2) Mathematics 315C, 325K, 326K or 360M, 333L, 358K, and 362K.

16. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Curriculum and Instruction [667S] 650S, UTeach Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, 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)] (Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects).

18. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve hours of upper-division work in physics taken in residence at the University.

19. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 120 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 courses taken at the University and used to fulfill requirement 13 of the prescribed work above.
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. 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 each of the courses listed in requirement 17. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach Natural Sciences academic adviser.


RATIONALE for requested changes in BS Physics, OPTION V, TEACHING: In response to changes in teacher certification requirements, we have restructured requirement 15 to offer 3 options: the original composite certification (15a) and the new physical science certification (15b) and the new mathematics/physical science certification (15c). Composite science certification has not changed and still requires 24 hours of the primary field (physics), 12 hours of a secondary field (selected from chemistry, biology, geological sciences) and 6 hours each of two additional science fields. Currently 6 hours of chemistry, 6 hours of biology, and 6 hours of geological sciences are specifically required. For physical science certification, we have removed the biology and geological sciences requirements and added in chemistry lab (CH 204 or 317), 12 hours of upper-division chemistry, and 3 hours of upper-division physics. For the mathematics/physical science certification, we have removed the biology and geological sciences requirements and added 18 hours of mathematics in addition to mathematics courses required (19 hours) for other physics teaching option majors.

Additional changes reflect changes to the course inventory made by the Department of Physics and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.