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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY
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 biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the college approved the changes on November 19, 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 19, 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 IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


On pages 410-412, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields. In addition, it may serve as the basis for work in many areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science. The computation option is intended to prepare students for the workplace by giving them opportunities to develop hands-on computation skills.

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO BOTH 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: 3
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 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.

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. Mathematics 408C and 408D. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not 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.

7. 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.

8. One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.

9. At least eighteen semester hours in biology, chosen from the following list. These eighteen hours must include at least three hours of upper-division coursework and at least three hours in each of the following areas; a single course may not fulfill this requirement in more than one area.
a. Genetics: Biology 212, 325 or 366, 366R.
b. Cellular and developmental biology: Biology 211, 212, 320, 331L, 126L, 226R, 226T, 330, 344, 347, 349, 360K.

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c. Physiology: Biology 214, 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, 365S.

10. At least forty-two semester hours of chemistry, including the following courses:
a. General chemistry: Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317.
b. Organic chemistry: Chemistry [618A, 118K, 618B, and 118L; or 610A, 610B, and 210C.] 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N; or 210C, 310M, and 310N.
c. Biochemistry: Chemistry 339K, 339L, 369L, and 370.
d. Physical chemistry: Chemistry 153K and 353M.
e. Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 455 or 456.

11. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

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

13. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 127 semester hours.



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

Organic chemistry requirement: Chemistry 610 and 618 have been renumbered to show that these are two-course sequences rather than single two-semester courses.


ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: BIOCHEMISTRY


14. At least three semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics or computer sciences.

15. Nine semester hours of coursework in the College of Natural Sciences (excluding chemistry) and the College of Engineering. Any course designed for science or engineering majors may be counted. With the exception of the courses in the Elements of Computing Program, a course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.

16. In fulfilling requirement 10 above, the student must complete six hours chosen from the following courses: Chemistry 431,* 341,* 354, 354L, 367L, 369K,* 371K,* 375K or 475K, and 376K.* At least three of these hours must be in a laboratory course; courses marked with an asterisk fulfill this laboratory requirement. No more than three semester hours in Chemistry 369K may be counted toward this requirement; three additional hours may be counted as electives. No more than three semester hours in Chemistry 371K may be counted toward this requirement; three additional hours may be counted as electives.

OPTION II: COMPUTATION

Students who complete option II 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.

14. Mathematics 340L or 341.

15. Chemistry 368 (Topic: Computational Chemistry).

16. Twelve semester hours in the elements of computing, consisting of Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, and six hours chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, and 329E.

17. In fulfilling requirement 10 above, the student must complete three hours chosen from the following laboratory courses: Chemistry 431, 341, 369K, 371K, and 376K.

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 each course in chemistry taken at the University and used to fulfill requirement 10 of the prescribed work above.

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ORDER AND CHOICE OF WORK

The student must consult the undergraduate adviser each semester regarding order and choice of work.



return3. 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.