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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES
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 computer sciences in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the college approved the changes on October 30, 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 March 10, 2004, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 15, 2004. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 22, 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 April 30, 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 23, 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 COMPUTER SCIENCES
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006



On pages 420-421, under the heading DEGREES in the section BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES, in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences degree program provides a strong technical background for students planning to begin careers upon graduation and for those interested in graduate study in computer sciences. This program allows students to take more coursework in computer sciences and related technical areas than does the Bachelor of Arts degree program.

Students who would like to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences must first be admitted to the degree program. Information about admission to option I is given on page 400; information about admission to option II is given on page 401.

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. Proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by the completion of three semesters of college coursework. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.]

2. One of the following foreign language/culture options:6a
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 history.

4. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.

5. Three semester hours in psychology, anthropology, economics, sociology, geography, or linguistics (excluding Linguistics 340).

6. One of the following sequences [of six to nine semester hours] of coursework:
a. [Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.] Biology 211, 212, and either 213 or 214; and Biology 205L, 206L, or 208L.
b. [Biology 211, 212, and either 213 or 214; and one of the following courses: Biology 205L, 206L, and 208L.] Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
c. Geological Sciences 401 and either 404C or 405.
d. [Physics: Physics 315 and an upper-division course approved by the undergraduate adviser.] Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, and 103N.
[e. Mathematics: Two of the following courses: Mathematics 427K, 427L, 328K, 343K or 373K, 343L, 344K, 346, 348, 358K, 361, 361K, 362K, 362M, 364K, 364L, 365C, 367K, 372, 372K, 373K, 373L, 374, 374G, 374K, 474M, 376C, and 378K. Other mathematics courses may be used with the approval of the undergraduate adviser. A course may not be counted toward both requirement 6 and requirement


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[f. Electrical Engineering 313 and 331K.]

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. Courses in computer programming may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

8. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 340L or 341, and one of the following: Mathematics 427K, 328K, 343K, 343L, 344K, 346, 348, 358K, 362K, 362M, 364K, 364L, 367K, 372K, 373K, 374G, 374K, 474M, 376C, 378K. A course may not be counted toward both requirement [6] 8 and requirement [8] 9. 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.

9. [Either Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, and 103N; or Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L.] An additional sequence chosen from those in requirement 6 above, or one of the following sequences:
a. Biology 325 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in biology approved by the undergraduate adviser.
b. Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N, or Chemistry 210C, 310M, and 310N, or at least six hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry approved by the undergraduate adviser.
c. Geological Sciences 416K and 426P, or six hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences approved by the undergraduate adviser.
d. Physics 315 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in physics approved by the undergraduate adviser.
e. At least six hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics approved by the undergraduate adviser. A course may not be counted toward both requirement 8 and requirement 9.
f. Electrical Engineering 313 and 331.

10. Philosophy 313K or Computer Sciences 313H.7

11. Electrical Engineering 316.

[12. At least forty-two semester hours in computer sciences, consisting of Computer Sciences 307, 310 or 310H, 315 or 315H, 328 or 337 or 337H, 336 or 336H, 341 or 341H, 345 or 345H, 352 or 352H, 372 or 372H, and fifteen additional hours of approved upper-division coursework. 7]

[13] 12. At least forty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework.

[14] 13. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in computer sciences must be completed in residence at the University.

[15] 14. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 130 semester hours.

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK REQUIRED FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: COMPUTER SCIENCES


15. At least forty-two semester hours in computer sciences, consisting of Computer Sciences 307, 310, 315, 328 or 337, 336, 341, 345, 352, 372, and fifteen additional hours of approved upper-division coursework.

OPTION II: TURING SCHOLARS HONORS

15. Computer Sciences 310 or 310H, and 315 or 315H.

16. At least thirty-four hours of upper-division coursework in computer sciences, including Computer Sciences 336 or 336H, 337 or 337H, 341 or 341H, 345 or 345H, 352 or 352H, 372 or 372H, 178H, and 379H.7 The courses the student chooses to fulfill this requirement must be approved by the Turing Scholars program director; at least five of them, in addition to Computer Sciences 178H and 379H, must be honors courses. The honors thesis the student completes in Computer Sciences 379H must be approved by the program director.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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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 used to fulfill requirements 8, 10, and 11[, and 12] of the common prescribed work above and in each course used to fulfill the additional prescribed work requirements for his or her option.

With the exception of Computer Sciences 307 and 315, all computer sciences courses that may be counted toward a degree in computer sciences are restricted to students who have been admitted to the computer sciences major or have the consent of the undergraduate faculty adviser.

An undergraduate may not enroll in any computer sciences course more than once without written consent of an undergraduate adviser in computer sciences. No student may enroll in any computer sciences course more than twice. No student may take more than three upper-division computer sciences courses in a semester without written consent of an undergraduate adviser in computer sciences.

Students in the Turing Scholars program must maintain a University grade point average of at least 3.50; like all students, they must also know and abide by the academic and disciplinary policies given in this catalog and in General Information. Those who fail to do so will be considered for academic dismissal from the Turing Scholars program. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the director, a student will be allowed to continue in the program under academic review. A student who is academically dismissed from the program may enter another computer sciences program if he or or she fulfills the scholastic standards for continuance in the University given in General Information. Students in scholastic difficulty should discuss their problems with a Turing Scholars program academic adviser and the director.

ORDER AND CHOICE OF WORK

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



return6a. 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.

return17. Computer sciences courses with numbers ending in H are intended for students in the Turing Scholars Program. Students outside the program may enroll in them only with the special consent of the honors director.


RATIONALE:

The changes to the foreign language requirement will make more elective hours available to students in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences degree program.

The changes made to numbers 6 and 9 are to provide more flexibility for students in satisfying their science requirements for the BSCS degree.

Chemistry 310M, 310N, 318M, and 318N are the new numbers for CH 610A, 610B, 618A, and 618B.

Option II is added to provide an honors option in computer sciences. In addition to defining the curriculum, the new text gives the requirements for students entering the program and provides a standard for acceptance of the honors thesis.

Additional paragraph under Special Requirements will describe the conditions under which students are eligible to continue as Turing Scholars.