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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE ADMISSION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES SECTION FOR COMPUTER SCIENCES PROGRAMS 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 admission apolicies and procedures section for 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 ADMISSION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES SECTION FOR COMPUTER SCIENCES PROGRAMS IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

 
On pages 400-401, under the headings ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION and ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


ADMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCES

[The number of qualified students who want to major in computer sciences exceeds the number who can be adequately instructed by the faculty and accommodated within available facilities. To provide students with the best possible educational experience, the Office of Admissions limits the admission of students to the pre–computer sciences major, and the Department of Computer Sciences further limits admission to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences degree programs.]

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences, option I, is a two-step process. Students begin as pre-computer sciences majors and, after completing a sequence of lower-division courses, apply for admission to the major.

Application to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences, option II (the Turing Scholars Program), is made by a different process than the one outlined below. The Turing Scholars Program is described on page 401.

THE PRE–COMPUTER SCIENCES MAJOR

Freshman and transfer applicants to the University who wish to major in computer sciences should apply to the pre–computer sciences major. [Admission to pre–computer sciences is highly competitive, and the admission requirements are more stringent than those of the University. As a result, a student may be admitted to the University but denied admission to pre–computer sciences. Because even qualified students may be denied admission, every student who applies for admission to the pre–computer sciences major should have an alternate major in mind in case the application is denied.]

[Freshmen and transfer students from other institutions are admitted to pre-computer sciences only for the fall semester.] Applicants who are admitted are expected to attend Orientation [the summer] before they enter the University. [Current University students may apply for a change of major to pre–computer sciences for either the fall or the spring semester. Deadlines are published by the Department of Computer Sciences at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/UTCS/undergradoffice/admissions/changing.html.]

[Students in the pre-computer sciences major have priority to register for Computer Sciences 307 and 315. Other students may enroll in these courses when space is available. Courses in the major sequence beyond 315 are open only to computer sciences majors.]

Pre—computer sciences students who lack either one year of programming in high school or credit for Mathematics 305G (precalculus) will be delayed by at least one semester in completing the basic sequence coursework that is required for admission to the computer sciences major. [Students who lack both of these prerequisites are at a disadvantage in completing the basic sequence coursework and may benefit from special programs offered by the University; information about these programs is available in the College of Natural Sciences Transitional Advising Center.]

ADMISSION TO THE MAJOR IN COMPUTER SCIENCES

To apply for admission to [a computer sciences degree program,] the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences, option I, the student must earn a grade of at least C in each of four basic

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sequence courses: Computer Sciences 307 and 315, Mathematics 408C or 408L, and Philosophy 313K. He or she must [also have a grade point average in these courses of at least 2.46 and must] complete at least two of the courses in residence at the University. These requirements apply both to pre-computer sciences students and to other University students seeking admission to [a] one of these two computer sciences [degree program.] programs.

Applications are evaluated after the end of each [long-session semester] fall semester, spring semester, and summer session by the Department of Computer Sciences Admission Committee. Students whose applications are denied may reapply through the supplemental admission process the following semester [the following summer]. Admission decisions are based on the student’s grade point average in the basic sequence courses, his or her University grade point average, and other factors; these factors include, but are not limited to, the difficulty of the student’s course load, course repetitions, and proven mathematical ability. [The grade point averages required for admission vary from semester to semester.] Students should consult advisers in the College of Natural Sciences Transitional Advising Center (TRAC) for information about the application process and application deadlines.

[Admission to computer sciences degree programs is highly competitive; a student may be denied admission even though he or she meets the coursework and grade point average requirements to apply for admission. Because even qualified students may be denied admission, every student who plans to major in computer sciences should have an alternate major in mind in case the application for admission is denied.]

TURING SCHOLARS IN COMPUTER SCIENCES

The Department of Computer Sciences offers a comprehensive honors degree program for highly motivated and talented students. The key features of the program are an intensive, accelerated path through the core curriculum within the freshman year; a first-semester sophomore-year course that exposes students to significant concepts that are often not encountered until graduate school; special Turing Scholars sections of many advanced computer sciences courses; a second-semester sophomore-year course that introduces students to the research activities of the department; and at least two semesters of supervised research and writing. Upon completion of both a sequence of Turing Scholars courses, approved by the program director, and an approved thesis, students graduate as Turing Scholars in Computer Sciences.

Application to the degree program is separate from and in addition to application to the University. Application materials and information about deadlines are available in the Department of Computer Sciences office and on-line. Students may enter the program either as freshmen or after they have enrolled at the University. Factors in the admission decision are the student's high school grades, his or her class rank, the rigor of the courses the student has taken, the quality of the essays required by the application, and the student's interest and aptitude in math, science, and computing as demonstrated by extracurricular activities. [Additional information is available from the Department of Computer Sciences.]


RATIONALE: The department has opened pre–computer sciences for admissions during all three semesters. Additionally, we have changed our pre-C S–to–C S admissions policy to allow students to apply at the end of all three semesters. The department also felt the previous admissions language was too negative.