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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGICAL 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 geological sciences in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the college approved the changes on October 6, 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 GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


On pages 421-423, under the heading DEGREES in the section BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

The Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences serves as a professional degree for students planning careers as geologists or teachers, as well as for those planning to pursue graduate work in the geosciences and related areas. Employment opportunities for students with this degree are dominated by the petroleum and related energy industries, but include the gamut of jobs that relate knowledge of the earth to resources, the environment, and human use of raw materials. When finite resources are in increasing demand, professional geologists trained to seek and develop raw materials serve a vital role in industrial society. Professional employment is also available in state and federal agencies, with consulting firms, and with service companies subsidiary to the energy and mineral industries. Careers include such areas as resource evaluation, environmental control, reclamation concerns, building foundation evaluation, groundwater contamination studies, soil testing, regional planning, watershed management, and mineral exploitation.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences degree must choose one of four options--general geology, geophysics, hydrogeology/environmental geology, or teaching.

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. Courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student’s score on the appropriate language placement test. Students in the teaching option are exempt from this requirement.
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.

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

4. Six semester hours of American history.

5. Three semester hours of coursework in economics, upper-division coursework in anthropology, or upper-division coursework in geography.

6. 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.

7. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be completed in residence at the University. For students in options I, II, and III, at least eighteen of these hours must be in geological sciences; for students in option IV, at least twelve hours must be in geological sciences. For all students, at least twelve of the thirty-six hours must be outside geological sciences.

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: GENERAL GEOLOGY



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8. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or [308K, 308L, and 308M] 408K, 408L, and 408M. 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. Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or Physics 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N.

10. Six semester hours of biology. Biology 211, 212, and 213 are suggested.

11. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.

12. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 404C or 405, 416K, 416M, 420K, 422K, 426P, 428, 346C, 660, 468K, and enough additional approved upper-division coursework in geological sciences to make a total of forty-nine semester hours.8

13. Nine semester hours chosen from the following courses: Aerospace Engineering 201, Civil Engineering 319F, 341, 357, 374K, Engineering Mechanics 311M, 319, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 323, 424, 362, 365, 368, 369, and any course in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, engineering mechanics, or mechanical engineering for which Engineering Mechanics 311M, 319, or Mathematics 427L is a prerequisite; any upper-division astronomy course for which Physics 316 and 116L are prerequisites; Biology 406D, 322 and 122L, 324 and 124L, 325, 126L, 226R, 226S, 226T, 327 and 127L, 328 and 128L, 448L, 349, 456L, 357, 262 and 262L, 363, 365R, 365S, 370, 373 and 373L, and 478L; Chemical Engineering 317, 322, and 353; Chemistry [610A, 610B,] 210C, 310M, 310N, 353 and 153K, and any upper-division chemistry course for which Chemistry [610] 310N or 353 is a prerequisite; Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, 329E; Geography 334, 334C, 334K, 335C, 335K, 339, 356, 360L, [362K] 462K, and 366K; Geological Sciences 325K; Marine Science 440, 348, 352C, 354, 354C, and 354F; any upper-division mathematics course for which Mathematics 408D or the equivalent is a prerequisite; and any upper-division physics course except Physics 341.
This requirement is intended to function as an unspecified minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirement do not have to be taken in the same department, but they should form a self-reinforcing sequence related to geological sciences. Courses not listed above will be considered upon petition to the undergraduate adviser.

14. Enough additional coursework, outside geological sciences, to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION II: GEOPHYSICS

8. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or [308K, 308L, and 308M] 408K, 408L, and 408M; 427K; and 427L. 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. Physics 301, 101L, 315, 115L, 316, and 116L.

10. Computer Sciences 303E.

11. Chemistry 301 and 302.

12. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 416K, 416M, 420K, 325K, 428, 354, 660 or an approved six-semester-hour geophysics field camp, 465K, and six additional approved hours of upper-division geological sciences. (Geological Sciences 365N is recommended.)

13. Nine semester hours chosen from the following courses: Aerospace Engineering 366K, Astronomy 352K, 353, Chemistry 353, Civil Engineering 319F, 341, 357, 374K, Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, Electrical Engineering 411, 351K, 351L, 351M, Geography 335C, Mathematics 328K, 333L, 340L, 343K, 361, 361K, 362K, 364K, 364L, 365C, 365D, 367K, 367L, 368K, 372, 373K, 373L, 374, 374K, 378K, Mechanical Engineering 326, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 322K, 323, 424, 368, Physics 333, 336K, 336L, 338K, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 373, 474, 375P, and 375S.
This requirement is intended to function as an unspecified minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirement do not have to be taken in the same department, but they should form a self-reinforcing sequence related to geological sciences. Courses not listed above will be considered upon petition to the undergraduate adviser. If the student chooses computer sciences courses to fulfill this requirement, these courses may also be counted toward a certificate in the elements of computing. The Elements of Computing Program is described on page 397.


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


OPTION III: HYDROGEOLOGY/ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

8. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or [an equivalent calculus sequence,] 408K, 408L, and 408M; and 427K. 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. Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or Physics 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N.

10. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.

11. Biology 211.

12. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 416K, 416M, 420K, 428, 346C, 660 or 679J, 476K, 476M, and six additional approved hours of upper-division geological sciences. Geological Sciences 376L is strongly recommended.

13. Nine semester hours chosen from the following courses: Biology 212 and 213, Chemistry [610A] 310M, 353, Civil Engineering 311S, 319F, 341, 357, 374K, Geography 334K, 335C, Marine Science 440, Mathematics 427L, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 326, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 421K, 322K, 424, 326, and 368.
This requirement is intended to function as an unspecified minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirement do not have to be taken in the same department, but they should form a self-reinforcing sequence related to geological sciences. Courses not listed above will be considered upon petition to the undergraduate adviser.

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

OPTION IV: TEACHING

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

8. In place of requirement 2 above, either two years of high school coursework in a single foreign language or course 506 (or the equivalent) in a foreign language.

9. To fulfill requirement 5 above, students in the teaching option may complete three semester hours of lower-division or upper-division coursework in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

10. Mathematics 408C. 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.

11. To fulfill requirement 6 above, students must complete History 329U or Philosophy 329U.

12. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 404C or 405, 416K, 416M, 420K or 320L, 335, and enough additional upper-division coursework in geological sciences to make a total of at least twenty-eight semester hours.

13. 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. Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N; or 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or an equivalent sequence.
d. Enough additional approved coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics to provide the required twelve hours in a second field.
14. Biology [370C] 337 (Topic: Research Methods-UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods-UTeach), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods-UTeach).

15. Astronomy 303, 307, or 367M; and Marine Science 307.


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16. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: [Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 21: Knowing and Learning in Math and Science), 371 (Topic 20: Classroom Interactions), 371 (Topic 22: Project-Based Instruction), 667S,] Curriculum and Instruction 350S, 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. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 128 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 make a grade of at least C in each course counted toward the degree. Geological sciences majors may not repeat any geological sciences course more than once without written consent of the undergraduate adviser.

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.


return8. “Approved upper-division coursework in geological sciences” includes all upper-division University geological sciences courses except those with descriptions containing the statement that they may not be counted toward a geological sciences degree. A student who wishes to use transfer credit for unspecified advanced hours in geological sciences to fulfill this requirement must submit a petition to the undergraduate adviser for approval.


RATIONALE: Option IV: Teaching, requirement 16: Each topic of Curriculum and Instruction 371 that is being deleted is cross-listed with a UTeach Natural Sciences course that is being added. While students may take either the EDC or the UTS course, it is more appropriate to list the UTS courses in the requirements for a natural sciences degree. This change will make the professional development requirement consistent with those for the biology, chemistry, and physics teaching options.

The remaining changes reflect changes to the course inventory made by various departments.