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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY 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 human development and family sciences in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the college approved the changes on May 9, 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 May 7, 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 May 3, 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
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


On page 427, under the heading DEGREES in the section BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES

This degree program is designed to provide both a knowledge base and practical experience in working with children and families in a variety of settings. [The curriculum allows the student to gain knowledge of developmental theory and research and of strategies for designing programs for children and families.]

Career opportunities are varied, depending on selection of electives and supplemental experiences, and include teaching in [a] private preschool programs, [and] positions in local, state, and federal agencies[, demonstration programs] concerned with children and families, and positions in hospitals with a children's unit. The curriculum also provides a foundation for graduate study in such fields as human development, family studies, psychology, social work, sociology, special education, [medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy,] and early childhood education. Such advanced work offers preparation for college teaching, research, and work in public and private agencies serving children, [and] families, and adults. With the selection of appropriate electives, the program can also provide preparation for advanced training in health-related professions such as medicine, nursing, and physical or occupational therapy; information about these areas is available from the Health Professions Office.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences must choose [either the human development or the family sciences option] one of five options: option I, early childhood; option II, human development; option III, families and personal relationships; option IV, families and society; and option V, general human development and family sciences. Option V is limited to students with an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.00 and consent of the undergraduate adviser.

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO [BOTH] 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.

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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 language deficiency.

3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government; six semester hours of American history; Psychology 301; and six semester hours, at least three of which must be upper-division, chosen from courses in economics, social or cultural anthropology, and psychology. Neither psychology 304 nor 333D may not be counted toward this degree.

4. Educational Psychology 371 and three semester hours of mathematics other than Mathematics 301, 302, 316K, and 316L. 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.


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5. Six semester hours of coursework in biology [or] and/or chemistry; and six additional hours chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, nutrition, and physics. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; students should consult the Department of Human Ecology for a list of courses that may be counted.

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. Nine semester hours from an approved list of supporting courses available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students should confer with their advisers about courses appropriate to their career goals.

8. [No fewer than thirty-nine but no more than forty-eight] At least thirty-one semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, [including] consisting of Nutrition 311; Human Development and Family Sciences 304, 312, 313, 113L, 333L, [652F or two sections of 355, 260, and Nutrition 311] and 360; six hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 352, 652F, 352L, 652P, and 355; and six additional hours of coursework in human development and family sciences.

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

10. Eighteen semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology must be completed in residence at the University.

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

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: [HUMAN DEVELOPMENT] EARLY CHILDHOOD

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for further study or a career in working with children in applied settings.

[12. Human Development and Family Sciences 348 (Topic 1: Art and Science), 348 (Topic 2: Music and Literature), 366, 378L, and either 347 or a topic of 378K.]

12. Nine semester hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 338, 339, 351, 366, 378L, and 378K (Topic 6: Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention).

OPTION II: [FAMILY SCIENCES] HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

This option involves the study of development across the lifespan.

[12. Two of the following courses: Human Development and Family Sciences 337, 347, 372K; and nine hours of coursework chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 322, 354, 366, 378L, and topics of 378K.]
12. Nine semester hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 335, 345, 351, 371, 372K, and 378L.

OPTION III: FAMILIES AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

This option involves the study of the formation and maintenance of close relationships, especially couple and family relationships.

12. Nine semester hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 322, 337, 345, 347, 358, and 372K.

OPTION IV: FAMILIES AND SOCIETY

This option involves the study of the family and its interactions with larger socioeconomic systems, such as the economy, work and school, the media, public policy, and government.

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12. Nine semester hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 322, 339, 347, 354, 375, 378K (Topic 5: Media and the Family), and 378K (Topic 6: Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention).

OPTION V: GENERAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES

This option allows the student to individualize the degree plan to match his or her career goals. Option V is limited to students with an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.00 and the consent of the undergraduate adviser.

12. Nine semester hours in human development and family sciences.

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 used to fulfill requirements 7, 8, and 12 of the prescribed work above.


RATIONALE:

#3. Psychology 333D is very similar to Psychology 304 and Human Development and Family Sciences 313. The Department of Psychology does not allow their students to receive credit for both Psychology 304 and 333D.

#8 As our major has grown in number of students and in number of faculty members, we are now able to offer our students a more practical and logical approach to their education. Students will be able to choose an option that meets their individual needs, based on their career objectives. Previously, students had very little flexibility in course choice, and students were many times in a course that had no relevance to their future career path. Due to the variety of careers and advanced degrees our major accommodates, widening our options for them, as we widen our faculty and interests, seems most appropriate.

The increased option choices benefit students by helping them with career and advanced degree paths. For example, a student who is pursuing medical school might find the human development path beneficial, whereas someone who is interested in public policy or law might find the families in society option to be most attractive.

These options allow for more student flexibility in course choice, encourage a strong emphasis in a student’s area of interest, and allow for Study Abroad courses and Honors courses to be accommodated into a student’s course of study. In addition, this schedule allows for faculty flexibility for departures, leaves of absence, and new hires and their respective courses.

With our current options so restrictive about what students must take, our students have many times needed a required course that was full or in some cases not offered due to a faculty member absence. This new program allows for much more faculty, course, and student flexibility, and we feel confident that many problems will be eliminated, resulting in fewer petitions being generated and fewer student complaints.