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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ASTRONOMY IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


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 Astronomy in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the college approved the changes on October 7, 2004. The dean approved the proposed changes on February 4, 2005, and submitted them to the secretary on February 7, 2005. 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 8, 2005, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 10, 2005. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 1, 2005, 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 2, 2005.

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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 25, 2005. 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 ASTRONOMY IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


On pages 427-428, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ASTRONOMY section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ASTRONOMY

Astronomy tells us about the place of humankind in the universe: how Earth was created, how the Sun was formed, how galaxies form and evolve. It tells us where the universe is going and where it came from. Astronomers address these questions at a fundamental level. Their goal is to determine the basic and controlling properties of the universe and to transmit that knowledge to society. The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy is designed to give students an understanding of the universe and to prepare them to participate in the advancement of this exciting search.

Two options are available: astronomy and astronomy honors. Students who plan to follow option II, astronomy honors, must be admitted to it as described on page 418.

PRESCRIBED WORK

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. Option I: One of the following foreign language/culture [options:] choices. Students in option II are exempt from this requirement.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.

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. 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. Six semester hours in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and/or geological sciences. Chemistry 301 and the courses in the Elements of Computing Program may be counted toward this requirement; any other course to be counted must meet major requirements in the department that offers it.]
[8. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, and 340L. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.4]
[9. Physics 301, 101L, 315, 115L, 316, 116L, 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 369, and 373.]
[10. Twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy, including Astronomy 352K, 353, and 358. Astronomy 351 is recommended.]
[11. Nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics and/or astronomy.]
[12.] 7. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
[13.] 8. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours in physics and astronomy, must be completed in residence at the University.


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ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: ASTRONOMY


9. Six semester hours in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and/or geological sciences. Chemistry 301 and the courses in the Elements of Computing Program may be counted toward this requirement; any other course to be counted must meet major requirements in the department that offers it.
10. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, and 340L. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.4
11. Physics 301, 101L, 315, 115L, 316, 116L, 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 369, and 373.
12. Twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy, including Astronomy 352K, 353, and 358. Astronomy 351 is recommended.
13. Nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics and/or astronomy.
14. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 123 semester hours.


OPTION II: ASTRONOMY HONORS

9. An honors-designated mathematics course that is restricted to those who have earned credit on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Calculus.4
10. Fifteen semester hours in the following fields of study, including coursework in at least three fields: biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and geological sciences.
11. Twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy approved by the departmental honors adviser.
12. Nineteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics approved by the departmental honors adviser.
13. Three additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy or physics.
14. Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
15. An honors section of Rhetoric and Composition 309S.
16. Astronomy 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
17. Twenty-five additional hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
18. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.
19. A total of at least 120 semester hours.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given on pages 18-19 and the college requirements given on page 421. He or she must also earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in physics and astronomy courses taken at the University and used to fulfill requirements [9, 10, and 11] 11, 12, and 13 (option I) or 11, 12, 13, and 16 (option II) of the prescribed work above.

To graduate under option II, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 16 above and must present their research in an approved public forum, such as the annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session. Students must also have a grade point average at graduation of at least 3.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students who fail to maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.25 will usually be academically dismissed from option II; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.





3. Students in either option 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

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4. Students who enter the University with fewer than three high school units of mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency. return to 4


RATIONALE:
Since its inception, Dean’s Scholars has striven to challenge the very best and brightest of the young science and mathematics students who attend the University of Texas at Austin. By adopting a formal curriculum, the honors program will be able to continue in its efforts to meet the needs of the most intellectually ambitious of our students by deepening their grasp of the basics, broadening their general education, and intensifying their entire learning experience so that they are prepared for a lifetime of learning.

After intensive efforts by a curriculum development committee, this formal curriculum has been finalized and approved by the relevant departments. We are seeking inclusion in the catalog at the mid-point in order to be able to move forward with implementation as quickly as possible.

Locating the Dean’s Scholars degree plan in the departments as an option allows for greater departmental input into the education of the top-ranked students. Since the departmental faculty will also supervise lab work and ultimately the required thesis for the students, they should logically have jurisdiction over this aspect of the degree plan within their own departmental policies. And finally, a decentralized system places less stress on the infrastructure of each department as the necessary record keeping will be contained within the department.