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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

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


On pages 428-429, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields. In addition, it may serve as the basis for work in many areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science. The computation option is intended to prepare students for the workplace by giving them opportunities to develop hands-on computation skills. The honors option is intended to prepare students for academic or research careers.

Students who plan to follow option III, biochemistry honors, must complete the application process described on page 418.

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. Options I and II: One of the following foreign language/culture [options:] choices. Students in option III are exempt from this requirement. 5

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. Options I and II: Mathematics 408C and 408D.
Option III: An honors-designated mathematics course that is restricted to those who have earned credit on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Calculus.


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.
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.
8. Options I and II: One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
Option III: Six semester hours in computer sciences or physics.
9. Options I and II: At least eighteen semester hours in biology, chosen from the following list. These eighteen hours must include at least three hours of upper-division coursework and at least three hours in each of the following areas; a single course may not fulfill this requirement in more than one area.


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a. Genetics: Biology 212, 325 or 366, 366R.
b. Cellular and developmental biology: Biology 211, 212, 320, 331L, 126L, 226R, 226T, 330, 344, 347, 349, 360K.
c. Physiology: Biology 214, 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, 365S.

Option III: Biology 315H.
10. [At least forty-two semester hours of chemistry, including the] The following courses:
[a. General chemistry: Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317.]
[b.] a. Organic chemistry: Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N; or 210C, 310M, and 310N.
[c.] b. Biochemistry: Chemistry 339K, 339L, 369L, and 370.
[d.] c. Physical chemistry: Chemistry 153K and 353M.
[e.] d. Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 455 or 456.

11. Options I and II: At least fourteen additional semester hours in chemistry, including Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317.
Option III: At least eight additional semester hours in chemistry, including honors sections of Chemistry 301 and 302.
[11.] 12. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

[12.] 13. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry, must be completed in residence at the University.
[13.] 14. Options I and II: Enough additional coursework to make a total of 127 semester hours.
Option III: A total of at least 120 semester hours.

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

No substantive changes to options I and II; requirements will be renumbered.

OPTION III: BIOCHEMISTRY HONORS

15. Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
16. An honors section of Rhetoric and Composition 309S.
17. Chemistry 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
18. Twenty-eight additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
19. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The student must fulfill the University-wide requirements given on pages 18-19 and the college requirements given on page 421. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in each course in chemistry taken at the University and used to fulfill [requirement 10] requirements 10 and 11 of the prescribed work above.

To graduate under option III, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 17 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 III; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.

ORDER AND CHOICE OF WORK

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


5. Students in all options 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.return to text

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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.