DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
CHANGES IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES
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
Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences
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.
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.
CHANGES IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER
SCIENCES IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER
|On pages 437-438, under the heading DEGREES,
in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER
in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate
Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences degree program provides a strong
technical background for students planning to begin careers upon graduation and
for those interested in graduate study in computer sciences. This program allows
students to take more coursework in computer sciences and related technical areas
than does the Bachelor of Arts degree program.
Students who would like to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences
must first be admitted to the degree program. [
Information about admission
to option I is given on page 416; information about admission to option II is
given on page 418.
] The admission process for option I is described in
the section “Admission to the Department of Computer Sciences,” page 416; for
option II, in the section “Turing Scholars in Computer Sciences,” page
418; and for option III, in the section “Dean’s Scholars Honors Options,” page
PRESCRIBED WORK [
COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS]
|| 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.
|| Options I and II: One of the following
foreign language/culture [
|options:] choices. Students in
option III are exempt from this requirement. 8
|| Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
|| First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour
course in the culture of the same language area.
|| Two three-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available
in the dean’s office and the college advising centers.
|| Six semester hours of American history.
|| Six semester hours of American
government, including Texas government.
||Three semester hours in psychology, anthropology, economics, sociology, geography,
or linguistics (excluding Linguistics 340).
|| Options I and II: One of the following sequences of coursework:
|| Biology 211, 212, and either 213 or 214; and Biology 205L, 206L,
|| Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
|| Geological Sciences 401 and either 404C or 405.
|| Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, and 103N.
Option III: Six semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics.
|| 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. Courses
in computer programming may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
|| Options I and II: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 340L or 341, and one of the
following: Mathematics 427K, 328K, 343K, 343L, 344K, 346, 348, 358K, 362K,
362M, 364K, 364L, 367K, 372K, 373K, 374G, 374K, 474M, 376C, 378K.
Option III: An honors-designated mathematics course that is restricted to those
who have earned credit on
ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION
|| the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Calculus.
A course may not be counted toward both requirement 8 and requirement
9. 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
||Options I and II: An additional sequence chosen from those in requirement 6 above,
or one of the following sequences[
|:]. Students in option III must complete sequence
|| Biology 325 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in
biology approved by the undergraduate adviser.
|| Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N, or Chemistry 210C, 310M, and 310N,
or at least six hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry approved
by the undergraduate adviser.
|| Geological Sciences 416K and 426P, or six hours of upper-division coursework
in geological sciences approved by the undergraduate adviser.
|| Physics 315 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in
physics approved by the undergraduate adviser.
|| At least six hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics approved
by the undergraduate adviser. A course may not be counted toward both requirement
8 and requirement 9.
|| Electrical Engineering 313 and 331.
|| Options I and II: Philosophy 313K or Computer Sciences 313H.9
Option III: Computer Sciences 313H.9
|| Options I and II: Electrical Engineering 316. Students in option
III are exempt from this requirement. |
|| At least forty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework.
|| At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework
in computer sciences must be completed in residence at the University.
||Options I and II: Enough additional coursework to make a total
of 130 semester hours.
Option III: A total of at least 120 semester hours.
No changes to options I and II.
OPTION III: COMPUTER SCIENCES HONORS
||Computer Sciences 310H, 315H, 336H, 352H, 372H, and twelve additional hours of
upper-division coursework in computer sciences.9
||Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
||An honors section of Rhetoric and Composition 309S.
||Computer Sciences 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course
approved by the departmental honors adviser.
||Thirty-one additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental
||Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College
of Fine Arts.
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
make a grade of at least C
in each course used to fulfill requirements
8, 10, and 11 of the common prescribed work above and in each course used to
fulfill the additional prescribed work requirements for his or her option.
With the exception of Computer Sciences 307 and 315, all computer sciences courses
that may be counted toward a degree in computer sciences are restricted to students
who have been admitted to the computer sciences major or have the consent of
the undergraduate faculty adviser.
An undergraduate may not enroll in any computer sciences course
more than once without written consent of an undergraduate
adviser in computer sciences. No student may enroll in any
computer sciences course more than twice. No student may take
more than three upper-division computer sciences courses in
a semester without written consent of an undergraduate adviser
in computer sciences.
Students in the Turing Scholars program must maintain a University grade point
average of at least 3.50; like all students, they must also know and abide by
the academic and disciplinary policies given in this catalog and in General
Information. Those who fail to do so will be considered for academic dismissal
from the Turing Scholars program. Under special circumstances and at the discretion
of the director, a student will be allowed to continue in the program under academic
review. A student who is academically dismissed from the program may enter another
computer sciences program if he or she fulfills the scholastic standards for
continuance in the University given in General Information. Students
in scholastic difficulty should discuss their problems with a Turing Scholars
program academic adviser and the director.
To graduate under option III, students must earn grades of A in the
departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 18 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 faculty adviser each semester regarding order and
choice of work.
8. Students in all options
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.
9. Computer sciences courses with numbers ending in H
for students in option II,
the Turing Scholars Program, and option
III, computer sciences honors
. Students outside [
may enroll in
] these courses
only with the special consent of the honors director.
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.