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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 to the 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.

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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 COMPUTER SCIENCES IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


On pages 437-438, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES

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 418.

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. Options I and II: One of the following foreign language/culture [options:] choices. Students in option III are exempt from this requirement. 8

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 history.
4. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
5. Three semester hours in psychology, anthropology, economics, sociology, geography, or linguistics (excluding Linguistics 340).
6. Options I and II: One of the following sequences of coursework:
a. Biology 211, 212, and either 213 or 214; and Biology 205L, 206L, or 208L.
b. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
c. Geological Sciences 401 and either 404C or 405.
d. Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, and 103N.

Option III: Six semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics.

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. Courses in computer programming may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
8. 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


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  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 deficiency.
9. 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 e.
a. Biology 325 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in biology approved by the undergraduate adviser.
b. 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.
c. Geological Sciences 416K and 426P, or six hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences approved by the undergraduate adviser.
d. Physics 315 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in physics approved by the undergraduate adviser.
e. 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.
f. Electrical Engineering 313 and 331.

10. Options I and II: Philosophy 313K or Computer Sciences 313H.9
Option III: Computer Sciences 313H.9

11. Options I and II: Electrical Engineering 316. Students in option III are exempt from this requirement.
12. At least forty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework.
13. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in computer sciences must be completed in residence at the University.
14. 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.

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

No changes to options I and II.

OPTION III: COMPUTER SCIENCES HONORS

15. Computer Sciences 310H, 315H, 336H, 352H, 372H, and twelve additional hours of upper-division coursework in computer sciences.9
16. Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
17. An honors section of Rhetoric and Composition 309S.
18. Computer Sciences 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
19. Thirty-one additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
20. 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 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.

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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 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

9. Computer sciences courses with numbers ending in H are intended for students in option II, the Turing Scholars Program, and option III, computer sciences honors. Students outside [the program] these options may enroll in [them] these courses only with the special consent of the honors director.return to text


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.