DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
CHANGES IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGICAL 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 Geological 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 GEOLOGICAL
SCIENCES IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGICAL
|On pages 438-441, under the heading DEGREES,
in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGICAL
in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate
Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:
The Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences serves as a professional degree
for students planning careers as geologists or teachers, as well as for those
planning to pursue graduate work in the geosciences and related areas. Employment
opportunities for students with this degree are dominated by the petroleum and
related energy industries, but include the gamut of jobs that relate knowledge
of the earth to resources, the environment, and human use of raw materials. When
finite resources are in increasing demand, professional geologists trained to
seek and develop raw materials serve a vital role in industrial society. Professional
employment is also available in state and federal agencies, with consulting firms,
and with service companies subsidiary to the energy and mineral industries. Careers
include such areas as resource evaluation, environmental control, reclamation
concerns, building foundation evaluation, groundwater contamination studies,
soil testing, regional planning, watershed management, and mineral exploitation.
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences degree must
choose one of [
] five options--general geology, geophysics, hydrogeology/environmental
] teaching, or geology honors. Admission to the geology honors
option requires completion of the application process described on page 418 .
PRESCRIBED WORK [
COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS]
ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION
||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–III: Courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single
foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language
for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this
coursework as required by the student’s score on the appropriate
language placement test. Students in [
|the teaching option] options
IV and V are exempt from this requirement.
For students in all options who enter the University with fewer
than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two
semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours
required for the degree.
|| Six semester hours of American
government, including Texas government.
|| Six semester hours of American history.
|| Three semester hours of coursework in economics, upper-division coursework
in anthropology, or upper-division coursework in geography.
||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.
||Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be completed in residence
at the University. For students in options I, II, [and] III, and V, at least
eighteen of these hours must be in geological sciences; for students in option
IV, at least twelve hours must be in geological sciences. For all students, at
least twelve of the thirty-six hours must be outside geological sciences.
No changes to options I through IV.
OPTION V: GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES HONORS
||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
|| Six semester hours of coursework in biology or physics.
|| Honors sections of Chemistry 301 and 302.
|| Geological Sciences 416K, 416M, 420H, 420K, 422K, 428, 468K,
|| A six-semester-hour field or internship course chosen from
Geological Sciences 660, 679J, and 679G.
|| Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
|| An honors section of Rhetoric and Composition 309S.
|| Geological Sciences 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division
research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
|| Twenty-five additional semester hours of coursework approved
by the departmental honors adviser.
|| Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts
or the College of Fine Arts. Coursework in a modern foreign language
in which there is extensive geologic literature is recommended.
|| A total of at least 120 semester hours.
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 counted toward the degree.
Geological sciences majors may not repeat any geological sciences course more
than once without written consent of the undergraduate adviser.
To graduate and be recommended for certification, students who follow the teaching
option must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. They must
earn a grade of at least C
in each of the professional development courses
listed in requirement 16 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review; those
seeking middle grades certification must also earn a grade of at least C
each of the courses listed in requirement 17. For information about the portfolio
review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural
Sciences academic adviser.
To graduate under option V, students must earn grades of A in the departmental
research and thesis courses described in requirement 15 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 V; under special circumstances
and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed
to continue under academic review.
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.