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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN DEVELOPTMENT AND FAMILY 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 Human Development and Family 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 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


On pages 444-445, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES

This degree program is designed to provide both a knowledge base and practical experience in working with children and families in a variety of settings.

Career opportunities are varied, depending on selection of electives and supplemental experiences, and include teaching in private preschool programs, positions in local, state, and federal agencies concerned with children and families, and positions in hospitals with a children’s unit. The curriculum also provides a foundation for graduate study in such fields as human development, family studies, psychology, social work, sociology, special education, and early childhood education. Such advanced work offers preparation for college teaching, research, and work in public and private agencies serving children, families, and adults. With the selection of appropriate electives, the program can also provide preparation for advanced training in health-related professions such as medicine, nursing, and physical or occupational therapy; information about these areas is available from the Health Professions Office.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences must choose one of [five] six options: option I, early childhood; option II, human development; option III, families and personal relationships; option IV, families and society; [and] option V, general human development and family sciences; and option VI, human development and family sciences honors. Option V is limited to students with an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.00 and consent of the undergraduate adviser; admission to option VI requires completion of the application process described on 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. Students 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 language deficiency.
3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government; six semester hours of American history; Psychology 301; and six semester hours, at least three of which must be upper-division, chosen from courses in economics, social or cultural anthropology, and psychology. Neither Psychology 304 nor 333D may be counted toward this degree.
4. Options I–V: Educational Psychology 371 and three semester hours of mathematics other than Mathematics 301, 302, 316K, and 316L.
Option VI: 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.
[5. Six semester hours of coursework in biology and/or chemistry; and six additional hours chosen from the


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ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION
No changes to options I through IV.

OPTION V: GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES HONORS

[6.] 5. following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, nutrition, and physics. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; students should consult the Department of Human Ecology for a list of courses that may be counted.]
[7. Nine semester hours from an approved list of supporting courses available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students should confer with their advisers about courses appropriate to their career goals.]
[8. Thirty-one semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, consisting of Nutrition 311; Human Development and Family Sciences 304, 312, 313, 113L, 333L, and 360; six hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 352, 652F, 352L, 652P, and 355; and six additional hours of coursework in human development and family sciences.]
[9.] 6. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
[10.] 7. Eighteen semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology must be completed in residence at the University.
[11.] 8. Options I–V: Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
Option VI: A total of at least 120 semester hours.

ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: EARLY CHILDHOOD

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for further study or a career in working with children in applied settings.

9. Six semester hours of coursework in biology and/or chemistry; and six additional hours chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, nutrition, and physics. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; students should consult the Department of Human Ecology for a list of courses that may be counted.
10. Nine semester hours from an approved list of supporting courses available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students should confer with their advisers about courses appropriate to their career goals.
11. Thirty-one semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, consisting of Nutrition 311; Human Development and Family Sciences 304, 312, 313, 113L, 333L, and 360; six hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 352, 652F, 352L, 652P, and 355; and six additional hours of coursework in human development and family sciences.
12. Nine additional semester hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 338, 339, 351, 366, 378K (Topic 6: Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention), and 378L.

OPTION II: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

This option involves the study of development across the lifespan.

9. Six semester hours of coursework in biology and/or chemistry; and six additional hours chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, nutrition, and physics. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; students should consult the Department of Human Ecology for a list of courses that may be counted.
10. Nine semester hours from an approved list of supporting courses available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students should confer with their advisers about courses appropriate to their career goals.
11. Thirty-one semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, consisting of Nutrition 311; Human Development and Family Sciences 304, 312, 313, 113L, 333L, and 360; six hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 352, 652F, 352L, 652P, and 355; and six additional hours of coursework in human development and family sciences.


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12. Nine additional semester hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 335, 345, 351, 371, 372K, and 378L.


OPTION III: FAMILIES AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

This option involves the study of the formation and maintenance of close relationships, especially couple and family relationships.

9. Six semester hours of coursework in biology and/or chemistry; and six additional hours chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, nutrition, and physics. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; students should consult the Department of Human Ecology for a list of courses that may be counted.
10. Nine semester hours from an approved list of supporting courses available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students should confer with their advisers about courses appropriate to their career goals.
11. Thirty-one semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, consisting of Nutrition 311; Human Development and Family Sciences 304, 312, 313, 113L, 333L, and 360; six hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 352, 652F, 352L, 652P, and 355; and six additional hours of coursework in human development and family sciences.
12. Nine additional semester hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 322, 337, 345, 347, 358, and 372K.


OPTION IV: FAMILIES AND SOCIETY

This option involves the study of the family and its interactions with larger socioeconomic systems, such as the economy, work and school, the media, public policy, and government.

9. Six semester hours of coursework in biology and/or chemistry; and six additional hours chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, nutrition, and physics. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; students should consult the Department of Human Ecology for a list of courses that may be counted.
10. Nine semester hours from an approved list of supporting courses available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students should confer with their advisers about courses appropriate to their career goals.
11. Thirty-one semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, consisting of Nutrition 311; Human Development and Family Sciences 304, 312, 313, 113L, 333L, and 360; six hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 352, 652F, 352L, 652P, and 355; and six additional hours of coursework in human development and family sciences.
12. Nine additional semester hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 322, 339, 347, 354, 375, 378K (Topic 5: Media and the Family), and 378K (Topic 6: Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention).


OPTION V: GENERAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES

This option allows the student to individualize the degree plan to match his or her career goals. Option V is limited to students with an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.00 and consent of the undergraduate adviser.

9. Six semester hours of coursework in biology and/or chemistry; and six additional hours chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, nutrition, and physics. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; students should consult the Department of Human Ecology for a list of courses that may be counted.
10. Nine semester hours from an approved list of supporting courses available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students should confer with their advisers about courses appropriate to their career goals.
11. Thirty-one semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, consisting of Nutrition 311; Human


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  Development and Family Sciences 304, 312, 313, 113L, 333L, and 360; six hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 352, 652F, 352L, 652P, and 355; and six additional hours of coursework in human development and family sciences.
12. Nine additional semester hours in human development and family sciences.


OPTION VI: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES HONORS

This option is designed to prepare students for academic or research careers.

9. Human Ecology 115H and 225H.
10. Honors sections of Chemistry 301 and 302.
11. Biology 315H and 325H.
12. Six semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics.
13. Human Development and Family Sciences 304, 312, 313, 113L, 333L, and eighteen semester hours chosen from the following: Human Development and Family Sciences 335, 337, 345, 347, 351, 358, 362, 371, 372K, 378L, and approved social science courses.
14. Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
15. An honors section of Rhetoric and Composition 309S.
16. Human Development and Family Sciences 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
17. Twenty additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
18. Six hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

[The student] All students must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given on pages 18-19 and the college requirements given on page 421. [He or she] They must also make a grade of at least C in each course [used to fulfill requirements 7, 8, and 12 of the prescribed work above] in the Department of Human Ecology that is counted toward the degree. Students in options I through V must also make a grade of at least C in each course used to fulfill requirement 10 of the prescribed work above.

To graduate under option VI, 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 VI; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.


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.

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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.