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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 Mathematics 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 ( on April 25, 2005. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.



On pages 446-449, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


As an alternative to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is designed with a twofold purpose: to offer students a more extensive scientific program that may better prepare them for graduate study or employment, and to recognize students who choose to pursue a more demanding program. Students are given the opportunity to develop greater breadth and depth in their mathematical programs as well as to combine mathematics with a concentration in another scientific discipline.

To accomplish these goals, the minimum number of semester hours is increased and the maximum limit is removed. Specialization in one additional scientific area is encouraged, and the foreign language requirement is shortened by one semester.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics must select one of [five] six options: actuarial science, applied mathematics, mathematical sciences, pure mathematics, [and] mathematics for secondary teaching, and mathematics honors. Students who choose the option in mathematical sciences must also select a specialization in either scientific computation or statistics, probability, and data analysis. Admission to option VI, mathematics honors, requires completion of the application process described on page 418.

None of the following courses may be counted toward the degree: Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, 305G.


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–V: 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 is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student’s score on the appropriate language placement test. Students in option VI 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.
3. Six semester hours of American history.
4. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
6. Options I–V: Eight semester hours in one of the following areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.
Option VI: Fifteen semester hours in the following fields of study, including coursework in at least three fields: biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and physics.
7. Options I–V: Six semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy, or programs of special concentration.
For students in [the teaching] option V, teaching, three of these hours must consist of History 329U or


  Philosophy 329U. For students in [the other] options I through IV, three of these hours must be taken in architecture, classics, fine arts, or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
Option VI: Three semester hours in one of the fields listed above.
8. Options I–V: Mathematics 408C and 408D, or Mathematics 408K, 408L, and 408M.
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.
9. Forty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework.
10. Options I–V: At least six hours of upper-division coursework must be outside both mathematics and the subject areas listed in requirement 6. Philosophy courses in logic, computer sciences courses in discrete mathematics, and engineering courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
Option VI: Students in option VI are exempt from this requirement.
11. Eighteen semester hours in mathematics must be completed in residence at the University.
12. Options I–V: Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
Option VI: A total of at least 120 semester hours.


No changes to options I through IV.


13. An honors section of Mathematics 427K, and six semester hours of coursework chosen from Mathematics 365C, 367K, and 373K.
14. Twenty additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics approved by the departmental faculty adviser.
15. Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
16. An honors section of Rhetoric and Composition 309S.
17. Mathematics 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
18. Thirty 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.


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 [Mathematics 408C and 408D] the courses counted toward requirement 8 of the common prescribed work and in each course completed at the University and counted toward the prescribed work requirements for his or her option.

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 17 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review; those seeking middle grades certification must also earn a grade of at least C in each of the courses listed in requirement 18. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

To graduate under option VI, 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 VI; 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.