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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 Nutrition 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 449-452, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


Nutrition is an integrative science with the overall objective of improving the health and well-being of individuals and groups. Nutritional inquiry encompasses not only the roles of electrons, atoms, molecules, genes, cells, organs, and complex organisms in biological life processes but also the links between life science and health, behavior, education, population, culture, and economics. The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree program includes [four] five options: dietetics, nutritional sciences, nutrition and health, [and] teaching certification, and nutrition honors. All options combine a prescribed common core of science and nutrition courses with additional coursework in the area of specialization. Admission to option V, nutrition honors, requires completion of the application process described on page 418.

For students pursuing careers in dietetics, additional courses in behavioral and clinical nutrition and food systems management provide the academic preparation required for dietetics practice. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) meets the coursework requirements that qualify graduates to apply to a dietetic internship. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) includes both the coursework and the supervised practice necessary to be eligible to write the examination to become a registered dietitian. The DPD is developmentally accredited and the CPD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago IL 60606, (312) 899-0040.

The nutrition and health option gives students flexibility to combine the study of nutrition with coursework in another area of interest. Additional courses in a concentration area may enhance nutrition related career opportunities; however, this option does not lead to dietetic registration. Students who select the business sequence can earn a Business Foundations Certificate and seek employment in areas such as sales and customer support in the food industry. The communication sequence provides training in public speaking and writing for the lay public along with study of the role culture plays in these areas. The computer science sequence can lead to an Elements of Computing Certificate and provide skills for future employment opportunities combining technology with nutrition. Students who are interested in the range of factors influencing health may choose the exercise and fitness sequence. The nutritional science and behavior sequence provides a scientific background for understanding eating behavior.

The teaching option allows students to meet the state certification requirements to teach science in secondary and/or middle grades. There is no certification for teaching nutrition or health in Texas public schools.

The honors option is a selective program; admission into the option and continuation in it require the approval of the departmental honors adviser. In addition to a core of research, writing, and seminar courses in the College of Natural Sciences, students in the honors option consult with the departmental honors adviser to develop a coherent individual program of rigorous and challenging courses from across the University.



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.
4. Six semester hours of American history.
5. Options I–IV: At least six semester hours chosen from Psychology 301, Sociology 302, Anthropology 302, Economics 304K, 304L, and Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L.
Option V: Three semester hours chosen from this list.
6. 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.
7. Options I–IV: Mathematics 408K, 408C, or 305G.
Option V: 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
8. Options I–IV: Three semester hours of statistics chosen from Biology 318M, Educational Psychology 371, and Mathematics 316.
Students in option V are exempt from this requirement.
9. Options I–IV: Chemistry 301, 302, 204, and 310M, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.
Option V: Honors sections of Chemistry 301 and 302; and either Chemistry 369 or both 339K and 339L.
10. Options I–IV: Biology 211, 416K or 365R, and 416L or 365S.
Option V: Biology 315H, 325H, 365R, and 365S.
11. Options I­–IV: Twenty-one semester hours of core coursework in nutrition: Nutrition 307, 107L, 311, 111L, 315, 338W, 342, 142L, and 365.
Option V: Nutrition 311, 111L, 326 or 365, and 126L.
12. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework, of which at least twenty-four must be in nutrition. Eighteen of the upper-division hours in nutrition must be completed in residence at the University.
13. Options I–IV: Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
Option V: A total of at least 120 semester hours.


No changes to options I through IV.


14. Six semester hours of coursework in computer sciences or physics.
15. Human Ecology 115 and 225.
16. Chemistry 310M and 310N.
17. Nutrition 365 (Topic 1: Vitamins and Minerals), 366L, and thirteen additional semester hours of nutrition or related coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.


18. Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
19. An honors section of Rhetoric and Composition 309S.
20. Nutrition 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
21. Twelve semester hours of additional coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
22. 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 all courses used to fulfill requirement 1 and requirements 3 through 11 of the common prescribed work above and in each course used to fulfill the additional 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 20 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 21. 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 20 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.