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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN THE DEAN'S SCHOLARS HONORS PROGRAM 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 Dean's Scholars Honors Program 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 DEAN'S SCHOLARS HONORS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


On page 418, under the heading ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, in the HONORS section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


[DEAN'S SCHOLARS HONORS PROGRAM

The Dean’s Scholars Program is the honors program for the College of Natural Sciences. It offers exceptional science and mathematics majors an opportunity to enrich their undergraduate education by introducing them to cutting-edge research and placing them in contact with students with similar aptitudes and interests. Students may apply for admission either when they apply for admission to the University or after they are enrolled; about 40 percent of those admitted to the program are current students. Current students should apply to the director of the program in the Office of the Dean within four weeks following the end of spring semester classes.]

DEAN'S SCHOLARS HONORS OPTION

The Dean’s Scholars Honors option is offered in most fields in the College of Natural Sciences. Dean’s Scholars Honors is a comprehensive honors degree program for highly motivated and talented students. The key features of the program are a first-semester research methods course; a breadth requirement, usually completed during the first four semesters, that exposes students to various forms of scientific inquiry; and at least two semesters of supervised research and writing that culminate in an honors thesis. Upon completion of the Dean’s Scholars Honors option requirements, approved by the department faculty and the program director, and an approved thesis, the student graduates with the bachelor of science degree in his or hers major with an honors option.

Application to the honors options is separate from, and in addition to, application to the University. Application materials and information about deadlines are available in the program office and at http://www.utexas.edu/cons/ds/. Students may enter the program as freshmen, as transfer students, or after they have enrolled at the University. In general, students who have completed more than fifty semester hours of college coursework are not considered for admission.

Factors in the admission decision are the student’s high school and/or University grades, class rank, the rigor of the courses undertaken, the quality of the essays required by the application, and the student's interest and aptitude in math and science as demonstrated by extracurricular activities.



RATIONALE: Description changed to reflect new honors options in CNS degrees.