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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



Dean Frederick Steiner of the School of Architecture has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Architecture of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the school approved the proposed changes on October 20, 2005. The dean approved the proposed changes on October 26, 2005, and submitted the changes to the secretary on October 27, 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 January 25, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on January 25, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on February 20, 2006, 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 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 noon on March 3, 2006.

<signed>

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on February 24, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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CHANGES TO THE
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



On page 24, under the heading ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION, in the School of Architecture chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


DURATION OF PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Architecture. This degree program is structured around a core of nine semesters of design coursework and normally requires five years of study. The dual degree program with architectural engineering normally requires six years; the dual degree program with the Plan II Honors Program normally requires five years, including three summer sessions. Only one studio may be taken at a time, and few are offered in the summer. In general, architectural design studios are open only to students accepted into an architecture degree program. To complete the Bachelor of Architecture degree, students without transfer credit in architectural design should plan to be in residence ten semesters from the time they are admitted and enrolled in Architecture 310K.

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. This degree program normally requires four years of study. Since the program includes [six] five semesters of architectural design coursework, students without transfer credit in architectural design should plan to spend at least [six] five semesters in residence.

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. This degree program normally requires four years of study. Since the program includes eight semesters of design coursework, students without transfer credit in interior design should plan to spend at least eight semesters in residence.


On page 25, under the heading ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION, in the School of Architecture chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


THIRD-YEAR PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT

All students, whether continuing in or transferring to the School of Architecture, must [obtain written authorization from the office of the associate dean for undergraduate programs to enter advanced design courses. Authorization is gained by submitting to the faculty a satisfactory portfolio. This] pass the third-year portfolio review. The portfolio should summarize the student’s work completed in design and visual communication courses. Supplementary material that will provide useful information to the reviewing committee in evaluating the student’s progress toward the degree may also be included. The portfolio is submitted by continuing [architecture] students at the beginning of the second semester of the third year, [by interior design students at the end of the second semester of the third year,] and by transfer students before they register for any design studio beyond Architecture 310K. Guidelines for submission of the portfolio, including the submission deadline, are available from the [office of the associate dean for undergraduate programs] undergraduate dean’s office.

The reviewing committee, at its discretion, may require a student to take additional coursework before being permitted to register for advanced design courses or may require the student to undertake specific courses in the remaining years.


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On page 25, under the heading ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, in the School of Architecture chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


STANDARD OF WORK REQUIRED

To progress in the Bachelor of Architecture [or the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies] degree program and to qualify for graduation, a student must earn a grade of C or better in [all] each of the following courses [that are required for the degree]: (1) all design courses: Architecture 310K, 310L, 320K, 520L, 520M, 530T, 560R (three sections), 560T; (2) all construction courses: Architecture 415K, 415L, 435K, 435L, 335M; (3) all visual communication courses: Architecture 311K, 311L, 221K, 361T; (4) environmental controls courses: Architectural Interior Design 324K, Architecture 334L; and (5) the professional practice course, Architecture 362.

To progress in the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree program and to qualify for graduation, a student must earn a grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (1) all design courses: Architecture 310K, 310L, 320K, 520L, 520M; (2) all construction courses: Architecture 415K, 415L, 435K; (3) all visual communication courses: Architecture 311K, 311L, 221K; and (4) the environmental controls course: Architectural Interior Design 324K.

To progress in the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree program and to qualify for graduation, a student must earn a grade of C or better in all architectural interior design and architecture courses.

[In addition, the student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50 to enroll in any design course.]


On pages 27-28, under the heading DEGREES, in the School of Architecture chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES

CORRESPONDENCE AND EXTENSION COURSES


In very special circumstances, a student in residence may be allowed to take coursework by extension or correspondence. Credit that the student in residence earns by extension or correspondence will not be counted toward the degree unless it was approved in advance by the undergraduate dean’s office [associate dean for undergraduate programs]. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree may be taken by correspondence.

COURSES TAKEN ON THE PASS/FAIL BASIS

An undergraduate may count toward the degree up to five one-semester courses in elective subjects outside the major taken on the pass/fail basis. An undergraduate may also take examinations for credit only. [on the pass/fail basis; credit] Credit earned by examination is not counted toward the total of five courses that the student may take on this basis. If a student chooses to major in a subject in which he or she has taken a course pass/fail, the major department decides whether the course may be counted toward the student’s major requirements. Complete rules on registration on the pass/fail basis are given in General Information.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSES

Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward the number of hours required for a degree in the School of Architecture. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point


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average.

ROTC COURSES

No more than six semester hours of air force science, military science, or naval science coursework may be counted toward any degree in the School of Architecture. These courses may be used only as lower-division electives (in degree programs that have such electives) and only by students who complete the third and fourth years of the ROTC program.

ADMISSION DEFICIENCIES

Students admitted to the University with deficiencies in high school units must remove them as specified in General Information. Course credit used to remove deficiencies may not be counted toward the student’s degree.


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BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE

CURRICULUM


COURSES SEMESTER
HOURS


Major Sequence Courses
  Design: Architecture 310K, 310L, 320K, 520L, 520M, 530T,
560R (taken three times), 560T;
Visual communication: Architecture 311K, 311L, 221K, 361T;
Professional practice: Architecture 362;
Site design: Architecture 333;
Environmental controls: Architectural Interior Design 324K, Architecture 334L;
Construction: Architecture 415K, 415L, 435K, 435L, 335M;
History [and theory]: Architecture 308, 318K, 318L, 328, 368R (taken twice)
104
  Community and Regional Planning 369K
3

Other Required Courses
  Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K
6
  Government 310L, 312L
6
  History 315K, 315L1
6
  Mathematics 408C
4
  Physics 302K, 302L, 102M, 102N
8
  [Approved upper-division] Upper-division humanities elective in
literature, foreign language, philosophy, or another field approved by the [office of the associate dean for  undergraduate programs]
undergraduate dean’s office
3
  [Approved natural] Natural science elective
3
  [Approved social] Social science elective
3
  Electives approved by the [associate dean] undergraduate dean’s office
12
  [Electives open to the student’s choice] Open electives
9

 
TOTAL
167


Electives. [Twenty-one semester hours of elective coursework require the approval of the associate dean for undergraduate programs.] Thirty semester hours of electives are required for the completion of the BArch degree program. These electives consist of three hours of upper-division coursework in humanities, three hours in a social science, three hours in a natural science, and twelve [additional] approved elective hours generally taken outside the School of Architecture. In addition, nine semester hours of [elective coursework] open electives must be completed outside the School of Architecture [are open to the student’s choice].

Many courses that fulfill the elective requirement have prerequisite courses that are not part of the BArch degree program. Before planning to use a course as an elective, the student should be sure that he or she has fulfilled the prerequisite.

Writing requirement. In addition to Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One course must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may also be counted toward other requirements for the degree. The Bachelor of Architecture degree program includes two architecture courses that normally contain a substantial writing component.

Foreign language requirement. In accordance with the University’s basic education requirements, the student must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by the completion of two semesters of college coursework. College-level courses taken to establish proficiency may not be counted toward a degree.


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For a student admitted to the University as a freshman, this requirement is fulfilled by the completion of the two high school units in a single foreign language that are required for admission; students admitted with a deficiency in foreign language must remove that deficiency as specified in General Information.

Professional residency program. A seven-month period of varied architectural experience with selected architectural firms is available to qualified second-semester fourth-year and first-semester fifth-year architecture students. The student must have completed at least one semester of advanced design before beginning the professional residency program and should have at least one semester of advanced design remaining toward a degree after completion of the residency program.

For information on requirements for participation in the residency program and on the courses for which participants register during the residency, consult the program’s director or the [brochure describing the program, available from the office of the associate dean for undergraduate programs] undergraduate dean’s office. Students must pay fees associated with the residency program.

A participant in the professional residency program [receives] may receive up to fifteen semester hours of credit [as well as a scholarship made available to the School of Architecture by participating architectural firms].



1. Other courses that fulfill the legislative requirement for American history may be counted toward this requirement; these courses are identified in the Course Schedule.


On page 34, under the heading DEGREES, in the School of Architecture chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree program combines architecture with arts and sciences. Students transferring from other disciplines may find that more of their coursework is applicable toward this degree than toward the Bachelor of Architecture.

Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the requirements for admission to the School of Architecture given on page 23.

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies alone does not fulfill the educational requirements for registration as an architect. Students interested in earning the Master of Architecture as a professional degree in addition to the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, requiring a minimum of six years of study in total, should consult the associate dean for undergraduate programs.


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CURRICULUM

COURSES SEMESTER
HOURS


Architecture
  Design: Architecture 310K, 310L, 320K, 520L, [530T] 520M;
Visual communication: Architecture 311K, 311L, 221K;
Design theory: Architecture 350R;
Site design: Architecture 333;
Environmental controls: Architectural Interior Design 324K[, Architecture 334L];
Construction: Architecture 415K, 415L, 435K[, 435L];
History [and theory]: Architecture 308, 318K, 318L, 328
[67] 60
Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K
6
Government 310L, 312L
6
History 315K, 315L8
6
Mathematics 408C
4
Physics 302K, 302L, 102M, 102N (or 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N)
8
[Approved upper-division] Upper-division humanities elective
in literature, foreign language, philosophy, or another field
approved by the [office of the associate dean for
undergraduate programs
] undergraduate dean’s office
3
[Electives in natural sciences, other than courses in the
Department of Human Ecology (at least three hours); social sciences
(at least three hours); philosophy (at least three hours); and
fine arts, business, engineering, foreign language, or architecture theory9
]
[24]
Natural science elective
3
Social science elective
3
Philosophy elective
3
Electives 9
23

TOTAL
[124] 125


Electives. [The degree requires completion of at least [125] semester hours; the student must take additional electives if necessary to reach this total] Thirty-five semester hours of electives are required for the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree program.  These electives consist of three hours of upper-division coursework in humanities, three hours in a social science, three hours in a natural science, three hours in philosophy, and twenty-three additional elective hours generally completed outside the School of Architecture.

Writing requirement. In addition to Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One course must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may also be counted toward other requirements for the degree.



8. Other courses that fulfill the legislative requirement for American history may be counted toward this requirement; these courses are identified in the Course Schedule.
9. Foreign language courses that are used to remove an admission deficiency may not be used to fulfill this requirement and may not be counted toward the degree.


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On page 36, under the heading DEGREES, in the School of Architecture chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERIOR DESIGN

The first year of this degree program is designed to give the student conceptual knowledge and skills, especially in critical thinking. The second year is intended to lay a foundation of knowledge in design, history, structure, technology, and environmental controls, on which the student builds in the third year. The final year emphasizes synthesis, specialization, and the challenge of creating interiors that improve the quality of life.

CURRICULUM

COURSES SEMESTER
HOURS


Architectural Interior Design, Architecture
  Design: Architectural Interior Design 310K, 310L, 320K, [320L] 520L; 530K, 530T, 560R (taken twice);
Visual communication: Architectural Interior Design 311K, [211L] 311L, 221K[, 221L];
Design theory: Architectural Interior Design [338, 268] 350R;
Interior building systems and construction: Architecture 415K,
Professional practice: Architectural Interior Design 362;
History [and theory]: Architecture 318K, 318M, [350R,] 368R, Architecture 328;
Environmental controls: Architectural Interior Design 324K, Architecture 334L;
Human behavior: Architectural Interior Design 338;
Professional internship: Architectural Interior Design 130

[81] 78
Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K
6
Government 310L, 312L
6
History 315K, 315L10
6
Mathematics 408C
4
Physics 302K, 302L, 102M, 102N
8
Psychology 301
3
Architecture 318L or Art History 30311
3
Art History 302 or 303 11
3
Electives
[6] 9

TOTAL
126


Writing requirement. In addition to Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One course must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may also be counted toward other requirements for the degree.

[Practical fieldwork. Between the third and fourth years of the program, each student must complete an internship of at least 126 hours with an interior design firm. This requirement is designed to provide the student with firsthand knowledge of various aspects of interior design practice and with the opportunity to develop and refine both design abilities and business skills. Placement assistance is provided by the office of the associate dean for undergraduate programs. No course credit is awarded for the internship.]

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10. Other courses that fulfill the legislative requirement for American history may be counted toward this requirement; these courses are identified in the Course Schedule.
11. Art History 303 may be counted toward only one of these requirements.


RATIONALE:

The School of Architecture’s initial Bachelor of Science in Interior Design curriculum proposal was approved by the Faculty Council in 1997. It appears in the undergraduate catalog, the Course Schedule, and in School of Architecture literature. In essence, this curriculum was the School of Architecture’s best guess as to how to balance the requirements of the accredited degree plan with the University’s requirements and its own existing strengths and offerings. Over the last four years the values and shortcomings of the curriculum have become clear, and these are considered in the new proposal. The existing and proposed curriculums have much in common. Both consist of 126 credit hours of classes over four years leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree. Both consist of a primary sequence of design studio courses (which remain unchanged in the new proposal) and support courses that cover the full range of requirements for professional accreditation.

For the Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree plans, the existing and proposed curriculums have much in common. The total number of hours needed to complete each degree remains the same and they each consist of a primary sequence of design studio courses. Modifications were made to reflect course inventory changes, clarify potentially confusing information, and/or correct inaccurate information.