DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
TO THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008
Dean Ben Streetman of the College of Engineering has filed with the secretary
of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Engineering chapter
of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008.
The faculty and the dean of
the college approved the proposed changes on October 24, 2005, and November 3,
2005. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on November 15, 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
April 20, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program
Review from the Office of the General Faculty on April 20, 2006. The committee
forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on May 1,
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 May 8, 2006.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council
This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/
on May 1, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of
the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.
CHANGES TO THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008
| On page 131, under the heading GENERAL INFORMATION , in
the College of Engineering chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog,
2004-2006, make the following changes:
GLOBAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Each semester, a growing number of students in the [
of Engineering pursue [ their interest] interests in traveling abroad and studying in a foreign
country. Practicing engineers who are undergraduates today are likely to
work with foreign nationals and to be involved professionally in international
projects. [ Several exchange programs, with various language requirements,
offer courses that may be counted toward the engineering degree.] There are several programs
that allow students to take courses that will count toward their degrees. Some
programs require proficiency in a foreign language, while others allow for
study in English.
Students are able to earn a certificate in international engineering studies
(IES) by completing the following requirements: [
that include a study abroad
experience and associated cultural enrichment studies.]
|| Students must apply to the IES program through the Office of Student
|| As part of the application, the student must submit an IES program plan
for approval by the Office of Student Affairs. The plan must provide for
the student to complete at least three of the following requirements:
|| Language training
|| Study of local culture
|| Academic courses in engineering
|| Work experience or internship
RATIONALE:For more information, contact the Global Engineering Education Adviser, Ernest
Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200, or see [http://www.engr.utexas.edu/students/handbook/services/studyabroad.cfm]
| On page 134, under the heading GENERAL INFORMATION , in
the College of Engineering chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make
the following changes:
GUIDELINES FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
|| Students who wish to transfer to the University from another college
or university must apply to the Office of Admissions as described in General
Information. Requirements for admission as a transfer student vary,
but all transfer applicants must submit transcripts of all college and
high school coursework.
|| Only courses listed in the student’s engineering degree program,
or equivalent courses accepted by the department chair and approved by
the dean, may be counted toward an engineering degree. A course may therefore
be accepted for transfer credit but not be applicable toward an engineering
|| Courses that are common to all degree programs in the College of Engineering
are listed on page 144. These may be taken at any school offering courses
acceptable for transfer to the University.
|| Transfer students [
|are expected to have completed at least one year
of calculus] must have completed at least the equivalent of Mathematics
|| Completion of sequences of technical courses in the major area sometimes
requires five or more semesters.
|| Therefore, most transfer students should anticipate a minimum of
five semesters or the equivalent in residence at the University.
|| Transfer students with more than forty semester hours of credit
in an engineering or pre-engineering program may be eligible for admission
to a major sequence as explained in the following section.
RATIONALE: Requiring M408C simply states what is currently
considered in the transfer admission process (i.e. Transfer students who
have completed M408C or higher are much more likely to be admitted.)
| On page 142, under the heading DEGREES, before
the section "ABET CRITERIA" in the College
of Engineering chapter of the Undergraduate
Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:
While a minor is not required as part of any engineering degree program,
the student may choose to complete a minor in a field outside the college.
A student may complete only one minor. The minor consists of at least twelve
semester hours in a single field, including at least six hours of upper-division
coursework. Six of these hours must be completed in residence. A course
to be counted toward the minor may not be taken on the pass/fail basis,
unless the course is offered only on that basis. Only one course counted
toward the standard requirements of the student’s degree may also
be counted toward the minor.
If the minor is in a foreign language other than that used to fulfill
the basic education foreign language requirement, the twelve hours may
be lower-division but must include at least six hours completed in residence
and at least six hours beyond course 507 or the equivalent.
All minors must be approved by the student’s major department
faculty adviser and the Office of the Dean.
The College of Engineering allows the student to minor in any field outside
of the college in which the University offers a major. However, prerequisites
and other enrollment restrictions may prevent the student from pursuing
a minor in some fields. Before planning to use specific courses to make
up the minor, the student should consult the department that offers those
RATIONALE: An engineering student may want to broaden
her or his educational experience to include a foreign language, a concentration
in economics, or a better understanding of art. He or she may want a deeper
experience in mathematics, biology, or physics. He or she may want a focus
on business. Any of these wants can be accomplished, at least in part,
with a minor. The minor gives the student a formal approach to an expanded
education as well as the formal recognition of an approved curriculum.
Additionally, a number of students wanted the opportunity to have a minor
and several faculty asked why we did not have minors. As the process proceeded
it was welcomed by students and faculty.
| On page 142, under the heading DEGREES, in the
College of Engineering chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make
the following changes:
LIBERAL EDUCATION OF ENGINEERS
Courses in social sciences, humanities, and related nontechnical areas must be
an integral part of all engineering degree programs, so that engineering graduates
will be aware of their social responsibilities and the effects of technology
on society. All degree programs must include the following nontechnical courses.
|| Three semester hours of [
|English composition] writing (Rhetoric
and [ Composition] Writing 306) [ and at least two courses,
one of which must be upper-division, certified as having a substantial
|| Three semester hours of humanities (English 316K).
|| Two courses, one of which must be upper-division, certified as having
a substantial writing component.
|| Three semester hours of engineering communication (Aerospace Engineering
333T, Biomedical Engineering 333T, Chemical Engineering 333T, Civil
Engineering 333T, Electrical Engineering 333T, Mechanical Engineering
333T, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 333T, or another course
approved by the department).
|Three semester hours of humanities (English 316K).]
|2.] 5. | Six semester hours of American government (Government 310L and 312L,
or equivalent courses that fulfill the legislative requirement described
in chapter 1).
|3.] 6. | Six semester hours of American history (History 315K and 315L, or
equivalent courses that fulfill the legislative requirement described
in chapter 1).
|6.] 7. | Three semester hours of social science (anthropology, economics,
geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology).
|7.] 8. | Three semester hours of fine arts or humanities (archaeology, architecture,
|[excluding design and studio art]], art history, [ classics[i ncluding]
classical civilization, [ Greek, Latin,]] fine
arts, humanities, music [excluding instruments and ensemble], philosophy
[excluding courses in logic], or theatre and dance).
Courses used to satisfy requirements [
6 and 7] 7 and 8 must fulfill
the ABET accreditation criteria given above as well as the University’s
basic education requirements. Lists of courses that fulfill these requirements
are given below. Students preparing for the professional practice of engineering
are encouraged to elect coursework in economics to fulfill requirement [ 6] 7 and
coursework in professional ethics to fulfill requirement [ 7] 8.
RATIONALE: These are shown to complete the Basic Education
requirements of the university without conflicting with ABET accreditation
If this proposal is approved, the same change to the fields that fulfill the
fine arts/humanities requirement will be made to the section “Requirements
Included in All Engineering Degree Plans,” page 144.