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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BIOCHEMISTRY 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 biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the college approved the changes on August 19, 2005, and September 30, 2005. The dean approved the proposed changes on December 1, 2005, and submitted them to the secretary on December 12, 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 13, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 30, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 10, 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 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 noon on April 21, 2006.

Greninger signature

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 13, 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 BIOCHEMISTRY PROGRAM
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008



On page 425, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I section in the MAJORS AND MINORS subsection in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


Biochemistry

Biochemistry majors must take either Mathematics 408C and 408D or Mathematics 408K, 408L, and 408M; and eight semester hours of physics: either Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.

Major: Chemistry 301 or 301H, 302 or 302H, 204 or 317; either 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N, or 210C, 310M, and 310N[,]; 339K, 339L, 353M, 153K, 455 [or 456], 369L, and 370.

Minor for biochemistry majors: [At least twelve semester hours of coursework in biology chosen from the following courses, including at least three hours in each area:

1. Genetics: Biology 325 or 366, and Biology 366R.

2. Cellular and developmental biology: Biology 211, 212, 320, 126L and 226R, 226T, 330, 331L, 347 or 360K, and 349.

3. Physiology: Biology 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, and 365S.]


Biology 311C, 311D, and 325; six additional semester hours in biology, three of which are chosen from Biology 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, and 365S;and three additional hours chosen from the preceding list or from Biology 320, 126L and 226R, 226T, 330, 331L, 344, 347, 349, and 360K.

The student must complete all courses in the major and the minor with a grade of at least C.


RATIONALE:

Update to add M 408K, L, and M as an approved sequence. Some students, based on their math placement scores, take the three part sequence instead of M 408C and D.
CH 317 is added as an alternative course to encourage enrollment in CH 317.
Remove CH 456 since CH 455 is for biochemistry majors who take only one semester of analytical chemistry. CH 456 is reserved for chemistry majors and serves as a prerequisite for CH 376K.
Remove Bio 366 and 366R since BIO 325 is now the prerequisite for all upper-division biology courses.
Biology 311C will replace Biology 211 and 212.

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On pages 428-429, under the heading DEGREES, in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY


The degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields. In addition, it may serve as the basis for work in many areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science. The computation option is intended to prepare students for the workplace by giving them opportunities to develop hands-on computation skills. The honors option is intended to prepare students for academic or research careers.



Students who plan to follow option III, biochemistry honors, must complete the application process described on page 418.

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

1. Rhetoric and [Composition] Writing 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 and II: One of the following foreign language/culture choices. Students in option III are exempt from this requirement.5
a. Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
b. First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language area.
c. Two three-semester-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean’s office and the college advising centers.

3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.

4. Six semester hours of American history.

5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

[6. Options I and II: Mathematics 408C and 408D.
Option III: 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.
]

[7.] 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.

[8. Options I and II: One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
Option III: Six semester hours in computer sciences or physics.
]

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[9. Options I and II: At least eighteen semester hours in biology, chosen from the following list. These eighteen hours must include at least three hours of upper-division coursework and at least three hours in each of the following areas; a single course may not fulfill this requirement in more than one area.]
a. Genetics: Biology 212, 325 or 366, 366R.
b. Cellular and developmental biology: Biology 211, 212, 320, 331L, 126L, 226R, 226T, 330, 344, 347, 349, 360K.
c. Physiology: Biology 214, 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, 365S.

Option III: Biology 315H.]

[10. The following courses:] 7.  At least thirty-six semester hours of chemistry:
a. General chemistry: Chemistry 301or 301H, 302 or 302H, and 204 or 317. Students in the honors option must complete Chemistry 301H and 302H.
[a.] b. Organic chemistry: Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N; or 210C, 310M, and 310N.
[b.] c. Biochemistry: Chemistry 339K, 339L, 369L, and 370.
[c.] d. Physical chemistry: Chemistry 153K and 353M.
[d.] e. Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 455 or 456.


[11. Options I and II: At least fourteen additional semester hours in chemistry, including Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317.
Option III: At least eight additional semester hours in chemistry, including honors sections of Chemistry 301 and 302.
]

[12.] 8. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

[13.] 9. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry, must be completed in residence at the University.

[14. Options I and II: Enough additional coursework to make a total of 127 semester hours.
Option III: A total of at least 120 semester hours.
]


ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: BIOCHEMISTRY

[15.] 10. [At] Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M; and at least three semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics or computer sciences.

11. One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.

12. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325; and nine additional semester hours in biology, chosen from the following courses. These nine hours must include at least three hours in each of the following areas; a single course may not fulfill this requirement in more than one area.
a. Cellular and developmental biology: Biology 320, 126L and 226R, 226T, 330, 331L, 344, 347, 349, 360K.
b. Physiology: Biology 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, 365S.


[16.] 13. Nine semester hours of coursework in the College of Natural Sciences (excluding chemistry), [and] the College of Engineering, and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Any course designed for science or engineering majors may be counted. With the exception of the courses in the Elements of Computing Program, a course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it. No more than six hours of laboratory or field research from the Jackson School or any department in the College of Natural Sciences or the College of Engineering may be counted.

[17.] 14. [In fulfilling requirement 10 above, the student must complete six] At least six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Chemistry 431,* 341,* 354, 354L, 367L, 369K,* 369T, 371K,* 375K or 475K, and 376K.* At least three of these hours must be in a laboratory course; courses marked with an asterisk fulfill this laboratory requirement. No more than three semester hours in Chemistry 369K may be counted toward this requirement; three additional hours may be counted as electives. No more than three semester hours in Chemistry 371K may be counted toward this requirement; three additional hours may be counted as electives.

15. A total of forty-two semester hours of chemistry.

16. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 127 semester hours.

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RATIONALE: To promote breadth in the degree. Ch 369T is a new lab course that has been added.


OPTION II: COMPUTATION

Students who complete option II may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of the program for a certificate of completion. The Elements of Computing Program is described on page 415.

[15.] 10. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M; and either 340L or 341.

11. One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.

12. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325; and nine additional semester hours in biology, chosen from the following courses. These nine hours must include at least three hours in each of the following areas; a single course may not fulfill this requirement in more than one area.
a. Cellular and developmental biology: Biology 320, 126L and 226R, 226T, 330, 331L, 344, 347, 349, 360K.
b. Physiology: Biology 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, 365S.


[16.] 13. Chemistry 368 (Topic: Computational Chemistry).

[17.] 14. Twelve semester hours in the elements of computing, consisting of Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, and six hours chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, and 329E.

15. A total of forty-two semester hours of chemistry.

16. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 127 semester hours.


RATIONALE: Ch 369T is a new lab course that has been added.


OPTION III: BIOCHEMISTRY HONORS

10. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course, Biology 315H, Chemistry 301H and 302H, and six semester hours of coursework in computer sciences and/or physics. To count toward this requirement, a course must be an honors or major-level course or section.

[15.] 11. Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).

[16.] 12. [An honors] A section of Rhetoric and [Composition] Writing 309S that is restricted to Dean’s Scholars.

[17.] 13. Chemistry 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division course approved by the departmental honors adviser.

[18.] 14. Twenty-eight additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.

[19.] 15. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.

16. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The student must fulfill the University-wide 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 each course in chemistry taken at the University and used to fulfill [requirements 10 and 11] requirement 7 of the prescribed work above.

To graduate under option III, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement [17] 13 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 III; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.

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ORDER AND CHOICE OF WORK

The student must consult the undergraduate adviser each semester regarding order and choice of work.


5. Students in all options 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 foreign language deficiency.

RATIONALE: Degree plan was re-ordered to include and define the breadth requirement which is an integral part of the Honor’s Option.