DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
CHANGES TO THE CHEMISTRY DEGREE PROGRAM
THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES
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 chemistry degree program in the College of Natural Sciences chapter
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
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.
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.
CHANGES TO THE CHEMISTRY DEGREE PROGRAM
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008
| On page 426,
under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF ARTS,
PLAN I in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog,
2004-2006, make the following changes:
Chemistry 301 or 301H, 302 or 302H, 204 or
317; either 210C, 310M, and 310N, or 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N; 353, 153K,
354 or 354L, 154K, 456, 376K.Minor for chemistry majors:
Either (1) twelve semester
hours of biology, geological sciences, mathematics, physics, or, with written
consent of the department chair and approval of the dean, a field of study
outside the College of Natural Sciences; or (2) Computer Sciences 303E, 313E,
and six hours chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, and 329E.
Students who complete the second option 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.
The student must complete each course 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.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY
| On pages 433-435, under the heading DEGREES, in the
College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate
Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:
Four degree plans lead to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Option I,
chemistry, is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists,
either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields.
Option II, computation, is intended to prepare students for the workplace
by giving them opportunities to develop hands-on computation skills. Option
III is intended to prepare students to enter the teaching profession. Option
IV, chemistry honors, is intended to prepare students for academic or research
careers. (To follow option IV, students must complete the application process
described on page 418.)
The four degree plans may also 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, computation, or environmental science.
After general chemistry courses, depending on his or her background, the student
makes an intensive core study of some of the major areas of chemistry--organic,
physical, inorganic, and analytical chemistry. The chemistry coursework in
these degree plans culminates in approximately three semesters of advanced
work, allowing each student to study more broadly by taking courses in some
areas of chemistry not covered in the core courses, such as macromolecular
chemistry, biochemistry, or other areas of physical chemistry, or more deeply
by taking advanced special topics courses in areas of special interest and
by undertaking research projects. Throughout the curricula, emphasis is placed
on laboratory experience--
synthesis, separations and analysis, structure identification and determination,
measurement of rates of reactions, determinations of energy changes accompanying
reactions. Supporting work in mathematics and physics is an integral part
of the degree programs. Compared to the program leading to the Bachelor of
Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree programs are more
thorough and demanding and potentially more rewarding to the student planning
a career in chemistry.
PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS
|| 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.
||Options I and II: One of the following foreign language/culture choices.
Students in options III and IV are exempt from this requirement.8
|| Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
|| First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and
a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language
|| Two three-semester-hour foreign culture courses chosen
from a list available in the dean’s office and the college
|| Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
|| Six semester hours of American history.
|| Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics,
psychology, or sociology.
|Options I- III: Mathematics 408C and 408D
and at least three semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics
or computer sciences.]
Option IV: 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.
| One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L;
303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.]
|9.] 7. |The following courses:
||General chemistry: Chemistry 301 or 301H, 302 or 302H, and 317. Students in option
IV 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 or 369.
|c.] d. | Physical chemistry: Chemistry 353, 153K, 154K, and either
354 or 354L.
|d.] e. | Inorganic chemistry: Chemistry 431.
|e.] f. |
Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 456 and 376K.
|Options I-III: At least twelve additional semester hours in chemistry,
including Chemistry 302 and 317.]
Option IV: At least nine additional semester hours in chemistry, including
six hours in honors courses in general chemistry.
|11.] 8. | Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
|12.] 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.
Ch 301 will now count toward this degree.
ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION
OPTION I: CHEMISTRY
|| Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M;
and at least
three semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics or computer
|| One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L;
303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
|13.] 12. |[
|In fulfilling requirement 9 above, the student must complete six]
Six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Chemistry 339L,
341,* 354, 367L, 368, 369K,* 369L,* 370, 371K,* 375K, and 475K. At least
three of these six hours must be in a laboratory course; courses marked
with an asterisk may be used to fulfill this laboratory requirement.
Chemistry 341 and 368 may be repeated for credit toward this requirement
when the topics vary. 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.
|14.] 13. |Nine semester hours of coursework in the College of Natural Sciences(excluding
chemistry) and the College of Engineering. Any course designed for science or
engineering majors may be counted. With the exception of 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 any department
in the Colleges of Natural Sciences or Engineering may be counted.
|15.] 14. |Enough additional coursework to make a total of [
|at least] 127 semester hours.
To promote breadth in the degree.
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.
OPTION III: TEACHING
|13.] 10. |Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M; and Mathematics 340L or 341
or three semester hours of upper-division coursework in computer sciences. [
course may also be counted toward requirement 6 of the prescribed work.)]
||One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L;
303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
|14.] 12. |Chemistry 368 (Topic: Computational Chemistry).
|15.] 13. | [
|In fulfilling requirement 9 above, the student must complete one] One of the following laboratory courses: Chemistry 341, 369K, 369L, 371K.
|16.] 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.
|17.] 15. | Enough additional coursework to make a total of [
|at least] 127 semester
hours. Students are encouraged to take additional chemistry courses as
This option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification
as a middle grades or secondary school science teacher in Texas; the student
chooses either composite science certification with chemistry as the primary
teaching field or physical science certification. However, completion of
the course requirements does not guarantee the student’s certification.
For information about additional requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural
Sciences academic adviser.
|13.] 10. | [
|In place of the mathematics courses listed in requirement 6 above,
students must complete] Mathematics [ 305G,] 408C[ ,] and 408D,
or 408K, 408L, and 408M.
|14.] 11. | To fulfill requirement [
|7.] 6. above, students must
complete History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
OPTION IV: CHEMISTRY HONORS
||One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M,
303L, and 103N; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
|15.] 13. | In place of requirement [
|9] 7 above, students must complete at least
thirty-four semester hours of chemistry, including the following courses:
||General chemistry: Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317.
||Organic chemistry: Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N; or 210C, 310M, and 310N.
||Biochemistry: Chemistry 339K and 339L, or Chemistry 369.
|| Physical chemistry: Chemistry 353 or 353M.
|| Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 455 or 456.
|| Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods--UTeach) or, with
the consent of the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser, an upper-division
chemistry course that includes a substantial research component.
|16.] 14. |One of the following:
||For composite science certification: (1) Biology [
311C and [ either 213 or 214] 311D; (2) six hours of coursework
in geological sciences; courses intended for nonscience majors
may not be counted toward this requirement; (3) enough additional
approved coursework in biology, geological sciences, or physics
to provide the required twelve hours in a second field.
The physics courses used to fulfill requirement [
8] 12 above
are also counted toward composite science certification.
|| For physical science certification: (1) to fulfill requirement
|8] 12 above, Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; (2)
Physics 315 and 115L; (3) Mathematics 427K and 427L; (4) Chemistry
153K, 354L, and 154K; (4) Physics 453 and three additional hours
of upper-division coursework in physics.
|17.] 15. |Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Curriculum
and Instruction 650S, UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, 170.
|18.] 16. |Students seeking middle grades certification must complete the following courses:
Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), or Psychology
301 and 304; and Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 10: Secondary School
Reading in the Content Subjects).
|16.] 14. | Enough additional coursework, if needed, to make a total of 120 semester
An honors mathematics course, Chemistry 301H and 302H, Physics 301 and 316, and
a three-semester-hour honors course in biology or computer sciences.
|13.] 12. |Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).
|14.] 13. |[
|An honors] A section of Rhetoric and [ Composition] Writing 309S that
is restricted to Dean’s Scholars.
|15.] 14. |Chemistry 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved
by the departmental honors adviser.
|16.] 15. |Twenty-five additional hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors
|17.] 16. | Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the
College of Fine Arts.
|18.] 17. | [
|A] Enough additional coursework to make a total of [ at
least] 120 semester
The student must fulfill the University-wide graduate requirements given on pages
18-19 and the college requirements given on page 421. He or she must also earn
a grade of at least C
in each course in chemistry taken at the University
and counted toward the prescribed work for the degree.
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 [
and must pass the final teaching
portfolio review; those seeking middle grades certification must also earn a
grade of at least C
each of the courses listed in requirement [
. For information
about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements,
consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.
To graduate under option IV, students must earn grades of A
the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement [
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 IV; under
special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser,
a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.
ORDER AND CHOICE OF WORK
Students are strongly recommended to take the chemistry/biochemistry-major
sections of the following courses: Chemistry 301 or 301H
(if taken), 302 or
, 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N. Students planning a graduate program are
strongly recommended to take Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.
Students in option II should consult the undergraduate adviser each semester
regarding order and choice of work; those in option III should consult the
UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.
The following order of work is recommended as a typical minimum program for
option I. It assumes that the student has high school credit in trigonometry,
college algebra, and the first semester of general chemistry; is able to earn
credit by examination for Chemistry 301; and is able to score well enough on
SAT II: Mathematics Level I test
] SAT Subject Test in Mathematics
to take Mathematics 408C in the first semester of the freshman year. Many
students meet some of the following course requirements by credit by examination.
Chemistry 302 or 302H, and 317; Mathematics
408C and 408D, or 408K. 408L, and 408M
; Physics 301 and 101L, or 303K and 103M,
or 317K and 117M (to be taken after Mathematics 408C); Rhetoric and [
three semester hours to fulfill requirement 5 and three hours to fulfill requirement
 6 of the prescribed work.
Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N,
or 210C, 310M, and 310N; any coursework needed to meet requirement 2 of the
prescribed work; three semester hours to be counted toward requirement [
of the prescribed work; English 316K; Physics 316 and 116L, or 303L and
103N, or 317L and 117N; an upper-division mathematics course (such as Mathematics
427K) or an upper-division computer sciences course.
Chemistry 339K or 369, 353, 153K,
354L, 456; six semester hours of American government; six semester hours of
American history; three semester hours of electives; a three-semester-hour
elective to fulfill requirement 1 of the prescribed work; three semester hours
to be counted toward requirement [
of the prescribed work.
Chemistry 431, 154K, 376K, and [
additional coursework to meet the requirement of at least forty-two hours of
chemistry; these courses must be chosen from those listed in requirement 13
and must include a three-hour laboratory course
] courses to fulfill requirement
12 of the prescribed work. The student must also take enough additional coursework
to fulfill requirements [
11, 12, 14, 15
] 8, 9, 13, and 14
of the prescribed
work. It is recommended that the majority of the elective courses taken to
fulfill requirements [
11 and 14
] 8 and 13
be chosen from upper-division courses
in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, mathematics, and physics.
8. 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.
Degree plan was re-ordered to include and define
the breadth requirement which is an integral part of the Honor’s Option.
Chemistry 301 added to degree requirements; it has always been required, but
was not counted toward degree.