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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE CHEMISTRY DEGREE 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 chemistry degree program 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 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

Major: 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.


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:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY

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--

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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

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 options III and IV are exempt from this requirement.8
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- 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.

[8. 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:
a. 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.



[10. 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.


RATIONALE: Ch 301 will now count toward this degree.

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ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: CHEMISTRY

10. 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.

[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.


RATIONALE: 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.

[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. [(Either course may also be counted toward requirement 6 of the prescribed work.)]

11. 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 electives.


OPTION III: TEACHING

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.


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12. 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:
a. General chemistry: Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317.
b. Organic chemistry: Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N; or 210C, 310M, and 310N.
c. Biochemistry: Chemistry 339K and 339L, or Chemistry 369.
d. Physical chemistry: Chemistry 353 or 353M.
e. Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 455 or 456.
f. 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:
a. For composite science certification: (1) Biology [211, 212,] 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.
b. 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 hours.


OPTION IV: CHEMISTRY HONORS

10. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course, Chemistry 301H and 302H, Physics 301 and 316, and a three-semester-hour honors course in biology or computer sciences.

11. Chemistry 317.

[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 adviser.

[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 hours.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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 [17] 15 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review; those seeking middle grades certification must also earn a grade of at least C in each of the courses listed in requirement [18] 16. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

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To graduate under option IV, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement [15] 14 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 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 302H, 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 the [SAT II: Mathematics Level I test] SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1 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.

First year: 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 [Composition] Writing 306; three semester hours to fulfill requirement 5 and three hours to fulfill requirement [7] 6 of the prescribed work.

Second year: 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 [15] 14 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.

Third year: 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 [15] 14  of the prescribed work.

Fourth year: Chemistry 431, 154K, 376K, and [enough 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.

RATIONALE: 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.