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Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the college approved the changes on October 21, 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 ( on April 13, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.



On page 436, under the heading DEGREES, in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


The student preparing for a career in clinical laboratory science (medical technology) completes [about] at least one hundred hours of academic work at the University. [and then] After this work is completed, the student enters an accredited school of clinical laboratory science (or medical technology) for an additional [twelve-month training program] twelve to sixteen months of clinical education. [Upon] After completion of [the training program] this education, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science and is eligible for national certifying examinations administered by the National [Certifying] Credentialing Agency for [Medical] Laboratory Personnel (NCA) and the American Society [of] for Clinical [Pathologists] Pathology (ASCP). Successful completion of these exams results in national certification as a clinical laboratory scientist or medical technologist.

The purpose of this degree program is to meet the increasing demand for laboratory professionals in hospital and clinic laboratories, research, industry, public health, education, and laboratory management. Clinical laboratory science is also an excellent foundation for graduate study in medicine, dentistry, management, education, and other disciplines.


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. One of the following foreign language/culture options: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. Mathematics [305G or] 408C or 408K. [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. Biology [211, 212, 213, 214,] 311C, 311D, 318M, 320 or 329 or 330, 325, 126L, 226R, 226T, [329 or 330,] 344, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, and 365S [or the equivalent].


9. Chemistry 301[;], 302[;], 204[;], [either] 210C, 310M, [and] 310N, [or 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N; 455;] and 369.

10. Eight semester hours of physics, in one of the following sequences: Physics 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; or 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N[; 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N].

11. Enough additional elective coursework if necessary to make a total of at least one hundred semester hours of academic work completed at the University before the [twelve-month training program] clinical education program.

12. The completion of twelve to sixteen months of [training] clinical education in a program of clinical laboratory science (or medical technology) accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). The student must apply to and be accepted into a clinical education program. The faculty adviser in the School of Biological Sciences and the clinical education program director work closely with each student to ensure his or her success in the program. Upon completion of the clinical education program, the student must submit a letter from the program director verifying completion of coursework and a transcript showing grades in all courses in the program to the Office of the Dean, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 78712-1199. To be counted toward the degree, the coursework must be approved by the faculty adviser in the School of Biological Sciences and the dean. [None of the work in the training program may be used to fulfill residence requirements.] None of the coursework completed in the clinical education program may be used to fulfill in-residence degree requirements, requirements 1 through 11 of the prescribed work above, or the requirements for a second bachelor’s degree.


The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation 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 used to fulfill requirements 8 and 12 of the prescribed work above.


The student should consult [the] with his or her academic and faculty [adviser] advisers each semester regarding order and choice of work and balancing the laboratory load. [Students should complete the requirements both for general chemistry (Chemistry 301, 302, and 204) and for introductory biology (Biology 211, 212, 213, and 214) during the first year, since these courses are prerequisites for Biology 325 and subsequent biology courses. Organic chemistry (Chemistry 210C, 310M, and 310N; or 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N) should be completed as soon thereafter as possible, since it is prerequisite to biochemistry.] To complete the program within four years, it may be necessary for the student [must] to take some courses during the summer.

RATIONALE: Changes in the “3+1” B.S. CLS degree are proposed to meet new mathematics requirements in the College of Natural Sciences, changing course offerings in the School of Biological Sciences and new requirements of the CLS clinical education programs with which we are affiliated.

Overview of the Changes:

Four hours of Analytical Chemistry (CH 455) will be dropped from the degree plan so that two new courses can be added: Biology (BIO 344) and Statistics (BIO 318M). Pre-requisite courses in molecular biology and statistics are now required by our affiliated CLS clinical education programs. Eight hours of Introductory Biology (BIO 211, 212, 213, 214) will be replaced with six hours of Introductory Biology (BIO 311C and 311D). Breadth will be increased by allowing students to choose between three courses: Cell Biology (BIO 320), Medical Mycology (BIO 329) or Animal Virology (BIO 330). Finally, one semester of Calculus (Mathematics 408K or 408C) will now be required and Pre-Calculus (Mathematics 305G) will no longer be an option.

The total number of hours for the degree plan will not change since 6 hours have been deleted (2 hours of Introductory Biology and 4 hours of Analytical Chemistry) and 6 hours (BIO 344 and BIO 318M) have been added.