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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE COMPUTER SCIENCES 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 computer sciences degree program in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the college approved the changes on May 16, 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 COMPUTER SCIENCES PROGRAM
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008



On page 416, under the heading ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION, in the ADMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCES section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


ADMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCES

To apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences, option I, degree program, the student must earn a grade of at least C in each of four basic sequence courses: Computer Sciences 307, 313K, [and] 315, and Mathematics 408C or 408L[, and Philosophy 313K]. He or she must complete at least two of these courses in residence at the University. These requirements apply both to pre-computer sciences students and to other University students seeking admission to one of these two computer sciences programs.

Applications are evaluated after the end of each fall semester, spring semester, and summer session by the Department of Computer Sciences Admission Committee. Students whose applications are denied may reapply through the supplemental admission process the following semester. Admission decisions are based on the student’s grade point average in the basic sequence courses, his or her University grade point average, and other factors; these factors include, but are not limited to, the difficulty of the student’s course load, course repetitions, and proven mathematical ability. Students should consult advisers in the College of Natural Sciences Transitional Advising Center (TRAC) for information about the application process and application deadlines.

RATIONALE: Computer Sciences 313K, which replaces Philosophy 313K, will be required of C S majors.


On page 426, 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:


Computer Sciences

An undergraduate may not enroll in any computer sciences course more than once without written consent of an undergraduate adviser in computer sciences. No student may enroll in any computer sciences course more than twice. No student may take more than three upper-division computer sciences courses in a semester without written consent of an undergraduate adviser in computer sciences.

Major: Computer Sciences 307, 310 or 310H, 313K or 313H, 315 or 315H, [328 or 327 or 337H,] 336 or 336H, 337 or 337H, 341 or 341H, 352 or 352H, 372 or 372H, and at least twelve additional semester hours of approved upper-division coursework in computer sciences.1 Computer Sciences 370 may be counted toward the degree only once.

Minor for computer sciences majors: Mathematics 408C, 408D, [Philosophy 313K or Computer Sciences 313H,] Electrical Engineering 316, and one of the following courses: Mathematics 427K, 328K, 340L, 341, 343K, 343L, 344K, 346, 348, 358K, 362K, 362M, 364K, 364L, 367K, 372K, 373K, 374G, 374K, 474M, 376C, 378K.

With the exception of Computer Sciences 307, 313K, and 315, all computer sciences courses that may be

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counted toward a degree in computer sciences are restricted to students who have been admitted to the computer sciences major or have the consent of the undergraduate faculty adviser.

RATIONALE: Computer Sciences 313K, which replaces Philosophy 313K, will be required of C S majors. Computer Sciences 328 is no longer offered.



On pages 437-438, 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 COMPUTER SCIENCES


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences degree program provides a strong technical background for students planning to begin careers upon graduation and for those interested in graduate study in computer sciences. This program allows students to take more coursework in computer sciences and related technical areas than does the Bachelor of Arts degree program.

Students who would like to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences must first be admitted to the degree program. The admission process for option I is described in the section “Admission to the Department of Computer Sciences,” page 416; for option II, in the section “Turing Scholars in Computer Sciences,” page 418; and for option III, in the section “Dean’s Scholars Honors Options,” 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.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 history.

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

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

[6. Options I and II: One of the following sequences of coursework:
a. Biology 211, 212, and either 213 or 214; and Biology 205L, 206L, or 208L.
b. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
c. Geological Sciences 401 and either 404C or 405.
d. Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, and 103N.
Option III: Six semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics .]

[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.


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[8.

Options I and II: Mathematics 408C, 408D, 340L or 341, and one of the following: Mathematics 427K, 328K, 343K, 343L, 344K, 346, 348, 358K, 362K, 362M, 364K, 364L, 367K, 372K, 373K, 374G, 374K, 474M, 376C, 378K.
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.
A course may not be counted toward both requirement 8 and requirement 9. 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.
]

[9. Options I and II: An additional sequence chosen from those in requirement 6 above, or one of the following sequences. Students in option III must complete sequence e.
a. Biology 325 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in biology approved by the undergraduate adviser.
b. Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N, or Chemistry 210C, 310M, and 310N, or at least six hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry approved by the undergraduate adviser.
c. Geological Sciences 416K and 426P, or six hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences approved by the undergraduate adviser.
d. Physics 315 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in physics approved by the undergraduate adviser.
e. At least six hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics approved by the undergraduate adviser. A course may not be counted toward both requirement 8 and requirement 9.
f. Electrical Engineering 313 and 331.]


[10. Options I and II: Philosophy 313K or Computer Sciences 313H.9
Option III: Computer Sciences 313H.9


[11. Options I and II: Electrical Engineering 316. Students in option III are exempt from this requirement.]

[12.] 7. At least forty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework.

[13.] 8. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in computer sciences must be completed in residence at the University.

[14. Options I and II: Enough additional coursework to make a total of 130 semester hours.
Option III: A total of at least 120 semester hours.
]


ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

OPTION I: COMPUTER SCIENCES

9. Mathematics 408C, 408D, either 340L or 341, and one of the following: Mathematics 427K, 328K, 343K, 343L, 344K, 346, 348, 358K, 362K, 362M, 364K, 364L, 367K, 372K, 373K, 374G, 374K, 474M, 376C, 378K.

10. One of the following sequences of coursework:
a. Biology 311C and 311D; and Biology 205L, 206L, or 208L.
b. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
c. Geological Sciences 401 and either 404C or 405.
d. Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, and 103N.


11. An additional sequence chosen from those in requirement 10 above, or one of the following sequences:
a. Biology 325 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in biology approved by the undergraduate adviser.
b. Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N, or Chemistry 210C, 310M, and 310N, or at least six hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry approved by the undergraduate adviser.
c. Geological Sciences 416K and 426P, or at least six hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences approved by the undergraduate adviser.
d. Physics 315 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in physics approved by the undergraduate adviser.
e. At least six hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics approved by the undergraduate adviser. A course may not be counted toward both requirement 10 and requirement 11.
f. Electrical Engineering 313 and 331.


12. Electrical Engineering 316.

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[15.] 13. At least [forty-two] forty-five semester hours in computer sciences, consisting of Computer Sciences 307, 310, 313K, 315, [328 or 337,] 336, 337, 341, 345, 352, 372, and fifteen additional hours of approved upper-division coursework.

14. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 130 semester hours.


OPTION II: TURING SCHOLARS HONORS

9. Mathematics 408C, 408D, either 340L or 341, and one of the following: Mathematics 427K, 328K, 343K, 343L, 344K, 346, 348, 358K, 362K, 362M, 364K, 364L, 367K, 372K, 373K, 374G, 374K, 474M, 376C, 378K.

10. One of the following sequences of coursework:
a. Biology 311C and 311D; and Biology 205L, 206L, or 208L.
b. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
c. Geological Sciences 401 and either 404C or 405.
d. Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, and 103N.


11. An additional sequence chosen from those in requirement 10 above, or one of the following sequences:
a. Biology 325 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in biology approved by the undergraduate adviser.
b. Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N, or Chemistry 210C, 310M, and 310N, or at least six hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry approved by the undergraduate adviser.
c. Geological Sciences 416K and 426P, or at least six hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences approved by the undergraduate adviser.
d. Physics 315 and at least three hours of upper-division coursework in physics approved by the undergraduate adviser.
e. At least six hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics approved by the undergraduate adviser. A course may not be counted toward both requirement 10 and requirement 11.
f. Electrical Engineering 313 and 331.


12. Electrical Engineering 316.

[15.] 13. Computer Sciences 310 or 310H, 313K or 313H, and 315 or 315H.

[15.] 13. At least thirty-four semester hours of upper-division coursework in computer sciences, including Computer Sciences 336 or 336H, 337 or 337H, 341 or 341H, 345 or 345H, 352 or 352H, 372 or 372H, 178H, and 379H.9 The courses the student chooses to fulfill this requirement must be approved by the Turing Scholars program director; at least five of them, in addition to Computer Sciences 178H and 379H, must be honors courses. The honors thesis the student completes in Computer Sciences 379H must be approved by the program director.

15. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 130 semester hours.


OPTION III: COMPUTER SCIENCES HONORS

9. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course; Computer Sciences 310H, 313H, and 315H; and six semester hours chosen from the following courses, including coursework in two fields of study: Biology 315H, 325H, Chemistry 301, 302, Physics 301, 315, 316.

10. At least six semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics approved by the undergraduate adviser.

[15.] 11. Computer Sciences [310H, 315H,] 336H, 352H, 372H, and twelve additional hours of upper-division coursework in computer sciences.9

[16.] 12. Natural Sciences 301C (Research Methods).

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

[18.] 14. Computer Sciences 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser

[19.] 15. Thirty-one additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.

[20.] 16. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.

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


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SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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, 10, and 11 of the common prescribed work above and] in each course in computer sciences used to fulfill the [additional] prescribed work requirements for his or her option; students in options I and II must also earn a grade of at least C in each course used to fulfill requirements 9 and 12 of the prescribed work.

With the exception of Computer Sciences 307, 313K, and 315, all computer sciences courses that may be counted toward a degree in computer sciences are restricted to students who have been admitted to the computer sciences major or have the consent of the undergraduate faculty adviser.

An undergraduate may not enroll in any computer sciences course more than once without written consent of an undergraduate adviser in computer sciences. No student may enroll in any computer sciences course more than twice. No student may take more than three upper-division computer sciences courses in a semester without written consent of an undergraduate adviser in computer sciences.

Students in the Turing Scholars program must maintain a University grade point average of at least 3.50; like all students, they must also know and abide by the academic and disciplinary policies given in this catalog and in General Information. Those who fail to do so will be considered for academic dismissal from the Turing Scholars program. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the director, a student will be allowed to continue in the program under academic review. A student who is academically dismissed from the program may enter another computer sciences program if he or she fulfills the scholastic standards for continuance in the University given in General Information. Students in scholastic difficulty should discuss their problems with a Turing Scholars program academic adviser and the director.

To graduate under option III, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 18 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.



ORDER AND CHOICE OF WORK

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


1. Computer sciences courses with numbers ending in H are intended for students in the Turing Scholars Program. Students outside the program may enroll in them only with the special consent of the honors director.
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 language deficiency.
9. Computer sciences courses with numbers ending in H are intended for students in option II, the Turing Scholars Program, and option III, computer sciences honors. Students outside these options may enroll in these courses only with the special consent of the honors director.




RATIONALE: Computer Sciences 313K, which replaces Philosophy 313K, will be required of C S majors.
Computer Sciences 328 is no longer offered. Degree plan was re-ordered to include and define the breadth requirement which is an integral part of the Honor’s Option.