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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS
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 the Bachelor of Science in Physics 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 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008



On pages 452-454, 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 PHYSICS

All aspects of the physical universe are of interest to the physicist, who seeks to understand not only the smallest forms of matter and the rich phenomena present in our everyday lives but also the universe itself. Physics has played a critical role in human technological and intellectual development during the twentieth century. The tools of the physicist--observation, imagination, model building, prediction, and deduction--will enable physics to continue this influence into the new century. The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program is designed to provide the skills, understanding, and outlook required for participation in the discovery of new knowledge about nature.

The Bachelor of Science in Physics program is balanced and broad. It is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and, with additional training, for work in a variety of other areas, such as astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computer sciences, engineering, geophysics, mathematics, medicine, physics teaching, and space sciences. Students who end their formal training with the bachelor’s degree may seek employment in industry, in national laboratories, or in teaching. These students should consider the options in computation, radiation physics, space sciences, and teaching, which augment the broad instruction provided by the basic Bachelor of Science in Physics. For those who plan to teach physics in secondary school, the teaching option provides the courses needed for certification.

Admission to option VI, physics honors, requires completion of 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-IV: One of the following foreign language/culture choices. Students in options V and VI are exempt from this requirement.12
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-IV: Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.
Option V: Students in option V are exempt from this requirement.
Option VI: An honors section of Chemistry 302.
]


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[7. Options I-IV: Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.
Option V: Students in option V are exempt from this requirement.
Option VI: An honors section of Biology 302C.
]

[8.] 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.

[9.] 7. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

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


ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, must be completed in residence at the University.

OPTION I: PHYSICS

This option is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and for further study or work in a variety of other areas.

9. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.

10. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.

11. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.

[11.] 12. [Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the degree.] Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalent, 427K and 427L, and nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics [408C, 408D, 427K, 427L,] 340L, 361, and 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may 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.]

[12.] 13. At least twenty-nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.

[13.] 14. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION II: COMPUTATION

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation and hands-on skill in computation for the student who plans a career or further study in computational physics or computer sciences. Students who complete this 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.

9. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.

10. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.

11. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.


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[11.] 12. [Twenty-two semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.] Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalent, 427K and 427L, and six additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics [408C, 408D, 427K, 427L,] 340L, [and] 361, and 362K. [S 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.]

[12.] 13. At least twenty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 329, 336K, 352K, 453, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.

[13.] 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, and 327E.

[14.] 15. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION III: RADIATION PHYSICS

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for the student who plans a career or further study in nuclear engineering, radiation engineering, or health physics.

9. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.

10. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.

11. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.

[11.] 12. [Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.] Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalent, 427K and 427L, and nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics [408C, 408D, 427K, 427L,] 340L, 361, and 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may 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.]

[12.] 13. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362L, 369, and 373, or their equivalents.

[13.] 14. Thirteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in mechanical engineering: Mechanical Engineering 337C, 337D, 361F, 177K, and 379M (Topic: Radioactive Waste Management).

[14.] 15. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION IV: SPACE SCIENCES

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for the student who plans a career or further study in space sciences.

9. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.

10. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.

11. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.
[11.] 12. [Twenty-five semester hours of mathematics at the level of Mathematics 408C and above. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.] Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalents, 427K and 427L, and nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics [408C, 408D, 427K, 427L,] 340L, 361, and 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may 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.]


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[12.] 13. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, consisting of Physics 329, 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 369, and 373, or their equivalents.

[13.] 14. Either fifteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in aerospace engineering or thirteen hours in aerospace engineering and three additional hours of upper-division coursework in physics.

[14.] 15. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


OPTION V: 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 composite science certification with physics as the primary teaching field, physical science certification, or mathematics/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.

9. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.

[11.] 10. Mathematics 408C[,] and 408D or the equivalent, 427K[,] and 427L, and either 340L, 341, 361, or 362K. [Only courses at the level of calculus and above may 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.]

[12.] 11. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, consisting of Physics 329, 336K, 338K, and 453; either 333, 352K, or 373; a three-hour course approved by the undergraduate adviser, such as Physics 370C or an upper-division astronomy course; and Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods). With the consent of the program coordinator, an upper-division physics course that includes a substantial research component may be substituted for Physics 341.

[13.] 12. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.

[14.] 13. One of the following:
a. For composite science certification: (1) Biology [211, 212, and either 213 or 214] 311C and 311D; (2) Chemistry 301 and 302; (3) six hours of coursework in geological sciences; courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; (4) enough additional approved coursework in biology, chemistry, or geological sciences to provide the required twelve hours in a second field.
b. For physical science certification: (1) Chemistry 301, 302, 204 or 317, 353, 153K, 354L, 154K, and 455 or 456; (2) three additional hours of upper-division coursework in physics.
c. For mathematics/physical science certification: (1) Chemistry 301 and 302; (2) Mathematics 315C, 325K, 326K or 360M, 333L, 358K, and 362K.


[15.] 14. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Curriculum and Instruction 650S, UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, 170.

[16.] 15. 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).

[17.] 16. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve hours of upper-division work in physics taken in residence at the University.

[18.] 17. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 120 semester hours.


OPTION VI: PHYSICS HONORS

9. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course, Biology 315H, Chemistry 302H, Mathematics 427K or 427L, and Physics 315 and 316.

[11. An honors-designated mathematics course that is restricted to those who have earned credit on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Calculus.]

[12.] 10. [Honors sections of Mathematics 427K and 427L; and] Mathematics 340L and 361.

[13.] 11. [Honors sections of Physics 315 and 316; and] Physics 115L, 116L, 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 373, and 474.

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


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

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

[17.] 15. Twenty additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.

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

[19.] 17. [A] Enough additional coursework to make a total of [at least] 120 semester hours.


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 earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in physics courses taken at the University [and used to fulfill requirement 12 (options I-V) or requirements 13 and 16 (option VI) of the prescribed work above.] and counted toward the prescribed work requirements for his or her option.

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 [15] 14 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 [16] 15. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

To graduate under option VI, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement [16] 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 VI; 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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12. 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: The lower-division physics courses are prerequisites for upper-division physics courses that are required for the degree. The current requirement for mathematics is for 22 or 25 semester hours (depending on the option) of mathematics at the level of M 408C and above. Currently, students who take M 408K, L, and M end up taking fewer upper-division hours of M than students who do M 408C and D. Also, students who do the BC Calculus exam and petition for credit for M 408C and take M 427-AP are at a disadvantage as far as total hours of mathematics are concerned, even though they have done an accelerated sequence.

The degree plan was rewritten to make clarify the differences in the options. The honors option was rewritten to define and highlight the breadth requirement which is an integral part of that option.