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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF THE
TEXAS INTERDISCIPLINARY PLAN CURRICULUM
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 addition of the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan Curriculum in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the college approved the changes on October 21, 2004. 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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ADDITION OF THE
TEXAS INTERDISCIPLINARY PLAN CURRICULUM
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008



On page 414, under the heading GENERAL INFORMATION in the COLLEGE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS section in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


TEXAS INTERDISCIPLINARY PLAN (TEXAS IP) CURRICULUM

The Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (Texas IP) curriculum allows students to pursue an integrated course of study with a focus on the development and application of critical thinking skills. The eighteen-semester-hour program of study is designed to complement the student’s major with an interdisciplinary sequence of courses that may encompass the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the arts. Students have the opportunity to present an original work in a capstone seminar. Those who plan to pursue the Texas IP curriculum should apply to the program adviser for admission no later than the end of their sophomore year. For more information, see http://www.utexas.edu/tip/TexasIP/.



Students who complete the requirements for the Texas IP curriculum receive a certificate. The requirements are


1. Critical Thinking Seminar:Liberal Arts 302, Philosophy 311, Natural Sciences 302, or Natural Sciences 311. Selected courses may be substituted on a petition basis.

2. Critical Writing Seminar: Rhetoric and Writing 309K or 309S. Selected courses in the Division of Rhetoric and Writing may be substituted on a petition basis.

3. Three additional courses, including at least three semester hours of upper-division coursework, from an interdisciplinary strand prescribed by the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan; or, with approval of the Texas IP Faculty Advisory Panel, a three-course interdisciplinary strand designed by the student.

4. Senior Capstone Seminar: Liberal Arts 371 or Natural Sciences 371.


In the College of Liberal Arts, the Texas IP curriculum may be used to fulfill the minor requirement in the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, with the exception of majors in Latin American studies, if all eighteen semester hours are completed. Spanish majors pursuing the Hispanic linguistics concentration are also excluded from using the Texas IP curriculum for the minor. Final approval of the Texas IP minor coursework rests with the College of Liberal Arts associate dean for academic and student affairs or the associate dean’s authorized representative.



In the College of Natural Sciences, the Texas IP curriculum may be used to complement any major. Some courses that are required by the Texas IP curriculum will also fulfill degree requirements established by the student’s major department and given later in this chapter; however, some of the eighteen hours of coursework in the curriculum may be in addition to the number of hours required for the degree.



RATIONALE: The Texas IP is designed to give students the opportunity to designate an interdisciplinary curriculum that can be integrated within existing degree plans and is organized around a faculty-approved topic that reflects students' intellectual interests. The curriculum stresses the application of critical thinking and writing skills, and the ability to identify and address knowledge gaps in the chosen topic.