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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF A MASTERS OPTION IN THE
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the addition of a masters option in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on October 17, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on October 3, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 19, 2007, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 January 24, 2008.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 10, 2008. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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ADDITION OF A MASTERS OPTION IN THE
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES—OPTION IV: INTEGRATED PROGRAM
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
The Department of Computer Sciences proposes an additional B.S. option that is earned simultaneously with an M.S. degree in computer science. Students apply to the undergraduate degree option in their junior years. Students apply to the graduate degree option in their senior years.
Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 447 and 472-474

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
The Department will identify high-achieving and intellectually advanced students for this program. Undergraduates will be able to spend one additional year in college to receive an advanced degree, better preparing them to enter Ph.D. programs or industry positions that require a more complex set of skills.

Many sister computer science departments offer combined undergraduate and graduate degrees, commonly known as Five-Year Master's Plans. These universities include MIT, CMU, and the University of Washington at St. Louis. The option will make our department more attractive to high school students, particularly the high-achieving students who are typically admitted to the Turing Scholars Program, an undergraduate honors curriculum and research degree option.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A
Person communicated with: N/A
Date of Communication: N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
Yes and no; the required number of hours for Option I and II is 130; the required hours for Option III is 120. Option IV will require 120 since the students will take 30 hours of master's level coursework.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain. No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: May 3, 2007
College: yes Date: July 12, 2007
Dean: yes Date: October 3, 2007

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.