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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
MATHEMATICS 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 following changes to the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics 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 Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

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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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
MATHEMATICS IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Option I: Drop requirement for an ECO or FIN class beyond ECO 304K/L; replace it with a requirement for an additional actuarial math class—rather than any three of a list of actuarial math classes, require M 339J and M 339U for breadth plus any two from a list.

Option V: New topic of M 375T added as an option in list of upper-division math courses.
Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 478-479; 481

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
Option I: The actuarial profession has decided, through its formal exams, that two semesters of economics (micro and macro) is sufficient background, and that financial mathematics should be learned instead. We therefore dropped the requirement for ECO 420K or FIN 377.2 (they can still be taken as electives), replaced that requirement with one for an additional actuarial math class, from a list that now includes financial mathematics.

Option V: Add M 375T Discovery: An Introduction to Graduate Study in Mathematics
The course is designed for UTeach pre-service mathematics teachers considering discovery teaching methodology and/or graduate work in mathematics or mathematics education. This course explores topics related to the foundations of the primary strands of mathematics present in the typical graduate mathematics program. In particular, topics included are selected from the areas of analysis, algebra, and topology.
The class is composed of 14 upper-division undergraduate mathematics students who are also seeking secondary mathematics teacher certification. The first chapter of the Wall book is used extensively as a foundation of statements and theorems for use in order to prove supplemental statements and theorems in
1) Analysis and Topology—with regard to the completeness of the number line, open and closed intervals, coverability of intervals, and the idea of continuity.
2) Algebra—with regard to constructability of points in both the real and complex number fields.
Calculus—the relation of the above topics to important concepts in calculus and in secondary mathematics

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
Yes, liberal arts offers the ECO 420K course that is being dropped.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Yes
Person communicated with: Richard Flores, associate dean for academic affairs, liberal arts
Date of Communication: 12/19/2007 in CUDPR meeting

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: October 17, 2007
College: yes Date: October 17, 2007
Dean: yes Date: October 3, 2007


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COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: July 6, 2007
College: yes Date: September 5, 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.