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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I DEGREE TO 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 General Faculty changes to the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I degree in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on May 1, 2007, and the dean approved the addition 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 5, 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 December 20, 2007.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 6, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I DEGREE TO THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1) Redistribute the “area” requirements due to implementation of University core prescribed work:
  • Social Sciences and General Culture areas reduced from six to three hours each (in addition to the three hours each required for the core requirement)
  • Math/Natural Science:
    a. reduced area requirement from 18 to six hours for general B.A., (since 12 hours are covered by the core)
    b. with the rewrite of Area C, we were able to close the loophole that allowed 12 hours in Mathematics to be used; now, the statement
    “a maximum of 9 hours in one subject may be used for both the University core in mathematics and natural science and the B.A. prescribed work” limits all courses in these categories to nine hours

2) Allow courses from the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation to count as math toward the mathematics and natural sciences prescribed coursework. This change has been approved by the College of Natural Sciences (and Undergraduate Studies.)
3) Condense the “Degree Requirements, General” and the “Degree Requirements, Specific” sections into one. The text has been streamlined and redundancies were removed where possible; remove to references to “areas” and add references to the University core.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 455-457

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
1. These changes are due to implementation of University core requirements in the natural sciences chapter.
2. Our faculty approved the statistics and scientific computation on May 1, 2007.
3. In order to make our chapter of the catalog more efficient, the text under the BA, PLAN I is divided into SUMMARY OF THE BA PLAN I and DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, SPECIFIC, and the information is restated in each section.
4. This change complies with THECB guidelines for a Bachelor of Arts degree, which require at least 24 hours for a major.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
It impacts the College of Liberal Arts because CONS and COLA share the BA, Plan I.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Yes.
Person Communicated With: Cindy Cervantes of COLA
Date of communication: August 2007

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
No.

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

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

College: yes Date: May 1, 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.