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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN ENGINEERING ROUTE TO BUSINESS IN THE
MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Thomas Gilligan of the McCombs School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the changes to the Bachelor of Business Administration with a major engineering route to business in the School of Business chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on April 2, 2009, and the dean approved the proposed changes on May 8, 2009. 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 approved the proposal at its meeting on October 7, 2009, 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 October 22, 2009.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on October 12, 2009.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN ENGINEERING ROUTE TO BUSINESS IN THE
MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Engineering Route to Business

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Addition of one (1) Engineering Block Option in Petroleum Engineering; and,
2. Addition of one (1) Business Block Option in Quantitative Financial Modeling
3. Deletion of one (1) Engineering Block Option in Biomedical Engineering
4. Deletion of a three-semester hour business elective
5. Editorial changes to requirement # 3 based on the changes to the UT core science and technology requirement.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
pages 59-60

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. The Petroleum engineering option is in response to student input and desire for an engineering option in Petroleum and Energy. This is particularly significant given the current emphasis in business and society on energy. Key corporate recruiting companies such as Shell Oil and Chevron have also stated their support and interest for an ERB option in this area.
2. The Quantitative Financial Modeling business option is also in response to input from corporate recruiters and sponsors in the Financial Services industry and Energy (Petroleum) Sales and Trading organizations.
3. Student interest in the biomedical option did not live up to expectations; there are currently no students in the biomedical option, and haven’t been for at least one year. Additionally, the department has recently changed a number of their course prerequisites that make it extremely difficult for our ERB students to pursue the BME option and still graduate in four years.
4. The deletion of the business elective is a correction to the 08-10 catalog submission. Under that catalog we added an upper-division statistics course to all of the business degree plans. In most cases generic elective hours were decreased by three to compensate for the addition. However, the ERB plan has no electives and the stand alone business elective was supposed to be deleted to compensate for the added hours. Through an oversight that part of the legislation was not submitted, thus affecting the total number of hours for the degree.
5. The UT core natural science requirement has been renamed science and technology. ERB requires one semester of chemistry, which can be used to fulfill part II of the requirement.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? Yes, adding one engineering block option in petroleum engineering would require that McCombs’ ERB students be allowed to take the suggested Petroleum Engineering courses.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Yes
Person communicated with: Chris Jablonowski, Ph.D.—Department of Petroleum Engineering
Date of Communication: We have had numerous e-mail communications throughout the Fall 2008. We had a face-to-face meeting on November 12 to discuss the ERB major and a Petroleum Engineering option. Most recently we communicated on January 19, 2009, when he laid out his proposal for the classes that would make up the PE option. Dr. Jablonowski is supportive of the ERB major and investigated and proposed the classes that would be part of the major.

Person communicated with: Tad Patzek, PhD, Chair, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
Date of Communication: March 31, 2009, meeting with Douglas Morrice, Chair Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management, Michael Hasler, Associate Director for Supply Chain Management Center, and Lise Burson, Assistant Dean.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No, the deletion of the business elective is a correction to the 08-10 catalog submission. Under that catalog we added an upper-division statistics course to all of the business degree plans. In most cases generic elective hours were decreased by three to compensate for the addition. However, the ERB plan has no electives and the stand alone business elective was supposed to be deleted to compensate for the added hours. Through an oversight that part of the legislation was not submitted. The total hours will remain at 124 due to the required UT core freshman signature course.

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: 3/6/2009
Program Committee:
Yes
Date: 4/2/2009
College:
Yes
Date: 5/8/2009
Dean:
Yes
Date: 5/8/2009

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