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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Gregory Fenves of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on September 9, 2009, and the dean approved the changes on August 27, 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 recommended approval of the change on December 2, 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 for 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 February 22, 2010.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on February 12, 2010.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Addition of Freshman Seminar Course (3 credits) in spring semester year year, offset by deletion of Technical Elective (3 credits).
2. Conversion of BME102, Principles of Biomedical Engineering, to lab course, 102L, as part of the basic sequence.
3. Addition of EE 319K, Introduction to Microcontrollers, in place of EE312, Introduction to Programming, as part of the basic sequence.
4. Addition of BME 343, Biomedical Engineering Signal and System Analysis (3 credits) offset by deletion of Technical Elective (3 credits).
5. Restructuring of Technical Area electives choices. Other previously required Tech Area electives are now optional, including CHE 350, Chemical Engineering Materials and BIO 325, Genetics. Additional of more elective choices.
6. The faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering has voted to accept the grade of C as the lowest acceptable passing grade. A grade of C- will not be accepted as a passing grade for any course required for the Biomedical Engineering degree.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 168-171

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. Per Cockrell School of Engineering Academic Affairs Office.
2. In an ongoing effort to engage incoming students with hands on technology, this lab will expose students to each BME technical area through lab exercises.
3. As per change in ECE course sequencing requirements.
4. Students continue to request more engineering content.
5. Some technical electives were redundant. Students are asking for the opportunity to include other engineering courses in their elective choices to broaden them as engineers.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? Yes, changing BIO 325 from required to optional my decrease the number of students enrolling and will impact the College of Natural Sciences .Yes, eliminating EE312 from the core will decrease the number of students taking the class by approximately 85 per year. Adding EE 319K will increase the students taking the course by approximately 85 per year making CHE 350 an optional elective may decrease the number of students taking the course.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response.
Person communicated with: Diane Larson, academic advising coordinator, College of Natural Sciences
Date of communication: October 15, 2009
Email from Ms. Larson: “Since there are no upper division biology courses listed, I foresee no problems.”

Person communicated with: John Valvano and Craig Chase, ECE
Date of communication: May 11, 2009


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. Addition of Signature course increases the Basic Sequence by three hours. Yes, it reflects the changes to the new University core curriculum.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: May 12, 2009
College Approval Date: September 9, 2009
Dean Approval Date: August 27, 2009

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