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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER 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 Electrical and Computer 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 exclusive interest to a single 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 17, 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 ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
The new program will differ in that there will now be a two-year common core for all students. In previous catalogs, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering degrees diverged in the third semester. Additionally, the upper division core classes branching into 15 technical areas will be replaced with seven core tracks. Rather than selecting two technical areas with three electives each, the students will select a primary core plus four electives and a secondary core. There will not be any required electives for the secondary core; however, where there is overlap in classes with the primary core, students must choose classes from the elective list such that they take at least four courses in their secondary area.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 179-184

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
By moving to a two-year core, students can delay choosing a specialization by one semester. This allows them to take more courses before making their decision, thus making a more informed decision. By moving to seven cores, we reduce the amount of material that isn't applicable to the student’s area of interest, which should help retention. Also, reducing the fifteen technical electives to seven core technical tracks, removes the over specificity of the specialization allowing the students to focus and attain depth in their studies while still staying broad enough to be prepared for any ECE graduate program. Finally, the students will be able to take more electives in their primary area of interest, while receiving more guidance in the core topics of their secondary area.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? No, but it does affect biomedical engineering by making EE 319K a prerequisite of EE 312.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. ECE communicated with BME
Person Communicated with: Stas Emelianov, Krish Roy, Cindy Zimmerman, Andy Dunn, James Tunnel, all of the Department of Biomedical Engineering
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. Yes, it reflects the changes to the new University core curriculum.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: May 14, 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.