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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING DEGREES 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 Engineering Degrees 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 ENGINEERING DEGREES 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:
1. The Liberal Education of Engineers section text has changed to reference chapter two for the core curriculum.
2. In the current University core curriculum, all undergraduate students are required to fulfill a Humanities Requirement. The Humanities Requirement will be renamed the Visual and Performing Arts Requirement under the new University core curriculum.
3. Currently undergraduate students are required to complete 12 total hours of science/math. The science/math requirement will be split into two areas of requirements: Mathematics and Natural Sciences Part I and Part II.
4. Course listings are updated to reflect the core curriculum course offerings.
5. Three elective hours that are currently required will be replaced by a First-Year Signature Course, with the exception of the Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology degree program.
6. The Requirements Included in all Engineering Degree Plans text has changed to reference chapter two for the core curriculum.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 161-163

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. The current Humanities Requirement will be re-categorized as the Visual and Performing Arts Requirement in accordance with the new University core curriculum. No substantive changes will take place.
2. Three hours will still be required for the mathematics portion. Natural Science courses have been arranged such that includes broad introductory courses and courses on special topics in science. No substantive changes will take place.
3. The First-Year Signature Course will be required during a student’s first year in residence and is designed to introduce UT undergraduates to academic discussion and analysis of complex real-world issues presented from an interdisciplinary perspective. This will be replacing three hours of elective coursework so as not to increase the number of hours required to complete a BS degree,. The exception will be the Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology degree program.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A

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: June 13, 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.