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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes, including a name change, to the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the changes on October 16, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as exclusive interest to one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 23, 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 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 December 14, 2009.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on December 9, 2009.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
There are four college-wide changes being made to the prescribed work and special requirements for this degree: (1) A statement that students must satisfy the University-wide core curriculum requirements has been added and redundant line requirements have been stricken; (2) Honors course options are listed as satisfying the introductory chemistry requirement in the degree; (3) The foreign language requirements have been modified to reflect the change in the foreign language curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts; (4) The GPA requirement statement has been modified to reflect the change to +/- grading.

There were also specific changes to the degree requirements:
(1) A change of name from B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science degree to B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science.
(2) Updating the list of biology courses used to satisfy degree options. In particular, students will now have a choice between taking BIO 344 or 366R and BIO 326R or 326M.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 513-514

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
College-Wide Changes:
(1) Core Curriculum:
The college is adopting the University-wide common core for its B.S. degrees for the 2010-12 catalog. Our degree plans are being updated to reflect this change.
(2) Honors Course Options:
For the past two years, qualified natural sciences students have had the option to complete an honors biology sequence (BIO 315H and BIO 325) and an honors chemistry sequence (CH 301H and CH 302H) to satisfy their introductory biology and chemistry course requirements. The degree plans in the college are being updated to reflect this option.
(3) Calculus:
The college has created a two-semester calculus sequence for science majors (M 408N and M 408S) that will emphasize the science-related applications of calculus. The curriculum in this two-semester sequence will be collaboratively informed by the mathematics faculty and the science faculty and is expected to better prepare science students to be successful as they progress through their calculus-based science and laboratory course work. Data in the college has shown that students who progress as a cohort through their required coursework tend to be more successful. Given the low success rates of natural sciences students in M 408K and M 408L, it is expected that these new courses will decrease the repeat-rate of science students taking first and second semester calculus, thereby reducing the impact on the college’s instructional budget as well. Natural Sciences students will continue to have the option of completing the traditional two-semester sequence for calculus-ready students, M 408C and M 408D. The majority of students are expected to complete the M 408N and M 408S sequence.
(4) GPA Requirements:
The college’s adoption of C- as the minimum grade required for course credit raises the possibility that students may satisfy all degree requirements with grades of C- but simultaneously fall short of the minimum 2.0 GPA required in the major. Therefore, the college is implementing a common GPA statement for all degrees in the college to clarify that students must have a grade of at least C-, and a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the math and science courses required in the degree.

Degree-Specific Changes:
(1) Change of Degree Name to B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences
For several years, there has been competition and division among laboratory organizations with the existence of two national credentialing agencies for baccalaureate-level laboratory professionals: The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP BOR) and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Professionals (NCA). Effective October 23, 2009, the ASCP BOR and NCA have consolidated all existing credentialing activities under a new board – the Board of Certification (BOC) to be administered through the ASCP. The baccalaureate-level certification designations Medical Technologist (MT) and Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) will be replaced with “Medical Laboratory Scientist” or MLS (ASCP). The BOC will begin administering the MLS examination on October 24, 2009.
The unification of the two credentialing agencies has many benefits. For students, it will eliminate the confusion of having competing organizations and will decrease the costs of taking two examinations. Educational programs will experience decreased costs and can more effectively reach a consensus about entry-level standards. Employers will be less confused about credentials from competing organizations and can be assured of uniform entry-level competency standards for recent graduates. This, in turn, will make it easier for employers to standardize salaries and job descriptions. Laboratory professionals will benefit as unity within the profession will increase the credibility and recognition of credentials by other healthcare professionals and the public.
(2) Students will have the option of selecting BIO 326M (Introductory Medical Microbiology and Immunology), in place of 326R (General Microbiology). Data in college shows that students who complete either course are equally successful in their subsequent upper-division coursework. Students will also have the option of selecting 366R (Molecular Genetics) in place of 344 (Molecular Biology), as BIO 366R is now being offered regularly by the faculty.


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. No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: October 12, 2009
College Approval Date: October 16, 2009
Dean Approval Date: October 16, 2009

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