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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
COMPUTER 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 to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on June 10, 2009, and the dean approved the proposed changes on October 5, 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 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 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 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
COMPUTER SCIENCE IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Computer 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 are also option-specific changes to degree requirements:
Option I: Computer Science
The hours required for the degree have been reduced from 130 to 127 hours by reducing the elective hour requirement from twenty-four to twenty-one hours.

Option II: Turing Scholars Honor
The hours required for the degree have been reduced from 130 to 127 hours by reducing the elective hour requirement from twenty-six to twenty-three hours. In the special requirements for the degree, the grade point average has been reduced from 3.5 to 3.3 and a statement has been added to clarify when this grade point average may be waived.

Option III: Computer Science Honors
The breadth requirement was revised to ensure that students would satisfy the core requirements for Natural Sciences Part I and Part II through their selection of courses. The total hours of approved elective coursework was reduced from thirty-one to twenty-nine to correct for a mathematical inaccuracy in the 08-10 catalog. The upper division courses in mathematics no longer need to be approved by the undergraduate advisor. Two statements have been added in special requirements to clarify that students must be in good standing in the Dean’s Scholars program to graduate under Option III, and that AP credit may not be used to satisfy the breadth requirement in the degree.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 514-518

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.

Option-Specific Changes:
Option I: Computer Science
The total hours required for the degree were reduced to bring the degree into compliance with the standard that undergraduate degrees would come as close to 120 hours as possible.

Option II: Turing Scholars Honors
The total hours required for the degree were reduced to bring the degree into compliance with the standard that undergraduate degrees would come as close to 120 hours as possible. The minimum grade point average for graduating with the Turing Scholars degree is being reduced from a 3.5 to 3.3 to reflect the reality that deserving students in this degree plan have typically earned GPAs of 3.3 or higher. The department views this option not as an honors degree but as a degree for students who are interested in research. For this reason, the reduction of the minimum GPA to 3.3 was considered appropriate and consistent with the goals of the degree program. A statement clarifying that the GPA requirement would be waived only in the case of demonstrated excellence in research was added to make it clear to students who are not performing at the necessary academic level, and who have not met the standards for excellence in research, that they will need to select an alternative degree option. This decision would typically be made no later than their junior year.

Option III: Computer Science Honors
The changes proposed in this degree are reflective of the changes being made across all honors degree plans in the college. 1) The breadth and thesis requirements in the honors degrees have been revised where necessary to either clarify eligible courses, add “hidden” lab requirements, or ensure that students would select course combinations that would satisfy the University core requirements for Natural Sciences I and II. 2) The degree plans now specifically state that AP credit cannot be used to satisfy the breadth requirement because the intention of the degrees is to provide students with an honor-level course in these areas. 3) The hours of additional approved electives were modified where necessary to accurately reflect the number of elective hours that students had available. It was discovered that there were mathematical inaccuracies in the 08-10 catalog and these are being fixed. 4) It was deemed necessary by the faculty to clarify that students must be in good standing in the Dean’s Scholars program to obtain the honors option of a degree. This was an implied requirement that was never officially stated in the catalog. It is now being added.

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. Yes. In options I and II, the required hours are being reduced from 130 to 127.

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: January 27, 2009
College Approval Date: June 10, 2009
Dean Approval Date: October 5, 2009

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