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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
TEXTILES AND APPAREL 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 Textiles and Apparel in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on June 23, 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
TEXTILES AND APPAREL IN THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel

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:
Options I and II:
Students may now elect to satisfy their statistics requirement with SSC 303, 305, or 306. STA 309 is no longer listed as an option.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 535-536

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:
Options I and II:
The addition of three entry-level statistics courses SSC 303, 305, 306 to the list of current statistics choices adds additional appropriate selections for the textile and apparel students. The SSC courses are more relevant and appropriate for our students. STA 309 is no longer on the list because it has a prerequisite of two semesters of calculus, but TXA students are only required to complete one semester of calculus for their degree.

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:
Division Approval Date: May 19 and May 27, 2009
School Approval Date: June 23, 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.