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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS
FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Alexa Stuifbergen of the School of Nursing has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the science requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the School of Nursing chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the change on January 29, 2010. 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 February 8, 2010, 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 Board1 .

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 22, 2010.



Greninger Signature

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


1 Final authority for approval modified on April 12, 2010 due to the legislation having a change in the number of hours for degree completion.


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on February 10, 2010.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS
FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


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

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Change the required chemistry course from CH313N (General and Organic Chemistry) to CH301 (Principles of Chemistry I).
2. Change the required statistics course options (SSC 303, SSC 304, SSC 305, SSC 306, & M 316) to SSC 302 (Data Analysis for the Health Sciences).
3. Change the required microbiology from BIO 226N (General Microbiology) to BIO326M (Intro to Medical Microbiology).
4. Change the required anatomy and physiology sequence (BIO 416K & BIO 416L) to BIO 446L (Human Microscopy and Gross Anatomy) and BIO365S & BIO 165U (Vertebrate Physiology II and lab).


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
page 590

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. CH301 is the beginning chemistry course taken by science and health profession students. By changing the prenursing requirement to CH301, it will be easier for students who are not admitted into upper division nursing or who change their majors to have the course count toward other degree plans. Additionally, CH301 is a prerequisite for the proposed anatomy and physiology sequence. CH313N will no longer be offered by the College of Natural Sciences by fall 2010.
2. SSC 302 (Data Analysis for the Health Sciences) will be similar in content to the previously required introductory statistics courses and is a prerequisite/co-requisite for CH301 and BIO311C.
3. Since BIO226N will no longer be offered by the College of Natural Sciences Fall 2010, BIO326M serves as a replacement course. The content of this course will meet the needs of prenursing majors. Prenursing students did not previously take this course because they did not meet its prerequisites, but that issue has been resolved. Additionally, prenursing students would have the option of taking the companion lab course (BIO126L) for BIO 326M which is a requirement for many other nursing schools in the state and would help students who are not admitted into upper division nursing transfer to other nursing programs.
4. Since BIO 416K & 416L will no longer be offered by the College of Natural Sciences Fall 2010, BIO 446L and BIO 365S & 165U will serve as replacement courses. The content and number of lab hours for the replacement courses is comparable to what students currently take and will meet the needs of prenursing majors. The main difference is that the replacement courses are upper division requiring students to pass CH301, SSC 302, and BIO 311C with grades of a C- or better. The advantage of placing these prerequisites in front of the anatomy and physiology courses is that only students who are successful in their prerequisite science courses will progress to the anatomy and physiology sequence, which facilitates their success in those courses and preserves valuable laboratory seats for those who are likely to be successful in the sequence.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S): Yes, all of these changes impact natural sciences.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A.
Person Communicated with: Dr. David Laude
Date of Communication: 1/11/10
These changes were initiated by the College of Natural Sciences to solve the problem of students who did not get in to the upper division nursing program and choose to major in natural science not having the appropriate courses that could be counted toward their natural science degree. This will also reduce the need of natural sciences to offer service courses that cater to the needs of only one major.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.The proposed changes add one semester hour to the degree plan by substituting BIO226N with BIO326M. Total number of semester hours in the degree plan will increase from 127-128 to 128-129 hours.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain. Yes, this proposal requires adding courses to the core curriculum list (SSC 302; BIO326M).

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: January 29, 2010
College Approval Date: January 29, 2010
Dean Approval Date: January 29, 2010

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