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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

UPDATES TO THE MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PART I CORE CURRICULUM COURSE LISTS FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

On behalf of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC), Dean Paul B. Woodruff has submitted the following motion to update the core curriculum course lists. This motion, in addition to D 6976-6981 and D 7333-7335, will define the core curriculum course lists for the 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. It will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on February 15, 2010.

The proposed changes to the core course lists were reviewed and approved by UGSAC during its meeting on January 28, 2010. At its meetings on February 8, 2010, the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval to the Faculty Council. 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 of academic affairs with notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.



Greninger Signature

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


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





UPDATES TO THE MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PART I CORE CURRICULUM COURSE LISTS FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Motion
On behalf of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC), the dean of undergraduate studies requests approval to add the following courses to the core curriculum course lists for the 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog.

COURSE CORE CURRICULUM AREA RATIONALE
M 408N Mathematics M 408N (Differential Calculus for Science) is the equivalent of M 408K (Differential Calculus), which is already on the core list. M 408N has been created to satisfy the needs of contemporary science majors and will replace M 408K on all natural science degrees.
M 408R Mathematics M 408R (Differential and Integral Calculus) will serve as a one-semester terminal calculus course for any student pursuing a degree that requires only a single semester of calculus. The course has been designed to provide these students with exposure to the fundamental theorems of calculus and to ensure that they understand their application to problems in biology and other health sciences. Students who previously would have enrolled in M 408K or M 408C as a terminal course may now enroll in M 408R and receive a more comprehensive and well-designed exposure to calculus in an “all-in-one” semester course.
SSC 302 Mathematics SSC 302 (Data Analysis for the Health Sciences) will serve as an introduction to data analysis and statistics for pre-nursing majors and others. The course has been designed to expose students to the same fundamentals of statistics taught in other introductory statistics courses (e.g. SSC 304), as well as the basics of probability and data modeling with regular opportunities to apply these concepts to problems in biology and other health sciences. SSC 302 will also serve an important role assisting students in the health and life sciences who are concurrently enrolled in introductory science courses (e.g. CH 301) by developing the essential quantitative reasoning skills necessary for success.
BIO 326M Science & Technology Part I BIO 326M (Introductory Medical Microbiology and Immunology) was not previously considered for the core because majors enrolled in the course had already satisfied the Part I of the core by completing its prerequisite (BIO 325). BIO 325 has served as a gatekeeper course for all majors-level courses. Beginning Fall 2010, however, BIO 326M will satisfy degree requirements for non-majors and BIO 325 will no longer be a required prerequisite. A course inventory change has been put forward to change the prerequisite for BIO 326M such that non-majors must now satisfy the following condition:

Biology 311C with a grade of at least C-; Chemistry 301 with a grade of at least C-; and a grade of at least C- in one of the following: SSC302, M408C, M408K, M408N, or M408R.

BIO 326M can now be utilized by non-majors to complete a two-semester biology sequence. In particular, pre-nursing majors will complete BIO 311C and BIO 326M in place of BIO 416K and 416 (both currently listed in the core), which are no longer being offered by the college.


Background

Proposals to add the aforementioned courses to the core curriculum core course lists originated in the offering departments and have been approved by UGSAC as meeting the relevant Student Competencies, which are based on and designed to demonstrate satisfaction of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Exemplary Educational Objectives.

This motion will add these four courses the core curriculum course lists for the 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog.