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Proposed changes to The College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on June 13 and September 26, 2011, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 14, 2011, 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 UT System.

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 January 26, 2012.

Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council

Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 19, 2012.

Proposed changes to The College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

  Chapter 12. College of natural sciences

• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

  1. The Major in Computer Science

The basic sequence courses required for admission to either the B.A. or the B.S.C.S., Option I and V, degree program have changed with recent curriculum changes. The new basic sequence courses are: CS 312 or 312H, 313K, 314 or 314H, and M 408C or 408N.

2. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Updated requirements to apply for admission to the coordinated program.

3. The Major in Public Health

Add BIO 311D, CH 302, and their honors equivalents to the list of courses that must be completed to apply for admission to Option I.

4. The Major in Textiles and Apparel

Remove admission requirements to B.S. TXA program.

5. Admission to the Field Experience Programs

Change TXA 319 to TXA 219 and 119L. Add SSC 302 and 304 as choices for the statistics prerequisite.

6. Calculus Placement

Update website and language for calculus placement.

7. Concurrent Enrollment

Add statement that prior approval is not needed during summers.

8. Add honors in advanced human development and family sciences program.

9. Add honors in advanced nutritional sciences program.

10. Graduation Restriction for ROTC Students

Remove statement preventing the college from graduating an ROTC student unless the student fulfills the government contract or the student is released from the ROTC program.

11. Degrees

Add statements that second majors to B.A. and B.S. degrees may be earned and placed on the transcript.

12. ROTC Courses

Remove the restriction that ROTC courses may only be used as electives or to fulfill the writing requirement and only by students who are commissioned by the University ROTC program. Change the statement regarding counting no more than nine hours to counting no more than three three-hour courses.

13. Bible Courses

Remove the section restricting the amount of Bible hours that may be counted.

14. Admission Deficiencies

Remove the statement that students admitted with deficiencies must remove them by means prescribed in General Information.

15. Courses in a Single Field

Increase the hours that can be taken in a single field to 42.

16. Addition of a Certificate in Textile Conservation

Add the Textile Conservation Certificate, submitted (and approved) as a separate proposal.

17. UTeach Teacher Certification

Clean up language.

18. Add a statement that excludes M 301 or equivalent courses from counting toward any degree in the College of Natural Sciences.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.


Pages 512, 515-525


  1. The first two courses we offer in computer science in the area of computer programming have been adjusted. The reason for this change is that most students entering the University lack experience with computer programming. The proposed two-course sequence will assume the students have no programming experience, and the courses will give them proficiency in modern programming languages and techniques. Computer science is now requiring the second semester of calculus as part of the admissions requirement to the major.
  2. The Department of Nutritional Sciences updated its degree plan for B.S. in Nutrition, Option I. These changes reflect changes that were already approved by the college.
  3. When the B.S. in Public Health major was proposed and published in the 2010-12 catalog, we believed that students could be admitted into the major and take PBH 317: Introduction to Public Health as second-semester freshmen. After Dr. Richard Taylor gained experience teaching these majors, it became clear that students should delay taking PBH 317 until they were first-semester sophomores, because they were not mature enough to move forward into the more difficult core courses that followed, PBH 354, Epidemiology, and PBH 334, Global Health.
    As a result, we propose to amend the catalog to require that students complete the complete freshman biology and chemistry sequences plus calculus (with a GPA of 2.75 or greater) before applying to become public health majors. After being admitted into the major, they will then take PBH 317 the first semester of the sophomore year concurrently with genetics. Students who complete PBH 317 with a grade of B- or better can then move successfully into the more difficult courses, Epidemiology and Global Health, as second-semester sophomores. This has worked well in practicality, and we seek to change the catalog wording accordingly.
  4. The “Admissions Process to the Textiles and Apparel Program” is not needed to curtail enrollment any longer. The numbers of majors has been reduced to less than one-half the students enrolled prior to the policy’s existence. The rigor of the current programs is enough to ensure quality students in numbers that can be accommodated in both our degree programs. We have lost some very capable and talented students to other majors, because they were not willing to take the risk of having entry to some of their lower-division classes blocked to them until their official entry to the program, thus slowing their progress toward graduation. We are returning to recruitment efforts in order to maintain the critical mass that we need to maintain excellent programs with strong internship experiences with employers having national and international prestige.
    No impact on numbers in upper-division courses is expected until two years after removal of the application process. An increase in number of majors is expected to be gradual in both degree plans. The science emphasis in both degree plans, as compared to other TXA programs in the nation, will keep the increase in overall student numbers reasonably small. Upper-division laboratories and lectures can accommodate several additional students without adding sections. The removal of the admission process should facilitate a student’s ability to graduate in four years, especially in the apparel design program where sequencing of courses is critical. Three lower-division laboratories may be impacted: TXA 212L, Apparel Design Laboratory; TXA 105L, Textiles Laboratory; and TXA 319, Visual Merchandising. An increase in TXA students could reduce the number of non-majors currently being accommodated. Eventually an additional section of each of the three courses may need to be added. Laboratory sections are taught by teaching assistants.
    There is no application process for undergraduates. Post-bac students must apply, but undergraduates are encouraged to simply register for UTS 101 to be considered a UTeach student, although the minimum GPA requirement of at least 2.2 to start the program may be enforced. This removes unnecessary barriers to simply trying out teaching.
  5. The course inventory was updated to split TXA 319 into TXA 219 and 119L. The B.S. in Textiles and Apparel, Retail Merchandising, added SSC 302 and 304 to the acceptable choices for the statistics requirement.
  6. The Department of Mathematics determined that the ALEKS software designed to determine mathematics skills is not sufficiently accurate in determining appropriate placement into UT courses. The department developed a replacement exam that is designed to place students into mathematics courses and other courses that rely upon mathematics skills with more accuracy.
  7. The college does not monitor concurrent enrollment during summers.
  8. Add human development and family sciences honors, Option IV, to offer new opportunities for talented students who seek a more individualized and challenging curriculum in human development and family sciences.
  9. Add honors in advanced nutritional sciences, Option IV, to offer new opportunities for talented students who seek a more individualized and challenging curriculum in nutritional research.
  10. The college used to require graduation candidates who were in the ROTC to provide proof that they fulfilled their contract (become commissioned) prior to certifying them for graduation. The college has not required proof for many years.
  11. Students may earn second major designations for B.A. degrees and also second major designations for B.S. degrees by completing an additional option. The Office of the Registrar has followed this practice for several years.
  12. In the past, some ROTC courses have been cross-listed in other departments such as philosophy. The change to allowing only three three-hour courses instead of nine hours ensures that only courses with academic content may be counted. This prevents one-hour drill courses from being applied toward the degree. Removing the restriction requiring commissioning is appropriate since sometimes non-ROTC students take the cross-listed courses, and sometimes students leave the ROTC program without being commissioned. Students who leave the program will not have to go through the petition process just to count the hours.
  13. The University no longer teaches “Bible” (BIB) courses, nor do courses transfer with this department designation. Instead, the courses are taught and transfer under “Religious Studies” (RS). RS courses differ from BIB courses in that RS courses are strictly academic.
  14. The section is redundant because information about how to remove admission deficiencies is detailed in General Information. In addition, General Information states “admitted students must complete the coursework required to remove a deficiency before they enroll at the University.”
  15. The definition of a major is given on page 526 as consisting of at least 24 hours but no more than 42 hours. Computer science is an example of a major that totals more than 36 hours (the total is 38).
  16. The Certificate in Textile Conservation offers non-textiles and apparel students the opportunity to gain a skill set that will allow them to study, conserve, and exhibit historical textiles and apparel. The certificate will prepare them for entry-level work in museums, collections, or private conservation studios.
  17. Require teacher certification supporting courses to also be a C- or better.
  18. The college restricted M 301, College Algebra, from counting toward elective hours in past catalogs. The college wants to formally reinstate this exclusion in a single location and apply it to all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?


If yes, explain:



Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.

If yes, explain:


Date: June 8, 2011
Date: June 13, 2011
Date: September 26, 2011

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