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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO MAJORS IN THE BACHELOR OF ARTS PROGRAM IN 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 approved the changes on April 20, May 5, May 12, May 19, and September 8, 2011, and the dean on September 26, 2011. 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 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 30, 2011.

 

Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


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



PROPOSED CHANGES TO MAJORS IN THE BACHELOR OF ARTS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  B.A. with a major in:


IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED:
• 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

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
 
  1. Increase the minimum required number of upper-division hours taken in residence from 18 to 21.
  2. Increase minimum upper-division hours in natural science majors from 12 to 15.
  3. Remove section restricting the amount of Bible hours that may be counted.
  4. Change the statement regarding ROTC courses counting no more than nine hours to counting no more than three three-hour courses.

Biochemistry

  1. Remove CH 153K from the major requirement.
  2. Add CH 353 as an option in the major requirement.
  3. Add Biology 326M, 335, 346, 361, and 365W to the list of courses for the additional three semester hours in the minor requirement.
  4. Change organic chemistry course numbers per approved course inventory changes.

Biology

  1. Biology Intro: Change CH 210C, 310M, and CH 310N to CH 220C, 320M, and CH 320N.
  2. #2: Delete BIO 205L.
  3. Add BIO 366L and 366S to #4a; change BIO 126L to 226L (4a and 4f).
  4. Add BIO 165U to #4b.
  5. #4C:Change BIO 318M to BIO 328M
  6. Add BIO 446L to #4d.

Chemistry

  1. Change organic sequences to approved upper-division course numbers.

Computer Science

  1. A two-semester sequence, CS 312 (or 312H) and CS 314 (or 314H), will replace the previous three-semester course sequence of CS305J, CS307, and CS315 (or 315H).
  2. A two-semester sequence, CS 429 (or 429H) and 439 (or 439H), will replace the previous three-course sequence of CS 310 (or 310H), CS 352 (or 352H), and CS 372 (or 372H).
  3. CS 357 or 357H are added as an alternative to CS 341.
  4. SSC 321 replaces one course chosen from an approved list of upper-division mathematics courses.
  5. EE 316 is removed.

Human Ecology

  1. Add SSC 302, 306, and 325H as alternatives to the statistics requirement.
  2. Add NTR 312H and 338H.
  3. Drop TXA 319 and add new replacement sequence TXA 219 and 119L.

Mathematics

  1. Remove statement: None of the following courses may be counted toward the degree: M 301, 302, 303D, 305G.
  2. Teaching Option:
    1. Remove M 326K; add M 375D.
    2. Remove SCI 360 (Topic: Math Domain).
    3. Add language to ensure at least C- in supporting course for teacher certification.
    4. Teaching Option: update professional development sequence to include EDC courses in "same as" relationship.


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

 

Pages 525-529


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
  1. The change is intended to strengthen the overall degree by requiring more hours to be taken in residence.
  2. The change reflects the current minimum number of upper-division hours (15) allowed by any of the departments in the College of Natural Sciences. No programs will be affected.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Biochemistry

  1. CH 153K was deemed by the biochemistry faculty as no longer necessary for biochemistry majors.
  2. Either CH 353 or 353M may fulfill the physical chemistry requirement.
  3. Expand the list of courses that may be used to fulfill the additional three hours of biology in the minor requirement.
  4. Change organic sequences to upper-division. Majority of the students enrolled each semester are upper classmen.

Biology

  1. Chemistry and CNS C&C approved change to upper-division.
  2. Combine BIO 205L and BIO 206L description and course number so that there is only one BIO 206L intro biology course.
  3. BIO 366L and 366S are appropriate to count toward cellular, developmental, and molecular biology list. Change BIO 126L to an upper-division course, BIO 226L.
  4. BIO 165U is appropriate to count toward physiology and neurobiology list.
  5. Change BIO 318M, Biostatistics, to an upper-division course, BIO 328M.
  6. BIO 446L is appropriate to count toward animal biology list.

Chemistry

  1. Change organic sequences to upper-division. Majority of students enrolled each semester are upper classmen.

Computer Science

  1. We propose to adjust the first two courses we offer in computer science in the area of computer programming. 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. Moreover, the proposed courses will eliminate some redundancy across our previous two courses, CS305J and CS307.
  2. Reduce the number of globally required courses in systems will allow students to focus on taking electives in one or more chosen areas, while still covering the necessary material.
  3. Add CS 357 and 357H to give additional options to students to fulfill the requirement.
  4. The mathematics background required for the practice of computer science has been expanding in the direction of probability and statistics. Our experience is that past undergraduates had poor guidance in selecting mathematics electives and frequently selected courses that were poor matches for the mathematical skills required in computer science. Replacing an elective math class with the required class, SSC321, will enhance students’ mathematical skills in areas of critical importance for the degree program. Students are still free to take upper-division math courses using their elective hours.
  5. EE 316 was required when it was a prerequisite to CS 352 and 352H. These courses are being removed from the degree requirements. Therefore, EE 316 is no longer necessary.

Human Ecology

  1. Adding SSC 302, 306, and 325H will give students alternatives to the current statistics requirement and make for an easier transfer from one of the other degree options within the school to the BA, should a student choose to do so.
  2. Provide honors level alternatives to NTR 312 and 338W.
  3. Breaking up TXA 319 into a lecture and corresponding lab course 219 and 119L will allow for larger lecture sections and is more in line with the way the course is currently taught.

Mathematics

  1. M 302, 303D, 305G are on the mathematics core curriculum list and thus may count toward core until a more advanced mathematics course is completed.
  2. Teaching Option:
    1. M 326K no longer offered as of fall 2010.
    2. SCI 360 (Topic: Math Domain) hasn’t been offered since 2005.
    3. Currently, HIS 329U/PHL 329U with grades of D- will count toward the teaching option. UTeach requires students to earn at least a C- in all coursework counting toward certification. This would support that standard.
    4. Teaching Option: EDC alternatives to UTS 350, 355, and 360 were added to the 2010-12 catalog in the front chapter UTeach description. Correction to add them to the degree requirements. Addition of paragraph regarding certification requirements. Inadvertently left off of corrections made to 2010-12 catalog.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
 

Yes


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

CS – The elimination of EE 316 from the curriculum will minimally affect the College of Engineering as this course is already well-subscribed through the more substantial enrollment of engineering majors.

If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with: Anthony Ambler
Date of communication: January 18, 2010
Response: Approved

 


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

  No

If yes, explain:
 

 

 


Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
  No

If yes, explain:
 

 



COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Bachelor of Arts requirements
Department approval date: September 8, 2011
College approval date: September 8, 2011
Dean approval date: September 26, 2011

Biochemistry
Department approval date: April 20, 2011
College approval date: April 20, 2011
Dean approval date: September 26, 2011

Biology
Department approval date: May 16, 2011
College approval date: May 19, 2011
Dean approval date: September 26, 2011

Chemistry
Department approval date: April 20, 2011
College approval date: April 20, 2011
Dean approval date: September 26, 2011

Computer Science
Department approval date: December 2, 2009 and May 9, 2011
College approval date: May 12, 2011
Dean approval date: September 26, 2011

Human Ecology
Department approval date: April 20, 2011 and April 27, 2011
College approval date: May 5, 2011
Dean approval date: September 26, 2011

Mathematics
Department approval date: May 4, 2011
College approval date: May 5, 2011
Dean approval date: September 26, 2011


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