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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Proposed changes to Bachelor of Science, Biology Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

Interim Dean David A. Laude 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 of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on May 19 and September 26, 2011, respectively. 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 is recommending approval of the changes on a no-protest basis and forwarding 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. Final approval 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 April 23, 2012.




Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 13, 2012.



Proposed changes to Bachelor of Science, Biology Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  B.S. Biology


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 required number of upper-division hours in residence from 18 to 21.
  2. Options I, II, III, V, and VI: change BIO 318M to upper-division: BIO 328M.
  3. All options: where appropriate change CH 210C to 220C, 310M to 320M, and 310N to 320N. Option IX: change CH 318M, 318N, 118K, and 118L to upper-division: CH 328M, 328N, 128K, and 128L.
  4. Options II, III, VI, VII, and VIII: remove BIO 205L and keep 206L/206L-FRI as intro bio lab.
  5. Options I and X: changes to introductory computer science courses due to changes made to the computer science course inventory.
  6. Option II #9: remove ANT 348.
  7. Option II #11a: add BIO 325T.
  8. Option II #11a: change BIO 126L to 226L.
  9. Option II #11c: remove BIO 345E and 371M.
  10. Option II #11d: remove ANT 350M.
  11. Option II #11e: remove ANT 348.
  12. Option II #12a: add BIO 325T and BIO 337, Epigenetics.
  13. Option II #12b: add BIO 335; BIO 337, Genomics; BIO 337, Emerging Infectious Disease; and BIO 337; Epigenetics.
  14. Option II #12b: remove BIO 368L, 379G, and 379J.
  15. Option II #12c: remove BIO 329 and 129L.
  16. Option II #12c: add BIO 332; BIO 337, Emerging Infectious Disease; and BIO 339.
  17. Option II #12d: add Chemistry 369, and Sociology 336D, 358D, and 369K.
  18. Option II #12d: remove BME 301 and WGS 345.
  19. Option II #12e: add GRG 356T, Global Societies, and SOC 340C.
  20. Option II #12f: remove ARC 350R.
  21. Option II #12f: add GRG 356T, Environment, Development and Food Production.
  22. Option IV: change degree name to Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
  23. Option IV #7: change organic chemistry/biochemistry statement.
  24. Option IV #8: remove word “either.”
  25. Option IV: add new requirement #9 BIO 206L.
  26. Option IV #10: change wording and delete BIO 129L.
  27. Option IV #11a: add BIO 328M.
  28. Option IV #11a: add BIO 326M as option and add 339, 370, 320/332/344 requirement.
  29. Option IV #11b: remove.
  30. Option VI: remove BIO 371M in requirement 10a.
  31. Option VIII: add EDC 365C, 365D, and 365E to list of professional development courses. Change made to UTeach requirements in the 2010-12 catalog front chapter material but not changed in degree requirements.
  32. Option VIII: add language to ensure at least a C- in supporting course for teacher certification.
  33. Option IX: remove NSC 301C and replace with UGS 302 or 303.
  34. Option X: add Statistics and Scientific Computation 321 or 325H or 328M, or Biology 328M.


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

 

Pages 534-538


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
  1. Increase the required number of upper-division hours in residence from 18 to 21.
  2. Biostatistics is taught as an advanced computer lab course and should count as an upper-division course. More than 90% of the students who take the course are juniors or seniors.
  3. Chemistry approved CH 320M, 320N, 220C, 328M, 328N, 128K, and 128L as upper-division courses.
  4. The intro bio lab has been taught as two different labs each fall and spring semester. The content of the lab is now over 70% similar and will be taught as BIO 206L. BIO 206L is being expanded to accommodate the same student population. The FRI portion will be renamed as well as BIO 206L-FRI. BIO 205L will now be retired.
  5. The Department of Computer Science made significant changes to their introductory courses, therefore making it necessary for other departments to update the computer science requirements in their degrees.
  6. Non-science courses in the major and courses in the concentrations are hard to get, requiring multiple petitions to count alternatives. Adding courses that are readily available and deleting courses that are no longer offered will increase accuracy and decrease confusion.
  7. Justification is the same as in #5 above.
  8. Lecture portion will be added to lab and content of lab has changed.
  9. -20. Justification is the same as in #5 and #6 above.
    21.  Changing name to Microbiology and Infectious Diseases would attract more students to the option.
    22.  Providing more appropriate choices for organic/biochemistry sequence.
    23-29. Adding courses that are readily available and deleting courses that are no longer offered or readily available will increase accuracy and decrease confusion.
    30.  EDC 365C, 365D, and 365E have "same as" relationships with UTS 350, 355, and 360. It is confusing if students are instructed in some semesters to enroll under the EDC course number. Alignment with UTeach material in front chapter that listed the EDC courses in the 2010-12 catalog.
    31.  Currently HIS 329U or PHL 329U with a grade of D- will count towards this teaching degree. UTeach requires students to earn at least a C- in all coursework counting toward certification. This would support that standard.
    32.  NSC 301C is no longer offered as the Dean’s Scholars seminar course. The Dean’s Scholars seminar course is now being replaced by a section of UGS 33 approved by the departmental honors adviser.
    34.  Expand course options for students fulfilling statistics requirement.

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:
 

5/6. Deleting courses that are restricted or have limited seats will positively benefit those departments that currently field requests for seats from biology students. The courses being added have been taken by biology students for several semesters.

Pharmacy. It would impact the students who take the lab course at UT by increasing by one hour the total in the degree.

33.  Course will be housed in Undergraduate Studies.


7. Person communicated with: Richard Wilcox
Date of communication: 9/19/11
Response: Approved

33.  Person communicated with: Larry Abraham
Date of communication: 5/31/11
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:

Department approval date: April 21, 2011, May 10, 2011, and May 16, 2011
College approval date: May 19, 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.