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Proposed changes to Bachelor of Science, biochemistry Degree 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 19, June 6, 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, 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 Bachelor of Science, biochemistry Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

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


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 required number of upper-division hours in residence from 18 to 21.
  2. Change the sentence in the introductory paragraph to reflect the changes to option II.
  3. Prescribed work common to all options:
    1. Move the foreign language requirement to option I, which is the only option that will have this requirement.
    2. Move the chemistry requirements to options I and III. The chemistry requirements for option II are modified and now reflected under that option’s requirements.
      1. Change organic chemistry course numbers per approved course inventory changes.
      2. Remove CH 153K from the physical chemistry requirement
      3. Add CH 353 as an option in the physical chemistry requirement.
  1. Option I: add BIO 326M, 335, 346, 361, and 365W to the cellular and developmental biology list of courses.
  2. Option I: remove requirement for nine additional hours in engineering and science.
  3. Option I: add CH 339J, 364C, 364D, 364E, 364F, 365D, 367C, and 372C as options in the chemistry elective requirement.
  4. Option I: allow three hours of additional chemistry coursework to come from upper-division biology courses listed in cellular and developmental biology requirement.
  5. Options I and II: remove the total number of hours required from the department; the total is the sum of the required courses.
  6. Option II: update the title and degree requirements of the option. It has been updated to reflect the skills needed for biochemists working on the computation field of systems and synthetic biology, which exists at the intersection of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and computer science.
  7. Option III: remove NSC 301C and replace with UGS 303.


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

 

Pages 531-533


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
  1. The change is in line with the Bachelor of Arts degrees within the college.
  2. The sentence describing the computation option has been updated to reflect the goals of the option that is now focused on systems and synthetic biology.
  3. Majority of the students enrolled each semester are upper classmen.

CH 153K was deemed by the biochemistry faculty as no longer necessary for biochemistry majors. Either CH 353 or 353M may fulfill the physical chemistry requirement. The faculty removed the foreign language/foreign culture requirement in option II to make room for courses in other departments to meet interdisciplinary needs.

  1. Expanding the list of acceptable courses for majors.
  2. The requirement for nine additional hours in CNS or Engineering was a holdover from a previous catalog that is no longer considered a required degree component by the faculty. The degree already requires a substantial number of science courses, and the faculty would like to give the students more freedom in elective hours in the degree.
  3. Expand the list of courses that may be used to fulfill the additional six hours of chemistry lecture or lab courses to include appropriate upper-division BIO courses.
  4. Expand the list of courses that may be used to fulfill the additional three hours of chemistry lecture or lab courses to include appropriate upper-division BIO courses.
  5. Some degree requirements are worded to require a minimum number of hours that consists of the total sum of the required courses. If a student selects a course when given a choice that results in the required courses being fulfilled, but brings the student up short of the total number of hours, the department files a petition to reduce the minimum hour requirement accordingly.
  6. Option II has been renamed and updated to reflect the coursework and skill requirements for students who wish to pursue the computational field of systems and synthetic biology. Systems and synthetic biology is a remarkable new discipline that builds off the enormous leaps in data about genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics that have accumulated over the past decade. Because of the need for both a more quantitative and more convergent skillset for understanding biology, the systems and synthetic biology option will draw heavily upon each of the three component disciplines (chemistry and biochemistry, biology, and computer science), but blend them in a very new way. The option adds three new courses in systems and synthetic biology: SSB 339J, SSB 364C, and SB339Q. Together, these courses build an integrated, model-based, quantitative view of biological systems. The courses take the basic, reductionist knowledge garnered in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology courses, and meld this knowledge in the context of systems. The prerequisite computer science courses have been updated to allow students in both SSB 364C and SSB 339Q to undertake quantitative modeling of systems, and to examine the emergent properties that arise from a myriad of molecular interactions.
  7. 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 302 or 303 approved by the departmental honors adviser.


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:
 

6. 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.

Person communicated with: Larry Abraham
Date of communication: May 31, 2011
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:
Yes
Date: (1-5) April 20, 2011;
(6) May 19, 2011;
(8) June 6, 2011;
(7) September 7, 2011
      
College:
Yes
Date: (1-5) April 20, 2011;
(6) May 19, 2011;
(8) June 6, 2011;
(7) September 8, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 26, 2011

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