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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Proposed changes to Bachelor of Science, INTERDISCIPLINARY Science 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 May 12, 2011, and the dean on September 26, 2011. 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 Bachelor of Science, INTERDISCIPLINARY Science Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  B.S. Interdisciplinary Science


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. Update professional development sequence.
  2. Delete M 326K requirement and language stating it is required for middle grades certification.
  3. Clean up language for the mathematics coursework required in option 1, mathematics concentration.
  4. Delete BIO 205L.
  5. Change organic sequences to approved upper-division course numbers.
  6. Change BIO 126L to 226L.
  7. Delete option II: Secondary School Teaching in Computer Science and Mathematics, and all related language.
  8. Update grade requirements for required EDC/UTS courses.


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

 

Pages 550-552


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
  1. To match changes made in 2010-12 catalog in the UTeach section of the front chapter material.
  2. Effective fall 2010, M 326K is no longer offered.
  3. To clarify that 12 hours of math are required for the mathematics concentration in option 1 and which classes make up those 12 hours. No coursework was added in this change. Previous wording wasn’t clear and seemed to give the impression that all courses on the list were required for a total of 15 hours, rather than 12.
  4. Combine BIO 205L and BIO 206L description and course number so that there is only one BIO 206L intro biology course.
  5. Changing of organic sequences to upper-division. Majority of the students enrolled each semester are upper classmen.
  6. Lecture portion will be added to lab and content of lab has changed.
  7. The new computer science teaching option for computer science and mathematics certification will replace option II. This option will provide a rigorous computer science degree and include all coursework required for computer science and mathematics certification. Students completing this option would be better able to compete in the field of computer science, should they decide not to teach.
  8. Updated grades to require C- or better in supporting course in #3 and also in teacher certification requirements #4, 5, and 6. Brings grade expectations in line with all other UTeach degree options.


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

No


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)?

  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: May 4, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: May 12, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 26, 2011

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