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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Proposed changes to Bachelor of Science, Physics 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 24, 2009, April 21, June 6, and May 12, 2011, and the dean on October 5, 2009, and 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 9, 2012.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on December 15, 2011.



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

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


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, and IV: remove the total number of hours required from the department; the total is the sum of the required courses. Options III and V should retain total physics hours. Option IV does not have a total number of physics hours in the requirement.
  3. Option II: replace CS 307 with CS 303E.
  4. Option II: correct typo in 2010-12 catalog. What is printed in the catalog does not match the text approved by the Faculty Council.
  5. Option III: remove NSC 301C and replace with UGS 303.
  6. Option V: Teaching
    1. Correct name of certification field from physical science, mathematics, and engineering to mathematics, physical science, and engineering.
    2. Add language to ensure at least a C- in supporting course for teacher certification.
    3. Replace M 375T with 375D.
    4. Add UTeach courses.
    5. Option VI: remove NSC 301C and replace with UGS 302 or 303.
    6. Option VII: add new option. The biophysics option reduces the amount of upper-division physics coursework required in the previous options to incorporate biology coursework.

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

 

Pages 562-565


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
  1. The change is intended to strengthen the overall degree. The change is in line with the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Department intended to require two courses from the three topics listed. This was the requirement approved by the Faculty Council. When the 2010-12 catalog was printed, the requirement was changed to three courses from the topics listed. This change is merely correcting the typo made at printing.
  5. 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 303 approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  6. Option V: Teaching:
    1. The state recognizes secondary teaching certification under the name: Mathematics, Physical Science, and Engineering. This will match.
    2. 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.
    3. M 326K is no longer offered as of fall 2010. M 375D has replaced M 375T.
    4. Add UTeach courses left out of 2010-12 catalog.
    5. The last two decades have seen a rapid growth of physics as applied to life sciences. Our current physics program does not prepare students with any biology. The proposed changes are designed to educate students in both physics and biology so that they are better prepared to work at the interface of these fields.


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:
 

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: (3) October 22, 2008;
(6) April 19, 2011;
(1) June 6, 2011;
(2, 4, and 5) May 4, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: (3) April 24, 2009;
(6) April 21, 2011;
(1) June 6, 2011;
(2, 4, and 5) May 12, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: (3) October 5, 2009;
(1-2, 4-6) September 26, 2011

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