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Proposed changes to Bachelor of Science, Textiles and Apparel 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 5 and August 25, 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, Textiles and Apparel Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

  B.S. Textiles and Apparel

• 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

  1. Remove admission requirements and update degree descriptions.
  2. Deletion of foreign language deficiency statement.
  3. Add Statistics and Scientific Computation to the list of possible statistics courses students may take to satisfy the statistics requirement.
  4. Change organic sequences to approved upper-division course numbers.
  5. Drop TXA 319 and add new replacement sequence TXA 219 and 119L.
  6. Add new textiles and apparel topics courses and existing honors courses to degree plans for options I and II.
  7. Correct error in 7b section of option I from TXA 315K to TXA 352C.
  8. Change requirement listing of H E 361 to TXA 361.
  9. Add honors option for textiles and apparel.

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


Pages 567-568


  1. The “admissions process to the textiles and apparel program” is not needed to curtail enrollment any longer. The numbers of majors has been reduced to less than one-half the students enrolled prior to the policy’s existence. The rigor of the current programs is enough to ensure quality students in numbers that can be accommodated in both our degree programs. We have lost some very capable and talented students to other majors because they were not willing to take the risk of having entry to some of their lower-division classes blocked to them until their official entry to the program, thus slowing their progress toward graduation. We are returning to recruitment efforts in order to maintain the critical mass that we need to maintain excellent programs with strong internship experiences with employers having national and international prestige.
    No impact on numbers in upper-division courses is expected until two years after removal of the application process. An increase in number of majors is expected to be gradual in both degree plans. The science emphasis in both degree plans, as compared to other TXA programs in the nation will keep the increase in overall student numbers reasonably small. Upper-division laboratories and lectures can accommodate several additional students without adding sections. The removal of the admission process should facilitate a student’s ability to graduate in four years, especially in the apparel design program where sequencing of courses is critical. Three lower-division laboratories may be impacted: TXA 212L (Apparel Design Laboratory), TXA 105L (Textiles Laboratory), and TXA 319 (Visual Merchandising). An increase in TXA students could reduce the number of non-majors currently being accommodated.
    Eventually an additional section of each of the three courses may need to be added. Laboratory sections are taught by teaching assistants.
    Faculty updated description of the degrees to incorporate research advances and describe opportunities for students.
  2. General Information states that admitted students must complete coursework required to remove a deficiency before they enroll at the University.
  3. SSC 302, Data Analysis for the Health Sciences, is a new statistics course that will also meet the statistics requirement. The addition of SSC 304, Statistics in Health Care, allows all possible statistics course options to be listed for majors.
  4. Majority of the students enrolled each semester are upper classmen.
  5. Breaking up of 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.
  6. With the addition of the three new TXA courses–the lower-division topics course, upper-division topics course, and the honors seminar–changes are needed in the listing in the course “menu” of TXA courses that may be counted toward the two degree options. The new prospective course numbers have been added to the list of TXA courses that may be counted toward the degree. In addition the existing TXA honors courses TXA 359H and 379H have also been added to lists to encourage students to take these courses.
    With the addition of a fieldwork course, TXA will have all the courses necessary to offer a certificate in textile conservation. With the exception of the yet to be added fieldwork course TXA 352C, all the required courses are regularly offered. This certificate is expected to draw students from outside TXA as well as TXA students.
  7. The internship course listed in 7b for the conservation concentration should be changed to TXA 352C, the new fieldwork course being added for the textile conservation program.
  8. In fall 2010, legislation was passed to change H E 361 to TXA 361, Consumers and the Markets. It remained identified as H E 361 in the degree plan of option II. Changing the text from H E 361 to TXA 361 will bring the catalog text up to date with the course inventory.
  9. Currently the textile and apparel division is the only department or division within the College of Natural Sciences that does not offer a Dean’s Scholar honors option. This addition will bring textiles and apparel in line with the rest of the School of Human Ecology and College of Natural Sciences. This change should not have an impact on class numbers since the number of Dean’s Scholars choosing this option is predicted to be very small–one or two a year at most.

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?


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)?


If yes, explain:



Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.

If yes, explain:


Date: April 20, 2011
Date: (1-8) May 5, 2011;
(9) August 25, 2011
Date: September 26, 2011

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