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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ASTRONOMY BS DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE/SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCE SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Dean Linda A. Hicke in the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Natural Sciences section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The department, the college faculty, and the dean approved the changes on April 1, 2013, April 2, 2013, and September 30, 2013, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 11, 2013, 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 Facultyby January 10, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ASTRONOMY BS DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE/SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCE SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Type of Change:
x
Academic Change

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 NEEDE:
pp. 490-491.

• 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 AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE:
Changes to BS in Astronomy, Option II Astronomy Honors
1. Requirement #8: Reduce physics hours from nineteen to eighteen.
2. Requirement #13: General additional hours increase from fifteen to sixteen.
Rationale: PHY 453L is no longer offered and has been replaced with a three-semester-hour course.
3. Change the language to accommodate addition of 3 flags, in ethics and leadership, independent inquiry, and quantitative reasoning.
Rationale: The college added independent inquiry flags to many of its courses, and many degree requirements include courses that are flagged with the quantitative reasoning flag. The college is hopeful that there are sufficient flagged ethics & leadership courses to enable students to accept these flags. The college encourages students to select flagged courses that fulfill other degree requirements.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  No.
Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
  No.
If yes, explain:
  N/A
Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  No change.
If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
  How many students do you expect to be impacted? N/A
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included: N/A
Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
  No.
If yes, explain:
  N/A
If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
  N/A
Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A
COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: April 1, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: April 2, 2013; and September 25, 2013 (flags)
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

View the edited version of the catalog changes.