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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES 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 departments, the college faculty, and the dean approved the changes on September 4, 2013, September 25, 2013, and September 30, 2013, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one 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 17, 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 BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES 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 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 AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE:
1. BA with major in biochemistry: Remove M 408M from the calculus requirement and add SDS 328M.
Rationale: SDS 328M has been added as a requirement and may serve as the third semester of math.
2. BA with major in biochemistry: Remove CH 328M as an alternative to CH 320M.
Rationale: Students are only required to take one semester of organic chemistry to prepare for BCH 339F and CH 320N is the more appropriate course for biochemistry majors.
3. BA with major in biochemistry: Remove CH 128K, 128L, 328M, 328N, 220C, and 320N.
Rationale: Students are only required to take one semester of organic chemistry, CH 320M, to prepare for BCH 339F and no longer required to take a second semester of organic chemistry.
4. BA with major in biochemistry: Remove CH 339K and 339L.
Rationale: Remove two semester order series in favor of a series of courses (BCH 339J, 339M, 339N, 370) after a foundational course (BCH 339F) to allow students to select courses appropriate for their interests. Add BCH 369L to take the place of CH 369L.
5. BA with major in biochemistry: Add BCH 339F as a requirement.
Rationale: Students will take a foundational course in biochemistry in their sophomore year to prepare them to choose from a modular series of courses that will prepare them for future career goals.
6. BA with major in biochemistry: Add BCH 339J, 339M, and 339N.
Rationale: Provide modularity for students to select courses with content appropriate for their interests and career goals.
7. BA with major in biochemistry: Change CH 369L and 370 to BCH 369L and 370.
Rationale: With the move of biochemistry courses under the administrative umbrella of the Department of Molecular Biosciences, courses that are biochemistry-specific are being shifted out of the Department of Chemistry. This will aid in tracking budgetary expenditures of course offerings.
8. BA with major in biochemistry: Add BIO 325T, 327D, 336, 339M, and 377.
Rationale: Biology course additions will allow students more options to select courses with content appropriate for their interests and career goals.
9. BA with major in biochemistry: Remove BIO 365W and replace with NEU 365W.
Rationale: Change of field of study from biology to neuroscience.
10. BA with a major in biology:
4a.  Remove BIO 366L, 366S, CH 369; add NEU 366L, 366S, BCH 369.
4b.  Remove BIO 365D, 365L, 365P, 365R, 365T, 365W, 366C; add NEU 365D, 365L, 365R, 365T, 365W, 366C.
Rationale: Addition and removal of BIO and CH courses that have had field of study changes to BCH or NEU.
BA with major in computer science: The CS faculty are reducing the number of courses that students are required to take in order to create more opportunities to select electives. Toward this end, the faculty would like to replace CS 313K (or CS 313H), CS 336 (or CS 336H), CS 337 (or CS 337H), and the requirement to take either CS 341 (or CS 341H) or CS 357 (or CS 357H), with two courses -- CS 311 (or CS 311H) and CS 331 (or CS 331H) – which have been designed to teach the fundamental concepts of computer theory.
11. The faculty would like to replace CS 313K (or CS 313H), 336 (or 336H), 337 (or 337H), and the requirement to take either 341 (or 341H) or 357 (or 357H), with two courses -- CS 311 (or CS 311H) and CS 331 (or CS 331H) – which have been designed to teach the fundamental concepts of computer theory. The faculty would like to replace CS 310 (or 310H), 352 (or 352H), and 372 (or 372H) with two courses -- CS 429 (or 429H) and 439 (or 439H) – which have been designed to teach the fundamental concepts of computer systems.
Rationale: The CS faculty are reducing the number of courses that students are required to take in order to create more opportunities to select electives.
12. BA with major in computer science: Require one additional approved course in theory, programming, and systems.
Rationale: The faculty would like to ensure that CS graduates have a solid foundation in the core areas of programming, systems, and theory.
13. BA with major in computer science: Move 12 additional hours of approved upper-division in Computer Science.
Rationale: With the change in requirements, the major was reorganized into 4 components: theory, programming, systems, and additional upper-division computer science.
14. BA with major in computer science: Remove M 408D; add M 340L or SDS 329C.
Rationale: Linear algebra and probability are now considerably more important to the study and practice of computer science than is calculus II. This is reflected in recent trends in computer science, including, for example, the processing of big datasets, the development of probabilistic algorithms, and the growth of visualization, simulation and animation.
15. BA with major in human ecology: Remove “Statistics and Scientific Computation” and replace with “Statistics and Data Sciences.”
Rationale: Field of study change in statistics.
16. Addition of one flag each in ethics and leadership, independent inquiry, and quantitative reasoning. Change the language in the BA degree to clarify that flagged courses may fulfill other requirements.
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 and 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?
  Yes. Degree plans that require CH 339K or 339L will be able to substitute BCH 369 for the requirement.
Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
  Yes.
If yes, explain:
  Approximately forty-six chemical engineers per year take CH 339K as an optional course in their degree plan.
Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  No.
If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
  How many students do you expect to be impacted? Twenty (b) Twenty (c)
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with: Thomas Truskett, Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
Date of communication: September 30, 2013; and November 19, 2013
Response: no response from Dr. Truskett
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?
  Yes
If yes, explain:
  Yes for Option II, Human Biology, only. Option II will be reduced from 126 hours to 120 hours.
COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: Molecular Biosciences, September 9, 2013 (biochemistry major);
Biology Instruction Office, September 9, 2013 (biology major);
Computer Science, May 9, 2012, and September 4, 2013;
Human Ecology, September 4, 2013.
College:
Yes
Date: (1-9) September 11, 2013 
(10) September 18, 2013
(11-12) September 4, 2013
(13) September 25, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

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