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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BS BIOCHEMISTRY 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 25, 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.


CHANGES TO THE BS BIOCHEMISTRY 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:
Option I: Biochemistry
1. Delete foreign language/culture.
Rationale: To allow students to have more choices in selecting courses relevant to their future career goals.
2. Remove M 408M. If student takes three-part calculus sequence, does not have to take third part (M 408M).
Rationale: SDS 328M has been added as a requirement and may serve as the third semester of math.
3. Remove upper-division mathematics or computer science requirement.
Rationale: SDS/SSC 328M has been added as a requirement and may serve as the third semester of mathematics or computer science.
4. Add BIO 328M or SDS 328M to curriculum.
Rationale: To update curriculum for student to achieve quantitative skillset, which is more relevant to the modern biochemist.
5. Remove CH 328M, 328N, 128K, and 128L from organic chemistry.
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.
6. Remove CH 320N and 220C.
Rationale: Students are only required to take one semester of organic chemistry to prepare for BCH339F and are no longer required to take a second semester of organic chemistry and organic chemistry laboratory. There are sufficient electives for pre-medical students to take CH 320N and 220C to meet pre-medical requirements within the hours available as electives.
7. Add BCH 339F, Foundations of Biochemistry, to biochemistry.
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.
8. Remove CH 339K, 339L from biochemistry.
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.
9. Add BCH 339J, 339M, and 339N to list of biochemistry.
Rationale: Provide modularity for students to select courses with content appropriate for their interests and to update the field of study.
10. Change CH 369L and CH 370 to BCH 369L and BCH 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.
11. Remove “At least six semester hours chosen from the following……” text re: additional Biology and Chemistry coursework beyond specific (required) courses.
Rationale: To allow students more freedom to choose courses based on their interests/goals.
12. Add requirement to complete one of the following:
a. Eighteen hours of additional upper-division biology and chemistry
b. A transcript-recognized certificate
c. Eighteen hours in an approved field of study
Rationale: Students will be free to choose from a variety of options based on their interests within the area of biochemistry and prepare for future career goals.

Option II: Systems and Synthetic Biology
1. Delete Option II: Systems and Synthetic Biology degree plan.
Rationale:
With updates of curriculum for Option I, the key elements of Option II have been absorbed. Coursework in statistics and systems biology were added to Option I obviating the need for Option II.

Option III: Biochemistry Honors
1. Req #5c: Remove CH 339K and 339L. Replace with Biochemistry (BCH) 339F and 369L as required courses.
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. 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.
2. Req #5c: Add BCH 339J, 339M, 339N, as (students will choose three from these four options).
Rationale: Provide modularity for students to select courses with content appropriate for their interests and to provide updates to the field of study.
3. Reduce approved electives from twenty-eight to twenty-four hours.
Rationale: The change in biochemistry requirements requires a reduction in electives to ensure the degree option does not exceed 120 hours. David Hillis, Dean’s Scholars Program, director, approves the changes.

All options:
1. Change the language to accommodate addition of three 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 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?Forty-six chemical engineers per year.

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:
  Option I will be reduced from 127 to 120 hours. The curriculum was redesigned to reduce the total number of hours, providing flexibility to students to pursue complimentary interests to the modular biochemistry degree plan.
COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: September 9, 2013
Biology:
Yes
Date: September 10, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: September 11, 2013; September 25, 2013 (flags)
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

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