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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS CHEMISTRY 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 department, the college faculty, and the dean approved the changes on September 9, 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 BS CHEMISTRY 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. Prescribed Work Common to All Options:
a. #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.
b. #3c:  Remove CH 339K or 369; add BCH 339F or 369.
Rationale:  Updating field of study. Chemistry majors may take the BCH 339F course (for biochemistry majors) or 369 (for non-biochemistry majors) to fulfill the requirement.
c. #3d: add CH 353M (as alternative to CH 353 - 353 or 353M may count)
Rationale: A departmental memo is already in place to allow CH 353M to count as alternative to CH 353; this is to update catalog.
2. Option I, Chemistry:
a. #8:  Remove CH 339J, 339L, 364C, 364D, 364C, 364F, 365D, 369L, and 370; add BCH 339J, 364C, 364D, 364E, 364F, 369L, and 370.
Rationale:  Updating field of study.  Note that CH 339L has no direct replacement.
b. #9:  Clarify that nine additional hours are needed for this requirement (rather than for the student to assume that the coursework could be fulfilled with previously taken coursework).
Rationale:  Some students misinterpreted the requirement to mean that they could double count their science coursework to fulfill these hours.
3. Option II, Computation:
a. #4:  Change SSC 329C for SDS 329C.
Rationale:  update field of study.
b. #9:  Remove CH 369T; add BCH 369T.
Rationale:  update field of study.
c. #10, 10a, and 10c:  Change SSC 222 for SDS 222; SSC 335 for SDS 335; and SSC 329D for SDS 329D.
Rationale:  update field of study.
4. Option III, Teaching:
a. #8a: Add SCI 360 (Topic 4: Physics by Inquiry) and PHY 108 (Topic: Physics by Inquiry) as an alternative to the second half of the physics sequence.
Rationale: Composite certification in Texas means that students who major in chemistry take two physics courses and become teachers both legally and practically can find themselves assigned to teach physics at some point in their careers. Thus, we have to ask how best to prepare them. The American Physical Society is finalizing recommendations on the preparation of physics teachers, and the recommendation for exemplary preparation is that future physics teachers have the opportunity to study physics with a master physics teacher who models for them the best pedagogical strategies they would need in a high school setting. SCI 360 (Topic 4: Physics by Inquiry), is the best course at the University for this purpose. At the same time, chemistry majors also need fluency in standard numerical problems, if only because they may wish to keep career options open by taking the MCAT. The PHY 108 course accompanying SCI 360 addresses this need. While we do not want to forbid chemistry majors from satisfying their physics requirement with conventional physics courses, we do wish to ensure that the SCI 360/PHY 108 combination, which is probably preferable preparation, will be allowed.
b. #9av:  Remove CH 339K, 339L, 369; add BCH 339F or 369.
Rationale:  Updating field of study. Chemistry majors may take the BCH 339F course (for biochemistry majors) or 369 (for non-biochemistry majors) to fulfill the requirement.
c. #9bv:  Remove CH 339K, 339L, 369; add BCH 339F or 369.
Rationale:   Updating field of study. Chemistry majors may take the BCH 339F course (for biochemistry majors) or 369 (for non-biochemistry majors) to fulfill the requirement.
d. #9civ:  Change CH 369 for BCH 369.
Rationale:  Updating field of study.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  If yes, then how?  SCI 360 (Topic 4:  Physics by Inquiry) and PHY 108 (Topic:  Physics by Inquiry) was specifically designed for the UTeach-Natural Sciences degrees that require physics. UTeach students currently take this class, which is designed for pre-service science teachers who might teach physics at the middle and/or high school level. Other interested UTeach students will be accommodated. SCI 360 is instructed by the College of Education as a service to UTeach-Natural Sciences.
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?
  Yes. SCI 360 (Topic 4:  Physics by Inquiry) and PHY 108 (Topic:  Physics by Inquiry) was specifically designed for the UTeach-Natural Sciences degrees that require physics. UTeach students currently take this class, which is designed for pre-service science teachers who might teach physics at the middle and/or high school level.
If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
  How many students do you expect to be impacted? Unknown, but expected to be small.
The number of UTeach students who are not required to take physics but who elect to take SCI 360 and PHY 108 is unknown but expected to be small. The College of Education has been offering SCI 360 (Topic 4:  Physics by Inquiry) for the UTeach-Natural Sciences students for several semesters already.
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with: (1) Marilyn Kameen, College of Education
Date of communication: (1) October 2, 2012
Response: (1) 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:
  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: March 28, 2013;
September 9, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: April 2, 2013;
September 11, 2013;
September 25, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

View the edited version of the catalog changes.