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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS COMPUTER SCIENCE 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 4, 2013, September 4, 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 COMPUTER SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Type of Change:
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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: pp. 500-503.
1. Option I, II, IV, and V: add in M 362K as an alternative to SSC/SDS 321.
Rationale: With changes in the focus and practice of computer science (C S), probability has become essential to the field. It is the basis for major new developments, including, for example, machine learning and data mining, the processing of big datasets, and the use of probabilistic algorithms.
2. Options I, II, and IV: remove BIO 325 from the biology science sequence option. Add 3 hours of upper-division Biology to the advanced biology science sequence.
Rationale: The CS faculty intend for the introductory science sequences to mirror the first year science sequences for students in these fields of study. The faculty intend for the advanced science sequences to reflect the knowledge base achieved by taking 2 advanced courses in a field of study.
3. Options I, II, and V: remove CS 313K or 313H, 336 or 336H, 337 or 337H, 341 or 341H or 357 or 357H.
Option IV: remove CS 313K or 313H, 336 or 336H, and 337 or 337H. Options I, II, and V: Add CS 311 or 311H, 331 or 331H.
Rationale: The C S 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 C S 313K (or C S 313H), C S 336 (or C S 336H), C S 337 (or C S 337H), and the requirement to take either C S 341 (or C S 341H) or C S 357 (or C S 357H), with two courses – C S 311 (or C S 311H) and C S 331 (or C S 331H) – which have been designed to teach the fundamental concepts of computer theory.
4. Option III: remove C S 313H and 336H; add C S 311H and 331H.
Rationale: The C S faculty would like to drop C S 313H and 336H. The faculty would like to add C S 311H and 331H. These courses have significant changes in content from C S 313H and 336H in response to developments in theoretical computer science.
5. Options I, II, IV, and V: remove C S 345 or 345H.
Rationale: The Undergraduate Studies Committee, with full support of the C S faculty, would like to remove C S 345/345H (Programming Languages) as a requirement from all BS degree options because we do not consider the class to be essential for all students. This is part of our larger effort to reduce the "core" to only essential topics. However, we plan to continue offering the class as an upper-division elective.
6. Options I, II, IV, and V: Add 3 additional hours each from 3 lists of approved coursework, in theory, programming, and systems.
Rationale: The C S faculty are reducing the number of courses that students are required to take in order to create more opportunities to select electives. Still, the faculty want to insure that C S graduates have a solid foundation in the core areas of programming, systems and theory. By requiring students to take one additional course in these areas, beyond the set of required, core courses, students will obtain the necessary background while still having some flexibility to choose.
7. Option II: Add 12 additional hours of upper-division in C S. Specify the requirements that must be approved by director and requirements that count toward minimum # of honors courses.
Rationale: Option II: 12 additional hours of upper-division in C S were inadvertently deleted from 2010-12 catalog when deleting the phrase “34 upper-division hours in C S.” The 34 hours were made up of 22 hours in required courses, leaving the additional 12 upper-division hours as required but not explicitly stated.
8. Option IV: Addition of Master of Science in Information Studies as an alternative to Master of Science in Computer Sciences (MSCS).
Rationale: The Department and the iSchool will select highly motivated students with strong intellectual capacities and character for this integrated program in order to meet a two-fold goal: to prepare students for professional positions that require diverse perspectives on information, leadership, and technical depth as well as to prepare students for competitive Ph.D. programs in C S and Information Studies.
The Department's Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs provide students with general knowledge and skills appropriate for many career paths. The Department prepares students with a strong foundation in computing. However, as computing moves into the mainstream, successful developers and managers must understand information, interfaces, and interaction from a user’s perspective as well. The iSchool complements the Department’s focus on data with a strong emphasis on information, its social construction, and its contexts of use. The BSCS/MSIS Integrated Program will provide these students with a well-rounded education and will enable system as well as the user perspectives on systems.
The breadth of topics covered as well as degrees in two disciplines will enable the students of this BSCS/MSIS integrated program to seek admission to the nation's most competitive Ph.D. programs in C S as well as Information Studies. The BSCS/MSIS Integrated Program will provide these students with a strong background in areas of C S as well as Information Studies that are on the frontiers of research, as well as opportunities for theses or projects that blend the knowledge gained from each discipline.
Students who seek professional positions will also benefit from the proposed BSCS/MSIS Integrated Program. The Department’s BA and BS programs prepare students for entering the software industry in job profiles that include application development and testing. Students enrolling in the BSCS/MSIS Integrated Program will develop skills in human-computer interaction design, user experience design, information architecture, and the design, development, and management of digital services in governmental, academic, or corporate institutions. . The Department and the iSchool looked at several resources for guidance in structuring the BSCS/MSIS Integrated Program. Most integrated programs provide a fast track to a master’s degree within a single department or a program. The Fifth Year Masters Program at Carnegie Mellon University, offered within the C S Department, equips its graduates with a skill set similar to that envisioned by the proposed BSCS/MSIS Integrated Program. The only program across our two disciplines that we have been able to locate is the 3+1 program at Simmons College, which awards the BS-CS and MLIS degrees to a candidate in a span of four years.
The current proposal follows the general structure and guidelines of the joint BSCS/MSCS program that the Department currently offers. The BSCS/MSIS Integrated Program will not require significant new costs, nor will the program cause duplication or adverse effects on current programs. 
9. Option IV: Addition of Master of Science in Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (MSSCEM) as an alternative to other two graduate options.
Rationale: The Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Computational Engineering and         Sciences (ICES) will select highly motivated students with strong intellectual capacities and character for this integrated program in order to meet a two-fold goal: to prepare students for professional positions that diverse perspectives on computation, engineering, math and technical depth as well as to prepare for competitive Ph.D. programs in C S, Engineering and Math.
The CS Department's Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Science and Arts      (BSA) programs provide students with general knowledge and skills appropriate for many career paths. However, as computing moves into the mainstream, successful developers and managers must understand the applications of computing to a diverse set of problems, and the underlying algorithms that are the basis for numerical analysis. ICES complements UTCS’ focus on data with a strong emphasis on mathematics, scientific computing, and the applications of computing to real world problems. The BSCS/MSCSEM Integrated Program will provide these students with a well-rounded education enabling them to not only understand the fundamental science of computing, but how computing is used to tackle challenging problems.
The breadth of topics covered, along with the degrees earned in each of the two disciplines, will enable the students of the BSCS/CSEM Integrated Program to seek admission to the nation's most competitive Ph.D. programs in C S, Applied Mathematics, and Computational Science and Engineering. The BSCS/CSEM Integrated Program will provide students with a strong background in C S, Mathematics, and a technical application area. This educational experience will expose students to the frontiers of research. Participating students will have opportunities for theses or projects that blend the knowledge gained from each discipline.
Students who seek professional positions instead of pursuing doctoral studies will also benefit from participation in the proposed BSCS/MSCSEM Integrated Program. UTCS’ B.A., B.S. and BSA degree plans prepare students to enter the software industry in job profiles that include software developer, systems analyst, database manager, applications engineer, Internet network technician, business analyst, and project manager. Students in the BSCS/MSCSEM Integrated Program will develop skills to gain employment in an even broader spectrum of job profiles, including numerical analysis, mathematical modeling, scientific computation, and high-performance computing.
UTCS and ICES used several resources in structuring the BSCS/MSCSEM Integrated Program. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and C S that prepares students to pursue professional or graduate work in mathematics and computer science. Stanford University offers an interdisciplinary bachelors degree in Mathematical and Computational Science and a Master of Science in Mathematical and Computational Engineering, though neither of these programs is quite the same as what we are proposing here. Harvard University recently began an intensive one-year degree program leading to a Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering. Central Washington University offers a Master of Science in Computational Science, which targets undergraduate CS majors. Many universities offer similar masters degrees, but not tied directly to an undergraduate program in CS. Furthermore, a number of universities including UT Austin offer certificates in computational science as part of an undergraduate degree program (however, at UT, this does not lead to a master’s degree and does not include graduate level courses).
This proposal follows the general structure and guidelines of the joint BS CS/MS CS program that UTCS currently offers. The BSCS/MSCSEM Integrated Program will not require significant new costs, nor will the program cause duplication. No adverse effects on current programs are anticipated.
10. Special Requirements: Remove C S 313K or 313H and add C S 311 or 311H.
Rationale: The C S faculty will not teach C S 313K and C S 313H again. The requirements have been changed to C S 311 and C S 311H with a significant change in course content in response to developments in theoretical computer science.
11.  Common to all options: 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.
12. Common to Options I, II, IV, and V: Change Statistics and Scientific Computation to Statistics and Data Sciences: Option I, 5; Option II, 5; Option IV, 5; Option V, 6, 9ai, 9bi.
Rationale: Update field of study.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  Yes. The School of Information Studies collaborated in putting together this proposal. The School of Information Studies will propose to alter its Master of Science in Information Studies to 31 hours (down from 40 hours). The School of Information Studies will present the proposal to the Graduate School for inclusion in the 2013-15 Graduate School catalog. ICES collaborated in putting together this proposal.
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:
 

The School of Information Studies collaborated in putting together this proposal. The School of Information Studies will propose to alter its Master of Science in Information Studies to thirty-one hours (down from forty hours). The School of Information Studies will present the proposal to the Graduate School for inclusion in the 2013-15 Graduate School catalog. ICES collaborated in putting together this proposal.

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: (8) School of Information Graduate Studies Committee (no individual name provided by the Department of Computer Science).
(9) J. Tinsley Oden, Director, Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES)
Date of communication: (8) April 24, 2012 (9) July 31, 2013
Response: (8) Approved (9) 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: (1-7, & 10) May 2, 2012,
(8) August 13, 2012,
(9) August 28, 2013
(11) September 25, 2013,
(12) September 4, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: (1-7, & 10) May 9, 2012,
(8) January 29, 2013,
(9) September 18, 2013,
(11) September 25, 2013,
(12) September 4, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

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