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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS ENVIRONMENTAL 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 October 10, 2012, 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 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 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:
Prescribed Work Common to All Options
1. Move requirements calculus, general chemistry, physics, and introductory biology from Option I to Prescribed Work Common to All Options. Add statement that Option II students are exempt from these requirements. Renumber all subsequent requirements under Prescribed Work Common to All Options, Option I, and Option II.
Rationale: Students have difficulty understanding that calculus, general chemistry, physics, and introductory biology are requirements shared across the options in Liberal Arts, the Jackson School of Geological Sciences, and Option I: Biological Sciences. Option II students take honors science requirements as alternatives.
2. Replace GEO 302P with “an approved geological sciences course in sustainability.”
Rationale: Replace GEO 302P with “an approved geological sciences course in sustainability.” This change brings the biological science requirements in line with the geological sciences and the geography requirements. The proposed requirement matches the current requirement in Liberal Arts and the Jackson School of Geological Sciences.
3. Remove BIO 478T, 262, and 262L.
Rationale: These courses were dropped from the Biology Course Inventory effective Fall 2013.
4. Add statement that MNS 320 may not be used to satisfy both requirement 5 and 10 to requirements 5 and 10.
Rationale: MNS 320 is an option in both requirement 1 and 6. Requirement 6 already contains a statement that the course may count toward only one requirement. This adds the same statement to requirement 1.
5. Additions to Environmental and sustainability themes: In environmental and sustainability policy, ethics, and history: add GRG 339K and 344K, SOC 321K, and MNS 367K. In climates and oceans theme: add MNS 356 and remove MNS 367K. Add statement that MNS 356 may not be used to satisfy both requirement 10 and 14 to requirements 10 and 14.
Rationale: Environmental Science steering committee agreed to add suitable course candidates GRG 339K, 344K, SOC 321K, and MNS 356 to the approved lists. MNS 367K previously counted toward the climates and oceans theme. Dr. Ken Dunton of Marine Science advised the EVS steering committee that MNS 367K is more suitable for the environmental and sustainability policy, ethics, and history theme.
6. Move writing flag requirement to Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option
Rationale: The writing flag requirement is not in the Prescribed Work Common to All Options in the Liberal Arts degree.
Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option
1. Add writing flag requirement, previously contained in Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option.

Option I:
1. Add MNS 356 to approved list for conversation and environmental biology. Add statement that MNS 356 may count only toward requirement 6 or requirement 15.
Rationale: MNS 356, Ecosystem Oceanography, is a new course approved by Natural Sciences in Fall 2012. It is determined that the course is suitable to fulfill the conservation and environmental biology requirement.
2. Add MNS 357 to the approved list for taxon/systems-based diversity courses.
Rationale: MNS 357, Marine Phytoplankton Diversity, is a new course approved by Natural Sciences in Fall 2012. It is determined that this new course is suitable to fulfill the taxon/systems-based diversity requirement.

Option II:
1. Add statement that breadth requirements are in place of requirements 1 through 4 of the prescribed work.
Rationale: Option II students take specific breadth requirements as alternatives to the mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biological sciences coursework in the Prescribed Work Common to All Options.
2. Add MNS 356 to approved list for conservation and environmental biology. Add statement that MNS 356 may count only toward requirement 6 or requirement 15.
Rationale: MNS 356, Ecosystem Oceanography, is a new course approved by Natural Sciences in Fall 2012. It is determined that the course is suitable to fulfill the conservation and environmental biology requirement.
3. Add MNS 357 to the approved list for taxon/systems-based diversity courses.
Rationale: MNS 357, Marine Phytoplankton Diversity, is a new course approved by Natural Sciences in Fall 2012. It is determined that this new course is suitable to fulfill the taxon/systems-based diversity requirement.
4. Change requirement number for which BIO 379H may count.
Rationale: Renumbering caused the requirement number for which BIO 379H may count to change.

Common to All Options in the College of Natural Sciences:
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. If yes, then how? Colleges that share the degree (Liberal Arts and Jackson School of Geological Sciences) must approve and make identical changes to the Prescribed Work Common to All Options. Yes. Course additions of classes offered by Liberal Arts must be approved by Liberal Arts.
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.
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)?
  Yes. Added flags.
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: October 10, 2012;
November 30, 2012
College:
Yes
Date: February 12, 2013;
September 25, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

View the edited version of the catalog changes.