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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

REQUEST TO CREATE A FORENSIC SCIENCE CERTIFICATE, AN UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS

Dean Linda A. Hicke in the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council a proposal to create a Forensic Science Certificate in the College of Natural Sciences section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. Course and Curriculum Committee and administrators in the College of Natural Sciences approved the changes on April 16, 2013. 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. Because the certificate requires twenty semester hours or less, final approval 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.


REQUEST TO CREATE A FORENSIC SCIENCE CERTIFICATE, AN UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS

1. Type of Proposal       New Certificate Program (requiring THECB notification only)

2. Scope of Proposed Change
a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? Yes.
If yes, then how?
The proposal contains courses from Liberal Arts as well as Natural Sciences.
b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
Yes.  Some of the seats in Liberal Arts may be taken by Natural Sciences majors, and vice versa.          
c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?  Yes.
If the answer to 2a, 2b, or 2c is “yes”:

How many students do you expect to be impacted? 
Fifty students across the colleges.

Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with: James Pennebaker, Psychology (Liberal Arts)
Date of communication: April 19, 2013
Response: This looks like a nice approach.
Person communicated with: Christine Williams, Sociology (Liberal Arts)
Date of communication: April 19, 2013
Response: the Sociology Department is willing to help with this venture.
Person communicated with: Kathleen Stewart, Anthropology (Liberal Arts)
Date of communication: April 19, 2013
Response: Yes, forensics would be of interest to our students and our physical anthropologists might be interested in teaching something useful.
Person communicated with: Richard Flores, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Date of communication: September 26, 2013; conversation between Dr. Flores and Dr. Kopp
Response: The College of Liberal Arts supports the certificate provided the College of Natural Sciences understands that seats for courses in the certificate are on an “as available” basis.

3. Official Certificate Name: Forensic Science Certificate

4. Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2014

5.

CIP Code (administrative unit awarding the certificate): School of Biological Sciences

6.

Statement of Objective: To provide students interested in forensic science with an interdisciplinary perspective and to provide both science and non-science perspectives to supplement the coursework typically chosen by students interested in careers in forensics.

7. Number of Students Expected to Receive the Certificate Each Semester: 25 to 50

8. Number of Hours Required for Completion: 18

9. List Faculty on the Certificate Program Faculty Committee.

Name of Faculty Member

College/Department

Title at UT Austin

Highest Degree and Awarding Institution

* George Pollak, Chair

Section of Neurobiology/

Natural Sciences

Professor

PhD, University of Maryland

* Nigel Atkinson

Section of Neurobiology/

Natural Sciences

Professor

PhD, Hershey Medical Center at The Pennsylvania State University

* Rebecca Lewis

Department of Anthropology/

Liberal Arts

Associate Professor

PhD, Duke University

* Deborah A. Bolnick

Department of Anthropology/

Liberal Arts

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California at Davis

* Harold Zakon

Section of Neurobiology/

Natural Sciences

Professor

PhD, Cornell University



10. Academic Course Requirements:
Use this table to identify the courses that qualify for this certificate program.

Course Abbreviation and Number

Course Title

SCH

ANT 301

Physical Anthropology

3

ANT 366

Anatomy and Biology of the Human Skeleton #

# Upper-division standing and ANT 301.

3

BIO 309D

The Human Body

3

BIO 321G

Introduction to Computational Biology #

# BIO 325 or 325H; CS 303E, 305J, 307, or SSC 222; and M 408C, or 408K and 408L, or 408N and 408S.

3

BIO 325

Genetics #

# BIO 311C, 311D.

3

BIO 325L

Laboratory Experience in Genetics #

# BIO 325 or 325H.

3

BIO 325T

Human Genetics #

# BIO 325 or 325H.

3

BIO 226L

General Microbiology Laboratory #

# Credit or registration for BIO 326M or 326R.

2

BIO 326R

General Microbiology #

# BIO 325 or 325H; CH 302 or 302H.

3

BIO 446L

Human Microscopic and Gross Anatomy #

# BIO 311C; BIO 325 or 325H; CH 301; and one of the following courses: M 408C, 408K, 408N, 408R, SSC 302.

4

BIO 361T

Comparative Animal Physiology #

# BIO 325 or 325H.

3

BIO 365D

Principles of Drug Action #

# BIO 325 or 325H.

3

BIO 365S

Systems Physiology #

# BIO 311C; BIO 325 or 325H; CH 301; and one of the following courses: M 408C, 408K, 408N, 408R, SSC 302.

3

BIO 165U

Systems Physiology Laboratory #

# BIO 325 or 325H; credit or registration for BIO 365S.

1

BIO 371L

Experimental Physiology #

# BIO 325 or 325H; BIO 205L, 206L, 208L, or 126L.

3

CH 220C

Organic Chemistry Laboratory #

# Credit or registration for CH 310N or 320N; CH 204 or 317; CH 310M, 318M, 320M, or 328M.

2

CH 320M

Organic Chemistry I #

# CH 302 or 302H; credit or registration for CH 204 or 317.

3

CH 320N

Organic Chemistry II #

# Credit or registration for CH 210C or 220C; CH 204 or 317; CH 310M, 318M, 320M, or 328M.

3

CH 455

Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry #

# CH 302 and 204 or 317.

4

CH 369

Fundamentals of Biochemistry #

# CH 310M, 318M, 320M, or 328M.

3

PSY 301

Introduction to Psychology

3

PSY 308

Biopsychology #

# PSY 301.

3

PSY 319K

Social Psychology #

# PSY 301.

3

PSY 352

Abnormal Psychology #

# 1) For psychology majors: PSY 301 and 418.

2) For non-majors: PSY 301; upper-division standing; and one of the following: BIO 318M, CE 311S, ECO 329, EDP 371, EE 351K, GOV 350K, M 316, ME 335, PSY 317, SOC 317L, SW 318, STA 309, SSC 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

3

SOC 302

Introduction to the Study of Society

3

SOC 325K

Criminology #

# Upper-division standing and 6 hours of SOC.

3

SOC 325L

Sociology of Criminal Justice #

# Upper-division standing.

3

SDS 302

Data Analysis for the Health Sciences #

# A passing score on the College of Natural Sciences mathematics placement examination.

3

SDS 304

Statistics in Health Care #

# A passing score on the College of Natural Sciences mathematics placement examination.

3

SDS 306

Statistics in Market Analysis #

# A passing score on the College of Natural Sciences mathematics placement examination.

3

SDS 328M

Biostatistics #

# A passing score on the College of Natural Sciences mathematics placement examination, and 6 hours of BIO.

3

M 316

Elementary Statistical Methods #

# An appropriate score on the mathematics placement exam.

3



11. Other Certificate Requirements: N/A

12. Give a Detailed Rationale for Change(s):
To provide students interested in forensic science with an interdisciplinary perspective and to provide both science and non-science perspectives to supplement the coursework typically chosen by students interested in careers in forensics.

13. College/School Approval Process:
Approver: Course and Curriculum Committee; Sacha Kopp
Date: April 16, 2013
Title:
Associate Dean for Curriculum and Programs