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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FRONT CHAPTER IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES SECTION OF 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 24, 2013, February 13, 2014, and February 14, 2014, 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 February 26, 2014, 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 Faculty by March 20, 2014.1
Dean P. Neikirk
Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 6, 2014.


1 On March 18, 2014, because of corrections made to pages 11427, 11428, and 11440, the protest deadline of March 20, 2014, was extended to March 28, 2014.




PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FRONT CHAPTER IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES SECTION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016



Type of Change Academic Change
  1. 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

  2. EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE (include page numbers in the catalog where changes will be made)
    477-486
    1. College Administration: update list of associate and assistant deans (p. 477)
      Rationale: personnel changes.
    2. Updated URL addresses (p. 477)
      Rationale: College updated website and all URL addresses changed.
    3. Admission and Registration, updated and added (p. 478-479)
      1. Admission Policies of the College: addition of sections on freshman, internal, and external admissions to the college.
        Rationale: The college will establish internal and external admission requirements to assist students in adequately preparing for academic careers in science. Criteria proposed mirror expectations of students already in the college who successfully complete a degree in the college and seek to expose students to entry-level courses and better understand potential educational and professional goals obtainable with a science or mathematics degree before making the commitment to pursue a 4 year degree in the college. Students enrolled in another college at UT who are not admitted to the College of Natural Sciences will have the option to pursue coursework in the college through core classes or certificate programs.
      2. The Entry-Level Major: addition of an admissions process into the Computer Science Entry-level major.
        Rationale: The Department of Computer Science faculty determined that raising the overall grade point average will help ensure the success of those students entering the entry-level major. The change is also intended to help with enrollment control.
      3. Adding a Simultaneous Major or Changing Majors.
        Rationale: Students will be asked to discuss the impact of adding a simultaneous major on timely graduation.
      4. The Major in Computer Science: Addition of 2.5 GPA in residence for internal transfers for students in natural sciences and also outside of the college. Addition of the BSA degree in the last paragraph.
        Rationale: The Department of Computer Science instituted changes to the entry-level requirements as described above under 3a.
      5. Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science and Arts, and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Option I and V: The department added CS 311 or 311H; removed CS 313K and calculus; reduced the number of entry-level courses from four to three; removed the minimum of three of the courses to be completed in residence; changed the minimum grades from C to C-; changed the minimum GPA to 2.75; and added a statement that students who are denied may appeal.
        Rationale: CS 311 or 311H are the new theory courses required for the degree; CS 313K has been deleted from the course inventory; a large number of students place out of the first calculus course, and the second calculus course is no longer required for the degrees; the department has a significant number of students with approved substitutions for which the department will consider transfer grades toward the minimum 2.75 GPA; the C- grade aligns with the college’s requirement of minimum of C- grades in math and science courses counted toward degree requirements; the students who are not admitted may appeal their admission to the major.
      6. Bachelor of science in computer science, Option I: remove paragraph.
        Rationale: Dropping calculus as an admission requirement also allows the department to evaluate students for admission to 3 majors (BA, BSA, and BS Option I) through one process.
      7. Coordinated Program in Dietetics: update chemistry requirements (delete CH 339K and 339L; update CH to BCH.
        Rationale: CH 339K and 339L are no longer being taught. Change of field of study.
      8. Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Option I: add admission requirements.
        Rationale: The Department of Neuroscience proposes selective admission to the BS in Neuroscience program. The program is research intensive, requiring four upper-division laboratory courses and at least 3 hours of independent research in a faculty laboratory. The laboratory courses and research laboratories will be unable to accommodate the number of students who have expressed interest in the program. The Department can offer only four upper-division laboratory courses, which accommodate approximately 180 students per year. In addition to serving the BS in Neuroscience program, these courses are available to BS biology/neurobiology majors, who number over 400. The laboratory courses are consistently wait-listed. Selective admissions will enable the department to allocate seats to the students who are best positioned to benefit from these rigorous advanced courses. Students who are denied may reapply up to two times. The admissions criteria enable students to apply for admission as early as the end of the first year. Students who are not admitted can enter the BSA Neuroscience program with no loss of credit hours, or they can enter the BS Biology/Neurobiology program with the loss of not more than one or two courses.
      9. The Major in Public Health. Second paragraph: Update name of advising center in natural sciences
        Rationale: The new name, Center for First-Year Advising, more appropriately describes the mission of the center.
      10. Fourth paragraph: Change name to Department of Molecular and Biosciences.
        Rationale: The School of Biological Sciences dissolved to form separate departments.
      11. The Major in Textiles and Apparel (TXA): Add description for admission into the textiles and apparel field experience programs.
        Rationale: Recently a director of internships was established to provide consistent integrity across all internships. As a result, the description of the internship process and procedures has been reworked. It is the responsibility of the director to serve as the face of TXA and to approach various host sites requesting their participation in the internship program and explaining the responsibilities inherent in hosting a student intern. The director also coordinates a placement day(s) wherein competitive interviews are held and students are matched with an internship site. The director maintains a working relationship with the hosts. It is possible another faculty member will work with the interning student assuming the responsibility to provide the academic program and interact directly with the student and the host. Each of the options has a slightly different approach to the actual internship to best meet the needs of that option. Descriptive paragraphs define the procedure for each option.
    4. Academic Standards
      1. Mathematics Placement (p. 480): Change Calculus Placement to Mathematics Placement. Alter placement paragraph to define the college mathematics requirement as calculus or statistics.
        Rationale: Graduates in several fields of study in the college are better prepared for professional careers and graduate school with a background in statistics rather than in calculus.
      2. Repetition of a Course. In the second paragraph, strike the phrase “in the College of Natural Sciences”.
        Rationale: The policy applies to all students whether they are in the College of Natural Sciences or not.
      3. Change Honors heading and provide brief overview on honors opportunities at the University, college, and departmental level.
        Rationale: The various honors degrees, programs, and designations are not well-defined for prospective students and their parents to understand. The introductory paragraphs assist in providing a context for the detailed descriptions that follow.
      4. Change Honors to University-wide Honors: The following paragraph describes University-wide Honors.
        Rationale: The following paragraph describes University-wide Honors.
      5. Health Science Scholars Program: Add a paragraph describing the college-wide Health Science Scholars Program.
        Rationale: The Health Science Scholars Program offers exceptional students in the College of Natural Sciences with an interest in health professions a unique opportunity to enrich their undergraduate education.
      6. Polymathic Scholars Program: Add a paragraph describing the college-wide Polymathic Scholars Program.
        Rationale: The Polymathic Scholars is a program for honors students in natural sciences with interests that stretch beyond their major.
      7. College Honors: Change College Honors Programs to College Honors. Strike the paragraph titled Departmental Honorary Societies. Strike the word “Programs” off of the departmental honors titles.
        Rationale: The departmental honors designations are earned by students who do are not in an organized honors program. Rather, the students enter a two-semester research sequence that culminates in writing an honors research thesis. The departmental honorary societies paragraph is a legacy statement. The college and departments do not select students for these societies. Therefore, the paragraph’s inclusion in the academic section is misleading. The college honors center may advertise and assist students with determining how they apply.
    5. Graduation
      1. Special Requirements of the College: Strike the requirement of a minimum of thirty of the sixty hours in residence from the College of Natural Sciences or the College of Liberal Arts. Update in absentia graduation website.
        Rationale: Through long-standing practice, the college follows the residency requirements prescribed in the degrees. The language may be a holdover from the catalog in which the College of Arts and Sciences was split into two separate colleges. The college recently updated its website.
      2. Applying for Graduation: Update the graduation application website.
        Rationale: The college recently updated its website.
    6. Degrees and Programs.
      1. Strike the first paragraph and list the majors by degree that students may seek.
        Rationale: The college added the Bachelor of Science and Arts and desired to more fully describe its degrees for students.
      2. Add the Bachelor of Science and Arts to list for which students may earn only one degree.
        Rationale: The degree is structured to allow students to choose between eleven majors, with only 1 BSA that may be earned.
      3. Courses in a Single Field: Identify the thirty-nine hour restriction with the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, degree.
        Rationale: The college has two other degree plans that are not shared with the College of Liberal Arts – the BSA and the BS degrees. These degrees do not contain this restriction. Some BS degrees require more than thirty-nine hours in the major field of study
      4. Add in the Bachelor of Science and Arts.
        Rationale: New degree approved effective fall 2014.
      5. Limit the number of degrees that may be earned in a single field of study to one.
        Rationale: Students may enroll in an extra semester to earn both a BA and a BS in the same field of study. An additional degree in the same field of study does not appreciably increase qualifications for graduate or professional school or for careers.
      6. Students who earn a BA or BSA may earn a second major designation in another field of study.
        Rationale: The BA and BSA degrees provide general frameworks for multiple majors. At times, it is appropriate for students to earn multiple majors.
      7. Strike the ability to earn second major designations for students who hold Bachelor of Science degrees.
        Rationale: The additional major does not appreciably increase qualifications for graduate or professional school or for careers.
      8. Addition of a statement that students wishing to add another major must meet established criterion.
        Rationale: Students who wish to declare a simultaneous major must first meet with their academic advisor to discuss the effect on their timely graduation.
      9. Courses Taken on a Pass/Fail Basis: Limit pass/fail hours on the BSA and BS degrees in the college to six hours.
        Rationale: Students in the BSA and BS degree programs have fewer elective hours in their degrees than sixteen. The six hours still provides an opportunity for students to lighten their course-loads if they wish.
    7. Transcript-Recognized Certificate Programs
      1. Addition of the Forensic Science Certificate.
        Rationale: Certificate approved by CUDPR on December 11, 2013.
      2. Certificate in Scientific Computation: update field of study.
        Rationale: Statistics and Scientific Computation is now Statistics and Data Sciences.
      3. Texas IP changed to Evidence and Inquiry Certificate.
        Rationale: Certificate changes approved by CUDPR on April 29, 2013.
      4. Addition of Food and Society Certificate.
        Rationale: Certificate approved by CUDPR on December 11, 2013.
      5. Addition of Pre-Health Professions Certificate.
        Rationale: Certificate approved by CUDPR on April 29, 2013. [Note: revisions will be submitted to Pre-Health Professions Certificate.]
      6. Change of title in Certificate in Textile Conservation and Museum Studies.
        Rationale: Title more accurately reflects content of certificate (includes exhibit preparation, etc).
      7. Addition of the UTeach Natural Sciences Secondary Teaching Option Certificate.
        Rationale: Certificate approved by CUDPR on April 29, 2013.
  3. SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
    If yes, then how? ? First time in college freshmen in other colleges will only be able to transfer after spring semester of freshman year. Internal transfer students will be able to transfer only after successful application to CNS, matching criteria proposed for external transfer students. These policies apply to students outside CNS wishing to add a CNS major. Note: the impacts of courses from other colleges in certificates are addressed on the individual certificate proposals.
    Yes
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    If yes, then how? Note: the impacts of courses from other colleges in certificates are addressed on the individual certificate proposals.
    Yes
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
     Note: the impacts of courses from other colleges in certificates are addressed on the individual certificate proposals.
    No
    If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
      How many students do you expect to be impacted?

    annually 1000

    Approximately 1000 students impacted annually by the changes to admission and transfer policies.

    Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:

    Individuals contacted concerning admission and transfer policies:

    • Person communicated with: Brent Iverson, Larry Abraham, School of Undergraduate Studies

    Date of communication: January 29, 2014, February 2, 2014, February 6, 2014

    Response: No problems with the proposed legislation (Larry Abraham). Some clarifications needed on the courses and grades required for admissions to CNS, and will need to closely work with UGS advisors to educate students that the criteria are flexible so as to identify promising students.

    • Person communicated with: David Platt, associate dean, McCombs School of Business

    Date of communication: January 29, 2014, February 3, 2014, February 5, 2014

    Response: No problems with the proposed legislation.

    • Person communicated with: Mark Bernstein, associate dean, Moody College of Communications

    Date of communication: January 29, 2014, February 3, 2014, February 5, 2014

    Response: No problems with the proposed legislation.

    • Person communicated with: Gerald Speitel, associate dean, Cockrell School of Engineering

    Date of communication: January 29, 2014, February 2, 2014, February 2, 2014

    Response: Sacha, I have no concerns about these proposals, but I am happy to find some time to meet if you would like.

    • Person communicated with: David Platt, associate dean, McCombs School of Business
    Date of communication: January 29, 2014, February 3, 2014, February 5, 2014 Response: No problems with the proposed legislation.
    • Person communicated with: Richard Flores, associate dean, College of Liberal Arts
    Date of communication: January 29, 2014, February 3, 2014, February 17, 2014 Response: Proposal looks fine.
     
     
     
     
    d. Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
    If yes, explain:
    No
    If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
    Person communicated with:  
    Date of communication:  
    Response:  
    No
    e. Will this proposal change the number of hours required for degree completion?
    If yes, explain:

    No
  4. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Department approval date:

    (1-2, 3e) September 10, 2013; (3a-3d) September 4, 2013; (3f) September 12, 2013;

    College approval date:

    (1, 2) September 27, 2013; (3a-3d, 3f) September 25, 2013; (3e) September 11, 2013; (3g) September 25, 2013; (3h) May 7, 2013; (4-6) September 25, 2013,
    (3a-c, 4b, 6e-h) February 13, 2014

    Dean approval date: September 30, 2013; (3a-c, 4b, 6e-h) February 14, 2014

    To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.