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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES 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 11, 2013, September 11, 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 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES 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. Common to All Options:
a. Prescribed work common to all options, #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. Prescribed work common to all options, #2:  Add sociology to the list of choices of the six semester hours of upper-division coursework in social sciences.
Rationale: Sociology is just as relevant to the subject matter in human development and family sciences as is psychology, anthropology, and economics.
c. Prescribed work common to all options, #2:  Add Psychology 339 to the list of courses that may not be counted toward the BS HDFS degree.
Rationale: PSY 339 is very similar in content to HDF 342, and students cannot receive credit for both. We want HDFS students to take HDF 342 instead of PSY 339.
d. Change Statistics and Scientific Computation to Statistics and Data Sciences in Option I, #5; II, #5; III, 5, IV, #5; and V, #5.
Rationale: Update field of study.
2. Options 1, #5; II, #5; III, #5; IV, #5:  Change the mathematics and statistics requirements to require SDS 302 and either calculus (M 408C or 408N) or the newly approved SDS 332, Statistical Models for the Health and Behavioral Sciences.
Rationale:
Students need more advanced statistical training to comprehend results sections the journal articles in their field that they will be reading in most of their upper-division courses. Students doing research also require more advanced statistical training. Most of our students would be much better served if they took an advanced statistics course rather than calculus, as calculus is not a necessary prerequisite for any of our upper-division courses.
3. Option II, #9; IV, #9:  Add HDF 356 to the list of upper-division HDFS courses.
Rationale:
The title of HDF 356 has been changed to “Evolution of Relationship” and the content of the course now focuses more on phylogenetic and ontogenetic changes in human relationships, as well as adaptation of relationships to particular cultural-ecological contexts. Because of the increased emphasis on ontogeny, this course is now an appropriate fit for Option II, Human Development, and because of the increased emphasis on cultural-ecological contexts, this course is now an appropriate fit for Option IV, Families and Society.
4. Option V, #8:  Change UGS 302 or 302 to UGS 302 or 303.
Rationale:  Correcting typographic error from 2012-14 catalog.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  Yes. More students may enroll in lower-division sociology classes.
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:
 

N/A

Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  Yes.
If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
  How many students do you expect to be impacted? Twenty
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with:  Christine Williams, Chair, Department of Sociology
Date of communication:  November 20, 2013
Response:  Yes, you have permission to list SOC as a field of study in your degree requirement.
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: April 30, 2013;
September 4, 2013;
September 11, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: May 7, 2013;
September 4, 2013;
September 11, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

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