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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS IN NEUROSCIENCE 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 25, 2013, 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 IN NEUROSCIENCE 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. Option I: 
a. Addition of Neuroscience 337 as an alternative to Biology 337.
b. Addition of Neuroscience 377 as an alternative to Biology 377.
Rationale:
a. The Division of Neurobiology created a topics course, NEU 337, to have flexibility to offer occasional topics without the need to use the BIO 337 topics course number. Several of the topics currently offered under BIO 337 will now be offered under NEU 337.
b. The Division of Neurobiology created an undergraduate research course, NEU 377. Neuroscience students in both options will participate in research.
2. Option I, 3
Drop SSC/SDS 321, Intro to Probability and Statistics, and add SDS 328M, Biostatistics.
Rationale: After discussion with SDS representatives, the content of SDS 328M was deemed to be more appropriate to neuroscience than that of SSC/SDS 321.
3. Option I, 7b Remove CH 339K and change CH 369 to BCH 369.
Rationale: The Department of Molecular Biosciences has deleted CH 339K from the course inventory. Non-biochemistry majors will take BCH 369.
4. Option 1, 7d
Add M 427L, Advanced Calculus for Applications II.
Rationale: This is a sister course of M 427K, which is already a choice in this option.
5. Option I, 7d
Add SDS 328M as an alternative to SSC/SDS 321 or M 362K. 
Rationale: The content and skills students gain through M 358K and SSC/SDS 328M are not sufficiently differentiated to allow both courses to fulfill degree requirements.
6. Option I, 9
Remove NEU 366N.
Rationale: The department could not obtain an instructor for the course, so it cannot be required in the degree plan. There are plans to teach the course in the future as instructors become available. Consequently, the course is added as another choice for the requirement of six hours of upper-division neuroscience chosen from the approved lists in requirement 11.
7. Option I, 10
Remove BIO 365L, 366L, 366P, 366S, and 377. Add NEU 365L, 366L, 366P, 366S, and 377.
Rationale: With the creation of the Department of Neuroscience, these courses are changing to the neuroscience field of study.
8. Option I, 11
Remove BIO 337 (Topics: Sensory Neuroscience; Genetic Analysis of Behavior and Disease); and add NEU 337 (Topics: Sensory Neuroscience; Genetic Analysis of Behavior and Disease). Remove BIO 337 (Topics: Computational Neuroscience; Foundations of Neuroimaging; Visual Neuroscience; and Evolutionary Neuroscience), 366F. Add NEU 365N, 365T, 365W, 366C, 366D, 366E, 366N, 367F, 466G, 367V, additional approved NEU 337 topics, and Biology 365D.
Rationale: With the creation of the Department of Neuroscience, most of these courses are changing to the neuroscience field of study. BIO 365D, Principles of Drug Action, and NEU 367V, Evolutionary Neurobiology, are suitable choices for this requirement.
9. Option I, 12
Remove BIO 377 and 379H; add NEU 377 and 379H.
Rationale: With the creation of the Department of Neuroscience, NEU majors will take NEU research and honors thesis courses.
10. Proposed Option II: An additional degree option under the B.S. in Neuroscience titled Honors. Students in the Dean’s Scholars Program who wish to pursue the study of neuroscience will complete this option.
Rationale: Proposed Option II: The Honors degree option will provide neuroscience students in the Dean’s Scholars Program early exposure to research, honors science courses, and critical reading and persuasive writing to prepare them for conducting research and writing a thesis under faculty supervision.
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.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  No.
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:
 

Replacing SSC 321 with SDS 328M will change enrollment patterns in these courses. Currently, we have 100 students in our entry-level course (NEU 330), which leads us to predict that up to 100 of our students will enroll in SDS 328M in 2014-15.

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? One hundred.
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with: Matthew Hersh, Specialist
Date of communication: August 28, 2013
Response: I don’t think that would be a problem.
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: August 28, 2013;
September 12 and 25, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: September 18 and 25, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

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