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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS IN NUTRITION DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCE 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 30, 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 NUTRITION DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCE 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:
Changes to BS in Astronomy, Option II Astronomy Honors
1. Options I-II, #4, 5; Option IV, #4, Option VI, #6
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.
2. Option I, 5; Option II, 5; Option IV, 5; Option VI, 7
Remove SSC 303 and 305; add SDS 328M.
Rationale: SSC 303 and 305 are no longer offered. SDS 328M, Biostatistics, is an appropriate option for the introductory statistics requirement.
3. Option I, II, IV, #6, Option V, #5, Option VI, #7
Remove CH 369 and add BCH 369; remove both CH 339K and 339L.
Rationale: CH 369 has been changed to BCH 369 due to realignment of curriculum. CH 339K and 339L have been dropped from the course inventory.
4. Option I, 9a; Option II 9a, Option VI, 10a
Add NTR 312H and 312R to combination of courses that exempt students from taking NTR 312 and 126L.
5. Option I, 9b, 10aii; Option II, 9c; Option IV, 8; Option V, 7; and Option VI, 12a
Addition of acceptable NTR 365 topics from which students can choose (Topic 1: Vitamins and Minerals; Topic 2: Nutrition and Genes; and Topic 4: Obesity and Metabolic Health). Option II: deletion of Topic 3: Epidemiological and Statistical Methods in Nutrition. Option I, 10aii: Add statement that same NTR 365 topic may not count toward both this requirement and requirement 5.
Rationale: The Division of Nutritional Sciences expanded the options of NTR 365 from which a student can choose for various requirements. Topic 4 has just been developed by the division. Topic 1 examines the biomedical, cellular and molecular, and clinical aspects of vitamins, minerals, and water. Topic 2 provides an overview of the regulation of gene expression by diet and lifestyle, and the resulting modulation of disease development. Topic 4 addresses the health risks of obesity and is very relevant background for dieticians and nutritionists. Topic 3 has never been taught and is being deleted from the course inventory.
6. Option I, #9b, Option II, #10a and #10b
Allow NTR 370 as a permanent alternative to NTR 371.
Rationale: NTR 370 and NTR 371 are offered in alternate semesters. Allowing NTR 370 as a permanent alternative to NTR 371 will allow students more flexibility, particularly those students who are trying to graduate on time.
7. Option I, 10aii; Option II, 9c; Option VI, 12a
Addition of NTR 337, Principles of Epidemiology in Nutritional Sciences.
Rationale: In NTR 337, students will learn to identify the appropriate study design and methods used in research studies, which is an essential component of learning to read scientific research in nutrition. Assessing whether a study has public health significance and/or biological significance is an important dimension of understanding the field. This course is essential to the Nutrition and Public Health option. It is an important new requirement for the Nutritional Sciences option, and a choice among other nutrition requirements for students pursuing the Dietetics option, Didactic specialization, and the International Nutrition option.
8. Give students in Option II the choice of taking BIO 446L or NEU 365R
Rationale: Our Nutritional Sciences (Option II) majors are currently required to take BIO 325 (Genetics), NEU 365R (Neuro) and BIO 365S (Physiology). In addition, a significant number of our pre-health professions students are also required to take BIO 446L (Human Microscopic and Gross Anatomy) as a requirement for professional school (physician's assistant, physical therapy). Advising would like to give students in Option II the choice of taking BIO 446L or NEU 365R so that pre-professional students will not have to take four BIO classes. NEU 365R is not particularly relevant for many of our majors and BIO 446L would be an appropriate alternative.
9. Option II, #9b
Remove the language “four-semester-hours.”
Rationale: Due to changes in the course inventory not all of the sequences listed are four-semester-hours.
10. Option I, #10
Move NTR 330 from a list of approved choices to a degree requirement for the majors in the Didactic program.
Rationale: Students in the Didactic program in Dietetics, Option I, are required to take courses that cover the core knowledge requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. NTR 330, Counseling and Nutrition Education, is currently an optional course that must be made a required course because it covers information that is needed to comply with this accreditation requirement. Three hours of general electives in the option will be replaced by NTR 330. There are sufficient elective hours in the plan to absorb NTR 330.
11. Option II, #10
a. #10: Reduce hours of nutrition beyond the core from twelve to nine hours.
Rationale: The Division of Nutritional Sciences believes that nine hours of nutrition coursework beyond the core nutrition requirements are sufficient for students pursuing the Nutritional Sciences option.
b. #10b: Allow NTR 321 and 331 to meet any rule or requirement previously met by NTR 360.
Rationale: NTR 321 and NTR 331 have replaced NTR 360.

 

 

12. Option III, change from Nutrition in Business to Nutrition and Public Health
Rationale to change option from Nutrition in Business: Students who have career aspirations that involve combining a core nutrition background within a business framework will be encouraged to pursue the Bachelor of Science and Arts, with a major in nutrition and a Business Foundations certificate. Students who have this combination may seek employment in areas such as sales and customer support in the food industry.
Rationale to change option to Nutrition and Public Health: Option III, titled Nutrition and Public Health moves the Department of Nutritional Sciences into the genre of nutrition research in human studies in clinical settings and large-scale population research. The department has had a strong suit in experimental animal and molecular nutrition and dietetics. With the inclusion of this new option, the department spans the field from animal/bench research through dietetics and now clinical nutrition research and the population sciences. Option III has an interdisciplinary perspective with strong ties to public health, statistics, nursing, premedical and other health professional sciences and demography. This option will heavily examine: the approach to review of nutrition and population publications with an understanding of the design, methods, and analysis and interpretation of the data; of how nutrition research is presented to the public from media and other sources in contrast with the scientific research in the literature; the extent to which the research has public health in contrast to statistical significance; and also fosters stronger ties with the community as the community at large is the laboratory for students who choose this option. The nutrition and public health option is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in public health and nutrition at state and other health departments, in research, and in industry. It will equip them for entry into graduate programs in nutrition or other public health disciplines at schools of public health, at graduate schools in the biomedical sciences, and for entry into medical or other health professional schools, as well as for those who pursue health and research careers.
13. 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.
14. Option I, 5, 10 cii; Option II, 5; Option IV, 5; Option VI, 7
Change Statistics and Scientific Computation to Statistics and Data Sciences.
Rationale: Change in field of study.
15. Option II, 7; Option V, 6
Change Biology to Neuroscience.  
Rationale: change in field of study for select biology courses.
16. Option I, 6; Option II, 6; Option IV, 6; Option V, 5; Option VI, 8
Change Chemistry to Biochemistry.
Rationale: Change in field of study for select chemistry courses.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  Yes. The Nutrition and Public Health option has an interdisciplinary perspective with strong ties to public health, statistics, demography, nursing, premedical and other health profession sciences. As such, the option incorporates coursework from the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Psychology, and Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education in the College of Education.
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?
  Yes. Students pursuing the Nutrition and Public Health option will take between six to fifteen hours of coursework from the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Psychology, and Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education in the College of Education.
If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
How many students do you expect to be impacted?
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
  How many students do you expect to be impacted? Five seats per course per year.

Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education (College of Education)
Person communicated with: Richard Hogeda, assistant dean for student affairs
Date of communication: August 5 and August 26, 2013
Response: We might be able to open up some seats in KIN 320. It’s a required course for our athletic training majors and our applied movement science major (P.E. certification), but we may be able to share some seats with your NTR majors. KIN 324K already has five seats/section open to any major on campus, so the NTR majors could try to add it.
Response to request for HED 352K and 373: The HED faculty are happy to allow three to five students in the classes you’re asking about if there’s some way some of our majors could gain similar access to your NTR classes so that they could complete a fifteen-hour minor (six hours must be upper-division).
Department of Anthropology (College of Liberal Arts)
Person communicated with: Kathleen Stewart, chair
Date of communication: August 20 and August 28, 2013
Response: Approved. Response for ANT 310L course: This is approved.
Department of Classics (College of Liberal Arts)
Person communicated with: Lesley Dean-Jones, chair
Date of communication: August 20, 2013
Response: Definitely proceed.
Department of Classics (College of Liberal Arts)
Person communicated with: Lesley Dean-Jones, chair
Date of communication: August 20, 2013
Response: Definitely proceed.
Department of Psychology (College of Liberal Arts)
Person communicated with: James Pennebaker, chair
Date of communication: August 20, 2013
Response: This is fine from the psychology department perspective. There are other psychology classes that are relevant from year to year depending on teaching schedules. I'm assuming that if this passes, your system will be somewhat fluid in its requirements.
Department of Psychology (College of Liberal Arts)
Person communicated with: James Pennebaker, chair
Date of communication: August 20, 2013
Response: This is fine from the psychology department perspective. There are other psychology classes that are relevant from year to year depending on teaching schedules. I'm assuming that if this passes, your system will be somewhat fluid in its requirements.
Department of Sociology (College of Liberal Arts)
Person communicated with: Christine Williams, chair
Date of communication: August 20, 2013
Response: Approved.
Department of Neuroscience (College of Natural Sciences)
Person communicated with: Kristen Harris, chair
Date of communication: August 30, 2013
Response: I am copying our CandC that I am approving your addition of these two courses [BIO 446L and 361T] to your new degree program, given the low number of students that you expect to take these classes as an elective.
Department of Integrative Biology (College of Natural Sciences)
Person communicated with: Claus Wilke, chair
Date of communication: August 30, 2013
Response: In this case, I have no objection either [to including BIO 478L].
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 27, 2013; September 4, 2013; September 11, 2013; September 25,
College:
Yes
Date: September 4, 2013; September 25, 2013; September 30, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

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