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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED ADDITION OF AN INTEGRATED BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING SECTION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016


Interim Dean Sharon Wood in the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Cockrell School of Engineering section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. On December 6, 2013, the faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering approved the changes. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on January 6, 2014, and February 25, 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 5, 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 the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 28, 2014.

Dean P. Neikirk
Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 14, 2014.



PROPOSED ADDITION OF AN INTEGRATED BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING SECTION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016


Type of Change Degree Program Change (THECB form required)
  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? Yes
    • 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)
    The proposal consists of combining two existing degree plans into one combined degree pathway. Admission standards for the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) portion of the degree plan will be the same as for admission to the MSE degree, except that the GRE requirement will be waived.

    The proposal is to implement the integrated Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering (BSEE/MSE) degree track in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. No new courses will be created and no additional courses will be added to the existing BSEE degree. In fact, if approved the BSEE portion of the combined degree plan will be reduced from 125 semester credit hours to 120 semester credit hours. We propose to add a short description of the program to the Undergraduate Catalog immediately ahead of the section entitled “UPPER-DIVISION TECHNICAL CORE AREAS” as below:

    INTEGRATED BSEE/MSE PROGRAM

    The integrated degree program results in simultaneously awarding a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering: Integrated Option (BSEE) degree, and a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree in any one of the ten graduate tracks offered by the graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

    There are two stages to admission, an informal non-binding department-based stage and second stage in which the student formally applies to the Graduate School within the integrated BSEE/MSE Program and within one of the available ECE Graduate Tracks. At stage one, undergraduate students in the ECE department may apply to the integrated degree program after qualifying for admission to major sequence. The purpose of stage one is primarily to provide appropriate advising to students interested in and appropriate for the Integrated Program. Admission to the Integrated Program at stage one is based on the applicant's grade point average, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and other relevant examples of academic ability and leadership, students will be advised by the Integrated Program Advisor about the appropriate courses to be taken and reserved for graduate credit in their senior year in order to complete the Integrated Program as efficiently as possible. As for admission to the regular stand-alone MSE program, all admissions decisions at stage two are made by the Admissions Committee in the respective Graduate Track, with admission requirements set by the Graduate Track, with the exception that Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores are not required of Integrated Program participants. While optimal, application and admission at stage one are not required for application and admission to the Integrated Program at stage two.

    The integrated program requires 120 semester credit hours (SCH) for the BSEE portion of the Integrated Program, as opposed to the 125 SCH minimum required for the BSEE degree alone. Students in the Integrated Program begin taking graduate courses as seniors. Students admitted to the integrated program will normally take and reserve for graduate credit two graduate courses in place of approved electives from the primary and secondary Technical Cores that would otherwise be required in the regular/stand-alone BSEE program. However, precisely which BSEE electives are to be replaced by the graduate courses can be adjusted as approved by Technical Core faculty advisers.

    Students in this program will receive the BSEE and MSE degrees simultaneously after successfully completing a minimum total of 150 semester credit hours, thirty of which must qualify for the MSE program of work in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students unable to successfully complete the Integrated Program may obtain a BSEE degree by satisfying all of the requirements for the stand-alone BSEE degree. Since the regular BSEE degree requirements are a subset of the Integrated BSEE/MSE Program degree requirements, an undergraduate student should still be on a trajectory to graduate with the regular BSEE degree in the same timeframe that the student was on when applying to the Integrated BSEE/MSE Program. A student dismissed from the Integrated Program while a graduate student should already meet the degree requirements for the regular BSEE degree.

    Information regarding the Integrated Program requirements and policies may be obtained from the ECE Advising Offices.

  3. SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
    If yes, then how?
    No
    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?
    No
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
    Not as a result of this proposal.
    No
    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:
    Person communicated with:  
    Date of communication:  
    Response:  
     
    d. Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
    If yes, explain:

    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: December 6, 2013
    College approval date: January 6, 2014
    Dean approval date: February 25, 2014

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