10. College of Natural Sciences
Major requirements. The Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, requires the completion of all requirements for one major. Requirements for majors offered by the College of Natural Sciences are given below; those for majors offered by the College of Liberal Arts are given in chapter 8.
The major subject is not shown on the diploma. It is not possible for a student to receive a second Bachelor of Arts degree from the University.
Advising of majors. A student who has chosen a major is advised in the advising center for his or her major before registration each semester. Students who have not chosen a major must be advised in the Student Division Office, College of Natural Sciences. For matters concerning degree requirements, specific academic problems, petitions, and academic advice in general, the student should consult his or her advising center or the Student Division Office, Will C. Hogg 2.112.
Hour requirements for the major. A major consists of at least twenty-one but no more than forty-two semester hours, with at least twelve hours in upper-division courses. Of these twelve semester hours, six must be taken in residence. These restrictions exist in the context of the general residence requirement for the major of eighteen semester hours.
Unless otherwise indicated, a course taken to fulfill the requirements under "Prescribed Work" may also be counted toward fulfillment of the major requirements.
A student who earns credit by examination with a grade of C or better will be given the appropriate grade and degree credit, including hours required in the major.
Minors. Most departments require completion of a minor to accompany the major. These requirements, if any, are given below.
Major: Physics 301, 101L, 315, 115L, 316, and 116L; nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy, including at least two of the following courses: Astronomy 352K, 352L, 353, 358, and 364; and six additional upper-division hours in astronomy and/or physics.
Minor for astronomy majors: Six semester hours of coursework (other than astronomy, lower-division physics, lower-division mathematics, and Mathematics 427K) approved by the undergraduate adviser; and either six semester hours of upper-division physics in addition to the courses used to fulfill the major requirement or six semester hours of upper-division coursework approved by the undergraduate adviser.
A grade of at least C is required in each semester of each course counted toward the major and minor requirements.
All astronomy majors should consult the astronomy undergraduate adviser regularly about the choice of appropriate courses in both the major and the minor. Qualified students are encouraged to carry out a supervised research project by taking a conference course, such as Astronomy 375 or 379H. No more than six of the hours counted toward the major requirement may be earned in conference courses.
Biochemistry majors must take Mathematics 408C and 408D and eight semester hours of physics: either Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
Major: Chemistry 301, 302, 204; either 618A, 118K, 618B, and 118L, or 610A, 610B, and 210C; 339K, 339L, 353M, 153K, 455 or 456, 369L, and 370.
Minor for biochemistry majors: At least twelve semester hours of coursework in biology chosen from the following courses, including at least three hours in each area:
The student must complete all courses in the major and the minor with a grade of at least C.
In addition to the major requirements below, the student must complete the following: Biology 211, 212, 213, 214, and 325; Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H; and Chemistry 301. The student must complete these courses before taking further upper-division coursework in biology. Biology majors must also complete Mathematics 305G and 408C; Chemistry 302 and 204; and one of the following: (1) Chemistry 610A, 610B, and 210C; (2) eight hours of coursework in physics, including laboratory work; or (3) six hours of coursework in computer sciences, including at least three hours of upper-division work.
Major: Twenty-one semester hours of coursework, including at least three hours in each of the following areas; no course may be counted toward more than one area.
To provide twenty-one semester hours in the major, the student must complete three additional hours of coursework chosen from the following: the biology and marine science courses listed in areas 1 through 6 above; other upper-division biology courses; Chemistry 339K and 339L, or 369. The twenty-one hours in the major must include at least three laboratory courses. They may include three hours in undergraduate research or special studies courses. Another three hours in special studies courses may be counted as electives. The student must earn a grade of at least C in each course taken at the University and counted toward the major requirement.
Chemistry majors must take Mathematics 408C and 408D and eight semester hours of physics: either Physics 30l, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
Major: Chemistry 301, 302, 204; either 610A, 610B, and 210C, or 618A, 118K, 618B, and 118L; 353, 153K, 354 or 354L, 154K, 456, 376K.
Minor for chemistry majors: Either (1) twelve semester hours of biology, geological sciences, mathematics, physics, or, with written consent of the department chair and approval of the dean, a field of study outside the College of Natural Sciences; or (2) Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, and six hours chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, and 329E. Students who complete the second option may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of the program for a certificate of completion.
The student must complete each course in the major and the minor with a grade of at least C.
An undergraduate may not enroll in any computer sciences course more than once without written consent of an undergraduate adviser in computer sciences. No student may enroll in any computer sciences course more than twice. No student may take more than three upper-division computer sciences courses in a semester without written consent of an undergraduate adviser in computer sciences.
Major: Computer Sciences 307, 310 or 310H, 315 or 315H, 328 or 337 or 337H, 336 or 336H, 341 or 341H, 352 or 352H, 372 or 372H, and at least twelve additional semester hours of approved upper-division coursework in computer sciences. Computer Sciences 370 may be counted toward the degree only once.
Minor for computer sciences majors: Mathematics 408C, 408D, Philosophy 313K or Computer Sciences 313H, Electrical Engineering 316, and one of the following courses: Mathematics 427K, 328K, 340L, 341, 343K, 343L, 344K, 346, 348, 358K, 362K, 362M, 364K, 364L, 367K, 372K, 373K, 374G, 374K, 474M, 376C, 378K.
With the exception of Computer Sciences 307 and 315, all computer sciences courses that may be counted toward a degree in computer sciences are restricted to students who have been admitted to the computer sciences major or have the consent of the undergraduate faculty adviser.
Geological sciences majors must make a grade of at least C in each semester of each course used to fulfill the requirements for the degree. They may not enroll in any geological sciences course more than twice without written consent of the undergraduate adviser of the department.
Major: Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 404C or 405, 416K, 416M, 420K, 422K, 428, and enough additional approved upper-division coursework in geological sciences to make a total of thirty-two semester hours.
Minor for geological sciences majors: Twelve semester hours, of which at least six must be in upper-division coursework, in any one of the following disciplines: anthropology, astronomy, biology, business, computer sciences, chemistry, education, engineering, geography, mathematics, and physics. Other disciplines may be chosen with written approval of the chair of the Department of Geological Sciences.
Major: Thirty semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, of which at least fifteen must be in upper-division courses. No more than fifteen hours of lower-division coursework in the department may be counted toward the degree.
Undergraduates seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics must choose either the standard option or the middle grades or secondary school teaching option.
Major, standard option: At least twenty-four semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, 305G, and equivalent courses may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The student must earn a grade of at least C in Mathematics 408C and 408D and in each mathematics course used to fulfill the major requirement.
The student must complete the following:
Major, mathematics for middle grades and secondary school teaching options: At least twenty-four semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, 305G, and equivalent courses may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. The student must earn a grade of at least C in Mathematics 408C and 408D and in each mathematics course used to fulfill the major requirement.
The middle grades and secondary school teaching options are designed to give students the mathematical background appropriate for teaching middle grades and secondary school mathematics, but students must meet additional requirements, including grade point average requirements, to obtain certification. Lists of the combined requirements of the UTeach Natural Sciences certification programs and these options are available from the UTeach Natural Sciences academic adviser. The UTeach Natural Sciences program is described in this chapter.
The student must complete the following:
Students majoring in physics must take Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
Major: Physics 315, 115L, and at least sixteen semester hours of upper-division physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, and 453.
First minor for physics majors: Twelve semester hours of mathematics, of which six must be in upper-division coursework; the upper-division coursework must include three hours in differential equations.
Second minor for physics majors: Six semester hours, of which three must be in upper-division coursework, in any one of the following: biology, chemistry, geological sciences, philosophy, psychology; or in courses offered in the College of Education or the College of Engineering. Courses used to fulfill specific degree requirements other than the substantial writing component requirement may not also be used to fulfill this requirement.
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields. In addition, it may serve as the basis for work in many areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science. The computation option is intended to prepare students for the workplace by giving them opportunities to develop computation skills.
Students who complete option II may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of the program for a certificate of completion.
The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in each course in chemistry taken at the University and used to fulfill requirement 10 of the prescribed work above.
The student must consult the undergraduate adviser each semester regarding order and choice of work.
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