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11. College of Natural Sciences

Mary Ann Rankin, PhD
Dean
Jeffrey A. Brumfield, PhD
Associate Dean
John C. Gilbert, PhD
Associate Dean
David A. Laude, PhD
Associate Dean
Peter J. Riley, PhD
Associate Dean
Ramon Cardona, BBA
Assistant Dean
Joy Lock, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Dean
Kay T. Thomas, MPA
Assistant Dean
Web site
cns.utexas.edu

General Information

Arts and Sciences Education

The academic program offered cooperatively by the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts provides what is sometimes referred to as a "liberal arts" or an "arts and sciences" education. No matter what area of knowledge a student intends to specialize in, the program of study will require courses in both colleges. The colleges work together to ensure that the individual interests and needs of the students pursuing an arts and sciences program are met.

Guidelines for developing a coherent plan of study are provided by major requirements, by sequential prerequisites, and by optional patterns of emphasis. Departmental majors, areas of concentration, and interdepartmental programs are designed to enable every student to study at least one field in depth. These programs are sufficiently broad in scope to allow students in the same major to develop quite different plans of study in pursuit of their individual interests and goals. Each student should choose courses that are intellectually challenging and that contribute to his or her long-term objectives.

Arts and sciences students are required to take a certain number of courses in the natural sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. Consequently, whatever their fields of study, they have the opportunity to learn something about the basic differences in the ways questions are raised and answered in several fields of inquiry, and about the techniques for validating the answers and putting the results to use. At the same time, they may gain some of the philosophical and historical perspectives that illuminate and give form to general or specialized knowledge and help to reveal its relevance.

The assumption is sometimes made by both teachers and students that independent and creative study is exclusively for the gifted. In fact, the primary condition is that the student be highly motivated, although he or she must also demonstrate ability. The departments that make up the two arts and sciences colleges encourage all qualified students to work independently—not only in special honors courses and seminars and in conference, studio, or laboratory work, but also in their regular courses. The student is free to define a major, to determine whether a given assignment will be an adventure or a chore, free to develop its latent possibilities or merely satisfy its explicit demands. True creativity presupposes more than a gift for innovation; it requires an unceasing commitment to thinking and working at one's highest level.

As competence is gained in a chosen field, the mind should be progressively sharpened, disciplined, and enriched. The student who leaves arts and sciences studies with an enhanced understanding of self and humankind, of cultural and historical heritage, of the world and the universe, and of the moral values that make it possible to live a meaningful life, will have made the most of education, having gained something over and above the objective of vocational preparedness.

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College Academic Programs

The College of Natural Sciences offers the following programs to supplement the degree plans described in this chapter. Additional information is given online.

Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), sponsored by the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and the College of Natural Sciences, is a nationally recognized program in which freshman calculus students also take a supplemental problem-solving course. Students are invited to participate who have strong academic credentials and a history of achievement in mathematics and sciences. The program allows highly motivated mathematics, science, and engineering majors to work closely with faculty members and other high-achieving students. Students in the program have the chance not only to excel in calculus but also to learn calculus in a more thorough, more satisfying way.

Texas Interdisciplinary Plan

The Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP) is a program designed to provide freshmen with the advantages of a small-college learning environment, including reserved seats in a balance of small and large classes, learning cohorts, mentoring, tutoring, advising, a critical thinking seminar, and social activities. TIP also helps students choose classes appropriate to their degree programs or career choices. Students are invited to apply to the program.

Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (Texas IP) Curriculum

The Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (Texas IP) curriculum allows students to pursue an integrated course of study with a focus on the development and application of critical thinking skills. The eighteen-semester-hour program of study is designed to complement the student's major with an interdisciplinary sequence of courses that may encompass the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the arts. Students have the opportunity to present an original work in a capstone seminar. Those who plan to pursue the Texas IP curriculum should apply to the program adviser for admission no later than the end of their sophomore year.

Students who complete the requirements for the Texas IP curriculum receive a certificate. The requirements are

  1. Critical Thinking Seminar: Liberal Arts 302, Philosophy 311, Natural Sciences 302, or Natural Sciences 311. Selected courses may be substituted on a petition basis.
  2. Critical Writing Seminar: Rhetoric and Writing 309K or 309S. Selected courses in the Division of Rhetoric and Writing may be substituted on a petition basis.
  3. Three additional courses, including at least three semester hours of upper-division coursework, from an interdisciplinary topic area prescribed by the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan; or, with approval of the Texas IP Faculty Advisory Panel, a three-course interdisciplinary topic area designed by the student.
  4. Senior Capstone Seminar: Liberal Arts 371 or Natural Sciences 371.

In the College of Liberal Arts, the Texas IP curriculum may be used to fulfill the minor requirement in the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, with the exception of majors in Latin American studies, if all eighteen semester hours are completed. Spanish majors pursuing the Hispanic linguistics concentration are also excluded from using the Texas IP curriculum for the minor. Final approval of the Texas IP minor coursework rests with the College of Liberal Arts associate dean for academic and student affairs or the associate dean's authorized representative.

In the College of Natural Sciences, the Texas IP curriculum may be used to complement any major. Some courses that are required by the Texas IP curriculum will also fulfill degree requirements established by the student's major department and given later in this chapter; however, some of the eighteen hours of coursework in the curriculum may be in addition to the number of hours required for the degree.

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Undergraduate Research

One advantage that the University offers undergraduates is the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research with some of the world's most respected scientists. Each department in the College of Natural Sciences supports undergraduate research programs in which students may earn University credit. Students may also earn special departmental honors for exceptional research. The college holds an annual Undergraduate Poster Session to recognize and reward students who participate in research. Additional opportunities vary from department to department; information is available in the Academic Advising Center for the student's major.

UTeach-Natural Sciences

UTeach-Natural Sciences is an innovative teacher preparation program that allows students to pursue middle grades and secondary school teacher certification within a four-year mathematics, science, or computer sciences degree program. While learning the subject matter of their majors, students also learn how to teach. Upon completing the program, students graduate with a bachelor's degree and are recommended for a middle grades or secondary school teaching certificate.

The UTeach-Natural Sciences program invites students to explore their interest in teaching as early as the freshman year. Through courses taught by some of Texas's most respected secondary school math and science teachers, students learn quickly whether they are suited to the profession.

Admission

Interested students are encouraged to apply for admission to the program at any time during their undergraduate careers. Applications are available in the Office of Special Projects in the College of Natural Sciences. Applicants must be considering a teaching career in middle grades or secondary school science, computer sciences, or math and must meet grade point average requirements. Students who are interested in early childhood through grade four certification should contact the College of Education.

Certification Requirements

UTeach-Natural Sciences prepares students in the College of Natural Sciences and the Jackson School of Geosciences for single-field certification in mathematics or computer sciences or for composite certification with biology, chemistry, geological sciences, or physics as the primary teaching field. (Composite certification requires forty-eight semester hours of coursework, consisting of twenty-four hours in one science, twelve in a second science, and six each in two additional sciences.) Students can complete the courses for certification as electives within a standard bachelor's degree program; lists of the required content courses and additional certification requirements are available in the UTeach-Natural Sciences office. However, students are strongly encouraged to consider the teaching options in biology, chemistry, geological sciences, mathematics, and physics. These incorporate not only the basic education requirements and coursework in the major but also the professional development courses, supporting courses, and courses in other sciences that are required for certification.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, the student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. He or she must have earned a grade of at least C in each of the professional development courses listed below and must pass the final teaching portfolio review. Information about the portfolio review and additional certification requirements is available from the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

Students must adhere to current certification requirements, even if they differ from those listed in a University catalog.

Coursework for Certification

Professional Development Sequence

  • UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, Secondary Teacher Education Preparation: STEP 1
  • UTeach-Natural Sciences 110, Secondary Teacher Education Preparation: STEP 2
  • UTeach-Natural Sciences 170, Student Teaching Seminar
  • Curriculum and Instruction 650S, Secondary School Teaching Practicum
  • Curriculum and Instruction 365C, Knowing and Learning in Math and Science
  • Curriculum and Instruction 365D, Classroom Interactions
  • Curriculum and Instruction 365E, Project-Based Instruction

Students seeking middle grades teacher certification must take the following courses in addition to the professional development sequence. To be recommended for certification, the student must earn a grade of at least C in each course.

  • Educational Psychology 363M, Topic 3: Adolescent Development; or Psychology 301, Introduction to Psychology, and 304, Introduction to Child Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects

Supporting Courses

  • Biology 337, Topic: Research Methods; Chemistry 368, Topic: Research Methods; or Physics 341, Topic: Research Methods
  • History 329U, Perspectives on Science and Mathematics; or Philosophy 329U, Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
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The Elements of Computing Program

The Elements of Computing Program is designed to support computational work in other disciplines and to provide students with skills in the use of computer applications. Any non–computer sciences major with a University grade point average of at least 2.00 may take any elements of computing course for which he or she meets the prerequisite. No application process is required.

Non–computer sciences majors who wish to build a concentration in computing may request certification in the elements of computing. Students who complete the following certification requirements and submit a request to the program director receive a certificate of completion of the program and a letter listing the courses taken. Additional information about the Elements of Computing Program is published by the Department of Computer Sciences.

The certification requirements are

  1. Mathematics 305G with a grade of at least C, or an equivalent score on the SAT Mathematics Level 1 or Level 2 test.
  2. Computer Sciences 303E and 313E, with a grade of at least C in each.
  3. Two of the following courses, with a grade of at least C in each: Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, 329E.
  4. The student must complete at least two long-session semesters in residence.

International Studies in Science

A Certificate of International Studies in Science is awarded to students who fulfill specific requirements set out by the college's Study Abroad Committee. Information about the program is available from the Student Division of the Office of the Dean.

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Financial Assistance Available through the College

A number of scholarship funds established by individuals, foundations, and industrial or research organizations are available to students in the College of Natural Sciences. Awards are made for reasons ranging from academic promise to financial need. Interested students should inquire at the department offices or at the Student Division of the Office of the Dean, Will C. Hogg 2.112.

Natural Sciences Career Services

Natural Sciences Career Services, Will C. Hogg 2.308, offers career planning and job placement assistance for students and alumni. Career Services helps students with all aspects of their career planning and job search.

Career advisers are available to assist students individually, and workshops are held throughout the year. The staff offers interview tips, sets up mock interviews, and helps students with career planning, résumé writing, job search techniques, and business and professional etiquette.

Career Services helps students seeking full-time positions after graduation and those seeking part-time, intern, and cooperative education positions related to their academic majors and career goals. Job postings are available and on-campus interviews are held throughout the year. A Career Expo every fall brings students and employers together to discuss job openings and career information. Many company information sessions are scheduled on campus and a résumé referral service is available for students and employers.

A resource room provides a library of career information, including information on career options, company literature, employment and salary information, company contacts, books, and videotapes. Web access is available for students to register, submit their résumés, and sign up for interviews. Registered students are also contacted weekly by e-mail with career information.

Education Career Services, part of the College of Education, assists all University students who have completed a teacher certification program. Certification candidates must register with Education Career Services, George I. Sánchez Building 294, at the beginning of their student-teaching semester. The office also assists those who wish to find teaching jobs at the college level or in private schools, community colleges, or overseas schools in which certification is not required.

As a complement to the assistance available from the college, the Career Exploration Center provides comprehensive career services to all students. The center offers professional assistance to students in choosing or changing their majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for the job search or for graduate study.

The University makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.

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Admission and Registration

Admission

Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.

In the College of Natural Sciences, all students are admitted to the entry-level major for the field they wish to study. After completing some of the courses required for the degree, each student selects the major and the option he or she plans to pursue. Some programs have additional admission requirements; these are given below.

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Admission to the Department of Computer Sciences

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts degree program or the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences, option I, degree program is a two-step process. Students begin as pre–computer sciences majors and, after completing a sequence of lower-division courses, apply for admission to the major.

Application to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences, option II (the Turing Scholars Program), is made by a different process than the one outlined below. The Turing Scholars Program is described below.

The Pre–Computer Sciences Major

Freshman and transfer applicants to the University who wish to major in computer sciences should apply to the pre–computer sciences major. Applicants who are admitted are expected to attend Orientation before they enter the University.

Pre–computer sciences students who lack either one year of programming in high school or credit for Mathematics 305G (precalculus) will be delayed by at least one semester in completing the basic sequence coursework that is required for admission to the computer sciences major.

Admission to the Major in Computer Sciences

To apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences, option I, degree program, the student must earn a grade of at least C in each of four basic sequence courses: Computer Sciences 307, 313K, 315, and Mathematics 408C or 408L. He or she must complete at least two of these courses in residence at the University. These requirements apply both to pre–computer sciences students and to other University students seeking admission to one of these two computer sciences programs.

Applications are evaluated after the end of each fall semester, spring semester, and summer session by the Department of Computer Sciences Admission Committee. Students whose applications are denied may reapply through the supplemental admission process the following semester. Admission decisions are based on the student's grade point average in the basic sequence courses, his or her University grade point average, and other factors; these factors include, but are not limited to, the difficulty of the student's course load, course repetitions, and proven mathematical ability. Students should consult advisers in the College of Natural Sciences Transitional Advising Center (TRAC) for information about the application process and application deadlines.

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Admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Freshman and transfer applicants to the University who plan to enter the Coordinated Program in Dietetics should apply for admission to the entry-level major in nutrition. When they have met the requirements described below, students may apply for admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD).

Prior to applying for admission to the CPD, students must complete at least sixty semester hours of the coursework required for the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, option I (CPD), including Biology 311C and 416K; Chemistry 301, 302, 204, and 310M; and Nutrition 307, 107L, 311, 111L, and 315. A list of other recommended courses is available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students must also have a grade point average of at least 2.70 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students should consult advisers in the Department of Human Ecology for information about the application process and deadlines. Application materials are available from the department.

The number of qualified students who want to enroll in the CPD may exceed the number who can be adequately instructed by the faculty and accommodated within available facilities. Admission decisions are based on the student's grade point average in the biology, chemistry, and nutrition courses listed above, his or her University grade point average, and other factors. These factors may include, but are not limited to, the difficulty of the student's previous coursework, work or volunteer experience, leadership, commitment to the profession of dietetics, and successful completion of the interview process. Students whose applications are denied may reapply.

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Admission to the Textiles and Apparel Program

The number of qualified students who want to major in textiles and apparel exceeds the number who can be adequately instructed by the faculty and accommodated within available facilities. The following policies have been adopted to provide the best possible educational experience for qualified students.

Freshman and transfer applicants to the University who plan to major in textiles and apparel should apply for admission as human ecology majors. When they have met the requirements described below, students may apply for admission to the textiles and apparel degree program. Students in the human ecology major have priority to register for Textiles and Apparel 205 and 105L. Students who are not in the human ecology or textiles and apparel major may register for textiles and apparel courses if space is available.

Admission to the Major in Textiles and Apparel

To apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel, option I or option II, students first must earn a grade of at least C in each of the following basic sequence courses: Mathematics 408C or 408K, Chemistry 301, Textiles and Apparel 205 and 105L; at least six hours of this coursework must be completed in residence at the University. The student must also have a grade point average of at least 2.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Also included in the admission process for the apparel design specialization within option I is an assessment of basic machine sewing and construction skills. These requirements apply both to students with a major in human ecology and to other University students seeking admission to the textiles and apparel degree program. Students should consult advisers in the Department of Human Ecology for information about the application process and deadlines. Application materials are available from the department.

Applications for admission to the textiles and apparel degree program are evaluated each long-session semester by the Textiles and Apparel Admission Panel. Students whose applications are denied may reapply. Admission decisions are based on the student's grade point average in the basic sequence courses, his or her University grade point average, and other factors. These factors may include, but are not limited to, the difficulty of the student's course load, course repetitions, life experiences, and performance on an assessment of apparel construction and design skills.

Admission to the textiles and apparel major is highly competitive; students may be denied admission even though they meet the coursework and grade point average requirements for application. Grade point averages required for admission vary from semester to semester. Students who plan to major in textiles and apparel should have an alternate degree plan in mind, such as the Bachelor of Arts with a major in human ecology, in case the application for admission is denied.

Admission to the Field Experience Programs

All textiles and apparel students must complete a field experience. Admission to the field experience programs is subject to the approval of the faculty admission panel. Option I, apparel design and conservation, includes a three-semester-hour field experience, the Apparel Design or Conservation Internship Program, offered as Textiles and Apparel 352D; students usually complete the internship during the senior year. The student must apply for admission to the internship program the semester before he or she plans to enter it. Application forms are available from the Department of Human Ecology. Before they apply, students must complete the following courses with a grade of at least C: Textiles and Apparel 205, 105L, 212K, 212L, 316L, 319, 126, 226L, 164K (Topic 1: Flat Pattern), and 264L (Topic 1: Flat Pattern).

Option II, retail merchandising, includes a nine-semester-hour field experience program, the Retail Merchandising Internship Program, offered as Textiles and Apparel 315K, 352M, and 355P; students normally complete the internship during the senior year. The student must apply for admission to the program the semester before he or she plans to enter it; materials, information about deadlines, and directions for application are available from the Department of Human Ecology. Before they apply, students must complete the following courses with a grade of at least C in each: Textiles and Apparel 205, 105L, 212K, 212L, 316Q, 319, and 376; Marketing 320F or Advertising 318J; Accounting 310F; Mathematics 305G or 408K; Mathematics 316, Statistics 309, or Educational Psychology 371; and Communication Studies 306M. Before beginning the internship, students must successfully complete competitive interviews with representatives from participating retail establishments.

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Registration

General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site. General Information is also sold at campus-area bookstores.

Academic Advising

Students in the College of Natural Sciences are advised by faculty members and by academic advisers at one of the college's advising centers. Students who are not seeking a degree and those who have not yet selected a major are advised through the Student Division of the Office of the Dean.

Academic advising in the college begins after the twelfth class day in the fall and spring and after the fourth class day in the summer. Students for whom advising is required are encouraged to meet with an adviser as early as possible. Those who wait until the period immediately before registration may be unable to schedule an appointment and therefore may be unable to register.

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Academic Policies and Procedures

Repetition of a Course

No student may enroll in any course in the College of Natural Sciences more than twice, even if the course is needed to meet degree requirements, without first obtaining the written consent of his or her major adviser and of the department that offers the course; students in colleges other than the College of Natural Sciences need only departmental approval. A symbol of Q or W counts as an enrollment unless it has been approved by the dean's office for nonacademic reasons.

A student in the College of Natural Sciences may not repeat any course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or better.

Departments in the college may have additional requirements for students who repeat courses.

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Honors

University-wide honors are described in chapter 1 and in General Information. In addition, the College of Natural Sciences encourages academic excellence through the Dean's Scholars Program and the Turing Scholars Program. Students may also graduate with departmental honors and earn membership in one or more of the honorary scholastic societies open to undergraduates.

Dean's Scholars Honors Option

The Dean's Scholars Honors option is offered in most fields in the College of Natural Sciences. Dean's Scholars Honors is a comprehensive honors degree program for highly motivated and talented students. The key features of the program are a first-semester research methods course; a breadth requirement, usually completed during the first four semesters, that exposes students to various forms of scientific inquiry; and at least two semesters of supervised research and writing that culminate in an honors thesis. Upon completion of the Dean's Scholars Honors option requirements, approved by the department faculty and the program director, and an approved thesis, the student graduates with the bachelor of science degree in his or her major with an honors option.

Application to the honors option is separate from, and in addition to, application to the University. Application materials and information about deadlines are available in the program office and online. Students may enter the program as freshmen, as transfer students, or after they have enrolled at the University. In general, students who have completed more than fifty semester hours of college coursework are not considered for admission.

Factors in the admission decision are the student's high school and/or University grades, class rank, the rigor of the courses undertaken, the quality of the essays required by the application, and the student's interest and aptitude in math and science as demonstrated by extracurricular activities.

Turing Scholars in Computer Sciences

The Department of Computer Sciences offers a comprehensive honors degree program for highly motivated and talented students. The key features of the program are an intensive, accelerated path through the core curriculum within the freshman year; a first-semester sophomore-year course that exposes students to significant concepts that are often not encountered until graduate school; special Turing Scholars sections of many advanced computer sciences courses; a second-semester sophomore-year course that introduces students to the research activities of the department; and at least two semesters of supervised research and writing. Upon completion of both a sequence of Turing Scholars courses, approved by the program director, and an approved thesis, students graduate as Turing Scholars in Computer Sciences.

Application to the degree program is separate from, and in addition to, application to the University. Application materials and information about deadlines are available in the Department of Computer Sciences and online. Students may enter the program either as freshmen or after they have enrolled at the University. Factors in the admission decision are the student's high school grades, his or her class rank, the rigor of the courses the student has taken, the quality of the essays required by the application, and the student's interest and aptitude in math, science, and computing as demonstrated by extracurricular activities.

More information about the degree program is given later in this chapter.

Departmental Honorary Societies

Several departments within the College of Natural Sciences sponsor honorary scholastic and professional societies. For information about eligibility criteria and activities, the student should consult the appropriate department office or the faculty adviser for the society.

The University sponsors chapters of the following national organizations of interest to students in natural sciences: Alpha Chi Sigma, professional chemical fraternity; Alpha Epsilon Delta, honorary fraternity for students who have completed at least three semesters of premedical coursework; Beta Beta Beta, honorary biological society; Omicron Nu, honorary human ecology society; Pi Mu Epsilon, honorary mathematical society; Sigma Gamma Epsilon, honorary geological sciences society; Sigma Pi Sigma, honorary physics society; Upsilon Pi Epsilon, honorary computer sciences society.

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Departmental Honors Programs

Most departments in the College of Natural Sciences offer departmental honors programs to their majors. Minimum requirements for the completion of all such programs include (1) a University grade point average of at least 3.00; (2) a three-semester-hour thesis or research project, or a reasonable equivalent, with a grade of at least B; some programs may require a higher grade; (3) completion, with a grade point average of at least 3.50, of the coursework required for a major in the field in which the student seeks honors; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

The statement "Special Honors in (name of field)"appears on the transcript of each graduate certified as having completed the honors program.

Astronomy Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in astronomy should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of the fourth year; application by the end of the third year is recommended. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a combined University grade point average in physics and astronomy of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) Astronomy 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, in which the student completes a supervised research project; the student may take a second semester of Astronomy 379H if necessary to complete the project; two semesters in this course may be counted toward the major requirement; (2) a written report and oral presentation on the research project, approved by the research supervisor and the honors adviser; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a combined University grade point average in physics and astronomy of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Biochemistry Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in biochemistry should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of the senior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in chemistry of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) all requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; (2) two semesters of Chemistry 379H, Chemistry Honors Tutorial Course; (3) a thesis and a presentation based on research; the research topic and the thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty member and the undergraduate faculty adviser; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in chemistry of at least 3.50; (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree; and (6) approval of the honors adviser.

Biology Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in biology should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of the senior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in biology of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors, which are in addition to the requirements of the major, are (1) Biology 679H or two semesters of Biology 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; (2) a thesis or presentation based on original research and approved by the supervising faculty member and the honors adviser; honors students in the human biology option must select both a thesis supervisor and a second reader, one of whom must be a tenure-track faculty member or senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in biology of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Chemistry Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in chemistry should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of the senior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in chemistry of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) all requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; (2) two semesters of Chemistry 379H, Chemistry Honors Tutorial Course; (3) a thesis and a presentation based on research; the research topic and the thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty member and the undergraduate faculty adviser; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in chemistry of at least 3.50; (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree; and (6) approval of the honors adviser.

Computer Sciences Departmental Honors Program

Students seeking special departmental honors must meet with a faculty adviser at least two semesters before they plan to graduate to discuss potential research topics and the requirements for receiving special departmental honors. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) Computer Sciences 379H, Computer Sciences Honors Thesis, with a grade of at least B; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in computer sciences of at least 3.50; (3) a thesis, written on the subject of the student's research and approved in comprehensive examination by a committee consisting of at least three faculty members, including the honors adviser; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Human Development and Family Sciences Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in human development and family sciences should apply to the Departmental Honors Committee for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of the senior year. The requirements for admission are a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in coursework in the Department of Human Ecology that is required for the degree. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) all requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences; (2) Human Development and Family Sciences 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; this course may be repeated once for credit; (3) completion of an honors thesis and an accompanying presentation, both of which must be approved by a committee consisting of the research supervisor and another faculty member; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00, a grade point average in Human Development and Family Sciences 379H of at least 3.00, and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in coursework in the Department of Human Ecology that is required for the degree and for honors; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

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Human Ecology Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in human ecology must follow the requirements of the Honors Program in Human Development and Family Sciences, Nutrition, or Textiles and Apparel.

Mathematics Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in mathematics should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at least two semesters before their expected graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in mathematics of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) Mathematics 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; (2) a thesis on the subject of the student's research or project approved in comprehensive examination by a committee consisting of at least three faculty members; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in mathematics of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Nutrition Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in nutrition should apply to the Departmental Honors Committee for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of the senior year. The requirements for admission are a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in coursework in the Department of Human Ecology that is required for the degree. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) all requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition; (2) Nutrition 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; this course may be repeated once for credit; (3) completion of an honors thesis and an accompanying presentation, both of which must be approved by a committee consisting of the research supervisor and another faculty member; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00, a grade point average in Nutrition 379H of at least 3.00, and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in coursework in the Department of Human Ecology that is required for the degree and for honors; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Physics Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in physics should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program near the end of the third year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in physics of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) Physics 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; (2) a written honors thesis approved by faculty readers assigned by the department; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in physics of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Textiles and Apparel Departmental Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special departmental honors in textiles and apparel should apply to the Departmental Honors Committee for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of the senior year. The requirements for admission are a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in coursework in the Department of Human Ecology that is required for the degree. The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) all requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel; (2) Textiles and Apparel 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; this course may be repeated once for credit; (3) completion of an honors thesis and an accompanying presentation, both of which must be approved by a committee consisting of the research supervisor and another faculty member; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00, a grade point average in Textiles and Apparel 379H of at least 3.00, and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in coursework in the Department of Human Ecology that is required for the degree and for honors; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

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