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UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG
1998 - 2000


CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
The University

CHAPTER 2
School of Architecture

CHAPTER 3
College of Business Administration

CHAPTER 4
College of Communication

CHAPTER 5
College of Education

CHAPTER 6
College of Engineering

CHAPTER 7
College of Fine Arts

CHAPTER 8
College of Liberal Arts

CHAPTER 9
College of Natural Sciences

CHAPTER 10
School of Nursing

CHAPTER 11
College of Pharmacy

CHAPTER 12
School of Social Work

CHAPTER 13
The Faculty

Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

APPENDIX B
Degree and Course Abbreviations

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 Chapter 9
 Natural Sciences
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Bachelor of Science in Botany

Recent advances in the study of cellular and molecular botany have created a new frontier in the plant sciences. Cellular and molecular plant biology uses techniques such as plant tissue and organ culturing, protoplast isolation and fusion, and genetic manipulation of plant cells and genomes as well as newly developed biochemical and physiological procedures. The Bachelor of Science in Botany degree program (cellular and molecular botany) provides training in these techniques along with basic integrated training in the principles of botany, biology, and chemistry. It is expected that most students who complete this program will pursue graduate work in the physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, or molecular genetics of plants. Alternatively, students may prepare themselves for employment in an area of industrial plant science. This degree program permits a more intense concentration in basic and applied science at the cellular and molecular level than does the Bachelor of Arts with a major in botany.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306 and 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  2. French, German, or Russian 506 and 507 and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 is a prerequisite, or as much of this coursework as required by the student's score on the appropriate language placement test; or the equivalent in another foreign language approved by the Department of Botany. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.

  3. Six semester hours of American history.

  4. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.

  5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

  6. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or the equivalent. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 or 304E without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

  7. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.

  8. Biology 302, 303, 304, and 205.

  9. Chemistry 302, 204, 610A, 610B, 210C, 339K, and 339L.

  10. Zoology 325.

  11. Microbiology 226, 227 or 228, and 129K.

  12. Twenty semester hours of botany, consisting of Botany 323K, 328, 128K, 331, 350M, 374, 174K, and one additional upper-division three-semester-hour botany course.

  13. Eight additional semester hours of science chosen from upper-division courses in botany, chemistry, microbiology, and zoology.

  14. Eight semester hours of physics, consisting of Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; Physics 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; or Physics 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N.

  15. At least forty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  16. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve hours in botany, must be completed in residence at the University.

  17. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 131 semester hours.

Special Requirements

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 used to fulfill requirements 8 through 13 of the prescribed work above.

Order and Choice of Work

Students who plan to complete this program in four academic years will have very little flexibility in course selection unless they plan a schedule well in advance. Those with sufficient high school preparation may seek credit by examination for the first semester of chemistry, some foreign language courses, and other introductory courses. The writing requirement may be met simultaneously with other requirements when suitable courses are selected. These options will permit more flexibility, as electives may be used to complete the required total of 131 semester hours.

Students interested in graduate study in an area of subcellular biology are encouraged to take general physics and physical chemistry, and to take new courses in molecular biology as they appear in this rapidly changing area of biology. Students planning to seek employment in industrial laboratories should take courses in analytical chemistry, statistics, computer sciences, and other areas that provide skill in data collection and analysis techniques.

The Department of Botany assists the qualified student in arranging a summer traineeship with one of the department's affiliated industrial laboratories or in a research laboratory within the department. The traineeship is normally undertaken between the third and fourth years.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Two degree plans lead to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The first is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields. The second degree plan is intended to prepare students to enter the teaching profession. In addition, either plan 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, or environmental science. After general chemistry courses, depending on his or her background, the student makes an intensive core study of some of the major areas of chemistry--organic, physical, inorganic, and analytical chemistry. The chemistry coursework in this degree plan culminates in approximately three semesters of advanced work, allowing each student to study more broadly by taking courses in some areas of chemistry not covered in the core courses, such as macromolecular chemistry, biochemistry, or other areas of physical chemistry, or more deeply by taking advanced special topics courses in areas of special interest and by undertaking research projects. Throughout the curricula, emphasis is placed on laboratory experience--synthesis, separations and analysis, structure identification and determination, measurement of rates of reactions, determinations of energy changes accompanying reactions. Supporting work in mathematics and physics is an integral part of the degree program. Compared to the program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree programs are more thorough and demanding and potentially more rewarding to the student planning a career in chemistry.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306 and 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  2. Courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student's score on the appropriate language placement test. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.

  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.

  4. Six semester hours of American history.

  5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

  6. Mathematics 408C and 408D and at least three semester hours of upper-division mathematics or upper-division computer sciences. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 or 304E without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

  7. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.

  8. Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L.

  9. At least forty-two semester hours of chemistry, including the following courses:

    1. General chemistry: Chemistry 302 and 317.

    2. Organic chemistry: Chemistry 618A, 118K, 618B, and 118L; or 610A, 610B, and 210C.

    3. Physical chemistry: Chemistry 353, 153K, 354, and 154K.

    4. Inorganic chemistry: Chemistry 431.

    5. Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 456 and 376K.

    6. Nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework chosen from the following: Chemistry 339K, 339L, 341,* 354L, 367L, 368, 369, 369K,* 369L, 370, 375K, and 475K. At least three of these nine hours must be in a laboratory course; courses marked with an asterisk may be used to fulfill this laboratory requirement. Chemistry 341 and 368 may be repeated for credit toward requirement f when the topics vary. No more than three semester hours in Chemistry 369K may be counted toward this requirement; three additional hours may be counted as electives.

  10. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Natural Sciences (excluding chemistry) and the College of Engineering, chosen from the following courses: Biology 303, 206, Chemical Engineering 317, Computer Sciences 304P, Electrical Engineering 316, 319K, Engineering Mechanics 306S, 311M, 314, 319, Geological Sciences 401, 303, 404C, 405, 312K, 416K, 416M, Microbiology 226 and 129K, 228, and Physics 315 and 115L. An upper-division science or engineering course not listed here may be counted toward this requirement if it (a) is designed for science or engineering majors, (b) has as a prerequisite a course designed for science or engineering majors, or (c) has as a prerequisite a course required for the degree. Courses used to fulfill this requirement should be chosen to reinforce the student's program and must be approved by the undergraduate adviser.

  11. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  12. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry, must be completed in residence at the University.

  13. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 132 semester hours. Students are encouraged to take additional chemistry courses as electives.

Special Requirements

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 9 of the prescribed work above.

Order and Choice of Work

The following order of work is recommended as a typical minimum program. It assumes that the student has high school credit in trigonometry, college algebra, and the first semester of general chemistry; is able to earn credit by examination for Chemistry 301; and is able to score well enough on the SAT II: Mathematics Level I test to take Mathematics 408C in the first semester of the freshman year. Many students meet some of the following course requirements by credit by examination. Students are encouraged to take additional chemistry courses as electives.

First year: Chemistry 302 and 317; English 306; Mathematics 408C and 408D; Physics 301 and 101L (to be taken after Mathematics 408C); three semester hours to fulfill requirement 5 and three hours to fulfill requirement 7 under "Prescribed Work."

Second year: Chemistry 618A, 118K, 618B, and 118L, or 610A, 610B, and 210C; three semester hours to be counted toward requirement 10 under "Prescribed Work"; English 316K; courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language; Physics 316 and 116L; an upper-division mathematics course (such as Mathematics 427K) or an upper-division computer sciences course.

Third year: Chemistry 353, 153K, 354, 456; three semester hours of foreign language for which course 507 or the equivalent is prerequisite; six semester hours of American government; six semester hours of American history; three semester hours of electives; a three-semester-hour elective to fulfill requirement 1 under "Prescribed Work"; three semester hours to be counted toward requirement 10 under "Prescribed Work."

Fourth year: Chemistry 431, 154K, 376K, and enough additional semester hours to meet the requirement of at least forty-two hours of chemistry. The student must also take enough additional coursework to fulfill requirements 11, 12, and 13 under "Prescribed Work." It is recommended that the majority of the elective courses taken to fulfill requirements 11 and 13 be chosen from upper-division courses in chemistry, chemical engineering, mathematics, microbiology, physics, and zoology. Physics 315 and 115L are recommended for students planning a graduate program.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: Teaching Option

This program is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification as a secondary school teacher in Texas, but completion of the program does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional certification requirements, see chapter 5 of this catalog and consult the University's teacher certification officer in the College of Education.

Completion of the program usually requires 125 to 144 semester hours of coursework.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306, 316K, and three additional semester hours in English; English 309K or 309L is recommended. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. The additional required course(s) in English may be counted toward this requirement if certified to contain a substantial writing component. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  2. Either two years of high school coursework in a single foreign language or courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language. For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.

  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.

  4. Six semester hours of American history.

  5. Psychology 301.

  6. Mathematics 305G, 408C, and 408D. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 or 304E without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

  7. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.

  8. Six semester hours in human development, consisting of one course from each of the following groups:

    1. Child Development 313, Educational Psychology 332, 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), Psychology 304, 309, 333D, or 339.

    2. Applied Learning and Development 322 or Psychology 345.

  9. Eighteen semester hours in education: Curriculum and Instruction 331C, 332S, 667S (Student Teaching in Secondary Schools: Science), 370S (Topic 2: Science), and 371 (Topic 18: Critical Issues in Schooling).

  10. Documented evidence of proficiency in oral communication. Proficiency is assessed in Curriculum and Instruction 332S. Students who lack proficiency must take Speech 305, 319, Theatre and Dance 303, 303C, or 326.

  11. Documented evidence of proficiency in computing or credit for three semester hours in computer sciences, data processing, management information systems, or coursework intended to provide computer literacy. A proficiency examination in computer literacy is available through the College of Education.

  12. At least thirty-four semester hours of chemistry, including the following courses:

    1. General chemistry: Chemistry 301, 302, and either 204 or 317.

    2. Organic chemistry: Chemistry 618A, 118K, 618B, and 118L; or 610A, 610B, and 210C.

    3. Physical chemistry and biochemistry: Two of the following: Chemistry 339K, 339L, 353, 354.

    4. Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 455 or 456.

    5. Chemical education: Chemistry 368, 644A, 144K, 644B, and 144L.

    The student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.50 in chemistry courses taken at the University and counted toward this requirement.

  13. One of the following:

    1. For students seeking composite certification in science: Biology 302 and 303; and twelve semester hours of additional coursework in the College of Natural Sciences, including at least two upper-division courses, six semester hours in geological sciences, and six semester hours in either physics, biology, or geological sciences.

      The following lower-division courses may be counted toward this requirement: Geological Sciences 401, 302D, 303, 404C, 312K, Physics 315, 115L. An upper-division course may be counted toward this requirement if it is designed for science majors and has a prerequisite that includes coursework designed for science majors.

    2. For students seeking certification in two sciences: Twenty-four semester hours of coursework, including at least twelve hours of upper-division work, in either physics, biology, or geological sciences. These courses must be chosen from a list of approved courses available from the University's teacher certification officer in the College of Education.

  14. One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.

  15. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  16. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry, must be completed at the University.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. For additional teacher certification requirements, see chapter 5 of this catalog and consult the University's teacher certification officer in the College of Education.

Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relationships

This degree program is designed to provide both a knowledge base and practical experience in working with children and families in a variety of settings. The curriculum allows the student to gain knowledge of developmental theory and research and of strategies for designing programs for children and families.

Career opportunities are varied, depending on selection of electives and supplemental experiences, and include teaching in a private preschool program and positions in local, state, and federal agencies, demonstration programs concerned with children and families, and hospitals with a children's unit. The curriculum also provides a foundation for graduate study in such fields as child development, family studies, psychology, social work, sociology, special education, pediatrics, and early childhood education. Such advanced work offers preparation for college teaching, research, and work in public and private agencies serving children and families.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306 and 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  2. Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency.

  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government; six semester hours of American history; three semester hours of sociology or cultural anthropology; and six semester hours of psychology, at least three of which must be upper-division.

  4. Educational Psychology 371 and three semester hours of mathematics other than Mathematics 301, 302, 316K, and 316L. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 or 304E without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

  5. Six semester hours of coursework in one of the following fields: biology, chemistry, microbiology, or zoology; and six additional hours chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, microbiology, nutrition, physics, and zoology. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; students should consult the Department of Human Ecology for a complete list of these courses.

  6. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.

  7. Students planning to work with infants and young children in a classroom-like setting must choose nine semester hours from courses in applied learning and development. Other students are expected to choose nine semester hours from an approved list of supporting courses available from the Department of Human Ecology. Students should confer with their advisers about courses appropriate to their career goals.

  8. No fewer than thirty-nine but no more than forty-eight semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, including Child Development 304, 313, 113L, 316, 333L, 652F or two sections of 355, 260, 378L, Human Ecology 322, and Nutrition 311. Students who wish to concentrate in child development must also take Child Development 348 (Topic 1: Art and Science), 348 (Topic 2: Music and Literature), and three hours of 378K. Students who wish to concentrate in family relationships must also take Child Development 337, 372K, and either any topic of Child Development 378K or Human Ecology 347. Eighteen semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology must be completed in residence at the University.

  9. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Special Requirements

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 used to fulfill requirement 8 of the prescribed work above (with the exception of Child Development 652F, which is offered only on the pass/fail basis).

Order and Choice of Work

The student should consult the faculty adviser each semester regarding order and choice of work.



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