The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Assembly



The Undergraduate Assembly met in regular session on Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at 2:15 p.m. in the University Center Concho Room.  President Robert E. Witt presided.






Robert E. Witt

Jeanne Gerlach

Dan Himarios

George C. Wright

Don McConnell

Farhad Kamangar

Carolyn Barros

Chris Morris

Tom Chrzanowski

Sue Beckham

Elizabeth Poster

Kate Gadbury

Khosrow Behbehani

Jamie Rogers


Shane Burke

Chris Shook


Bill Carroll

Debra Woody


Paul Chippindale

Guisette Salazar


Richard Cole



William Dillon



Greg Frazier



Bernard Frye



Kevin Gustafson



Larry Heath



Jay Henry



Santos Hernandez



Martha LaGess



Suzanne Miles



Michael Moore



Merlynd Nestell



Pablo Pastrana-Perez



Karl Petruso



Becky Pierce



Zack Prince



Syed R. Qasim



Tom Ryan



Craig Slinkman



Neal Smatresk



Patricia Turpin



Kimberly van Noort



Lorraine van Waasbergen



Tom Watts



Tom Wilding



Kai Yeung



Approval of Minutes.  The minutes of the October 9 meeting were approved as distributed. 


Report of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  Committee Chair Lynn Peterson presented the following proposals:


(1)         The Accounting Department proposed a modification to the Professional Program In Accounting (PPIA).  This would allow more flexibility for students to earn a BS-Accounting degree rather than a BBA-Accounting degree, while still required to complete 152-hours of study.  The Assembly approved this proposal.


(2)         Civil and Environmental Engineering proposed to change CE 2312, Statics and Dynamics, which was approved by the Assembly.


(3)         College of Liberal Arts proposed a new dual language degree program, Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages, which would allow students to earn a degree in two languages.  This new program was approved.


The following additions and changes were also approved for the College of Liberal Arts:

Art and Art History

Change in catalog text to include information about a teacher certification option.

ADD: ART 3322  Presentation Design

     ART 3359  Media methods

     ART 4365  Planning for Multimedia



ADD: COMM 4395 Professional Internship


Criminology and Criminal Justice

Change in catalog text to correct current catalog errors.



ADD: ENGL 4366 Young Adult Literature

CHANGE:   ENGL 3375 Creative Writing

          ENGL 4330 Advanced Creative Writing


Modern Languages

ADD: FREN 4325 Topics in 18th Century French Studies

     FREN 4393 Internship

     GERM 4393 Internship

     RUSS 4393 Internship

     SPAN 4393 Internship


Sociology and Anthropology

CHANGE:   ANTH 4358 Topics in Archaeology

(4)         The following Honors College proposals were approved by the Assembly:

Change catalog text to clarify further how credit hours earned in the Honors American Studies sequence fulfill core requirements.

ADD: HONR 3103/3203/3303 Independent Study


(5)         The College of Science proposal to add the following courses was approved.


1441    General Chemistry I

1442    General Chemistry II

3311    Teaching Chemical Concepts I

3312    Teaching Chemical Concepts II

3313    Teaching Chemical Concepts III

3314    Teaching Chemical Concepts IV



4370    Earth Systems I

4371    Earth Systems II

4372    Earth Resources and the Environment

4373    Earth Science Field Methods

4375         Lab Methods and Techniques



4354    Adolescent Development and Behavior

4357    Social Behavior and Personality

4358    Basic Cognitive Processes

4360 Experimental Psychology: Research Methodology



3301    Integrated Physics and Chemistry: Physics

3302    Integrated Physics and Chemistry: Chemistry

3303    Geology, Meteorology & Oceanography

3304    Astronomy

3305    Environmental Systems

4192, 4292, 4392   Selected Topics in Science


Report of the Academic Standards Committee.  Committee Chair David Gray presented a proposal to revise the admission requirement for undergraduate transfer students to the following wording:  “Applicants who have completed 30 or more hours of transferable credit must have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or a 2.0 grade point average on the most recently completed 30 semester hours (including all grades in the semester containing the 30th SCH).”  After discussion confirming that probationary students who obtain transfer hours will remain on probation, the Assembly approved this revision.


Remarks by the President.  President Witt stated that we are near finalizing the scope of our construction activity.  As publicized, we have received $16.6 million in tuition revenue bonds and $13 million in PUF funding authority.  We are in the process of determining the extent to which we will issue our own revenue bonds.  What this pool of resources, we will be going forward with the new Science building, the annex to accommodate several of the fine arts programs, a major renovation of space left by these fine arts programs, and possibly some renovation work in at least one of the old science buildings.   The President also explained that we are planning with an agency to coordinate our advertising efforts, which would substantially reduce our advertising costs as well as bring our promotion materials to a higher level.  We will continue to advertise in U.S. News and World Report, Time and Newsweek for the coming year.  We will develop a communications plan that will allow us to increase efficiency and effectiveness. 


Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at 2:35 p.m.




Zack Prince