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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Mary Ann Rankin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences,
filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below for
changes in degree requirements for a bachelor of science in Geosystems
Engineering and Hydrogeology in the College of Natural Sciences chapter
of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. The changes were
approved by the faculty and the dean of the College of Natural Sciences.
The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications
on February 14, 2000. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation
of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.
CHANGES IN DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR A
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
The changes set forth below are proposed for the College
of Natural Sciences in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, of
The University of Texas at Austin.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY.
Geosystems engineers and hydrogeologists are concerned
with the development and use of engineering approaches in the management
of natural resources from the earth's surface and subsurface, environmental
restoration of subsurface sites, and other processes related to the earth
sciences. This degree program, offered jointly by the College of Engineering
and the College of Natural Sciences, is designed to teach students the
geological and engineering principles needed to solve subsurface resource
development and environmental problems. The curriculum includes a fundamental
sequence of engineering and geological sciences courses in such areas
as multiphase fluid flow, physical and chemical hydrology, heat and mass
transfer, field methods, and engineering design. This interdisciplinary
systems approach, combining engineering
Graduates of this program are expected to be able to apply
knowledge of mathematics, geological sciences, and engineering; design
and conduct experiments and engineering tests, as well as analyze and
interpret geologic data; design a system, component, or process to meet
desired needs; function on multidisciplinary teams; identify, formulate,
and solve engineering and geological problems; understand professional
and ethical responsibilities in the practice of engineering and hydrogeology;
communicate effectively using oral, written, and graphical expressions,
including technical reports; appreciate the impact of engineering and
geological solutions in a global and societal context; recognize the need
for and have the ability to engage in independent study and lifelong learning;
understand contemporary issues and the ways they affect the practice of
engineering and hydrogeology; use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering
and geological tools, including computers, that are appropriate for good
engineering and geologic practice.
Containing the following elements, the technical curriculum
provides both breadth and depth in a range of topics.
Course requirements are divided into three categories:
basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses.
Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have
received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted
to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee.
(Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in chapter 6.)
Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of
the basic sequence.
Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective
requirements must be approved by the petroleum and geosystems engineering
faculty and the geological sciences faculty before the student enrolls
in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities
requirements are listed in chapter 6.
Students must fulfill the foreign language requirement
given on page 138. They must also remove any admission deficiencies in
mathematics as described in General Information.
Basic Sequence Courses
Major Sequence Courses
Other Required Courses
Justification: The major changes to the Bachelor
of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology are ones suggested
by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology after a review
of the degree. The minor changes are in response to a name change within
the Department of Geological Sciences.