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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

Dean Ben Streetman of the College of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrology in the College of Engineering chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the department and the dean approved the proposed changes on October 7, 2003. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on November 14, 2003. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on March 22, 2004, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 23, 2004. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 6, 2004, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on April 16, 2004.

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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council




This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on April 8, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

On pages 162-163, of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, under the heading DEGREES, please make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY

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CURRICULUM

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 on pages 126-127.) 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 on pages 134-135.

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


Basic Sequence Courses
  Chemistry 301, 302, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Geological Sciences 312K, 416K, 416M, 420K, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 310, 312, 333T, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Composition 306
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Major Sequence Courses

Civil Engineering 357, English 316K, Geological Sciences 428, 468K, 476K, 376L, [476M,] 376S, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 322K, 323, 424, 326, 331, 365, 368, [370,] 373K, 373L
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Other Required Courses

  American government, including Texas government
6
  American history
6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective
3
  Approved social science elective
3
 
MINIMUM REQUIRED
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RATIONALE: The Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology (GEH) program is an interdisciplinary program, overseen by the departments of Geological Sciences and Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering. From the beginning, we have been concerned with the large number of hours required for the program (136 semester credit hours). We feel this high number of hours is an undue burden on the students and keeps students from enrolling in the program. Consequently, we reviewed the curriculum and found two courses that are more appropriately considered to be advanced topics – topics that would normally be taken as a graduate student, not an undergraduate. These courses are PGE 370/383, Fundamentals of Subsurface Environmental Engineering, and GEO 476M/387C, Chemical Hydrogeology (note both courses are cross-listed as graduate courses). Dropping these two courses reduces the number of hours to 129, which is still five more hours than the geology degree but comparable to petroleum engineering, and results in a significant improvement in the course arrangement. Instead of the first four semesters having 16, 18, 17 and 17 hours, the sequence now has 16, 15,

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15, and 16 hours. The last semester is also changed from 17 to 16 hours. This change should not affect the accreditation status of the degree.

Without these two courses, we feel the program still prepares students for a successful career in subsurface engineering, either with an environmental or energy focus. The students get a background in subsurface geology and engineering that is more comprehensive than any other comparable program in the country.