DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG,
Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with
the secretary of the Faculty Council proposed changes to the Bachelor of
Science in geosystems engineering and hydrogeology in the College of Natural
Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of
the college approved the changes on October 6, 2003. The dean approved
the proposed changes on January 20, 2004, and submitted them to the secretary
on January 21, 2004. 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 February 23, 2004, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate
Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on February
23, 2004. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office
of the General
Faculty on March 4, 2004, recommending approval. The authority
to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides
with the Faculty
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 an 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 March 15, 2004.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council
This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council
Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on March 5, 2004.
Paper copies are available on request from the
Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS
ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006
|On pages 424-426, under the heading DEGREES in the section BACHELOR
OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY, in the College
of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:
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 and geological
sciences, is increasingly required to address complex real-world problems
such as characterization and remediation of aquifers. The degree program
is designed to prepare graduates for employment with environmental,
water resource management, and energy companies in addition to many
government agencies. Better graduates of the program may pursue graduate
study in subsurface environmental engineering, petroleum engineering,
geology, and other related fields.
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.
The objective of the degree program is to prepare graduates for successful
careers in the fields of subsurface environmental engineering, oil
and gas production and services, or similar pursuits. Graduates are
expected to understand the fundamental principles of science and engineering
behind the technology of geosystems engineering and hydrogeology to
keep their education from becoming outdated and to give them the capability
of self-instruction after graduation. They should also be prepared
to serve society by applying the ideals of ethical behavior, professionalism,
and environmentally responsible stewardship of natural resources.
Containing the following elements, the technical curriculum provides
both breadth and depth in a range of topics.
||A combination of college-level mathematics and basic sciences
(some with experimental work) that includes mathematics through
differential equations, probability and statistics, physics,
chemistry, and geology.
||Basic engineering and geologic topics that develop a working
knowledge of fluid mechanics, strength of materials, transport
phenomena, material properties, phase behavior, and thermodynamics.
||Engineering and geosciences topics that develop competence
in characterization and evaluation of subsurface geological formations
and their resources using
geoscientific and engineering methods,
||including field methods; design and analysis of systems
for producing, injecting, and handling fluids; application
of hydrogeologic and reservoir engineering principles
and practices for water and energy resource development
and management; contamination evaluation and remediation
methods for hydrologic resources; and use of project
economics and resource valuation methods for design and
decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty.
||A major capstone design experience that prepares students
for engineering and hydro-geologic practice, based on
the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework
and incorporating engineering and geological standards
and realistic constraints.
||A general education component that complements the
technical content of the 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.
Students must fulfill the foreign language requirement given on page 135. They
must also remove any admission deficiencies in mathematics as described in General
|Basic Sequence Courses
||Chemistry 301, 302, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Geological
||416K, 416M, 420K, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K,
||Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 310, 312, 333T,
||Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Composition 306
|Major Sequence Courses
||Civil Engineering 357, English 316K, Geological Sciences 428, 468K,
|476M,] 376S, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 322K, 323, 424,
||365, 368, [
|370,] 373K, 373L |[
|Other Required Courses
||American government, including Texas government
||Approved fine arts or humanities elective
||Approved social science elective
RATIONALE: This degree currently requires 136 hours, and we feel we need to reduce
that number in order to increase enrollment in the program. We have dropped one
engineering course, PGE 370, and one geology course, GEO 476M, reducing the total
number of hours to 129. This results in a significant improvement in the course
arrangement. Instead of 16, 18, 17, and 17 hours, the first 4 semesters will
have 16, 15, 15, and 16 hours. The last semester will also change from 17 to
16 hours. The reduction in total hours should not affect the accreditation status
of the degree.
The introductory section that describes the program’s outcomes is required
by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The changes in this
section are editorial.