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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


Dean Ben Streetman of the College of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering in the College of Engineering chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the proposed changes on October 24, 2005, and November 3, 2005. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on November 15, 2005. 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 April 19, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on April 20, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on May 1, 2006, 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 May 8, 2006.

Greninger signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 1, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


On pages 178-181, under the heading DEGREES, in the College of Engineering chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING

no change to introductory paragraphs}

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 134-135.) 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 undergraduate adviser before the student enrolls in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed on pages 142-143.



COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


Basic Sequence Courses
  Chemistry 301, 302, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Geological Sciences 312K, 416M, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 102, 203, [310,] 210, 312, 322K, 333T, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N,  
  Rhetoric and [Composition] Writing 306
[49] 56

Major Sequence Courses

Geological Sciences 330K, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 421K, [322K, 323,] 323K, 323L, 323M, 424, 326, 430, [331,] 334, 337, 362, 365, 368, 373K, 373L
[39] 45
Approved area electives
6

Other Required Courses

  English 316K
3
  [Engineering Mechanics 319
3]
  [Required technical area courses
9 or 10]
  American government, including Texas government
6
  American history
6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective
3
  Approved social science elective
3
 
MINIMUM REQUIRED
[127 or] 128


[TECHNICAL AREA OPTIONS]

[Before enrolling in the major sequence, each student must file a degree plan with the departmental undergraduate adviser for one of the technical area options described below. Each technical area option consists of three required courses and two elective courses. The selection of elective courses, from lists approved by the departmental faculty, is made with the advice and approval of the undergraduate adviser. Each student should plan a course of study that fulfills the prerequisite of each technical elective selected. Each student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 373L is assigned a design project in his or her technical area.]


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[AREA 1, RESERVOIR ENGINEERING]

[Reservoir engineers design and supervise projects to provide the maximum recovery of an underground resource. They determine the locations of wells, estimate the amount of the resource that can be recovered economically, and study the performance of reservoirs to determine methods of increasing recovery.]

[Geological Sciences 330K, Petroleum Geology: Basin and Trend Analysis]
[Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 337, Introduction to Geostatistics]
[Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 432, Geometry and Mechanics of Geological Structures]

[Two elective courses, for a total of at least six semester hours of credit, chosen from the following subjects. The courses must be approved in advance by the departmental undergraduate adviser.]

[Advanced mathematics]
[Economic evaluation, finance, and project management]
[Formation evaluation]
[Geological science]
[Reservoir engineering]

[AREA 2, OPERATIONS ENGINEERING ]

[Operations engineers design and supervise projects for the drilling, completion, stimulation, and workover of wells. Their primary efforts are directed toward optimizing drilling practices and resource production.]

[Geological Sciences 330K, Petroleum Geology: Basin and Trend Analysis]
[Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 337, Introduction to Geostatistics]
[Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 432, Geometry and Mechanics of Geological Structures]

[Two elective courses, for a total of at least six semester hours of credit, chosen from the following subjects. The courses must be approved in advance by the departmental undergraduate adviser.]

[Advanced mathematics]
[Drilling engineering]
[Economic evaluation, finance, and project management]
[Facilities engineering]
[Formation evaluation]
[Production engineering]

[AREA 3, SUBSURFACE ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING ]

[Subsurface environmental engineering addresses today’s pressing environmental concerns in the general areas of engineering, geology, and hydrology. This technical area option prepares petroleum engineering graduates to solve problems in related areas such as hydrology, groundwater and soil remediation, and underground waste disposal.]

[Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 337, Introduction to Geostatistics]
[Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 432, Geometry and Mechanics of Geological Structures]
[Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 370, Fundamentals of SubsurfaceEnvironmental Engineering]

[Two elective courses, for a total of at least six semester hours of credit, chosen from the following subjects. The courses must be approved in advance by the departmental undergraduate adviser.]

[Advanced mathematics]
[Environmental engineering]
[Geological science]
[Hydrology]


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[Area 4, Georesource Engineering]

[Georesource engineers evaluate the economic and financial viability of petroleum and mineral projects. They evaluate capital and operating costs of such projects, investigate markets and end-uses, and estimate and determine the relative costs and benefits of alternative process routes, environmental regulations, and other legislation.]

[Geological Sciences 330K, Petroleum Geology: Basin and Trend Analysis]
[Mechanical Engineering 366L, Operations Research Models]
[Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 371, Energy Finance]

[Two elective courses, for a total of at least six semester hours of credit, chosen from the following subjects. The courses must be approved in advance by the departmental undergraduate adviser.]

[Advanced mathematics]
[Business law]
[Economics]
[Finance]
[Project management]

SUGGESTED ARRANGEMENT OF COURSES

First Year -- Fall Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I
3
  GEO 312K, Geology of Engineering
3
  M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus
4
  PGE 102, Introduction to Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
1
  RHE 306, Rhetoric and [Composition] Writing
3
  Social science or fine arts/humanities elective
3
 
TOTAL
17


First Year -- Spring Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II
3
  [GEO 416M, Sedimentary Rocks
4]
  M 408D, Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus
4
PGE 203, Problem Solving in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
2
  PHY 303K, Engineering Physics I
3
  PHY 103M, Laboratory for Physics 303K
1
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective
3
 
TOTAL
[15] 16


Second Year -- Fall Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  [E 316K, Masterworks of Literature
3]
  E M 306, Statics
3



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  GEO 416M, Sedimentary Rocks
4
  M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I
4
PGE 210, Formulation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems
2
  PGE 312, Physical and Chemical Behavior of Fluids I
3
  [PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II
3]
  [PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L
1]
 
TOTAL
[17] 16


Second Year -- Spring Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


E 316K, Masterworks of Literature
3
  E M 319, Mechanics of Solids
3
  [PGE 310, Formulation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems
3]
PGE 322K, Transport Phenomena in Geosystems
3
  PGE 333T, Engineering Communication
3
PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II
3
PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L
1
  [Approved technical area course
3]
[Social science or fine arts/humanities elective
3]
 
TOTAL
[15] 16


Third Year -- Fall Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  [PGE 322K, Transport Phenomena in Geosystems
3]
PGE 323K, Reservoir Engineering I: Primary Recovery
3
  PGE 430, Drilling and Well Completions
4
  PGE 424, Petrophysics
4
  PGE 326, Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior
3
  American government
3
 
TOTAL
17


Third Year -- Spring Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  PGE 421K, Physical and Chemical Behavior of Fluids II
4
  [PGE 323, Fluid Flow through Permeable Media
3]
PGE 323L, Reservoir Engineering II: Secondary and Tertiary Recovery
3
PGE 362, Production Technology and Design
3
PGE 368, Fundamentals of Well Logging
3
  [PGE 365, Resource Economics and Valuation
3]
[Approved technical area course
3 or 4]
  American history
3
 
TOTAL
16 [or 17]


Fourth Year -- Fall Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  [PGE 331, Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering
3]
  [PGE 362, Production Technology and Design
3]
  [PGE 368, Fundamentals of Well Logging
3]


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  [PGE 373K, Geosystems Engineering Design and Analysis I
3]
PGE 323M, Reservoir Engineering III: Numerical Simulation
3
PGE 334, Geometry and Mechanics of Geologic Structures
3
PGE 337, Introduction to Geostatistics
3
PGE 365, Resource Economics and Valuation
3
  American government
3
 
TOTAL
17


Fourth Year -- Spring Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


GEO 330K, Petroleum Geology: Basin and Trend Analysis
3
  PGE 373L, Geosystems Engineering Design and Analysis II
3
  American history
3
[Approved technical area course
3]
  Approved technical area electives
6
 
TOTAL
15



RATIONALE The Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering faculty had a retreat in 2004 to re-examine our curriculum and to make any adjustments needed to keep the program current and relevant. The results of this retreat are the basis of our revisions for the 2006-2008 catalog and are described below.

1. Course Sequence Change – The primary goal of the sequencing change was to improve on the content flow of the curriculum from survey/introductory material to engineering fundamentals to core practical content to capstone design and specialization. The freshman year contains courses that contain survey/introductory material pertaining to petroleum engineering as well as math and basic science courses. The sophomore year continues the math and basic sciences, but also includes fundamentals courses specific to petroleum engineering. The junior year focuses on core technical content and some practical engineering experience, while the senior year culminates the practical content with the capstone design course, as well as providing time for more specialized courses and technical electives. Also, the rearrangements made the sequencing and pre-requisite linkages tighter and more logical.
a. PGE 322K, Transport Phenomena, is a fundamentals course, so it was moved from the junior to the sophomore year.
b. PGE 368, Fundamentals of Well Logging, and PGE 362, Production Technology and Design, were moved from fall senior year to spring junior year because they are core technical courses, and this puts each course in the semester directly following its pre-requisite, rather than having a semester break in between. The pre-requisites for PGE 368 and PGE 362 are PGE 424, Petrophysics, and PGE 430, Drilling and Well Completions, which are both in the fall of the junior year.
c. PGE 365, Resource Economics and Valuation, was put in the senior year to make room for the above move of PGE 368 and PGE 362. PGE 365 is also more of an integration class with significant design content, so it is natural for it to be in the senior year.
d. The reservoir engineering sequence was re-arranged to make the order of content more logical, but for the most part, the course content will not change. We did change all the names, however, to better reflect course content. PGE 331, Reservoir Engineering, has been changed to PGE 323K, Reservoir Engineering I, Primary Recovery, and has been moved from second to first in the sequence. PGE 323, Fluid Flow in Permeable Media, has been changed to PGE 323L, Reservoir Engineering II, Secondary and Tertiary Recovery, and has been moved from first to second in the sequence. This change in order is possible because the course content for these two courses is largely independent, except for some introductory material that will need to be moved from the second course to the first. The last change in the reservoir engineering sequence is the creation of the course PGE 323M, Reservoir Engineering III – Numerical Simulation, from PGE 373K, PGE Design I. The design course was largely about learning how to use simulators and applying them to a series of short design


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  problems in preparation for doing one large project in the second semester of design. The topical emphasis of the new course will still be numerical simulation. It will still have a substantial but lesser component of design with an added emphasis on theory. This course was the final course of the old reservoir engineering sequence content-wise, but was taught simultaneously with the second course. Its content still fits with being the third and final course, but with this course rearrangement, it will finally be taught in that position.


2. The Technical Area Options were eliminated from the program. It was decided that the differences between each option were not significant enough to justify having separate tracks, and the experience in advising has been that the students did not understand or appreciate the significance of the separate tracks either. Also, we decided that some of the tracks were deficient in petroleum engineering content, so we wanted to unify and simplify the curriculum.
a. PGE 432, Geometry and Mechanics of Geologic Structures, was replaced with PGE 334, Reservoir Geomechanics. This used to be a Technical Area Option course for options 1, 2, and 3. It was decided, particularly with regard to recent changes in the industry, that all students needed to have this course, and its content needed to put more emphasis on the geomechanics of wellbores and less on geologic structures. Because of the reduction in geologic content, the lab was dropped (most of the labs were geology related). This course was put in the senior year because it is more of a specialty course.
b. PGE 337, Introduction to Geostatistics, used to be a Technical Area Option course for options 1, 2 and 3. It was decided that this needed to be required for all petroleum engineering students, particularly because the change of PGE 373K, PGE Design I to PGE 323M, Reservoir Engineering III – Numerical Simulation, removed the only other statistical content in the curriculum.
c. GEO 330K, Petroleum Geology: Basin and Trend Analysis, used to be a Technical Area Option course for options 1, 2 and 4. It was decided that this needed to be required for all petroleum engineering students, particularly because of the removal of some of the geologic content from PGE 432 to make PGE 334.


3. The accepted courses for Technical Area Electives used to be specific to the Technical Area Option of the student. All the electives have now been collapsed into one list for all petroleum engineering students. The students can pick two courses that are in different sub-fields of petroleum engineering and get a more broad experience, or they can pick both courses from the same sub-discipline to get some degree of specialization.

4. PGE 310, Formation and Solution of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Problems, was reduced to 2 hours and became PGE 210 (same name). This course covered computer programming and equation solving methods with some math content review and expansion related to differential equations as well. The math content will be removed for the 2 hour version of the course. If the students continue to need remedial math help, it will have to be provided in subsequent technical courses in the curriculum on an as-needed basis.
5. PGE 203, Problem Solving in Petroleum Engineering, is a brand new course added to maintain some contact with our students continuously through their four years and to provide some team-building / project design experience early in the curriculum.