GENERAL INFORMATION

[ARTS AND SCIENCES EDUCATION]

[The academic program offered cooperatively by the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts provides what is sometimes referred to as a “liberal arts” or an “arts and sciences” education. No matter what area of knowledge a student intends to specialize in, the program of study will require courses in both colleges. The colleges work together to ensure that the individual interests and needs of the students pursuing an arts and sciences program are met.]

[Guidelines for developing a coherent plan of study are provided by major requirements, by sequential prerequisites, and by optional patterns of emphasis. Departmental majors, areas of concentration, and interdepartmental programs are designed to enable every student to study at least one field in depth. These programs are sufficiently broad in scope to allow students in the same major to develop quite different plans of study in pursuit of their individual interests and goals. Each student should choose courses that are intellectually challenging and that contribute to his or her long-term objectives.]

[Arts and sciences students are required to take a certain number of courses in the natural sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. Consequently, whatever their fields of study, they have the opportunity to learn something about the basic differences in the ways questions are raised and answered in several fields of inquiry, and about the techniques for validating the answers and putting the results to use. At the same time, they may gain some of the philosophical and historical perspectives that illuminate and give form to general or specialized knowledge and help to reveal its relevance.]

[The assumption is sometimes made by both teachers and students that independent and creative study is exclusively for the gifted. In fact, the primary condition is that the student be highly motivated, although he or she must also demonstrate ability. The departments that make up the two arts and sciences colleges encourage all qualified students to work independently--not only in special honors courses and seminars and in conference, studio, or laboratory work, but also in their regular courses. The student is free to define a major, to determine whether a given assignment will be an adventure or a chore, free to develop its latent possibilities or merely satisfy its explicit demands. True creativity presupposes more than a gift for innovation; it requires an unceasing commitment to thinking and working at one’s highest level.]

[As competence is gained in a chosen field, the mind should be progressively sharpened, disciplined, and enriched. The student who leaves arts and sciences studies with an enhanced understanding of self and humankind, of cultural and historical heritage, of the world and the universe, and of the moral values that make it possible to live a meaningful life, will have made the most of education, having gained something over and above the objective of vocational preparedness.]

As civilization enters an era of increasing challenge, it is imperative that leaders, professionals, and citizens be well educated, competently and realistically able to address issues of local to global scope. With regard to the origin, history, structure, and processes of the planet Earth, and the use and management of its resources, the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences aims to provide such an education. The objective of every natural science, including geological sciences, is to understand the realm of physical nature. Geological sciences, or geosciences, is a synthetic subject that examines the Earth through such traditional subdisciplines as geophysics, hydrogeology, paleontology, petrology, stratigraphy, and structural geology. Geoscientists also draw upon discoveries from mathematics, geography, archaeology, engineering, and the other sciences to meld an approach that is interdisciplinary, yet uniquely geological.

The need for well-educated geoscientists in industry, government, and education promises a bright future for geoscience professionals in the coming decades. As the human population expands, it is essential to develop sufficient resources and to maintain a livable environment. Geoscientists understand the dynamics of the Earth and its systems--the occurrence of natural resources and the diverse time scales of natural and human-induced change.

The Jackson School offers the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences, and, in partnership with the College of Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology. Whichever degree they pursue, geological sciences students must take courses in the Jackson School, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts. These units work together to meet students’ individual needs and to ensure that they receive a superior education.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences (BAGeoSci) must complete courses in the natural sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. This diversity of subjects provides an opportunity to learn about basic differences in outlook among different disciplines, the ways questions are raised and answered, and the ways the answers are validated and made relevant in practical use. The requirements of this degree are given on pages ###-###. Another option for outstanding students interested in geology is the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, offered by the College of Liberal Arts. This broad liberal arts honors program emphasizes the humanities but also permits a concentration in science that is equivalent to a major. The BA, Plan II, is described on pages 281-283.

A plan of study for the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (BSGeoSci) includes courses required by the University, required and elective courses in geological sciences (preceded by their prerequisite courses), and a cluster of courses in other fields that serves as an unspecified minor. Taken together, these courses make up an option, a degree plan with a particular concentration or emphasis. Thus, individuals may develop intellectually challenging yet quite different plans of study according to their personal interests and goals. The requirements of the BSGeoSci are given on pages ###-###.

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology (BSGeosysE&Hydrogeo) is designed to teach students the geological and engineering principles needed to solve subsurface resource development and environmental problems. This degree is described on pages ###-###.

Every university seeks to enrich the education of its student body generally. Study of geosciences enhances a liberal arts or arts and sciences education. Geosciences uses experiments and observations to explore origins and processes, whether of the Earth itself, of geologic phenomena, or of the history of life. It operates in the conventional three dimensions of space and in the fourth dimension of deep geologic time. Both in the laboratory and in the field, it examines the Earth on all scales, from atomic nuclei, to a hand sample of rock, to an entire landscape, to continents and oceans, to the planet as a whole.

[COLLEGE] JACKSON SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

[The College of Natural Sciences offers the following programs to supplement the degree plans described on pages 421-456. Additional information is given at http://www.utexas.edu/cons/student/.]

The University and the Jackson School offer the following programs to supplement the degree plans mentioned above.

[EMERGING SCHOLARS PROGRAM]

[The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), sponsored by the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and the College of Natural Sciences, is a nationally recognized program in which freshman calculus students also take a supplemental problem-solving course. Students are invited to participate who have strong academic credentials and a history of achievement in mathematics and sciences. The program allows highly motivated mathematics, science, and engineering majors to work closely with faculty members and other high-achieving students. Students in the program have the chance not only to excel in calculus but also to learn calculus in a more thorough, more satisfying way.]

[TEXAS INTERDISCIPLINARY PLAN]

[The Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP) is a program designed to provide freshmen with the advantages of a small-college learning environment, including reserved seats in a balance of small and large classes, learning cohorts, mentoring, tutoring, advising, a critical thinking seminar, and social activities. TIP also helps students choose classes appropriate to their degree programs or career choices. Students are invited to apply to the program.]

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

[One advantage that the University offers undergraduates is the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research with some of the world’s most respected scientists. Each department in the College of Natural Sciences supports undergraduate research programs in which students may earn University credit. Students may also earn special departmental honors for exceptional research. The college holds an annual Undergraduate Poster Session to recognize and reward students who participate in research. Additional opportunities vary from department to department; information is available in the Academic Advising Center for the student’s major.]

The University offers an opportunity for undergraduates to participate in state-of-the-art research, for University credit, with eminent scientists. If qualified, the student may also earn special departmental honors for exceptional research and may receive recognition through participation in the annual Undergraduate Poster Session sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences, or the Bridging Disciplines Program of Connexus. Additional information about undergraduate research is available from the UndergraduateAdvising Office.

UTEACH-NATURAL SCIENCES

[UTeach-Natural Sciences is an innovative teacher preparation program that allows students to pursue middle grades and secondary school teacher certification within a four-year mathematics, science, or computer sciences degree program. While learning the subject matter of their majors, students also learn how to teach. Upon completing the program, students graduate with a bachelor’s degree and are recommended for a middle grades or secondary school teaching certificate.]

[The UTeach-Natural Sciences program invites students to explore their interest in teaching as early as the freshman year. Through courses taught by some of Texas’s most respected secondary school math and science teachers, students learn quickly whether they are suited to the profession.]

The Jackson School participates in UTeach-Natural Sciences, an innovative teacher preparation program offered by the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Education that enables students to prepare within four years for certification to teach mathematics, science, or computer science in middle grades or high school. (Students who are interested in teaching early childhood through grade four should contact the College of Education for information about preparation and certification.)

The UTeach-Natural Sciences program invites students to explore their interest in teaching as early as the freshman year under the mentorship of some of Texas’ most respected secondary school mathematics and science teachers. Early involvement in the UTeach program is a quick and efficient way for students to learn whether they are suited for the teaching profession. However, students may apply at any time during their undergraduate careers. Applicants must meet minimum grade point average requirements.

UTeach-Natural Sciences prepares the student for single-field certification in mathematics or computer sciences, or for composite certification in which biology, chemistry, geological sciences, or physics is the primary teaching field. A description of the UTeach-Natural Sciences curriculum is given on pages 414-415; more information is available at the UTeach-Natural Sciences Office. In the Jackson School, the BSGeoSci, option IV (teaching), prepares students to seek teacher certification.


CONCENTRATIONS

Within the requirements for the degree, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences may also complete a concentration in cultural studies or science, technology, and society. These concentrations, administered by the College of Liberal Arts, are described on pages 271-272. All Jackson School students may pursue a concentration in actuarial studies, administered by the Department of Mathematics and described on page 488.

[ADMISSION]

[Interested students are encouraged to apply for admission to the program at any time during their undergraduate careers. Applications are available in the Office of Special Projects in the College of Natural Sciences. Applicants must be considering a teaching career in middle grades or secondary school science, computer sciences, or math and must meet grade point average requirements. Students who are interested in early childhood through grade four certification should contact the College of Education.]

[CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS]

[UTeach-Natural Sciences prepares the student for single-field certification in mathematics or computer sciences or for composite certification with biology, chemistry, geological sciences, or physics as the primary teaching field. (Composite certification requires forty-eight semester hours of coursework, consisting of twenty-four hours in one science, twelve in a second science, and six each in two additional sciences.) Students can complete the courses for certification as electives within a standard bachelor’s degree program; lists of the required content courses and additional certification requirements are available in the UTeach-Natural Sciences office. However, students are strongly encouraged to consider the teaching options in biology, chemistry, geological sciences, mathematics, and physics. These incorporate not only the basic education requirements and coursework in the major but also the professional development courses, supporting courses, and courses in other sciences that are required for certification.]

[To graduate and be recommended for certification, the student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. He or she must have earned a grade of at least C in each of the professional development courses listed below and must pass the final teaching portfolio review. Information about the portfolio review and additional certification requirements is available from the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.]

[Coursework for Certification]

[Professional Development Sequence]

[UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, Secondary Teacher Education Preparation: STEP 1]
[UTeach-Natural Sciences 110, Secondary Teacher Education Preparation: STEP 2]
[UTeach-Natural Sciences 350, Knowing and Learning in Math and Science]
[UTeach-Natural Sciences 355, Classroom Interactions]
[UTeach-Natural Sciences 360, Project-Based Instruction]
[UTeach-Natural Sciences 170, Student Teaching Seminar]
[Curriculum and Instruction 650S, Secondary School Teaching Practicum]

[Students seeking middle grades teacher certification must take the following courses in addition to the professional development sequence. To be recommended for certification, the student must earn a grade of at least C in each course.]

[Educational Psychology 363M, Topic 3: Adolescent Development; or Psychology 301, Introduction to Psychology, and 304, Introduction to Child Psychology]

[Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 23: Reading, Writing, and Assessment across Disciplines
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[Supporting Courses]

[Biology 370C, Topic: Research Methods; Chemistry 368, Topic: Research Methods; or Physics 341, Topic: Research Methods]
[History 329U, Perspectives on Science and Mathematics; or Philosophy 329U, Perspectives on Science and Mathematics]

[THE ELEMENTS OF COMPUTING PROGRAM]

[The Elements of Computing Program is designed to support computational work in other disciplines and to provide students with skills in the use of computer applications. Any non-computer sciences major with a University grade point average of at least 2.00 may take any elements of computing course for which he or she meets the prerequisite. No application process is required.]

[Non­-computer sciences majors who wish to build a concentration in computing may request certification in the elements of computing. Students who complete the following certification requirements and submit a request to the program director receive a certificate of completion of the program and a letter listing the courses taken. Additional information about the Elements of Computing Program is given at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/UTCS/elements/.]

[The certification requirements are]

[1. Mathematics 305G with a grade of at least C, or an equivalent score on the SAT II: Mathematics Level IC or Level IIC test.]

[2. Computer Sciences 303E and 313E, with a grade of at least C in each.]

[3. Two of the following courses, with a grade of at least C in each: Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, 329E.]

[4. The student must complete at least two long-session semesters in residence.]


[INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN SCIENCES]

[A Certificate of International Studies in Science is awarded to students who fulfill specific requirements set out by the college’s Study Abroad Committee. Information about the program is available from the Student Division of the Office of the Dean.]

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE [AVAILABLE THROUGH THE COLLEGE]

[A number of scholarship funds established by individuals, foundations, and industrial or research organizations are available to students in the College of Natural Sciences. Awards are made for reasons ranging from academic promise to financial need. Interested students should inquire at the department offices or at the Student Division of the Office of the Dean, Will C. Hogg 2.112.]

Through the Geology Foundation, the Jackson School makes available to its students a number of scholarship funds established by individuals, foundations, and industrial or research organizations. Scholarships are awarded entirely on the basis of academic performance and standing. Grants may be awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, without regard to grade point average. Information is available at the Undergraduate Advising Office. The Geology Foundation also offers a student loan program, and students may seek additional assistance through the University’s Office of Student Financial Services.

[NATURAL SCIENCES] CAREER SERVICES

[Natural Sciences Career Services, Will C. Hogg 2.308, offers career planning and job placement assistance for students and alumni. Career Services helps students with all aspects of their career planning and job search.]

[Career advisers are available to assist students individually, and workshops are held throughout the year. The staff offers interview tips, sets up mock interviews, and helps students with career planning, résumé writing, job search techniques, and business and professional etiquette.]

[Career Services helps students seeking full-time positions after graduation and those seeking part-time, intern, and cooperative education positions related to their academic majors and career goals. Job postings are available and on-campus interviews are held throughout the year. A Career Expo every fall brings students and employers together to discuss job openings and career information. Many company information sessions are scheduled on campus and a résumé referral service is available for students and employers.]

[A resource room provides a library of career information, including information on career options, company literature, employment and salary information, company contacts, books, and videotapes. Web access is available for students to register, submit their résumés, and sign up for interviews. Registered students are also contacted weekly by e-mail with career information.]

[Education Career Services, part of the College of Education, assists all University students who have completed a teacher certification program. Certification candidates must register with Education Career Services, George I. Sánchez Building 294, at the beginning of their student-teaching semester. The office also assists those who wish to find teaching jobs at the college level or in private schools, community colleges, or overseas schools in which certification is not required.]

[As a complement to the assistance available from the college, the Career Exploration Center provides comprehensive career services to all students. The center offers professional assistance to students in choosing or changing their majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for the job search or for graduate study.]

[The University makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.]

The Jackson School offers career planning and job placement assistance for students and alumni. The Career Services staff offers interview tips and can help with career planning, résumé writing, job search techniques, and business and professional etiquette.

Career Services also helps graduates and students about to graduate seek full-time or part-time jobs and internships. The staff posts job opportunities throughout the year and hosts recruiters who offer on-campus interviews for three or four weeks twice a year. During the interview periods, companies sponsor information sessions on campus. The Career Services office also offers résumé referral for students and employers. The College of Natural Sciences Career Expo, which brings students and employers together every September, provides another forum for geosciences students to learn about different career opportunities.

Career services for students who plan to teach are provided by Education Career Services in the College of Education and by UTeach-Natural Sciences.

Career Services and the Undergraduate Advising Office can help students choose majors or careers, find internships, and plan for employment or graduate study. However, the University makes no guarantee to secure employment for each graduate.


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Jackson School of GeoSciences, 2005-2006