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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER AND IN THE JACKSON SCHOOL OF GEOSCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-20121


Dean Gregory Fenves of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology in the School of Engineering chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on September 9, 2009, and the dean approved the changes on August 27, 2009. The change will also affect the Jackson School of Engineering chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012, and Associate Dean Phil Bennett agreed to the change on February 18, 2010.The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 2, 2009, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

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 February 22, 2010.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council



1Revised to reflect the concurrent change that will be made in the Jackson School of Geosciences chapter on February 18, 2010.

Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on February 12, 2010.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER AND IN THE JACKSON SCHOOL OF GEOSCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. A signature course has been added to the core curriculum, increasing the total number of credit hours from 129 to 132.
2. The signature course is listed under “Other Required Courses”.
3. In the “Suggested Arrangement of Courses”, the signature course is added to the first semester freshman year instead of the Approved social science elective. The Approved social science elective is moved to the fall semester of the third year, increasing the number of hours for that semester from 14 to 17.
4. Deleted the struck words from the following phrase:
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.
5. Deleted the struck words from the following phrase:
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.
6. Changed the listing of GEO 420K from Basic Sequence to Major Sequence. It already is a major sequence course. This was a mistake in the 2008-2010 catalog. This changes the number of basic sequence hours from 62 to 58 and increases the number of major sequence hours from 46 to 50.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 186-187, pages 279-280

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The new core curriculum has added three hours. We were asked to delete a course from the GEH program to make room, but were unable to do this. It is not desirable to increase the number of credit hours, but in order to keep the content required for accreditation, we could not find a way to remove any courses. The following recount the limitations that prevent us from deleting any courses from our existing 2008-2010 curriculum.
We had already deleted all the courses we felt were acceptable for the 2006-2008 catalog, reducing the number of hours from 136 to 129. There is no more room for removing additional courses. We have only 49 hours of engineering content, and ABET accreditation requires us to have a minimum of 48. Deleting any engineering course from the curriculum would risk losing our ABET accreditation. Only 37 of those engineering hours are in the PGE department, and six credit hours of engineering content are being claimed in courses taught in the Geological Sciences. So we really have no flexibility.
This degree plan is accredited under Geological Engineering, and consequently requires a substantial amount of geology content. With these requirements, and with the pre-requisite restrictions for the geology courses, we cannot delete any of the 33 hours of required geology without causing pre-requisite or accreditation problems. An excerpt form the program criteria is as follows:
….. proficiency in geological science topics that emphasize understanding of geologic principles and processes, the identification of minerals and rocks, elements of geophysics, field geology, and the ability to visualize and solve geological problems of a three-dimensional nature; …… the physical properties of the materials of the earth’s crust including hydrogeology;…..
There are no electives in the GEH curriculum, so there is no flexibility in removing those options. The non-curriculum related changes are striking some text as described. The comment concerning “technical electives” was struck because there are no technical electives (that was a typo from previous catalogs). Removing the words “probability and statistics” from the description of the technical curriculum was made to reflect the fact that there is no formal statistics course in the curriculum (we dropped our required statistics course for the 2006-2008 catalog). The analysis of risk and uncertainty is already mentioned elsewhere in the catalog statement with regard to project economics and design, which is intended to meet ABET requirements for some coverage of probability and statistics.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Yes, the Jackson School is the joint offerer of this degree, so they will need to make a similar change.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Yes, the Jackson School has agreed to the change.
Person communicated with: Stephen P. Grand, professor, geophysics
Date of communication: October 23, 2009
On February 18, 2010, in a phone conversation with Office of the General Faculty staff, Associate Dean Phil Bennett formally gave approval of this change.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. Yes, it will increase the hours from 129 to 132.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.Yes, these changes are made explicitly because of the university-wide change to the core curriculum.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: April 2009
College Approval Date: September 9, 2009
Dean Approval Date: August 27, 2009

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.