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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


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 Petroleum Engineering 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 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


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


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. A signature course has been added to the core curriculum. The signature course is listed under “Other Required Courses”.
2. Delete the two freshman courses, PGE 102 and PGE 203, and replace them with one three-credit freshman course called “PGE 302, Introduction to Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering”, which will have a pre-requisite of introductory geology (GEO 303 or GEO 401).
3. Remove GEO 330K, Petroleum Geology from the list of required courses. It will still be accepted as a technical elective. This reduces the number of major sequence hours by three.
4. In the “Suggested Arrangement of Courses”, the signature course is added to the first semester freshman year instead of the Social science or fine arts/humanities elective. The Approved social science elective is moved to the spring semester of the fourth year instead of the deleted GEO 330K.
5. PGE 302 is added to the First year spring semester, increasing the hours from 16 to 17.
6. Change the name of PGE 334 Geomechanics to PGE 334 Reservoir Geomechanics.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 193-194

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
Removing GEO 330K, Petroleum Geology from the degree plan reduces the number of hours required for the PEN degree by three credit hours, making room for the newly added signature course without increasing the total number of hours required for graduation. The impact of removing GEO 330K from the curriculum should be minor. Students still take seven credit hours of geology from the Geological Sciences department, plus a fair amount of geologic content taught within PGE. Those students still wanting more in-depth geology coverage will be able to take GEO 330K as an elective.
Combining PGE 102 and 203 into PGE 302 should have no negative impact on the students. It is being proposed because we feel the introductory material for the freshman can be more effectively delivered with one three-credit course rather than the two different courses currently offered.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Yes, this will reduce the number of PEN students enrolling in GEO 330K.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response.
Yes, the chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, Sharon Mosher, was informed on March 30, 2009, that we were considering dropping GEO 330K from our curriculum to accommodate the new signature course. On September 22, 2009, I sent another e-mail to Sharon Mosher, Dean of the Jackson School, and Steve Grand, Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, saying we had actually proposed the change that we had been considering.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No.

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.