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Dean Thomas Gilligan in the School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Business Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The faculty of the Undergraduate Program Committee and the dean approved the changes on April 8 and April 15, 2013, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on October 23, 2013, 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 UT System with notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 November 11, 2013.

Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council

Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 29, 2013



1. Type of Proposal       New Certificate Program

2. Scope of Proposed Change

a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? Yes
  Any major at UT may pursue the Business and Public Policy Certificate.  
b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)? Yes

Non-business students admitted to the program will be able to take the listed business courses, which have previously been restricted to only business majors.

c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges? Yes
  Business students have the option to take two elective courses from the College of Communications, the College of Liberal Arts, or the McCombs School of Business.  

If the answer to 2a, 2b, or 2c is “yes”:

How many students do you expect to be impacted?
Approximately 50 students per year will be receiving a certificate, with one half estimated to be business students and one half non-business students.

Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:

    • Person communicated with:  Sharon Mosher, Jackson School of Geosciences
      Date of communication:  May 23, 2012
      Response:  Discussed existing geology courses and instructors; GEO faculty could teach certificate courses in the summer without conflicting with departmental teaching needs.
    • Person communicated with:  Bill Fisher, Jackson School of Geosciences
      Date of communication:  July 17, 2012
      Response:  Geology classes that would work for the certificate were identified; GEO 316P recommended and instructors identified.
    • Person communicated with:  Ray Orbach, Paul Bommer, Cockrell School of Engineering
      Date of communication:  July 19, 2012
      Response:  Discussed appropriate environmental sciences area, and creation of a Petroleum Operations course targeted to a non-Petroleum Engineering major.
    • Person communicated with:  Tadeusz Patsek, Cockrell School of Engineering
      Date of communication:  July 26, 2012
      Response:  Discussed the program; Paul Bommer can teach the course.

All faculty contacted were supportive of the program as proposed.

3. Official Certificate Name: Undergraduate Certificate: Energy Management

4. Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2014

5. CIP Code (administrative unit awarding the certificate): 52.0299 Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

6. Statement of Objective

Changes will be made under the heading Degrees and Programs in the section Certificate Programs. The certificate in Energy Management is designed to develop decision makers, leaders, and policy builders who have the technical expertise and business acumen to participate in the interdisciplinary teams that will be required to address our energy future.

7. Number of Students Expected to Receive the Certificate Each Semester: 25

8. Number of Hours Required for Completion: 18-20

9. List Faculty on the Certificate Program Faculty Committee

Name of Faculty Member


Title at UT Austin

Highest Degree and Awarding Institution

John C. Butler
(Program Chair)

Business School / Finance

Clinical Associate Professor

PhD – The University of Texas at Austin

William Fisher*

Jackson School of Geosciences / Geological Sciences


PhD – University of Kansas

James Dyer*

Business School / Information, Risk, and Operations Management


PhD – The University of Texas at Austin

Sheridan Titman*

Business School / Finance


PhD – Carnegie Mellon University

David Spence*


Business School / Business, Government and Society

Associate Professor

PhD – Duke University


10. Academic Course Requirements: Use this table to identify the courses that qualify for this certificate program.

Course Abbreviation and Number

Course Title


GEO 303 or
GEO 401 or
GEO 420H#

Introduction to Geology
Physical Geology
Honors Introductory Geology (prereq. consent of instructor)

3 or 4

GEO 316P or

GEO 416M#

Sedimentary Rocks (for non-geology students) (prepreq. GEO 401/303/420H)
Sedimentary Rocks (prereq. GEO 401/303/420H)

3 or 4

BGS 37X*

Non-Technical Exploration and Production


BGS 370.1

Energy Technology and Policy


LEB 370.13*

Contracts and Real Property


LEB 370.14*#

Oil and Gas Law (prereq. LEB 370.13)


11. Other Certificate Requirements:


12. Give a Detailed Rationale for Change(s):

While housed within the McCombs School, the certificate will be interdisciplinary in nature by drawing on resources from the Jackson School of Geosciences and the McCombs School of Business. The combination of interdisciplinary courses allows students to venture beyond their primary major to explore energy management from a variety of perspectives, which will not only improve the learning experience of our current students, but will also allow the University to attract more top talent into business, science, and policy joint ventures. There is a great demand for students who understand business as well as the underlying science, technology, and engineering principles on which their operations are based.

Employers have indicated their desire to hire students who approach the energy industry from a more well-rounded interdisciplinary perspective.

13. College/School Approval Process

Approver:   Undergraduate Program Committee
Date:   April 8, 2013
Approver:   Tom Gilligan
Date:   April 18, 2013
Title:   Dean, McCombs School of Business