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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING SECTION in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

 

Interim Dean Sharon Wood in the School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Engineering section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on August 23 and September 26, 2013, respectively. 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 November 13, 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.

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 December 6, 2013.

Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013.



PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE GEOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING SECTION in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

NAME OF CHANGE:
  Academic Change

IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:

• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
  • PGE 312 will become PGE 427, increasing the required degree hours by one, to be offset by one hour in the geoscience courses.
  • PGE 323M, Reservoir Engineering III: Numerical Simulation will be dropped from the required course.
  • One three-credit hour engineering technical elective will be added.

Rationale: To stay parallel with the UT-PEN degree plan.

  • GEO 468K, Geophysics for Geologists, will be dropped to be replaced by a three-credit hour geoscience technical elective.

Rationale: This offsets the one-hour increase in engineering hours.

  • The approved list of GEH engineering electives will include: PGE 323M, Reservoir Engineering III: Numerical Simulation; PGE 3xx, Advanced Thermodynamics and Physical Chemistry Applications; PGE 430, Drilling and Well Completions; PGE 362, Production Technology and Design.
  • The approved list of GEH geoscience electives is GEO 327G, GIS and GPS Applications in Earth Sciences; GEO 465K, Seismic Exploration; GEO 371C, Ecohydrology; GEO 347D, Global Warming; GEO 376C, Isotope Geology; GEO 377P, Physical Climatology; GEO 330K, Energy Exploration; GEO 354, Physics of Earth; GEO 365Q, Geomorphology: Landscape Process, Form, and Evolution.

Rationale: More flexibility in course choice by adding more electives, allowing students to specialize in petroleum engineering sub-disciplines to a greater degree if they desire.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  Yes
If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
 

This degree program is jointly administered by the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Both schools will need to account for curriculum changes in their advising. The replacement of GEO 468K with a GEO technical elective has been approved by the Jackson School.


Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?

  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  No changes.
If yes, explain:
 

They currently do and that will continue. There is no change in that regard.

How many students do you expect to be impacted? 15 students per year

Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with:
Dr. Ron Steel, chairman of Department of Geological Sciences
Date of communication: June 6, 2013
Response: August 4, 2013


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department:
Yes
Date: August 4, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: August 23, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 26, 2013

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