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6. College of Engineering



Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology

Geosystems engineers and hydrogeologists are concerned with the development and use of engineering approaches in the management of natural resources from the earth's surface and subsurface, environmental restoration of subsurface sites, and other processes related to the earth sciences. This degree program, offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences, is designed to teach students the geological and engineering principles needed to solve subsurface resource development and environmental problems. The curriculum includes a fundamental sequence of engineering and geological sciences courses in such areas as multiphase fluid flow, physical and chemical hydrology, heat and mass transfer, field methods, and engineering design. This interdisciplinary systems approach, combining engineering and geological sciences, is increasingly required to address complex real-world problems such as characterization and remediation of aquifers. The degree program is designed to prepare graduates for employment with environmental, water resource management, and energy companies in addition to many government agencies. Better graduates of the program may pursue graduate study in subsurface environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, geology, and other related fields.

Graduates of this program are expected to be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, geological sciences, and engineering; design and conduct experiments and engineering tests, as well as analyze and interpret geologic data; design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; function on multidisciplinary teams; identify, formulate, and solve engineering and geological problems; understand professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of engineering and hydrogeology; communicate effectively using oral, written, and graphical expressions, including technical reports; appreciate the impact of engineering and geological solutions in a global and societal context; recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in independent study and lifelong learning; understand contemporary issues and the ways they affect the practice of engineering and hydrogeology; use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering and geological tools, including computers, that are appropriate for good engineering and geologic practice.

Containing the following elements, the technical curriculum provides both breadth and depth in a range of topics.

  • 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.
  • Basic engineering and geologic topics that develop a working knowledge of fluid mechanics, strength of materials, transport phenomena, material properties, phase behavior, and thermodynamics.
  • Engineering and geosciences topics that develop competence in characterization and evaluation of subsurface geological formations and their resources using geoscientific and engineering methods, including field methods; design and analysis of systems for producing, injecting, and handling fluids; application of hydrogeologic and reservoir engineering principles and practices for water and energy resource development and management; contamination evaluation and remediation methods for hydrologic resources; and use of project economics and resource valuation methods for design and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty.
  • A major capstone design experience that prepares students for engineering and hydrogeologic practice, based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework and incorporating engineering and geological standards and realistic constraints.
  • A general education component that complements the technical content of the curriculum.


Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

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. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter.

Courses Semester Hours

Basic Sequence Courses
  Chemistry 301, 302, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Geological Sciences 312K, 416K, 416M, 420K, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 310, 312, 333T, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Composition 306 59

Major Sequence Courses
  Civil Engineering 357, English 316K, Geological Sciences 428, 468K, 476K, 376L, 476M, 376S, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 322K, 323, 424, 326, 331, 365, 368, 370, 373K, 373L 59

Other Required Courses
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3
  Approved social science elective 3

    Minimum Required 136

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

First Year -- Fall Semester
Courses Semester Hours

CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
GEO 312K, Geology of Engineering 3
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
RHE 306, Rhetoric and Composition 3
Approved social science elective 3
  Total 16
First Year -- Spring Semester
Courses Semester Hours

CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 3
GEO 416M, Sedimentary Rocks 4
M 408D, Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus 4
PHY 303K, Engineering Physics I 3
PHY 103M, Laboratory for Physics 303K 1
American government 3
  Total 18
Second Year -- Fall Semester
Courses Semester Hours

E M 306, Statics 3
GEO 416K, Earth Materials 4
M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
PGE 312, Physical and Chemical Behavior of Fluids I 3
American history 3
  Total 17
Second Year -- Spring Semester
Courses Semester Hours

E M 319, Mechanics of Solids 3
GEO 420K, Introduction to Field and Stratigraphic Methods 4
PGE 310, Formulation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems 3
PGE 333T, Engineering Communication 3
PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
  Total 17
Third Year -- Fall Semester
Courses Semester Hours

GEO 476K, Groundwater Hydrology 4
PGE 322K, Transport Phenomena in Geosystems 3
PGE 424, Petrophysics 4
PGE 326, Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior 3
American history 4
  Total 17
Third Year -- Spring Semester
Courses Semester Hours

E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
C E 357, Geotechnical Engineering 3
PGE 323, Fluid Flow through Permeable Media 3
PGE 365, Resource Economics and Valuation 3
American government 3
  Total 15
Third Year -- Summer Session
Courses Semester Hours

GEO 376L, Field Methods in Groundwater Hydrology 3
  Total 3
Fourth Year -- Fall Semester
Courses Semester Hours

GEO 428, Structural Geology 4
GEO 376S, Physical Hydrology 3
PGE 331, Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering 3
PGE 368, Fundamentals of Well Logging 3
PGE 373K, Geosystems Engineering Design and Analysis I 3
  Total 16
Fourth Year -- Spring Semester
Courses Semester Hours

GEO 468K, Geophysics for Geological Sciences Majors 4
GEO 476M, Chemical Hydrogeology 4
PGE 370, Fundamentals of Subsurface Environmental Engineering 3
PGE 373L, Geosystems Engineering Design and Analysis II 3
Approved fine arts/humanities elective 3
  Total 17


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Undergraduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - School of Architecture
Chapter 3 - Red McCombs School of Business
Chapter 4 - College of Communication
Chapter 5 - College of Education
Chapter 6 - College of Engineering
Chapter 7 - College of Fine Arts
Chapter 8 - College of Liberal Arts
Chapter 9 - Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Chapter 10 - College of Natural Sciences
Chapter 11 - School of Nursing
Chapter 12 - College of Pharmacy
Chapter 13 - School of Social Work
Chapter 14 - The Faculty
Texas Common Course Numbering System (Appendix A)
Appendix B - Degree and Course Abbreviations

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