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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 Jackson School of Geosciences, 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 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-qualified graduates of the program may pursue graduate study in subsurface environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, geology, and other related fields.

The objective of the degree program is to prepare graduates for successful careers in the fields of subsurface environmental engineering, oil and gas production and services, or similar pursuits. Graduates are expected to understand the fundamental principles of science and engineering behind the technology of geosystems engineering and hydrogeology to keep their education from becoming outdated and to give them the capability of self-instruction after graduation. They should also be prepared to serve society by applying the ideals of ethical behavior, professionalism, and environmentally responsible stewardship of natural resources.

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.
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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.

Curriculum | Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology

Basic Sequence Courses
  Chemistry 301, 302, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Geological Sciences 312K, 416K, 416M, 420K, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 210, 312, 322K, 333T, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Writing 306 61
Major Sequence Courses
  Civil Engineering 357, Geological Sciences 428, 468K, 476K, 376L, 376S, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 323K, 323L, 323M, 424, 326, 365, 368, 373L 46
Other Required Courses
  English 316K 3
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3
  Approved social science elective 3

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Suggested Arrangement of Courses | Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology

First Year — Fall Semester
  CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
  GEO 312K, Geology of Engineering 3
  M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
  RHE 306, Rhetoric and Writing 3
  Approved social science elective 3
First Year — Spring Semester
  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
Second Year — Fall Semester
  E M 306, Statics 3
  GEO 416K, Earth Materials 4
  M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
  PGE 210, Formulation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems 2
  American history 3
Second Year — Spring Semester
  E M 319, Mechanics of Solids 3
  PGE 312, Physical and Chemical Behavior of Fluids I 3
  PGE 322K, Transport Phenomena in Geosystems 3
  PGE 333T, Engineering Communication 3
  PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
  PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
Third Year — Fall Semester
  GEO 476K, Groundwater Hydrology 4
  PGE 323K, Reservoir Engineering I: Primary Recovery 3
  PGE 424, Petrophysics 4
  PGE 326, Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior 3
Third Year — Spring Semester
  C E 357, Geotechnical Engineering 3
  GEO 420K, Introduction to Field and Stratigraphic Methods 4
  PGE 323L, Reservoir Engineering II: Secondary and Tertiary Recovery 3
  PGE 368, Fundamentals of Well Logging 3
  American history 3
Third Year — Summer Session
  GEO 376L, Field Methods in Groundwater Hydrology 3
Fourth Year — Fall Semester
  E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
  GEO 428, Structural Geology 4
  GEO 376S, Physical Hydrology 3
  PGE 323M, Reservoir Engineering III: Numerical Simulation 3
  PGE 365, Resource Economics and Valuation 3
Fourth Year — Spring Semester
  GEO 468K, Geophysics for Geological Sciences Majors 4
  PGE 373L, Geosystems Engineering Design and Analysis 3
  American government 3
  American history 3
  Approved fine arts/humanities elective 3

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