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2015 - 2017 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2015 - 2017 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Welcome Students,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin! We are a University of Texas institution, located in Odessa, Texas, providing bachelor and master degrees, leadership training and research focusing on West Texas and Texas. As reported in Newsweek, Washington Monthly, and U.S. News & World Report, UT Permian Basin has an excellent reputation as a university focused on students and academic growth. Our College of Business and Engineering is ranked in the top third of U.S. business schools, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International. Our social work and art programs and the College of Education are also nationally accredited. Mechanical engineering and Athletic Training are professionally accredited as is Music. Our teachers do well on the state certification tests with 95 percent passing. UT Permian Basin also offers degrees in some of the fastest growing fields, such as nursing, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering with a concentration in nuclear engineering, athletic training, criminal justice, computer science, information systems and petroleum technology. In rankings by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, UTPB is always among the top universities in the state for its graduates finding jobs or going on to graduate or professional schools.

UTPB provides nine undergraduate and five graduate programs fully online. Texas is a big state and not every academically qualified person can attend on campus classes. The faculty at UTPB recognize the real need, particularly in West Texas, for there to be multiple venues for students to achieve their academic dreams. UTPB also offers a variety of online dual credit courses to partner school districts and serves as the hub for a number of Early College High Schools.

Whether in person or online, I am confident that you will find courses and degree plans to suit your career goals. UTPB has a terrific team of academic advisors ready to answer your questions and get you started on the path to success. Career fairs and local business leaders are also frequently on campus to share real world experiences and help you choose the career that’s right for you. A degree from UT Permian Basin is a terrific investment in your future. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, UTPB is among the top public universities in Texas for its graduates getting jobs or going on to graduate or professional school. UTPB is an outstanding place at which to learn. This is a dynamic, growing campus with about 5,500 students. I encourage you to be involved in campus life as well as academics. The university stages several theatrical productions, musical performances and student art shows every year. Student Life is active with clubs, organizations and events, and the Campus Activities Board presents fun events that are free to students. Past events have included comedians, hypnotists and concerts. Our nice weather also helps make intramural sports like Falcon Ultimate a big part of student life at UT Permian Basin. We are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division-II level – we have 13 sports so there is almost always a time when you can come cheer on the Falcons. And by 2016, UTPB will be fielding a D-II football team!

UTPB has some of the best student apartments in Texas. The UTPB Gymnasium Complex has a new weight training facility, basketball and volleyball courts, walking and rollerblading trails, a duck pond and Odessa’s largest outdoor heated swimming pool. The campus also includes one of the country’s best Visual Arts Studio and the two-story Library/Lecture Center. In Fall 2011, our new state-of-the-art Science and Technology Building opened as well as our world class Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. The Student Activities Center is open and is offering quality food and Starbucks coffee.

I want you to have the very best college experience possible. UT Permian Basin’s focus on student life and academic excellence will help you do just that. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Entering freshmen in the top half of their high school graduating classes receive a $2,000 per year scholarship, while transfer students receive $3,000 per semester, both are renewable for up to four years. And UTPB offers the Texas Science Scholars $10,000 degree in chemistry, computer science, informational systems, geology, and mathematics. Yes, that’s $10,000 or $1250 per semester for these degree programs. Come join us!

W. David Watts
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

As President of the University, his vision is to make The University of Texas of the Permian Basin a beacon for West Texas and beyond, attracting students and faculty to create opportunities for a lifetime. He has provided leadership for growth, program expansion, and student service enhancement, resulting in several record-breaking enrollments. Scholarships have been expanded for entering freshmen, transfer students and for classroom teachers to pursue graduate degrees. Committed to building and maintaining strong relationships between U.T. Permian Basin and the communities it serves, Dr. Watts actively supports economic development in West Texas. A native Texan, Dr. Watts earned a bachelor’s degree from U. T. Austin, and a master’s and Ph. D. in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has written numerous publications and grants on substance abuse.

About The University

The University of Texas of Texas of the Permian Basin is located in the middle of the largest domestic oil field in the continental United States. Over 70 percent of Texas oil production is from the Permian Basin, and approximately 20 percent of the nation’s domestic production is here. UTPB is focused on energy related education, including mechanical engineering with a concentration in nuclear engineering, energy marketing, energy accounting, energy finance and, petroleum engineering. UTPB is also proposing a landman program that will serve the demand for energy development including oil and gas and wind. The Permian Basin is the heart of America’s energy production. This is where students interested in energy can learn how to be successful.

The University’s drama department stages several productions each year, and Student Life is active with clubs, organizations and events. The Campus Activities Board brings concerts and entertainers to the community. The Wagner Nöel Performing Arts Center opened in Fall 2011. The UTPB Music Program has state of the art facilities for performance and music education. Also in Fall 2011, the state-of-the-art Science and Technology Building opened, providing superb facilities for biology, chemistry and computer science. The new Student Activity Center provides quality food service, including meal tickets, for UTPB students. The UTPB gymnasium boasts a new weight training facility and wooden floor basketball and volleyball courts. Nearby are walking and rollerblading trails, a duck pond, and an Olympic-sized, outdoor heated swimming pool. The Visual Arts Studio facility provides two and three dimensional studio space that is really first rate. Over 500 apartment-style student housing units are available for all classes of students, and the 5,600 square-foot Parker Ranch House provides recreational and study space. It is comprised of a lounge, meeting room and theater, a large commons area with a kitchen, weight room, two computer labs, and a covered, built-in barbeque pit. UTPB is now a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division-II level. Its intercollegiate sports include men’s and women’s soccer, cross country, swimming, tennis, basketball as well as men’s baseball and women’s softball and volleyball. The athletic program also supports cheerleading and dance teams. Scholarships are available.

Individuals and businesses support the university through endowments, scholarships and gifts. UTPB has a variety of scholarships available, including 31 Endowed Presidential Scholarships, 63 Endowed Scholarships, and a wide number and variety of non-endowed scholarships in virtually every discipline. Some are based on academics, but many are based upon financial need. The university partners with the communities through a variety of programs, including the Small Business Development Center and the Center for Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED). The CEED Building is available for meetings, workshops, and receptions. To find out more about the University or to arrange for a campus tour, call the Office of Admissions at 432.552.2605 or check out the website at

Statement of Equal Educational Opportunity

To the extent provided by applicable law, no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under, any program or activity sponsored or conducted by The University of Texas System.

Mission Statement

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a general academic university of The University of Texas System. The University of Texas System is committed to pursue high-quality educational opportunities for the enhancement of the human resources of Texas, the nation, and the world through intellectual and personal growth.

The mission of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is to provide quality education to all qualified students in a supportive in-person and online educational environment; to promote excellence in teaching, research, and service; and to serve as a resource for the intellectual, social, economic, technological advancement, and healthcare of the diverse constituency in Texas and the region.

Catalog Requirements and Policy Approval

All curricular requirements, policies, and rules presented in this catalog must be documented as having gone through the appropriate policy-making/amending procedures as defined in the UT Permian Basin Handbook of Operating Procedures and the UT System Board of Regents’ Rules.

SACS Accreditation

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin operates in conjunction with the Rules and Regulation of the Board of The University of Texas System.

The University of Texas System
Board of Regents Officers

Paul L. Foster, Chairman
R. Steven “Steve” Hicks, Vice-Chairman
Jeffery D. Hildebrand, Vice-Chairman
Francie A. Frederick, General Counsel to the Board of Regents


Term Expire February 1, 2017*
Alex M. Cranberg Austin
Wallace L. Hall, Jr. Dallas
Brenda Pejovich Dallas
Terms Expire February 1, 2019*
Ernest Aliseda McAllen
Paul Foster El Paso
Jeffery Hildebrand Houston
Terms Expire February 1, 2021*
R. Steven “Steve” Hicks Austin
David J. Beck Houston
Sara Martinez Tucker Dallas
Student Regent with Term to Expire May 31, 2015*
Max Richards Austin

*The actual expiration date of the term depends on the date the successor is appointed, qualified, and takes the oath of office.

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Administrative Officers

W. David Watts President
Daniel Heimmermann Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Mark A. McGurk Vice President of Business Affairs
Teresa Sewell Senior Associate Vice President of Student Services and Academic Affairs
Juli Ratheal-Burnett Asst. Vice President for Graduate Studies & Research
Michael Zavada Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Bill Price Dean, College of Business and Engineering
Frank Hernandez Dean, College of Education

University Calendar

  Fall 2015 Fall 2016
Registration Begins April 1 April 1
Classes Begin Aug. 26 Aug. 24
Labor Day Holiday Sept. 7 Sept. 5
Last Day of Late Registration Sept. 3 Sept. 1
Last Day to Add a Course Sept. 4 Sept. 1
Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund Sept. 11 Sept. 9
Last Day to Drop without Creating an Academic Record Sept. 11 Sept. 9
Last Day to File for Graduation Oct. 16 Oct. 14
Last Day to Withdraw or Drop Oct. 30 Oct. 28
Last Day to Add Self-Paced Courses Nov. 20 Nov. 18
Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 25 Nov. 23
Last Regular Class Day Dec. 8 Dec. 6
Final Exams Dec. 10-15 Dec. 8-13
Semester Ends Dec. 16 Dec. 14
Commencement Dec. 19 Dec. 17


  Spring 2016 Spring 2017
Registration Begins Nov. 2 Nov. 1
Classes Begin Jan. 19 Jan. 17
Last Day of Late Registration Jan. 27 Jan. 25
Last Day to Add a Course Jan. 27 Jan. 25
Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund Feb. 3 Feb. 1
Last Day to Drop without Creating an Academic Record Feb. 3 Feb. 1
Last Day to File for Graduation Mar. 4 Mar. 3
SPRING BREAK (Tentative) Mar. 7-11 Mar. 13-17
Last Day to Withdraw or Drop Mar. 25 Mar. 24
Last Day to Add Self-Paced Courses Apr. 15 Apr. 14
Last Regular Class Day May 5 May 4
Final Exams May 9-12 May 8-11
Semester Ends May 13 May 12
Commencement May 14 May 13


  Maymester 2016 Maymester 2017
Registration and First Day of Class May 16 May 15
May Term Ends June 2 June 1


  Summer 2016 Summer 2017
Registration Nov. 2 Nov. 1
Classes Begin (Summer I and Whole Summer) June 6 June 5
Summer I Ends July 8 July 7
Classes Begin (Summer II) July 11 July 10
Classes End (Summer II and Whole Summer) Aug. 11 Aug. 10

Learning Resources/Learning Centers/Institutes

Information Resources Division

The Information Resources Division (IRD) provides computer, telephone, networking and videoconferencing support to the University community. Instructional facilities include the campus network, computer classrooms, multimedia classrooms, interactive video classrooms, computer laboratories and mobile multimedia equipment.

IRD also operates the University data communications network. This high-speed network interconnects buildings, offices, classrooms and laboratories to provide an integrated communication facility for the institution. The University network also connects users to the global Internet. The combination of wide-area and local-area network facilities provides high-speed Internet connections to every office, classroom and laboratory on campus. Both wired and wireless connectivity are available across the campus.

Computer classrooms provide for hands-on instruction using modern computer equipment and software. Multimedia classrooms provide modern multimedia presentation capabilities for faculty and students. Interactive video classrooms provide for real-time, fully interactive videoconferencing capabilities between the U. T. Permian Basin main campus and a wide variety of distant locations.

Information Resource Access Policy

The following policy will govern student access to state-owned information resources at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

  1. Only individuals showing enrollment in the current semester will be provided access to U. T. Permian Basin information resources. For the sake of this policy, enrollment in any summer term will constitute acceptable enrollment for the entire summer.
  2. If a student is involved in research with a faculty member, the student MUST enroll in a research course, and pay the appropriate tuition and fees in order to have access to U. T. Permian Basin information resources.
  3. Students who have received a grade of “incomplete” in a prior semester and who require access to U. T. Permian Basin information resources as a legitimate requirement for completing the course will be required to pay the established information resource fees currently in effect prior to being provided information resource access.

The J. Conrad Dunagan Library

With 66,000 square feet, seating capacity for 400 students, and 44 public workstations, two of which are available for students with disabilities, and 7 group study rooms and carrels which can be checked out to any enrolled University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) student, the J. Conrad Dunagan Library welcomes one and all. The library offers wireless accessibility. We also offer a large, diverse array of print, microform, media and electronic collections. Plus, due to a number of major consortia agreements with the University of Texas system, the library is able to provide access to a rich cluster of electronic journals (40,000+) and e-books (60,000+). The library has gone green, with digital scanning self-service now available.

There is a core print collection of over 700 of the most widely used academic journals, with another 4000 journals available full-text through on-line electronic databases. The library holds 220,000 bound volumes, with another 600,000 titles available on microforms. By means of the public access catalog, students can track more than 10 million titles available in libraries across the nation, many of these accessible through interlibrary loan. Cooperative agreements with other components of The University of Texas System and TexShare make locating and accessing materials a routine process. Library research workstations are available to facilitate access to electronic databases, commercial full-text materials and the Internet.

Other types of resources are available in Special Collections, particularly items relating to the history of the Permian Basin area and western region of the country. These materials include J. Frank Dobie, Dr. Viola Coleman, the papers of regional leaders John Ben Shepperd and J. Conrad Dunagan, manuscripts of important Texas writers, a Texana history collection, Spanish language materials, unique collections of regional photographs and the University Archives. UTPB is a Regional Historical Resource Depository.

The mission is the library strives to support and enhance diverse instructional and research needs by providing high quality, innovative information services and resources for students, faculty and staff. Our goals and objectives: 1) to guide and extend the scholarly activities of the University by preparing students and supplying faculty with the proper curricular and information needs; 2) to foster faculty, staff and administration with key library services that support academic freedom and integrity; 3) to support the community-at-large on a more limited basis; 4) to promote and enrich independent lifelong online and offline learning skills by providing full access to a wide range of information in a modern facility.

The vision is partnering to mediate an enlightened environment where the excitement of learning is the core, a prototype for the curriculum and the local Permian Basin online and offline community. A state-of-the-art, multipurpose facility that serves students, faculty, staff and the general public. That supports and anticipates the curriculum needs of students, faculty and staff. That creates an environment of lifelong learning beyond the “degree.” The J. Conrad Dunagan Library is not only forward thinking, but also reflects the past and present in literature, cultural values and diversity. We welcome one and all!

University Counseling and Psychological Services Center

The University Counseling and Psychological Services Center is located on the South Campus in the Founders building. Services are available at no charge to U. T. Permian Basin students. Counseling, consultation, psychological evaluations, and educational presentations (by request) are available for students and their families. Office hours are 8:30 – 5:30 weekdays. Evening times and/or weekends may be available by appointment. The Center is also a training site for advanced graduate students in psychology who are completing the apprenticeship requirement for their master’s degrees.

Center for Energy and Economic Diversification

The Center for Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED) encompasses The University of Texas of the Permian Basin research and extension programs targeted to strengthening the economic development of the region. CEED is housed in a special use facility which carries its name. It has become the focal point for economic development in West Texas. Programs housed in the CEED include the Economic Diversification Program, the Small Business Development Center and the Petroleum Industry Alliance.

Petroleum Industry Alliance

The Petroleum Industry Alliance (PIA) was formed in October 1992. The PIA has established its goals to be:

  • An effective catalyst for bringing new oil projects into the Permian Basin;
  • A respected research organization in its own right; and
  • An agent for education and training related to the oil industry

One of the most natural of roles that the PIA can play in the Permian Basin is that of an agent or facilitator in technology transfer to the oil and gas industry, especially to the independent sector of the industry. PIA is actively involved in these activities through its educational seminars, short courses and forums. It is also serving the technological needs of the industry through contacts with the Department of Energy, the National Labs and the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC). The Petroleum Industry Alliance is the one organization of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin directly serving the oil and gas industry.

REACH Distance Learning Program Center

The Regional Electronic Academic Communications Highway, or REACH Distance Learning Center, is responsible for coordination and deployment of quality distance education through the use of the most advanced and efficient learning technologies available. In a continuing effort to educate those who integrate technology into their teaching, REACH works with faculty to design, develop, deliver and support undergraduate and graduate courses for more flexible delivery to learners of UT of the Permian Basin. The Center’s services include training and support for face-to-face sessions, online learning, and blended models. REACH promotes distance education initiatives to exchange online courses and programs with other UT System component institutions through the UT Online Consortium. Course information is on the REACH Distance Learning Center homepage at

Admissions: To take online courses, follow the UTPB admission process starting with completing the application at

Online and E-Advisor is a service to facilitate the academic advising process for students. For more academic advising information see or contact

Course materials are available at the U.T. Permian Basin Bookstore online at,, or 1.800.381.5151 available between 7am and 6pm CST.

Computer Requirements: Online students must have access to a computer and a reliable Internet provider and/or use U.T. Permian Basin computer facilities. Off-campus access to web and web-enhanced courses requires, at least, a 56.6 KBPS modem, preferably a cable modem, DSL, or intranet (T-1) connection to the Internet. Note: Corporate or academic security firewalls may block some course content such as chat or streaming media. Accommodations for access can usually be arranged if you contact your network administrator, though local security policies ultimately dictate what is allowed. Some course materials require a computer with a CD/DVD drive, sound cards, and speakers. Campus facilities with appropriate facilities are available in the Mesa Building Computer Center, MB 2215.

More information regarding how to configure a computer’s Internet browser is available on

UTOC: The University of Texas Online Consortium (UTOC) links to various admissions and registrar offices throughout the U. T. System. Designated contacts at each campus and service support staff of the UT components are available to assist students. To see a full listing of courses and host universities for the online programs, please access the UTOC website at UTPB students may enroll in online courses offered at another UT campus through the Texas Information System (TIS) at

The Jan and Ted Roden Center for Entrepreneurship

The Jan and Ted Roden Center for Entrepreneurship was officially opened in the Fall of 2004 with private funding from Jan and Ted Roden to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of the students at U.T. Permian Basin. The Center serves as a focal point for all student-related activities in the area of entrepreneurship. Included within the Center are state-of-the-art multimedia and wireless computer capabilities as well as a library for student research in the areas of small business and entrepreneurship.

Mission: The Jan and Ted Roden Center for Entrepreneurship will serve as a vehicle for encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit in our students. First and foremost, the Center will strive to remind our students that self-venturing is a viable option as a career choice.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program was initiated at U. T. Permian Basin in 1986 and moved to the CEED facility in 1990. The SBDC and its business consultants work closely with potential and existing business owners to ensure that they are as fully prepared as possible to reach their goals and objectives and are available to assist clients with:

  • Business Plan development and improvement
  • Finding Sources and Preparing for Financing
  • Business Start-up/Expansion
  • Marketing Research and Planning
  • Financial Analysis
  • Ongoing Management Issues

The core objective for the SBDC program is to provide clients with consulting and training. This activity focuses on start-up, expansion and problem solving for small business owners in a sixteen county area. A variety of training seminars covering all aspects of business development is presented throughout the year. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) operates in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute

The John Ben Shepperd Leadership Forum began in 1984 with private funding and brought leadership training to young people of Texas through an Annual Forum as well as through high school forums throughout the state. To expand on the Forums’ vision, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute became part of U. T. Permian Basin in the fall of 1995 with funding from the 74th Session of the Texas Legislature.

Mission: The Mission of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute is to provide young Texans an education for and about leadership, ethics and public service.

John Ben Shepperd Programs

Academic Studies

The Institute supports the BA undergraduate program in the field of Leadership Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. A feature of the program is the opportunity for students to practice leadership skills through internships with established leaders in the community. In addition, the Institute sponsors scholarly research, publications and seminars on issues regarding leadership. It was instrumental in establishing a new graduate degree program leading to a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Leadership Studies at UTPB.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Each year on campus there is a series of distinguished lecturers invited to conduct intensive discussions on selected topics of leadership. This is a unique opportunity for the participants to exchange thoughts and ideas with some of the great leaders of the country. The program is open to the public and is available through video and interactive communication.

Specialized Seminars

The Institute holds a series of seminars concerning various aspects of leadership that can be utilized by business, community and school leaders. The seminars can also be specialized to fit the needs of a specific organization or group.

Student Forums

Throughout Texas, local organizations such as Jaycee Chapters, Chambers of Commerce, colleges and universities, and Electric Cooperatives such as LCRA and ONCOR sponsor student forums. The participants learn the basics of leadership, communication skills, and goal setting, exchange ideas with local leaders and develop a project to focus on local issues to continue their training and education. Some fifty student forums are held throughout Texas each year, reaching approximately 5,000 high school students.

Summer Teacher Institute

Each summer, the Institute sponsors a month long education program for current teachers. The accepted participants can earn six hours of graduate credit and are eligible for a scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, books, and lodging during the institute, with an option of returning for a second summer of graduate studies.

Annual Forum

The Annual Forum is designed to bring together the experience and wisdom of today’s established leaders with the energy and idealism of young emerging leaders to develop skills and ideas necessary to meet the challenges of future generations of Texans. In addition to those who have completed the nomination process, selected members of student forums are invited to attend. During this unique weekend conference, participants develop visions of leadership to encourage them to think specifically of application to issues in their communities.

Student Leadership Camp

Each summer, the Institute hosts an intensive weeklong leadership camp for up to thirty high school students on campus. The goal of the camp is to return students to their respective communities prepared to assume leadership roles at their schools and become involved in public service.

Awards and Recognition

The Institute annually recognizes outstanding Texans with the Outstanding Texas Leader and Outstanding Local Leader awards. Nominations come from the general public, business, academic and political entities. In addition, recognition is given to outstanding students who have met the award criteria.