Dec 03, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog


About The University

The University of Texas Permian Basin (UT 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. UT Permian Basin is focused on energy related education, including mechanical engineering with a concentration in nuclear engineering, energy marketing, energy accounting, energy finance and, petroleum engineering.  The Permian Basin is the heart of America’s energy production this is where students interested in energy can learn how to be successful.

UT Permian Basin’s Student Life is active with clubs, organizations and events. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) brings concerts and entertainers to the community. The Wagner Nöel Performing Arts Center opened in Fall 2011. The UT Permian Basin’s 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 Residence Dining Hall (RDH) provides quality food service, including meal tickets, for UT Permian Basin students. The 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 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 barbecue pit. UT Permian Basin 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.  In the Fall 2020, the D. Kirk Edwards Human Performance Center opened.  This facility combines academic, research and athletic training space to support the growing interest in health-related training and research.  The athletic wing serves as the hub for student-athletes with facilities that accommodates the thriving athletic program.

Individuals and businesses support the University through endowments, scholarships, and gifts. UT Permian Basin 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 (SBDC) 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

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 or any of its component institutions on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including, but not limited to, race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.  This policy applies to all University administrators, faculty, staff, students, visitors and applicants for employment or admission.

Mission Statement

As a regional, comprehensive institution, The University of Texas Permian Basin serves a diverse community of students from the region, the state, and beyond. Through excellence in student-centered teaching, learning, research, and public service, the University cultivates engaged citizens and impacts lives while advancing technology and the public interests of West Texas.

Approval Requirements and Policies

All curricular requirements, standards, and rules presented in the Undergraduate Catalog must be documented as having gone through the appropriate policy-making/amending and approval procedures as defined in the UT Permian Basin Handbook of Operating Procedures and the Academic Affairs Handbook.  New or amended courses, curricula, and academic policies and regulations concerning undergraduate education become effective and are incorporated into the Undergraduate Catalog upon review and approval by the respective academic departments and colleges (if applicable), the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Senate, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and, if required, the President, the UT System Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  The Undergraduate Catalog is maintained by the Office of the Registrar which ensures that the Catalog accurately represents the programs and services of the institution.

SACSCOC Accreditation

The University of Texas Permian Basin is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees.  Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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 Permian Basin. 

The University of Texas System Board of Regents

Kevin P. Eltife, Chairman
Janiece Longoria, Vice-Chairman
James C. “Rad” Weaver, Vice-Chairman
Francie A. Frederick, General Counsel to the Board of Regents

Members with terms set to expire February 2023

Chairman Kevin P. Eltife
Vice Chairman Janiece Longoria
Vice Chairman James C. “Rad” Weaver
Members with terms set to expire February 2025
Regent Christina Melton Crain
Regent Jodie Lee Jiles
Regent Kelcy L. Warren
Members with term set to expire February 2027
Chairman Kevin P. Eltife
Regent Nolan Perez, M.D.
Regent Stuart W. Stedman
Student Regent
Student Regent Neelesh Choudary Mutyala
Each Regent’s term expires when a successor has been appointed, qualified, and taken the oath of office. 



The University of Texas Permian Basin Administrative Officers

Sandra K. Woodley, President
Susan Ganter, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ceasario Valenzuela, Vice President for Business Affairs and CFO
Tatum Hubbard, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Communication
Wendell Snodgrass, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Bradley Shook, Vice President of Information Technology and Analytics, and Enterprise Applications Director
Paul Woolston, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Becky Spurlock, Vice President for Student Development and Leadership
Todd Dooley, Director of Athletics
Rajalingam Dakshinamurthy, Interim Dean College of Arts and Sciences
Steven Beach, Dean College of Business
Larry Daniel, Dean College of Education
George Nnanna, Dean College of Engineering
Donna Beuk, Dean College of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Learning Resources/Learning Centers/Institutes

Information Technology Services

The Information Technology Services (ITS) provides computer, telephone, networking, and videoconferencing support to UT Permian Basin. Instructional facilities include the campus network, computer classrooms, multimedia classrooms, interactive video classrooms, computer laboratories, and mobile multimedia equipment.

ITS 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 UT 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 UT Permian Basin.

  1. Only individuals showing enrollment in the current semester will be provided access to UT 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 UT 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.

University Counseling and Psychological Services Center

The Student Counseling Center is located in Mesa Building room 4162. 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 AM – 5:30 PM 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 UT 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 and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).



The FalconOnline 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, FalconOnline works with faculty to design, develop, deliver and support undergraduate and graduate courses for more flexible delivery to learners of UT Permian Basin. The Center’s services include training and support for face-to-face sessions, online learning, and blended models. The Center promotes distance education initiatives to exchange online courses and programs with other UT System component institutions through the UT Online Consortium.

Finish @ UT: The University of Texas Finish@UT program links to various admissions and registrar offices throughout the UT 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 Finish@UT website.

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 UT 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 UT 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 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.  The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute is a one small part of Shepperd’s legacy of encouraging public leadership and service from Texans of all ages and walks of life. 


J. Conrad Dunagan Library

The J. Conrad Dunagan Library is a modern working university library, providing a full range of high-quality services based on both print and electronic resources to university students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community, in pursuance of its vision of becoming the preferred destination for innovative knowledge and technology for the diverse university community and the public. The Library seeks to offer user -centered creative, efficient and effective services that develop information skills for lifelong learning citizens. The Library creates and implements strategic initiatives that enhance the utilization of library resources and offer all students and faculty, regardless of their location, the information resources they need in research, discovery, teaching, and presenting their findings.

The 66,000 square feet Library building with a seating capacity of 400 is open Monday through Sunday. It has collaborative learning spaces equipped with a smartboard, bean bag chairs, and whiteboards. Also available are study rooms and carrels which can be checked out to any enrolled UT Permian Basin student, 52 computing workstations, two of which are enhanced with additional software for students with disabilities and printing and scanning facilities. Additionally, there is a computer lab room equipped with 21 computers and overhead equipment from where library instruction sessions are held. The library also has laptops available for students use.  Laptops can be checked out from the circulation desk of the library. The library also offers Wi-Fi access and service enabling all registered students roam throughout the building and campus wide.

To easily locate books and articles, the library offers FalconFinder, a one-stop, comprehensive discovery tool to facilitate most research needs to a core print collection of more than 700 of the most widely used academic journals, with another 88,659 journals available full-text by means of on-line electronic databases, as well as 225,000 print volumes and more than 3,000,000 eBooks. Library computing workstations 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 the western region of the country. These materials include items by and about J. Frank Dobie, the papers of regional leaders John Ben Shepperd and J. Conrad Dunagan, manuscripts of significant Texas writers, a Texana history collection, unique collections of regional photographs, and the University Archives.

User needs drive the development and provision of services. Library services range from the routine loan of books and related materials to searching of remote electronic databases, and related document delivery. The Library conducts regular library instruction in person class sessions, online class sessions workshops and online research tutorials for students to optimize usage of the library resources. Librarians are continually online to answer questions and inquiries through a virtual FalconChat service. They can also be reached via email, on phone and in person at the library.

The library offers Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services which extend options for getting items not owned by the Library. Materials requested through this service come from a network of university libraries, community colleges and public libraries. The library accesses books, films and articles for students and faculty via this shared network.