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2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University

Welcome Students

Welcome to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin!

As your new President, I am personally dedicated to your success.  It will be my top priority to ensure the best experience possible while you earn a high quality degree at UTPB. I am honored and humbled that you chose us and we will do everything possible to serve you.

We are excited about all that we have to offer at UTPB.  You can choose from 36 high quality undergraduate programs and 19 graduate programs which are supported by a team of Faculty who are dedicated to your success.  You can get involved in athletics with our 16 intercollegiate athletics programs, including our new Football team and the Lonestar conference champion basketball team.  You can engage in over 43 student organizations with a diverse set of interests and options.

As a component of the University of Texas System, UT Permian Basin is a university with global impact, offering excellent faculty, first class facilities and a passion for education.  During your UTPB college experience, you will meet new friends and gain valuable life skills as you start your educational journey. Your energy and creativity will be matched and enhanced by that of our faculty and staff. Whether you aspire to a career in engineering, the medical profession, teaching or a general liberal arts degree, UTPB is the place for you.

Thank you for choosing UT Permian Basin. I hope your year ahead is both challenging and successful.




Sandra Woodley

The University

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, a component of The University of Texas System, is a general academic teaching institution. In 2015, the University celebrated its forty years of operation. The University was authorized by the 61st Legislature in 1969 as an upper-level campus to offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. The University received authority to add freshman and sophomore classes in May 1991.

Today, the University has approximately 6,000 students in the programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The campus has the latest in teaching technologies in its classrooms, as well as modern research facilities. The campus enjoys several new student housing complexes, Visual Arts Studios, Library/Lecture Center, and student union facilities. The University also offers classes throughout the Permian Basin and beyond through the Regional Electronic Academic Communications Highway (REACH), which connects the University with area community colleges and schools.

The University is located in the heart of the Permian Basin, one of the richest mineral producing regions of the world. Its twin city locus places it in the commercial and financial center of the region, which encompasses 370,000 people. The Permian Basin is a diverse community of many cultures and peoples. It has a dynamic growing economy anchored in oil and gas production, retail and wholesale trade and technology. The University offers students an excellent environment for learning and personal growth.

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.

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 or any of its institutions on the basis of race, color, national orgin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.

SACS Accreditation

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



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



Terms Expire February, 2021
R. Steven Hicks Vice Chairman
David J. Beck Regent
Sara Martinez Tucker Regent
Terms Expire February, 2019
Paul L. Foster Chairman
Jeffery D. Hildebrand Vice Chairman
Ernest Alisada Regent
Terms Expire February, 2017
Alex M. Cranberg Regent
Wallace L. Hall, Jr. Regent
Brenda Pejovich Regent
Student Regent Term Expires May 31, 2016
Justin A. Drake Student Regent

Administrative Officers

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

W. David Watts President
Daniel Heimmermann Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mark McGurk Vice President for Business Affairs
Teresa Sewell Vice President for Student Services
Juli D’Ann Ratheal-Burnett Dean of Graduate Studies and Assistant Vice President of Research
Michael Zavada Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  Dean, College of Education
Bill Price Dean, School of Business

University Calendar

Summer 2016

Event Date
Classes begin June 6, 2016
Last day to add a course June 9
Last day to drop* a course without creating an academic record June 23
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** July 16
Final Examinations August 11
Commencement August 12

Summer 2016 - Maymester

Event Date
Classes begin May 16
Last day to add a course May 17
Last day to drop* a course without creating an academic record May 17
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** May 26
Semester Ends June 2

Summer 2016 - 1st 8 Week Session

Event Date
Classes begin May 9
Last day to add a course May 12
Last day to drop* a course without creating an academic record May 16
Last day to drop* or withdraw** from this session June 10
Last day of classes or final exam day July 1

Summer 2016 - 2nd 8 Week Session

Event Date
Classes begin July 5
Last day to add a course July 8
Last day to drop* a course without creating an academic record July 12
Last day to drop* or withdraw** from this session August 5
Last day of classes or final exam day August 26

Summer 2016 - Summer I

Event Date
Classes begin June 6
Last day to add a course June 9
Last day to drop* a course without creating an academic record June 9
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** June 24
Semester Ends July 7

Summer 2016 - Summer II

Event Date
Classes begin July 11
Last day to add a course July 14
Last day to drop* a course without creating an academic record July 14
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** July 29
Semester Ends August 11

Fall 2016

Event Date
Classes begin August 24
Last day to add a course September 1
Last day to drop a course without creating an academic record September 9
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** October 28
Last regular Class Day December 6
Final Examinations December 8 - 13
Semester Ends December 14
Commencement December 17

Spring 2017

Event Date
Classes begin January 17, 2017
Last day to add a course January 25
Last day to drop a course without creating an academic record February 1
Spring Break March 13-17
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** March 31
Last regular Class Day May 4
Final Examinations May 8-11
Semester Ends May 12
Commencement May 13

Tentative Dates
Whole Summer 2017

Event Date
Classes begin June 5
Last day to add a course June 8
Last day to drop a course without creating an academic record June 22
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** July 14
Final Examinations August 10
Commencement August 11

Fall 2017

Event Date
Classes begin August 23
Last day to add a course August 32
Last day to drop a course without creating an academic record September 8
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** November 1
Last regular Class Day December 5
Final Examinations December 6-12
Semester Ends December 13
Commencement December 16

Spring 2018

Event Date
Classes begin January 16, 2018
Last day to add a course January 24
Last day to drop a course without creating an academic record January 31
Spring Break March 12-16
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** March 28
Last regular Class Day May 3
Final Examinations May 7-10
Semester Ends May 11
Commencement May 12

Whole Summer 2018

Event Date
Classes begin June 4
Last day to add a course June 7
Last day to drop a course without creating an academic record June 21
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** July 13
Final Examinations August 9
Commencement August 10

Fall 2018

Event Date
Classes begin August 22
Last day to add a course August 30
Last day to drop a course without creating an academic record September 7
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** October 31
Last regular Class Day December 4
Final Examinations December 5-11
Semester Ends December 12
Commencement December 15

NOTE: A DROP is defined as dropping one or more courses while remaining enrolled in other courses. WITHDRAWING is defined as dropping ALL courses. Dropping and withdrawing have two different refund schedules. See the drop/withdrawal refund schedule for complete details.

Learning Resources

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.

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 real-time, fully interactive videoconferencing capabilities between the U.T. Permian Basin main campus and a wide variety of distant locations.

Information Resources 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 requires 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

The J. Conrad Dunagan Library is a blend of traditional resources and new technology, pursuing a vision of becoming the learning nexus for the university community by promoting information literacy, offering innovative services and fostering lifelong learning behaviors. Ongoing workshops, classes and individual instruction promote command of the information technology skills needed to compete successfully in this century.

There is a core print collection of nearly 700 academic journals, more significantly the library provides access to more than 43,000 electronic journals. Access to these electronic materials is provided through consortial arrangements with the UT-System Digital Libraries Program, LEIAN, AMIGOS and other national and regional library consortia. The library holds 220,000 bound volumes, as well as significant microform collections. Cooperative agreements with the major national bibliographic utility (OCLC) supports interlibrary loan, which provides access to many books and journal articles not otherwise available to our students. By using the TexShare ILL Courier Services, a support program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Dunagan Library provides prompt and thorough ILL support. Also available is the TexShare Card program, which is a reciprocal borrowing program. It is designed to allow the registered users of participating institutions to directly borrow materials from the libraries of other participating institutions. To receive a TexShare card, the student must have a valid UTPB ID and fill out a short form at the Library Services Desk; there is also a programmatic one day waiting period before card issuance.

Other types of resources are available in Special Collections, particularly relating to the history of the Permian Basin and the western regions of Texas. These materials include materials by and about J. Frank Dobie; the papers of regional leaders John Ben Shepperd and J. Conrad Dunagan; manuscripts of important Texas writers; a Texas history collection, and a unique collection of regional photographs. UTPB is a Regional Historic Resource Depository.

The University Math and Science Center

The University Math & Science Center (UMSC) is dedicated to assisting students in improving individual academic performance and retention by offering a supportive environment for developing intellectually. The UMSC provides flexible support, group and individualized instructional services, and technical materials to enhance students’ knowledge and skills, test performance, and course retention for most math courses and general science courses.

The Success Center

The Success Center is the university’s initiative geared towards providing a location where academic resources such as tutoring, AVID, supplemental instruction and mentoring can be centrally located. This one-stop shop approach to student success is fostered by an intensely focused team of coordinators and student support staff. Housed in the Success Center are tutors that focus on all levels of math, science, writing, reading, statistics, history and more. In addition to in-person tutoring, the Virtual Success Center and Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides electronic tutoring assistance to students who want to further attain assistance but cannot make it to campus. Please contact the Success Center for additional information

Publication & Special Projects

To enhance teaching and learning, Publications and Special Projects provides a wide spectrum of teaching assistance including the layout and design of instructional materials such as transparencies, book covers, charts, paper presentations and illustrations. In addition to faculty support, PSP assists in special events projects through graphic design, photography and the coordination of university print requirements.

REACH Distance Learning Program Center

The Regional Electronic Academic Communications Highway, or REACH for West Texas, 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 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 UT Online Consortium. Course information is on the REACH Distance Learning Program Center homepage at http://www.utpb.edu/online/reach 

The University of Texas Consortium (UTOC)

Every semester, thousands of students choose online learning with UT institutions as an option to expand their educational opportunities. The majority of the programs offered by UT institutions can be completed entirely online. Any exceptions will be noted on the program information pages. Some programs lead to a degree, endorsement or certificate conferred by the participating institution, while others are a grouping of courses. Online courses follow a semester-based schedule.

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. UTPB students may enroll in online courses offered at another UT campus through the Texas Information System (TIS) at https://tis.telecampus.utsystem.edu/. To see a full listing of courses and host universities for the UTTC programs, please access the UTOC website at:


All UT institutions are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In some programs, discipline-specific accreditation also exists and is listed.

Undergraduate Program http://www.utcoursesonline.org/programs/undergraduate.html
Graduate Program http://www.utcoursesonline.org/programs/graduate.html
Non-Program Courses http://www.utcoursesonline.org/programs/nonprogramcourses.html

Tuition and Fees for distance education courses: To defray costs associated with providing materials, services and instructional support for Distance Education courses, a $55 per credit hour fee will be added to the basic tuition rate.

University Facilities

The property, buildings, or facilities owned or controlled by the University are not open for assembly, speech, or other activities as are the public streets, sidewalks, and parks. The responsibility of the Board of Regents and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to operate and maintain an effective and efficient system of institutions of higher education requires that the time, place and manner of assembly, speech, and other activities on the grounds and in the buildings and facilities of the University be regulated. No person, organization, group, association, or corporation may use property or buildings owned or controlled by the University for any purpose other than in the course of the regular programs or activities related to the role and mission of the University.

Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the campus community and their guests and visitors during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, and for limited hours on the weekends (this excludes most holidays). Students have access to the buildings during scheduled class sessions including laboratory, library study, and research periods. After normal business hours, including weekends and holidays, all campus buildings are considered closed and secured. Persons needing entry must sign in at the Mesa Building Information Center or utilize “late door entry” procedures. Late doors are equipped with electronic locks and closed circuit television cameras. This electronic access control system can allow access to those authorized entry and assigned a code for the system. Exterior building doors on campus are equipped with electronic alarm, which annunciate at the alarm monitoring company during prohibited hours. A member of the U.T.P.B. Police Department responds to each alarm.

Parking permits are required to park on campus. The parking spaces in all lots are restricted as marked or posted. All underground parking is reserved. Only Student Housing residents are allowed to park at Student Housing. Parking permits are typically purchased during registration and are valid from September through the following August. The permits are marked with a expiration sticker. Permits can be obtained at the Police Department Information Center, located in the Mesa Building Lobby, throughout the school year and are prorated as necessary.

In compliance with the Texas Education Code 51.207, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin has procedures for enforcing State of Texas vehicle inspection laws for vehicles parking or driving on the University campus.

In compliance with the Texas Transportation Code 681.008, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin allows disabled veterans to park with a free University permit in a disabled parking space for an unlimited period of time.

University Centers and Institutes

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 at strengthening the economic development of the region. CEED is housed in a special use facility, which carries its name and which has become the focal point for economic development in West Texas. Programs housed in CEED include the Small Business Development Center, the Petroleum Industry Alliance, and the Engineering Department.

University Psychological Services and Counseling Center

The University Psychological Services and Counseling Center is located in the Founders building on the South Campus. Psychological evaluation, psychoeducation, individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, career counseling, and consultation are available at no charge to UT Permian Basin students, employees and their immediate family members. The Center is staffed by licensed professionals and graduate students in psychology under licensed supervision.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments may also be arranged.  A 24/7 answering service is available to provide support and counseling to students at any time..

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.

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 individual cubicles for a creative learning environment, double computer screens, wireless capabilities, collectively with well equip 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 and surrounding community. Primarily, 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 goals of the SBDC program are to:

  • Provide free, in-depth, quality assistance to small start-up and existing businesses in business plan development and improvement, finding sources and preparing for financing, marketing research and planning, financial analysis, and ongoing management issues.
  • Help economic growth of the communities served and create a broad-based delivery system;
  • Serve as a liaison, linking resources of federal, state and local governments, colleges, universities and the private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community; and
  • Develop and expand unique resources of the educational system, the private sector and state and local governments to provide services to the small business community not available elsewhere.

The core objective for the SBDC program is focused on client counseling research and training. This activity focuses on start-up, expansion and problem solving for small businesses in the sixteen county area. The SBDC program can maximize the usefulness of all available resources.

John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute

The John Ben Shepperd Leadership Forum began in 1985 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. JBS also supports the graduate degree program leading to a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Leadership Studies at UTPB.

Student Forums – The Shepperd Edge

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 2,000 to 5,000 high school students.

JBS Crisis Leadership and Learning Center

Note: this is a new JBS initiative – estimated operational date is 4th quarter, 2016 or 1st quarter 2017. The JBS CLLC will feature 4-hour, crisis-oriented, computer-assisted simulations. Participants will learn what it takes to make large-scale, impactful decisions under duress with very little time available. Participants assume roles of national and/or state leaders as they collaborate to solve large-scale crises. Examples of such roles would be the President of the United States, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, National Security Advisor, White House Chief of Staff, and others. The CLLC represents a bold initiative in 21st Century leadership – the ability to make swift and supportable decisions by working together, being agile and responsive to changing and multiple and somewhat parallel flows of information. In addition to Presidential-level crisis leadership case studies, the JBS crisis center will be multipurpose, offering state, county, and city-level crisis and emergency management scenarios. The JBS center will be able, for example, to partner with banks and financial institutions that wish to deliver financial training to K-12 schools and districts wishing to apply for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) credits.

Archer Center Internships

The Institute can recommend two (2) UTPB Juniors or Seniors each year to be considered for a Washington D.C.-based internship at the highest levels of government. JBS has scholarship funds allocated for this purpose. Interns spend a semester working at various Washington departments such as the White House, Department of State, Department of Defense, or any of the other agencies to include the U.S. Supreme Court as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).

Texas Leadership Forum (TLF)

The annual TLF 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 2-day conference, participants develop visions of leadership to encourage them to think specifically of application to issues in their communities. JBS also holds its annual awards banquet at the TLF, recognizing the Outstanding Texas Leader, Outstanding Local Leader, Shepperd Pathfinder, and Shepperd Trailblazer.

Distinguished Lecture Series

At least twice a year at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center (WNPAC), JBS offers distinguished lectures. These lectures feature intensive discussions on selected topics of leadership or other topics of national importance..  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 free and open to the public.

Leadership Roundups

Each year on campus there are one or more panel discussions designed to illuminate selected topics of leadership.  This is a unique opportunity for the participants to exchange thoughts and ideas with community and state leaders.  The program is free and open to the public.

Other Specialized Events and Services

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

The UTPB Ingenuity Center

The mission of the UTPB Ingenuity Center is to increase the number of students who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) by offering support to districts, teachers and students across West Texas.

There are four key components to this mission:

  1. Work with area schools to prepare students who are college- and workforce-ready.
  2. Support STEAM teachers and their students in the pursuit of career and educational goals.
  3. Continuously improve the quality of the current STEAM teaching force.
  4. Increase the number and improve the STEAM preparation of teachers “in the pipeline”.