Feb 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate 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

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.

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.

Graduate Studies Catalog Approval Requirements and Policies

All curricular requirements, standards, and rules presented in the Graduate Studies 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 graduate education become effective and are incorporated into the Graduate Studies Catalog upon review and approval by the respective academic departments and colleges (if applicable), the Graduate Council, the Dean of Graduate Studies, 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 Graduate Studies Catalog is maintained by the Office of the Graduate Studies which ensures that the catalog accurately represents the programs and services of the institution.


Graduate Studies Catalog Format, Availability, and Archiving

The Graduate Studies Catalog is published every year in a digital format.  Once the new catalog is published online, the previous catalog is archived and can be accessed via the Office of Graduate Studies’ page.  Archived catalogs from 1999 to the most recent archived year can be accessed at https://www.utpb.edu/academics/registration/office-of-the-registrar/catalog-archive. Students who need information from a past graduate catalog that is not found online should contact Graduate Studies gradstudies@utpb.edu or 432-552-2530. 

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 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



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 2021

Regent David J. Beck

Regent R. Steven Hicks

Regent Nolan Perez


Members with terms set to expire Feburary 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


Student Regent

Patrick O. Ojeaga, II


Each Regent’s term expires when a successor has been appointed, qualified, and taken the oath of office. 

Administrative Officers

The University of Texas Permian Basin

Sandra K. Woodley President
Daniel Heimmermann Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Cesario Valenzuela Vice President for Business Affairs
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
PJ Woolston Vice President for Enrollment Management
Becky Spurlock Vice President for Student Services
Scott Farmer Director of Athletics
Raj Dakshinamurthy Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
Scott McKay Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Larry Daniel Dean, College of Education
Steve Beach Dean, College of Business
George Nnanna Dean, College of Engineering 

University Calendar

Fall 2020 Whole Semester First Session Second Session
Registration Opens 4/1 4/1 4/1
Tuition and Fees Due 8/21 8/21 10/16
Classes Begin 8/24 8/24 10/19
Labor Day Holiday 9/7    
First Day of Late Registration 8/24 8/24 10/19
Last Day to Add a Class 9/1 8/26 10/21
Last Day to Drop with a Refund 9/9 8/31 10/26
Last Day to Drop without Creating a Record 9/9 8/31 10/26
Last Day to File for Graduation 10/2    
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw 10/30 9/25 11/20
Thanksgiving Holiday 11/25 to 11/27    
Last Regular Class Day 12/3 10/16 12/11
Reading Day 12/4    
Final Exams 12/7 to 12/10 10/16 12/11
Semester Ends 12/11 10/16 12/11
Commencement 12/12    
Final Grades Due 12/14 10/19 12/14
Spring 2021 Whole Semester First Session Second Session
Registration Opens 11/2 11/2 11/2
Tuition and Fees Due 1/8 1/8 3/12
Classes Begin 1/11 1/11 3/15
First Day of Late Registration 1/11 1/11 3/15
Martin Luther King Holiday 1/18    
Last Day to Add a Class 1/20 1/13 1/17
Last Day to Drop with a Refund 1/27 1/19 3/22
Last Day to Drop without Creating a Record 1/27 1/19 3/22
Last Day to File for Graduation 3/5    
Spring Break 3/8 to 3/12    
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw 3/26 2/12 4/16
Last Regular Class Day 4/29 3/5 4/30
Reading Day 4/30    
Final Exams 5/3 to 5/6 3/5 5/6
Semester Ends 5/7 3/5 5/6
Commencement 5/8    
Final Grades Due 5/10 3/15 5/10
Summer 2021 Whole Semester First Session Second Session
Registration Opens 11/2 11/2 11/2
Tuition and Fees Due 5/28 5/7 6/25
Classes Begin 6/1 5/10 6/28
First Day of Late Registration 6/1 5/10 6/28
Last Day to Add a Class 6/3 5/12 6/30
Last Day to Drop with a Refund 6/21 5/17 7/6
Last Day to Drop without Creating a Record 6/21 5/17 7/6
Memorial Day Holiday 5/31    
Last Day to File for Graduation 7/2    
Fourth of July Holiday 7/4    
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw 7/9 6/4 7/23
Last Regular Class Day 8/5 6/25 8/12
Final Exams 8/5 6/25 8/12
Semester Ends 8/5 6/25 8/12
Commencement 8/13    
Final Grades Due 8/16 7/2 8/16

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 offering innovative services and fostering lifelong learning behaviors.  The Library is a 66,000 square foot, two story full feature facility opened in January 2001 in its current location. At full capacity, it has seating for 400 students. There are 54 computing workstations and two enhanced workstations available for students with disabilities. A classroom of 20 Macintosh computers is available to students on a part-time schedule. Class sessions and individual instruction promote command of the information seeking skills needed to successfully complete assignments and graduate.

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 4000 journals available full-text by means of on-line electronic databases.  As well as to 240,000 print volumes and nearly 200,000 eBooks.  Library computing workstations are available to facilitate access to electronic databases, commercial full-text materials and the Internet.  In addition the library checks out laptops to students. 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 materials 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. http://library.utpb.edu/

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 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 www.utpb.edu/online/reach

Admissions: To take online courses, follow the UTPB admission process starting with completing the application at www.utpb.edu/admissions/apply-now/

Online and E-Advisor is a service to facilitate the academic advising process for students. For more academic advising information see www.utpb.edu/academics/undergraduate-success/academic-advising-center or contact OnlineAdvising@utpb.edu

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

Computer Requirements: Current operating and system requirements for online courses can be found at http://www.utpb.edu/online/reach/technical-requirements Classroom courses may require additional softward that is available at the book store for purchase or, in some cases, may be accessed in the UTPB campus computer labs.

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 www.utcoursesonline.org UTPB students may enroll in online courses offered at another UT campus through the Texas Information System (TIS) at tis.telecampus.utsystem.edu

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 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.

University Psychological Services and Counseling 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.

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 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 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. 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.

JBS Crisis Leadership and Learning Center

The JBS Crisis Leadership and Learning Center (CLLC) is an interactive, technology-intensive classroom designed to teach leadership and other related topics through the use of simulations. Currently under construction, it will be operational for the Fall 2017 semester. A group of ten to twenty participants, initially present in the CLLC but eventually networked in from any of the four corners of Texas through the use of remote access technology, will be assigned roles in a simulation of historical or present day events, then bombarded with information and forced to make decisions under pressure to deal with the crisis being simulated. Through this process, participants will be taught the value of leadership, what leadership looks like under pressure, and their own potential as leaders. Depending on the simulation, the participants may also learn important lessons related to other topics, including emergency management, criminal justice, financial literacy, etc.