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2015 - 2017 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physical Sciences


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Chemistry Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry & Nuclear Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy & Chemical Education

Kyle A. Beran, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
BS Angelo State University (1989); Ph.D. University of Kansas (1994).

Administered by the Department of Physical Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Chemistry is a central science that provides a basic understanding needed to deal with many of society’s needs. It is a critical field for man’s attempt to feed and clothe the world population, to tap new sources of energy, to improve health, and to protect our environment. All life processes are manifestations of chemical change. Understanding chemical reactivity is necessary for our understanding of life and the world around us. Modern chemical instrumental techniques furnish a crucial dimension. They account for the recent acceleration of progress that now promises especially high return from the investment of additional resources in the field of chemistry. The chemical industry of the U.S. employs over a million people. There is no basic science that offers greater security for investment in the future than chemistry.

The Chemistry program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree at U. T. Permian Basin follows the guidelines of the American Chemical Society for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. This degree is appropriate for a student who wishes to pursue a professional career in any field of chemistry. The B.S. in Chemistry (Biochemistry Track) is designed for students pursuing a career in a health profession and who desire a strong background in this central science as preparation for medical, dental, veterinary and pharmacy schools, as well as teaching. The B.S. in Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry Track) is designed for students pursuing a career related to the environment. The B.S. in Chemistry (Nuclear Chemistry Track) is designed for students interested in employment in the nuclear energy industry. Pre-Pharmacy and Chemical Education tracks are also presented.

Environmental Science

The ENSC minor is administered by the Department of Physical Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences. Consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office for additional information.

Environmental Science issues and careers require scientists who are: educated in more than one discipline, technically skilled, and aware of the political and social aspects of environmental problems. An understanding of both basic science and applied science is important for this dynamic area of study. Therefore, the minor requires strong foundations of supporting science courses in biology, chemistry, and geology. These courses provide students with the needed breadth and depth of knowledge to understand and address both natural resources and the complex environmental problems facing modern society.

The minor in Environmental Science at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin is designed for students who expect to work professionally in environmental science related job. It provides an understanding of both basic science and applied science. Specific coursework includes a variety of topics ranging from ecology, to geographic information systems and environmental law, while obtaining the critical hands-on experience of statistical sampling and instrumental analysis skills in courses such as analytical chemistry.

Students in the program are also strongly encouraged to join the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) which provides opportunities for professional growth and interactions with professionals in the field.

Geography

Administered by the Department of Physical Sciences with in the College of Arts and Sciences. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin offers a minor in Geography. Students majoring in other fields will find Geography a strong support minor. Geography is useful in a broad range of employment fields including urban and rural planning, environmental planning, and transportation. Geography is a particularly useful field for students seeking teacher certification.

Geology

Administered by the Department of Physical Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Geology prepares students for entry-level positions in Earth-Science-related professions especially in the petroleum and mining industries, environmental geology, graduate school, and teaching. The Geology curriculum provides students with an excellent theoretical and practical background, but is not so narrowly focused as to limit opportunities in a rapidly changing market place. Because rocks belonging to almost all geologic systems do not crop out in the Permian Basin, field studies serve as a capstone experience of the curriculum and thus are a very important curricular component.

Students who are unable to take the capstone Summer Field Geology Course can complete their degree by taking two additional upper level courses in Geology, but must be aware of the consequences of this alternative. Students making this two courses election understand that their future employment opportunities after graduation will be strongly limited because government positions or graduate studies require the Summer Field Geology Course.

The Geology program features three basic degree plans: a General Geology Pre-Professional Plan, a Petroleum Geology Plan, and a Paleontology Plan.

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