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CORE CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS ENTERING UT PERMIAN BASIN BEGINNING IN FALL 2014-2015

Students Entering UT Permian Basin Prior to Fall 2014-15
See the University Catalog for the Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is designed to give students knowledge and intellectual skills that form the basic foundation for the undergraduate curriculum.  While work in the major gives an in-depth understanding of a subject area, the core curriculum provides the breadth of knowledge needed to understand how a variety of disciplines approach complex issues and the skills necessary for a  broadly educated person in the 21st century.  The general education core is a major curricular component that every baccalaureate graduate of the University is required to complete. 

The 42 semester credit hour UT Permian Basin general education core described here conforms to the requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  The purpose of the Texas core curriculum is that “through the Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world; develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world; and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.” (Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, “Revising the State Core Curriculum: A focus on 21st century competencies.” April 2011)

The core curriculum is a university-wide commitment of the faculty across all disciplines and colleges.  Faculty from across the university teach core courses, and are responsible for assisting students to attain the objectives associated with those courses.  The objectives of the core curriculum in Texas are that students will develop and demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking Skills including creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information;
  • Communication Skills including effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication;
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills including the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions;
  • Teamwork including the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal;
  • Personal Responsibility including the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making; and
  • Social Responsibility to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

The table shows the core curriculum for students who enter UT Permian Basin for the Fall Semester 2014 and beyond.  It includes the component area of each core course along with the UT Permian Basin course number and the Texas Common Course Number (TCCN).

Students should consult with an adviser in the Advising Center or their faculty advisor before choosing core curriculum courses or refer to degree requirements in their major. 

Communication

UTPB Course Number TCCN
ENGL 1301
Composition I
ENGL 1301
ENGL 1302
Composition II
ENGL 1302

Mathematics

UTPB Course Number TCCN
MATH 1314
College Algebra
MATH 1314
MATH 1324
Applications of Discrete Mathematics
MATH 1324
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics
MATH 1332
MATH 2412
Precalculus
MATH 2412

Life and Physical Sciences

UTPB Course Number TCCN
BIOL 1306 / BIOL 1106
General Biology I and Lab
BIOL 1306 / BIOL 1106
BIOL 1307 / BIOL 1107
General Biology II and Lab
BIOL 1307 / BIOL 1107
BIOL 1308 /BIOL 1108
Biology for Non-Science Majors
BIOL 1308 / BIOL 1108
CHEM 1311 / CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I  and Lab
CHEM 1311 / CHEM 1111
CHEM 1312 / CHEM 1112
General Chemistry II and Lab
CHEM 1312 / CHEM 1112
GEOL 1301 / GEOL 1101
Physical Geology and Lab
GEOL 1303 / 1103
GEOL 1302 / GEOL 1102
Historical Geology and Lab
GEOL 1304 / GEOL 1104
PHYS 2325 / PHYS 2125
University Physics I and Lab
PHYS 2325 / 2125
PHYS 2326 / PHYS 2126
University Physics II and Lab
PHYS 2326 / PHYS 2126

Language, Philosophy and Culture

UTPB Course Number TCCN
COMM 1301
Intro to the Study of Communication
 
ENGL 2322
British Literature to 1800
ENGL 2322
ENGL 2323
British Literature Since 1800
ENGL 2323
ENGL 2327
American Literature to 1865
ENGL 2327
ENGL 2327
American Literature Since 1865
ENGL 2328
UNIV 1301
Honors Freshman Seminar I
 

Creative Arts

UTPB Course Number TCCN
ARTS 1301
Art Appreciation
ARTS 1301
DRAM 1310
Introduction to Theatre Arts
DRAM 1310
MUSI 1306
Music Appreciation
MUSI 1306
MUSI 2310
Jazz, Pop, & Rock
MUSI 1310
UNIV 1302
Honors Freshman Seminar II
 

American History

UTPB Course Number TCCN
HIST 1301
History of the US to 1877
HIST 1301
HIST 1302
History of the US Since 1877
HIST 1302

Government/Political Science

UTPB Course Number TCCN
PLSC 2305
American National Politics
GOVT 2305
PLSC 2306
State and Local Politics
GOVT 2306
UNIV 2301
Honors Sophomore Seminar I
 

Social and Behavioral Sciences

UTPB Course Number TCCN
ECON 2301
Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2301
LEAD 1301
Introduction to Leadership Studies
 
PSYC 1301
Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 2301
SOCI 1301
Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 1301

Institutional Option

Includes all one hour laboratories associated with courses in the Life and Physical Sciences and one math credit for students taking a 4 credit hour math course

UTPB Course Number TCCN
COMM 1115
Communication Lab
 
COMM 1315
Intro to Public Speaking
SPCH 1315