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

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 2015 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
 MATH 2413
Calculus I
MATH 2413 

Life and Physical Sciences

UTPB Course Number TCCN
BIOL 1306
General Biology I
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1307
General Biology II
BIOL 1307
BIOL 1308
Biology for Non-Science Majors
BIOL 1308
CHEM 1311
General Chemistry I
CHEM 1311
CHEM 1312
General Chemistry II
CHEM 1312
GEOL 1301
Physical Geology
GEOL 1303
GEOL 1302
Historical Geology
GEOL 1304
PHYS 2325
University Physics I
PHYS 2325
PHYS 2326
University Physics II
PHYS 2326

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 2328
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
BIOL 1106
General Biology I Lab
BIOL 1106
BIOL 1107
General Biology II Lab
BIOL 1107
 BIOL 1108
Biology Non Science Majors Lab
BIOL 1108
 CHEM 1111
General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 1111
CHEM 1112
General Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 1112
CHEM 1311
General Chemistry I
CHEM 1311
CHEM 1312
General Chemistry II
CHEM 1312
COMM 1115
Communication Lab
 
COMM 1315
Intro to Public Speaking
SPCH 1315
DRAM 1310
Intro to Theatre Arts
DRAM 1310
ENGL 2322
British Lit to 1800
ENGL 2322
ENGL 2323
British Lit Since 1800
ENGL 2323
ENGL 2327
American Lit to1865
ENGL 2327
ENGL 2328
American Lit Since 1865
ENGL 2328
GEOL 1101
Physical Geology Lab
GEOL 1103
GEOL 1102
Historical Geology Lab
GEOL 1104
HIST 2322
World Civilizations Since 1500
HIST 2322
MUSI 2310
Jazz, Pop & Rock
MUSI 1310
PHYS 2125
University Physics I Lab
PHYS 2125
PHYS 2126
University Physics II Lab
PHYS 2126
PSYC 1301
Intro to Psychology
PSYC 2301
SOCI 1301
Intro to Sociology
SOCI 1301