May 27, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


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Texas Tech offers nearly 5,000 courses as part of its curriculum. These courses are listed alphabetically by subject prefix within each college and departmental section of this catalog. The courses appear in numerical order, moving from beginning freshman or developmental level courses to graduate, research, and professional courses.

Not all courses listed in this catalog are offered every year. An online class schedule published before each registration period indicates courses that will be available during the upcoming term or semester and when each class will meet. The class schedule can be found at (www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/class_schedule/index.php). The university reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course or withdraw any program from the list of offerings when the best interests of the institution require such action.

Courses are designated by a subject prefix and number along with a descriptive title. Learn more  about interpreting the course descriptions found throughout the catalog.

 

ANSC - Animal Science (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • ANSC 4301 - Equine-Assisted Mental Health

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to therapeutic intervention using horses to address behavioral, relational, and emotional issues for clients. S.
  
  • ANSC 4303 - Dog Training Practicum

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3314 . In this hands-on practicum, students will assist in developing and teaching community dog training classes. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ANSC 4305 - Therapeutic Riding

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Skills and theories of therapeutic riding, including lesson plan development, knowledge of disabilities, and groundwork for instructor certification. F.
  
  • ANSC 4306 - Equine Feeding and Exercise Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 2305  or consent of instructor. Students will investigate exercise physiology concepts and nutritional requirements related to the feeding and care of horses.
  
  • ANSC 4307 - Sensory Analysis of Foods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: MATH 2300  or AAEC 2401 . Analytical, affective, and statistical methods for assessing the sensory properties of foods and beverages. [ANSC 5317 ]
  
  • ANSC 4400 - Meat Science and Muscle Biology

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3403  or consent of instructor. Study of meat components, their development, and their effect on meat characteristics and processing properties. Emphasis on industry issues. F.
  
  • ANSC 4401 - Swine Production

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3301 . Understanding pig biology, management of the pig’s environment and genetics to maximize profits. Include genetics, nutrition, reproduction, housing, herd health, and management practices. Laboratory and field trips. (CL) F.
  
  • ANSC 4402 - Horse Production

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    An advanced study of equine anatomy, reproductive physiology, nutrition, disease, and management. (CL) S.
  
  • ANSC 4403 - Beef Production

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3301 . The breeding, feeding, and managing of beef herds for profitable production of slaughter cattle. Emphasis on commercial cow-calf herds. Field trips to ranches. (CL) S.
  
  • ANSC 4404 - Processed and Cured Meat Science

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to manufactured meat products and muscle ingredients, processing technologies, storage conditions, and stability of cured muscle foods. S.
  
  • ANSC 4405 - Beef Cattle Stocker and Feedlot Management

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3301 . Stocker and feedlot cattle production with focus on management, procurement and marketing, animal health and nutrition. Field trips to feedlots. (CL) F.
  
  • ANSC 4406 - Sheep and Goat Production

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3301 . Sheep, goat, wool, and mohair production management and marketing practices. Field trips to ranches and feedlots. S.
  
  • ANSC 4407 - Poultry Production

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3301 . Poultry production including layers, broiler and turkey management. F.
  
  • ANSC 4408 - Animal Shelter Management

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3314 . A combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities in animal shelter management. Students will work directly with animal shelters in the community. (CL)
  
  • ANSC 4409 - Dairy Production

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    A comprehensive, introductory study of modern dairy herd management, including health topics, housing design, feeding strategies, animal welfare, and product marketing in the U.S. and abroad.
  
  • ANSC 4410 - Advanced Clinical Veterinary Science

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Familiarizes students with numerous aspects of veterinary medicine including clinical procedures, physical exams, client communication, diagnostics, wound care, and advanced anatomy.

ANSC - Animal Science (Graduate Courses)

  
  • ANSC 5000 - Professional Internship

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Supervised study providing advanced training for Master’s of Agriculture and Master’s of Science (nonthesis) students. Emphasis is on creative and technical abilities.
  
  • ANSC 5001 - Problems in Animal Science

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Selected problems based on the student’s needs and interests not included in other courses. May be repeated for credit with approval of department.
  
  • ANSC 5100 - Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Analysis of significant research. Oral presentations and discussions; enrollment required each semester of student’s residence. F, S.
  
  • ANSC 5201 - Ethical Behavior and Integrity in Scientific Research

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Combination of lecture presentations and student analysis of behavior in science to explore aspects of scientific integrity and conduct. S, even years.
  
  • ANSC 5219 - Advanced Studies in Equine Behavior and Dynamics

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced study of equine behavior, psychology, and herd dynamics. SS.
  
  • ANSC 5301 - Advanced Equine-Assisted Mental Health

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced study of equine-assisted mental health as a therapeutic intervention utilizing horses to address behavioral, relational, and emotional issues for clients. S.
  
  • ANSC 5302 - Advanced Beef Production

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced study of beef production and management. Emphasis on the application of current research to improve the efficiency of beef production. SS, even years.
  
  • ANSC 5303 - Advanced Beef Cattle Feedyard Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Emphasis on the application of recent research to improve the management of cattle feedyard operations. Special emphasis will be placed on risk and resource management within the feedyard. F.
  
  • ANSC 5304 - Growth and Development

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of differentiation, development, growth, and fattening of domestic animals and hereditary and environmental influences and interactions. S.
  
  • ANSC 5305 - Advanced Therapeutic Riding

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced skills and theories of therapeutic riding, including lesson plan development, advanced knowledge of disabilities, and ground-work for instructor certification. F.
  
  • ANSC 5306 - Advanced Animal Breeding

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 3402  or equivalent. Advanced topics in selecting and mating farm animals with the objective of making genetic improvement. Emphasis on breeding value estimation and crossbreeding. S, odd years.
  
  • ANSC 5307 - Research Methods in Agricultural Sciences

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANSC 5403  or equivalent. Computer programming, data inputs, and interpretation. Covers examples that relate to experimental designs in agricultural research. SSI.
  
  • ANSC 5308 - Minerals and Vitamins in Animal Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An in-depth study of vitamin and mineral chemistry, metabolism, interrelationships, and requirements for production. SS.
  
  • ANSC 5309 - Advanced Topics in Reproduction

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A review of current literature and demonstrated techniques of the current procedures being used in assisted reproduction. S, odd years.
  
  • ANSC 5311 - Ruminant Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of the digestive physiology of ruminants. Emphasis on rumen fermentation and its relationship to practical nutrition. Individual topics and current research information. F, even years.
  
  • ANSC 5312 - Advanced Sheep and Goat Production

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced study of sheep and goat production and management. Application of research in genetics, reproduction, nutrition, health, management, wool, mohair, and marketing. S.
  
  • ANSC 5313 - Nutritional Biochemistry in Animals

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Nutrient metabolism and regulation in animals. Course integrates metabolic pathways with nutrition and physiology. S.
  
  • ANSC 5314 - Animal Protein and Energy Utilization

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An in-depth study of nitrogen, amino acid metabolism, and energy utilization in animals. Evaluation of sources and requirements for production F, odd years.
  
  • ANSC 5315 - Animal Endocrinology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Course will address current research on hypothalamic-pituitary regulation of physiological systems including reproduction, growth, immune function, digestion, and behavior.
  
  • ANSC 5316 - Muscle Chemistry, Ultrastructure, and Physiology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of muscle structure, composition, growth mechanisms of contraction, and rigor as related to livestock. S, odd years.
  
  • ANSC 5317 - Studies in the Sensory Analysis of Foods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced analytical, affective, and statistical methods for assessing the sensory properties of foods and feeds for animal and human consumption with emphasis on experimental design. [ANSC 4307 ]
  
  • ANSC 5318 - Topics in Animal Stress, Welfare, and Behavior

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Students will write and discuss each topic online. Topics include animal rights philosophy and applications, stress mechanisms, measuring behavior and welfare, and other current topics.
  
  • ANSC 5319 - Nutrition and Immune Function in Animals

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Nutritional immunology in livestock. An integrated overview of the effect of immune system stimulation on nutrient utilization and partitioning with an emphasis on regulatory mechanisms.
  
  • ANSC 5320 - Basic Concepts in Endocrinology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The goal of this course is to develop a general understanding of endocrine physiology, focusing on the integrative and regulatory roles of the endocrine system.
  
  • ANSC 5400 - Advanced Meat Science and Muscle Biology

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced study of meat components, their development, and effect on meat characteristics and processing properties. Emphasis on industry issues and the current scientific literature. Not for students who have taken ANSC 4400 . SS
  
  • ANSC 5401 - Experimental Techniques in Meat Chemistry and Muscle Biology

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Histological, chemical, and biological properties of meat. Experimental techniques in meat science and muscle biology will be studied in lecture and individual lab study.
  
  • ANSC 5402 - Advanced Horse Production

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    An advanced study of equine science, including health, lameness, disease, genetics, reproductive physiology, nutrition, and research topics within the equine industry.
  
  • ANSC 5403 - Biometry

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to biological statistics. Observations, probability, “t” test, analysis of variance, mean separation procedures, linear regression and correlation, and chi-square. Introduction to computerization of statistical analyses. F.
  
  • ANSC 5404 - Physiology of Reproduction

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Anatomy of reproductive systems, physiological regulations of reproductive processes, estrous cycle, gonadal functions, semen evaluation, fertilization, embryology, pregnancy, parturition, lactation, reproductive efficiency, and research techniques. SSII, odd years.
  
  • ANSC 5405 - Advanced Processed and Cured Meat Science

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced application of scientific principles and practices to manufactured meat products. Interrelationships among muscle ingredients, processing technologies, storage conditions, and stability of cured muscle foods. S, even.
  
  • ANSC 5406 - Research Methods in Ruminant Nutrition

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Experimental techniques related to ruminant nutrition research will be examined in lecture and lab study.
  
  • ANSC 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • ANSC 6001 - Supervised Teaching

    V1-3 Semester Credit Hours
    Supervised teaching experience at the university level.
  
  • ANSC 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • ANSC 8000 - Doctor’s Dissertation

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

ANTH - Anthropology (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • ANTH 1301 - Understanding Multicultural America

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Cultural diversity in the U.S. as studied by anthropologists. Ethnographic descriptions of African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and other groups. Fulfills the state standard requirement in multicultural education for education majors and the university’s multicultural requirement.
  
  • ANTH 2100 - Physical Anthropology Laboratory

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Corequisite: ANTH 2300 . Study of human and nonhuman primary biodiversity via skeletal biology and evolution concepts. Topics include anthropometrics, diet surveys, genetics, and exercises designed to explore human biodiversity issues. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • ANTH 2300 - Physical Anthropology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: [TCCNS: ANTH2301] Corequisite: ANTH 2100 . Topics include human genetics, health, diet, and issues of human and nonhuman primate evolution. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • ANTH 2301 - Introduction to Archaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: [TCCNS: ANTH2302, 2401] Introduces archaeology and what it has told us about our past, from the earliest beginnings to the birth of civilization. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.
  
  • ANTH 2302 - Introduction to World Cultures and Ethnology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: [TCCNS: ANTH2346, 2351; HUMA2323] The rich complexity of peoples and cultures in the world as studied by anthropologists. Discussion of basic concepts such as ethnography, linguistics, and social organization. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences and multicultural requirements.
  
  • ANTH 2304 - Global Forces and Local Peoples

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Anthropological perspective on critical problems facing humanity: the aftermath of colonialism, the fate of indigenous peoples, changing family systems, and the reassertion of ethnic identity. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral and Multicultural requirements.
  
  • ANTH 2306 - Anthropology at the Movies

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines how anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology are portrayed in mainstream movies as a springboard for discussing important topics about culture and science. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.
  
  • ANTH 2315 - Introduction to Language and Linguistics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introductory course in the scientific study of language, including grammatical description and analysis as well as the study of relationships between language and society.
  
  • ANTH 3300 - Special Topics in Anthropology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines selected topics in the discipline of anthropology. Content varies. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ANTH 3303 - Forensic Anthropology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the field of forensic anthropology, including osteological assessment of cases, ethics, and courtroom responsibilities.
  
  • ANTH 3310 - Human Evolution

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: ANTH 2100  and ANTH 2300 . Study of human origins and evolution as a mammal, primate, and bioculturally adapting species. Emphasizes principles in evolution and systematics and recent discoveries in paleoanthropology. (CL)
  
  • ANTH 3311 - Human Variation

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: ANTH 2100  and ANTH 2300 ANTH 3310  is not a prerequisite. Study of human heredity, biodiversity, and adaptations. Survey of the physical and genetic variations of modern populations throughout the world. (CL)
  
  • ANTH 3312 - Primate Behavior

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A survey of the biological and behavioral diversity of nonhuman primates. Emphasizes issues concerning evolution, social organizations, and conservation of prosimians, anthropoids, and hominoids.
  
  • ANTH 3313 - Primate Evolution

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduces the field of primate evolution with attention to primate anatomy. Topics to be covered include non-human primate osteology, living primate anatomy, theories of primate origins, and the fossil record of primates.
  
  • ANTH 3314 - Human Osteology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: ANTH 2100  and ANTH 2300 . Detailed study of human bones and teeth to facilitate the field identification of intact and fragmentary specimens. Includes basic identification of age and sex.
  
  • ANTH 3315 - Genes, Plagues, and Culture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the syndemic relationship of genes, pathogens, environments, and culture in human diseases. Evolutionary and biocultural principles are applied.
  
  • ANTH 3316 - Anthropological Theory: Understanding Language and Culture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in ANTH 2302 . Overview of history and development of anthropological theory. Explores the intellectual genealogy and theoretical debates within the fields of cultural anthropology and linguistics. (CL)
  
  • ANTH 3317 - Food and Culture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Explores cross-cultural variation in foodways, examining how groups utilize food to express their cultural identities. Topics include food taboos, feasting, and regional cuisines.
  
  • ANTH 3320 - Material Culture: People and Things

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Explores ways in which humans use food, clothing, monuments, and other material objects to construct and express their identity.
  
  • ANTH 3322 - Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Provides a basic foundation in the anthropological approach to the understanding of religious behavior.
  
  • ANTH 3325 - Anthropology of Latin America

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Explores Latin America’s role in the world system and the unique cultural practices through which Latin Americans assert their identity. Fulfills multicultural requirement.
  
  • ANTH 3326 - Anthropology of Martial Arts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Uses martial arts as means of studying issues like identity, spirituality, globalization, cultural change, power and agency that help us understand human societies.
  
  • ANTH 3331 - Indians of North America

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The experience of Native American peoples from contact to the present. Incorporates historical and ethnographic approaches; selected case studies.
  
  • ANTH 3335 - Anthropology of the Plains Indians

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to Plains Indian cultures past and present. Explores a variety of topics, including world view, sacred sites, traditional arts, powwows, and language revitalization.
  
  • ANTH 3339 - Methods in the Study of Culture and Language

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Training in cross-cultural research methods employed by ethnographers and linguists. Topics include interviewing, participant observation, digital audio recording, transcription, and data analysis.
  
  • ANTH 3341 - Laboratory Archaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Provides hands-on training in processing and analysis of archaeological materials in the laboratory and exposure to other aspects of archaeological research centered in the lab.
  
  • ANTH 3342 - Prehistory of the Southwest

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to the prehistory of the Southwest beginning with the first humans to enter the area up to the period of Spanish colonization.
  
  • ANTH 3343 - Maya Archaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A survey of ancient Maya prehistory and archaeology with emphasis on religion, world view, iconography, and hieroglyphic writing.
  
  • ANTH 3344 - South American Archaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Covers the prehistory of South America from the earliest colonization to the development of civilizations with special emphasis on the Central and South Central Andes.
  
  • ANTH 3347 - Texas Prehistory

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 . A comprehensive survey of 12,000 years of human activity in Texas; the major prehistoric sites and findings of archaeological studies.
  
  • ANTH 3348 - Introduction to Historical Archaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduces students to the methods and theories of historical archaeology. The course will focus on the post-1492 era in North and South America.
  
  • ANTH 3349 - Archaeology of the Northern Spanish Frontier

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Familiarizes students with the history and archaeology of the Spanish occupation of the borderlands in the New World with particular emphasis on the Southwest U.S.
  
  • ANTH 3350 - Archaeology of Death

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Explores the archaeology of death. Topics include treatment of the dead, mortuary practices, and belief systems surrounding death.
  
  • ANTH 3353 - Bioarchaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to bioarchaeology, which uses human skeletal data from archaeological contexts to address aspects of past lifeways (health, migration, kinship, funeral behavior, and social identity).
  
  • ANTH 3375 - Topics in Latin American Archaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the ancient civilization of Latin America through exploration of specific topics (e.g., cities, regions, cultures). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
  
  • ANTH 3380 - Methods and Theory in Archaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduces students to the methodological and theoretical practices that guide archaeological inquiry. Excavation techniques and current research paradigms are specifically addressed. (CL)
  
  • ANTH 4000 - Individual Problems in Anthropology

    V1-3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: ANTH 2300 , ANTH 2301 , or ANTH 2302 ; advanced standing; and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ANTH 4310 - Cultural Resource Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to the practice of cultural resource management archaeology in the United States, including historical and legal background, methods, and employment opportunities.
  
  • ANTH 4320 - Forensic Archaeology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 . Covers the history of forensic archaeology case studies and archaeological principles and methods as applied to forensic cases.
  
  • ANTH 4343 - Human Skeletal Biology and Forensic Techniques

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANTH 2300  and ANTH 2100  or consent of instructor. Intensive study of skeletal biology emphasizing subadult and adult morphological variation. Includes analysis of paleopathology, trauma, age sex, and stature estimation.
  
  • ANTH 4640 - Field School in Cultural Anthropology

    6 Semester Credit Hours
    A field school providing training in basic ethnographic methods, including interviewing, participant observation, the documentation of cultural performance events, and the analysis of material culture.
  
  • ANTH 4642 - Field Archaeology

    6 Semester Credit Hours
    A summer session field school providing instruction in basic archaeological field techniques, including site survey, test excavations, record keeping, mapping, and collection documentation.
  
  • ANTH 4643 - Field Research in Skeletal Biology

    6 Semester Credit Hours
    A field experience providing hands-on learning specific to human skeletal biology and forensic methods. May be repeated.

ANTH - Anthropology (Graduate Courses)

  
  • ANTH 5305 - Method and Theory in Cultural Anthropology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The history of research in cultural anthropology; development of methodological and theoretical approaches, and the exploration of ethnographic fieldwork and writing.
  
  • ANTH 5310 - Seminar in Cultural Resource Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Seminar covering the practice of cultural resource management archaeology in the United States, including historical and legal background, business models, methods, and employment opportunities.
  
  • ANTH 5311 - Human Origins

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A comprehensive examination of hominid evolution with emphasis on current discoveries, interpretations, and theories. Seminar on selected topics.
  
  • ANTH 5312 - Human Diversity

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Survey of biological variation and the processes producing it in human populations and races; seminar in selected topics. Laboratory emphasizing research approaches to current problems.
  
  • ANTH 5313 - Human Skeletal Biology and Forensic Anthropology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Analysis of human skeletal remains for legal purposes. Methods of identification, techniques of recovery and examination, facial reconstruction, report writing, limits of inference, expert testimony.
  
  • ANTH 5315 - Advanced Human Osteology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Rigorous study of human skeleton to facilitate the identification of intact and fragmentary bones. Includes ageing, sexing, measurement techniques, report writing, and some legal issues.
 

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