Jun 22, 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.

 

PFW - Personal Fitness and Wellness (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • PFW 1123 - Racquetball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to rules, shots, and strategies for singles, doubles, and cut-throat.
  
  • PFW 1125 - Tennis

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Concepts of stroke mechanics, skill development, offensive and defensive strategies, rules, game play, singles and doubles, organization and communication, flexibility, and conditioning for tennis.
  
  • PFW 1127 - Bowling

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Basic to advanced bowling skills will be taught, including stance, approach, delivery, rules, safety, bowling etiquette, and terminology. Class meets off campus. Extra fee required.
  
  • PFW 1130 - Basketball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Concepts of skill development, offensive and defensive strategies, rules, team organization and communication, game play, flexibility and conditioning for basketball.
  
  • PFW 1132 - Soccer

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Concepts of skill development, offensive and defensive strategies, rules, team organization and communication, game play, flexibility, and conditioning for soccer.
  
  • PFW 1133 - Softball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Concepts of skill development, offensive and defensive strategies, rules, team organization and communication, game play, flexibility, and conditioning for softball.
  
  • PFW 1134 - Volleyball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Concepts of skill development, offensive and defensive strategies, rules, team organization and communication, game play, flexibility, and conditioning for volleyball.
  
  • PFW 1140 - Lifeguard Training

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Skills and knowledge in lifesaving, standard first aid, and CPR for the professional rescuer. American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification is possible.
  
  • PFW 1141 - Scuba

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Allows the student to explore the underwater in a warm, pristine environment. Scuba and snorkeling gear are provided. Certification is possible.
  
  • PFW 1142 - Beginning Swimming

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Swimming principles, basic stroke mechanics, breathing technique, and conditioning for beginning swimmers.
  
  • PFW 1160 - Varsity Baseball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1161 - Varsity Men’s Basketball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1162 - Varsity Women’s Basketball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1163 - Varsity Cross Country

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1164 - Varsity Football

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1165 - Varsity Golf

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1166 - Varsity Soccer

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1167 - Varsity Softball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1168 - Varsity Tennis

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1169 - Varsity Track and Field

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 1170 - Varsity Volleyball

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    For the student listed on the official intercollegiate squad for this sport. Athletics department approval is required prior to enrollment.
  
  • PFW 2113 - Advanced Golf

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: PFW 1113  or previous varsity level experience. Improvement and refinement of stroke mechanisms and course strategy. Seven full rounds of golf must be completed before the final. Class meets off campus. Extra fee required.
  
  • PFW 2143 - Swim Conditioning

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Review and refinement of strokes. For students with the ability to complete multiple lengths of the pool while correctly performing the basic strokes. Techniques for stroke improvement through swimming will be addressed.
  
  • PFW 2144 - Advanced Swimming

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Refinement of strokes. For students with the ability to complete multiple lengths of the pool with sound stroke mechanics. Multiple training techniques will be used.

PHIL - Philosophy (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • PHIL 1310 - Critical Reasoning

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of good reasoning for use in both scholarly and everyday life. Topics will include principles of deductive and inductive reasoning and fallacies in reasoning.
  
  • PHIL 2300 - Beginning Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHIL1301 An introduction to philosophical thinkers, ideas, and methods. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.
  
  • PHIL 2310 - Logic

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHIL2303 Development of formal methods for evaluating deductive reasoning. Additional topics may include uses of language, definition, nondeductive inference. Partially fulfills Core Mathematics requirement (in conjunction with a mathematics course).
  
  • PHIL 2320 - Introduction to Ethics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHIL2306 Discussion of moral problems and theories of morality. Includes the application of philosophical techniques to issues of contemporary moral concern. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.
  
  • PHIL 2322 - Business Ethics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Discusses ethical theories as they relate to business practices. Concentrates on applications to concrete issues arising in the conduct of business. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.
  
  • PHIL 2330 - Science and Society

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An exploration of the nature of science and how it does and should relate to other areas like religion, ethics, and politics. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.
  
  • PHIL 2340 - Meaning and Value in the Arts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to philosophical questions raised across the arts, including such topics as the nature of art, ways of interpreting and evaluating works of art, and the difference between popular art and high art. Fulfills core Creative Arts requirement.
  
  • PHIL 2350 - World Religions and Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHIL1304 Philosophical study of the doctrines and practices of the major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Fulfills multicultural and core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirements.
  
  • PHIL 3301 - Classical Greek Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the major philosophical ideas as originally developed in the Western world by thinkers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and others. (CL)
  
  • PHIL 3302 - Asian Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the major philosophical ideas originating in India and China, and developed generally in Asia.
  
  • PHIL 3303 - Modern European Philosophy (1600-1800)

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the major philosophical ideas as they developed in Great Britain and on the European continent since the Renaissance, covering such figures as Descartes, Hume, and Kant. (CL)
  
  • PHIL 3304 - Existentialism and Phenomenology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Consideration of the meaning of human existence through study of thinkers such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, and others.
  
  • PHIL 3320 - Introduction to Political Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Basic issues and concepts in political philosophy, including discussion of such topics as justice, freedom, equality, authority, community, and the nature of politics and the state.
  
  • PHIL 3321 - Philosophy of Law

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Discussion, based on study of philosophical writings, of various conceptions of law and their relation to morality. Includes philosophical problems about liberty, privacy, justice, and criminal punishment. (CL)
  
  • PHIL 3322 - Biomedical Ethics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Discussion of conceptual and moral problems surrounding such issues as abortion, euthanasia, genetic research, behavior control, allocation of medical resources, health, and disease.
  
  • PHIL 3324 - Philosophy of Religion

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An examination of general philosophical problems that arise in connection with religion. Topics may include the nature of religion, the existence of God, the problem of evil, the relation between faith and reason, and the relation between religion and morality.
  
  • PHIL 3325 - Environmental Ethics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Discussion of conceptual and moral questions surrounding human population and consumption of resources, loss of biodiversity and wilderness areas, and human use of nonhuman animals.
  
  • PHIL 3330 - Philosophy of Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Inquiry into the nature of science including the examination of basic scientific concepts and the forms of scientific reasoning.
  
  • PHIL 3334 - Philosophy of Biology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the nature and scope of biological theories. Topics may include evolution and creation, natural selection and design, sociobiology, or genetic engineering.
  
  • PHIL 3340 - Minds, Brains, and Computers

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the nature of mental entities and how they fit into the causal structure of the world, with particular reference to recent developments in the cognitive sciences.
  
  • PHIL 3341 - Philosophy and Literature

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Discusses philosophical questions raised by literature, including such topics as the nature of literature, theories of interpretation and evaluation of literary works, and an evaluation of whether literary works convey unique knowledge.
  
  • PHIL 3342 - Philosophy and Film

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Philosophical examination of issues raised by film, such as cinematic representation, realism, film genre, the power of cinema, and the interpretation of film. Required screenings.
  
  • PHIL 4000 - Philosophical Problems

    V1-3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Previous philosophy coursework and instructor consent. Directed individual studies or conferences on selected advanced topics. May be repeated for a total of 9 hours. (CL)
  
  • PHIL 4125 - Introduction to Research Ethics

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to research ethics for future researchers. Frameworks of moral reasoning and their application to moral problems through a discussion of case studies.
  
  • PHIL 4300 - Topics in Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Topic varies by semester.
  
  • PHIL 4301 - Seminar in Ancient Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Previous philosophy coursework or consent of instructor. In-depth study of one or two philosophical texts or themes from the ancient world. Topics vary.
  
  • PHIL 4310 - Advanced Logic

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: PHIL 2310  or consent of instructor. Full treatment of sentential logic and first-order predicate logic. May also treat topics such as identity, definite descriptions, axiomatic systems, completeness.
  
  • PHIL 4320 - Ethics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: PHIL 2320  or instructor consent. Philosophical ethics investigates how we ought to live. Students will examine closely some of the most powerful thinkers on this subject.
  
  • PHIL 4321 - Political Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Previous coursework in philosophy or consent of instructor. Study of contemporary writings in political philosophy. Discussion of selected philosophical issues concerning liberalism, conservatism, communitarianism, liberal neutrality, social choice theory, and political obligation.
  
  • PHIL 4322 - Metaethics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: PHIL 2320  or instructor consent. The study of the meaning and justification of moral judgments, the possibility of ethical knowledge, and the nature or moral standards
  
  • PHIL 4323 - Aesthetics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Previous coursework in philosophy or consent of instructor. Discussion of the nature of art and the principles of aesthetic judgment. Emphasis on philosophical problems arising in interpretation and evaluation within the arts.
  
  • PHIL 4330 - Epistemology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Previous coursework in philosophy or consent of instructor. An examination of the nature and scope of knowledge, and the justification of various types of knowledge claims.
  
  • PHIL 4331 - Philosophy of Language

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Previous coursework in philosophy or consent of instructor. General theory of significance, meaning, and interpretation.
  
  • PHIL 4340 - Metaphysics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Previous coursework in philosophy or consent of instructor. Consideration of the nature of what there is (ontology) or of the nature of the universe as a whole (cosmology).
  
  • PHIL 4341 - Great Figures in Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Previous coursework in philosophy or consent of instructor. In-depth study of the works of just one or two great philosophers. (CL)

PHIL - Philosophy (Graduate Courses)

  
  • PHIL 5125 - Introduction to Research Ethics

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduces future researchers to research ethics. Presents frameworks for moral reasoning and application of those frameworks to moral problems through a discussion of case studies.
  
  • PHIL 5301 - Studies in Greek Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Studies in the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic philosophy. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5302 - Studies in Modern Philosophy (1600-1800)

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Studies in major philosophical works of the modern period drawn from such philosophers as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5308 - Basic Issues in Contemporary Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Major philosophical theories and controversies of the 20th century. Works will be drawn from such philosophers as Wittgenstein, Russell, Heidegger, Husserl, Quine, Davidson, and Kripke. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5310 - History of Aesthetics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Major philosophical theories of art and beauty from classical Greece to the present. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5311 - Seminar in Epistemology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of one or two questions about the justification of our knowledge of the external world, the mind, mathematics, or logic. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5312 - Seminar in Logic

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Graduate seminar in logic. Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
  
  • PHIL 5314 - Contemporary Aesthetics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Current problems in aesthetics: the nature of a work of art, of aesthetic experience and judgment; issues of interpretation and evaluation in the arts. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5315 - Topics in Aesthetics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    In-depth examination of a particular area of topic in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5320 - Seminar in Ethics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Selected topics in ethical theory: relativism, moral reasons, the nature of moral value, deontological and teleological ethics. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5321 - Social and Political Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of selected social or political philosophers or of selected topics such as justice, liberty, equality, liberalism, conservatism, and rights. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5322 - Law and Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of works of legal philosophers on central issues in philosophy of law such as legal obligation, nature of law, interpretation, privacy, law and morality. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5324 - Philosophy of Religion

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Central issues in philosophy of religion including the nature of religion, the existence of God, the relation between faith and reason, and the problem of evil. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5330 - Philosophy of Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Methodological and conceptual issues in the physical and social sciences. Emphasis upon scientific investigation as a way of knowing. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5331 - Philosophical Psychology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Central issues in philosophy of the mind, including the nature of the mental and the relation between mental and physical. Emphasis on thought and perception. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5333 - Seminar in Philosophy of Language

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Central issues in philosophy of language, including the nature of meaning, truth, reference, and context. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5340 - Seminar in Metaphysics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An intensive study of one or two topics which include the nature of existence, cause, identity, kinds and their instances, change, and/or mind. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5341 - Great Figures in Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    In-depth study of the works of just one or two great philosophers. May be repeated as topic varies.
  
  • PHIL 5350 - Seminar in Teaching and Writing Philosophy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to ‘How to succeed in graduate school in philosophy’. This includes reading and writing professional philosophy as well as an introduction to teaching philosophy at the college level. Required of all teaching assistants.
  
  • PHIL 5355 - Seminar in Philosophical Writing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Designed to teach graduate students in philosophy how to become better philosophical writers.
  
  • PHIL 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • PHIL 7000 - Research

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

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

PHOT - Photography (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • PHOT 2310 - Principles of Photography

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: COMM1318 Covers the fundamentals of photography and photo appreciation. Students will a need a digital 35mm SLR camera with manual capabilities.
  
  • PHOT 3310 - Photography I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. This class will cover the use of a 35mm digital SLR camera with manual capabilities.
  
  • PHOT 3330 - Digital Photography I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Students will learn to use image editing software specially tailored to the needs of photographers. Digital workflow will be discussed. This is a software class.
  
  • PHOT 3390 - Internship in Photocommunications

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or higher in PHOT 3310  and PHOT 3330 , 2.5 GPA, and recommendation of faculty member and internship coordinator. Professional work in mass media. Minimum of 160 hours of supervised employment in media or communications organization. Weekly reports, interviews, and term paper required. Must be taken pass/fail.
  
  • PHOT 4300 - Special Problems in Photography

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or higher in PHOT 3310 . This course is for individual or group study of areas of photography (i. e. , documentary, advertising, history) or development of photography projects. May be repeated twice for credit when topics vary.

PHOT - Photography (Graduate Courses)

  
  • PHOT 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

PHYS - Physics (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • PHYS 1100 - Physics Laboratory Science

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Corequisite: Enrollment in a lab section of the appropriate physics course. For transfer students only. Provides lab credit for a transferred lecture-only natural sciences core course in physics.
  
  • PHYS 1401 - Physics for Non-Science Majors

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHYS1305+1105, 1310+1110, 1405 Covers the basic laws and vocabulary of science using a minimum of mathematics. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • PHYS 1403 - General Physics I

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHYS1301+1101; 1401 Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 1320 , MATH 1550 , MATH 1420 , MATH 1451 , or MATH 1321 . Non-calculus introductory physics covering mechanics, heat, and sound, thus providing background for study in science-related areas. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • PHYS 1404 - General Physics II

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHYS1302+1102; 1402 Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 1403  or PHYS 1408 . Non-calculus introductory physics covering electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics, thus providing background for study in science-related areas. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • PHYS 1406 - Physics of Sound and Music

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Sound and music, including waves, harmonics, musical instruments, voice, hearing, room acoustics, elementary music theory, classroom demonstrations, music performances, high school mathematics. Laboratory. Satisfies natural science requirement in Arts and Sciences. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • PHYS 1408 - Principles of Physics I

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHYS2325+2125, 2425 Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 1451 . Calculus-based introductory physics covering mechanics, kinematics, energy, momentum, and thermodynamics. (Honors section offered) Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • PHYS 2302 - Principles of Physics III: Intermediate Classical Mechanics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in PHYS 2401  and MATH 1452  (may not be taken concurrently). Special and general relativity, thermodynamics, and statistical dynamics.
  
  • PHYS 2305 - Computation for the Physical Sciences

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in PHYS 1408  and PHYS 2401 . Introduces computational tools to solve science problems. Emphasizes interplay between technology application and practical learning. (CL)
  
  • PHYS 2401 - Principles of Physics II

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PHYS2326+2126, 2426 Prerequisites: C or better in PHYS 1408  and MATH 1452 . Calculus-based introductory physics covering electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and optics. (Honors section offered) Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • PHYS 3000 - Undergraduate Research

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and the undergraduate advisor. Individual and/or group research projects in basic or applied physics, under the guidance of a faculty member.
  
  • PHYS 3101 - Legacy Modern Physics Lab

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Corequisite: PHYS 3301 . Laboratory experiments designed to illustrate the basis of quantum physics.
  
  • PHYS 3201 - Modern Physics Lab and Data Analysis

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Corequisite: PHYS 3301 . Laboratory experiments and accompanying lectures designed to illustrate the basis of quantum physics and proper techniques for data acquisition, analysis, and determination of uncertainties.
 

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