Jun 20, 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.

 

POLS - Political Science (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • POLS 4399 - Individual Studies

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: 15 hours of political science and consent of instructor. Independent research under the guidance of a staff member. May be repeated once for credit.

POLS - Political Science (Graduate Courses)

  
  • POLS 5100 - Colloquium in Political Science

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Presentations of current research and discussions of the political science profession by department and visiting faculty. Credit-no credit. May be repeated.
  
  • POLS 5321 - Seminar in Political Behavior

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Current research on mass political behavior, including public opinion, political socialization, and voting behavior. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • POLS 5322 - Pro-Seminar in American Politics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced study in subjects relevant to an understanding of how the political process is affected by the environment of politics.
  
  • POLS 5324 - The Executive

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the executive branch of government in the United States, with particular emphasis on the presidency.
  
  • POLS 5325 - The United States Congress

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An examination of the Congress, from formal organization, member recruitment, and theories of representation, to Congressional reform, policy-making, and interbranch relations.
  
  • POLS 5327 - Selected Topics in American Government and Politics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Problems in American government and politics. Varying topics from semester to semester.
  
  • POLS 5356 - Judicial Behavior

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Political analysis of actors in the judicial decision-making arena.
  
  • POLS 5360 - Pro-Seminar in International Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Survey of contending theories of world politics, focusing on those that emphasize the role of power and interest in shaping state behavior.
  
  • POLS 5361 - Interdependence and World Order

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Survey of contending theories of world politics focusing on those that emphasize interdependence, democratization, transnationalism, nonstate actors, and the potential for system transformation.
  
  • POLS 5363 - International Organization

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theoretical examination of the rise of global, regional, and functional international organizations and their role in the solution of economic, social, environmental, and political problems.
  
  • POLS 5365 - Special Topics in International Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Intensive research on topics in international relations. Subjects vary.
  
  • POLS 5367 - International Political Economy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An exploration of the interaction of international politics and international economic trends. The course surveys the theories in the field, particularly as they relate to the political economy of trade, foreign investment, finance, and development.
  
  • POLS 5369 - International Security Studies

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines how states maintain their security in a dangerous world.
  
  • POLS 5370 - Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Critical survey of the major theories and literature in comparative politics, the logic of cross-national and cross-cultural inquiry, and the major concepts and approaches.
  
  • POLS 5371 - Area Studies in Comparative Politics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The culture and political system of a major geographical area like Western Europe, Latin America, or Asia. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • POLS 5376 - Selected Topics in Comparative Government

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Studies in comparative politics, with topics varying from semester to semester.
  
  • POLS 5381 - Research Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Design and execution of political research.
  
  • POLS 5382 - Data Analysis

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Techniques of analyzing political data, including descriptive and inferential statistics and computer applications. [PUAD 5320 ]
  
  • POLS 5383 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Extensions of the least squares model to such techniques as regression and diagnostics, structural equations, factor analysis and/or time series, and computer programs applicable to political data.
  
  • POLS 5384 - Advanced Political Analysis

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Examination of contemporary methods for investigating selected political topics. Topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • POLS 5385 - Causal Inference and Quasi-Experimental Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Causal inference, the experimental ideal, and methods that attempt to produce causal estimates of policies/treatments from observational data.
  
  • POLS 5395 - Practicum in Survey Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: POLS 5381 , POLS 5382 , POLS 5383 , and consent of instructor. Introduces students to the operation and management of a survey research lab.
  
  • POLS 5396 - Research Practicum in International Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organized professional research on major issues in international relations. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • POLS 5397 - Research Practicum in Comparative Politics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organized professional research on major issues in comparative politics. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • POLS 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • POLS 7000 - Research

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

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

PORT - Portuguese (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • PORT 1501 - Elementary Portuguese I

    5 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PORT1411 Introduction and development of the four language skills in Portuguese: Listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
  
  • PORT 1502 - Elementary Portuguese II

    5 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PORT1412 Prerequisite: PORT 1501 . Introduction and development of the four language skills in Portuguese: Listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
  
  • PORT 1507 - Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

    5 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An intensive course of elementary Portuguese for Spanish speakers. Comparative aspects of Spanish and Portuguese. Topics in Lusophone culture. Covers the material of PORT 1501  and PORT 1502 . Admits to PORT 2301 .
  
  • PORT 2301 - Intermediate Portuguese I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PORT2311 Prerequisite: PORT 1502  or PORT 1507 . Reading, cultural background, grammar review, conversation, and composition.
  
  • PORT 2302 - Intermediate Portuguese II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: PORT2312 Prerequisite: PORT 2301 . Reading, cultural background, grammar review, conversation, and composition.
  
  • PORT 3303 - Studies in Portuguese

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: PORT 2302 . Independent studies in selected topics in Portuguese language and literature. May be repeated once when content differs.
  
  • PORT 3307 - Luso-Brazilian Civilization and Literature

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the civilization and cultures of the Luso-Brazilian world through the study of representative literary, cultural and journalistic texts. Topics range from 16th through the 20th centuries. Films will be screened to illustrate the material. Taught in English. May be repeated once with different content.
  
  • PORT 4300 - Individual Studies in Portuguese

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: PORT 2302  and consent of instructor. Contents will vary to meet the needs of the student. Individual study under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for up to 12 credit hours.

PORT - Portuguese (Graduate Courses)

  
  • PORT 5307 - Luso-Brazilian Civilization and Literature

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the civilization and cultures of the Luso-Brazilian world through the study of representative literary, cultural, and journalistic texts. Topics range from 16th through the 20th centuries. Films will be screened to illustrate material. Taught in English. May be repeated up to 9 credit hours with different content.
  
  • PORT 5341 - Intensive Portuguese for Graduate Students I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Intensive introduction to the Portuguese language for graduate students proficient in Spanish. Supports the Portuguese minor for the Spanish M.A. and Ph.D. programs.
  
  • PORT 5342 - Intensive Portuguese for Graduate Students II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Intensive introduction to the Portuguese language for graduate students proficient in Spanish. Supports the Portuguese minor for the Spanish M.A. and Ph.D. programs.
  
  • PORT 5355 - Readings in Luso-Brazilian Literature

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced topics in Luso-Brazilian literature. May be repeated up to 12 credit hours with different content.
  
  • PORT 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

PR - Public Relations (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • PR 2310 - Principles of Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of the policies and procedures of creating and maintaining goodwill among organizations’ various publics. Examines the many aspects of public relations as a staff and management function.
  
  • PR 3300 - Applied Public Relations Theory and Concepts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in ADV 3310  or PR 2310 . Examination of public relations and relevant persuasion, media, and communication theories; practical application of theory for understanding and solving public relations problems and developing strategy.
  
  • PR 3308 - Public Relations Practice

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PR 2310 . Investigation of the professional world of public relations practice as it relates to personnel, program, and career management. Consideration of legal, financial, and ethical issues.
  
  • PR 3311 - Public Relations Strategies

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PR 2310 . Strategic management of public relations by analyzing the PR process as it relates to PR theory and practice.
  
  • PR 3312 - Public Relations Writing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in ENGL 1301  and 1302 , 2.5 TTU GPA, C or better in PR 3311  and either JOUR 2310  or MCOM 2320 . An overview of audience analysis, media analysis, and the logic and language skills needed to construct persuasive messages used in the public relations profession. (CL)
  
  • PR 3315 - Digital Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in PR 3311 . Examination of online, mobile, and social media tools in public relations practice; consideration of issues related to monitoring, engagement, crisis and relationship management, and analytics.
  
  • PR 3341 - Public Relations Graphics and Production

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PR 3311 . Design, composition, layout, typography and production applied to public relations; use of computer as a layout and design tool for visual communications. (CL)
  
  • PR 3345 - Public Relations Content Development

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PR 3311 . Development, design, management, and implementation of multimedia public relations content for organizational media; organizational storytelling; content strategy and creation for mobile, social, and web distribution. (CL)
  
  • PR 3351 - Public Relations for Nonprofits

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of public relations strategies and techniques used to advance goals of nonprofit organizations, including generating coverage, finding and sustaining financial support, recruiting and retaining volunteers.
  
  • PR 3352 - Public Relations Event Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of public relations event management within various settings. Role of events in building organizational reputation. Strategy, planning, marketing, logistics, finance, risk assessment, and evaluation.
  
  • PR 3353 - Political Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of public relations applications and functions in political settings, including political campaigns, issues management, political crises, citizen engagement, government relations, public affairs, public information.
  
  • PR 3354 - Sports Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of the roles and responsibilities of public relations practitioners working in the sports industry at the professional and collegiate levels.
  
  • PR 3390 - Internship in Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; C or better in MCOM 2320  or JOUR 2310 , and PR 3311  and PR 3312 ; 2. 5 TTU GPA, and recommendation of faculty member and internship coordinator. Minimum of 160 hours supervised employment in media or communications organization. Weekly reports, interviews, and term paper required. Must be taken pass/fail.
  
  • PR 4000 - Special Public Relations Project in Integrated Communication

    V1-3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. A hands-on experience in developing and presenting a PR campaign for a business problem or opportunity. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • PR 4300 - Individual Study in Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in 9 hours of public relations courses.
  
  • PR 4301 - Special Topics in Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Considers selected topics in public relations. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
  
  • PR 4350 - Crisis Communication

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Role of public relations in the prevention, management, and response to crises. Analysis of corporate, nonprofit, and government sector crises from a public relations perspective.
  
  • PR 4351 - International and Multicultural Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in PR 2310  or ADV 3310 . Investigation of the challenges and opportunities of practicing public relations in international, multicultural, and cross-cultural contexts. Examination of public relations function as practiced in other cultures. (CL)
  
  • PR 4380 - Applied Public Relations Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in MATH 2300  or MATH 2345  and PR 3311 . In-depth examination of the applied research function in public relations. Designing, implementing, analyzing, interpreting, and applying research to address real-world problems; evaluating program effectiveness.
  
  • PR 4412 - Public Relations Campaigns

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in PR 3308 , PR 3312 , and PR 4380  or MCOM 3380 . Public relations campaign planning, preparation, and presentation in problem-solving mode. Setting objectives; executing research projects; evaluating creative media promotion; and preparing public relations plans, messages, budgets. (CL)

PR - Public Relations (Graduate Courses)

  
  • PR 5340 - Foundations of Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Public relations history, principles, theory, writing, and critiques of cases and campaigns.
  
  • PR 5343 - Public Relations Problems and Cases

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Use of contemporary public relations problems and cases to study planning, strategy, and tactics, including the organization, execution, and control of the PR function in organizations.
  
  • PR 6315 - Special Topics in Public Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A rotating topics course examining theory, research, and application related to planning, implementation and evaluation in public relations. May be repeated twice when topics vary.
  
  • PR 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

PRAG - Pragmaticism (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • PRAG 3301 - Semeiotic: The University of Signs and Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Humans communicate via signs to express ideas, to represent meanings followed by interpretations. Semeiotic is the science of these communication processes.
  
  • PRAG 4000 - Independent Research in Peirce Studies

    V-16 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Directed study of selected interdisciplinary problems in Peirce Studies. May be repeated for credit.

PRAG - Pragmaticism (Graduate Courses)

  
  • PRAG 5000 - Independent Research in Peirce Studies

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Directed interdisciplinary inquiry in Peirce studies. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • PRAG 5301 - Seminar in Semeiotic: A Common Method for Interdisciplinary Study

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Natural processes structured as dialogues are semeioses. Semeiotic (developed by C.S. Peirce) is the interdisciplinary scientific theory of such processes.
  
  • PRAG 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • PRAG 7000 - Independent Research in Peirce Studies

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Directed study of selected interdisciplinary problems in Peirce studies. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • PRAG 8000 - Doctor’s Dissertation

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours

PSS - Plant and Soil Science (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • PSS 1100 - Freshman and Transfer Student Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Exposure to scientific disciplines, time management strategies, various learning styles, support services, employment opportunities, and social organizations within the Department of Plant and Soil Science. (CL)
  
  • PSS 1311 - The Science of Wine

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to the history of winemaking and application of biology, chemistry, and technology to modern grape and wine production.
  
  • PSS 1321 - Agronomic Plant Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: AGRI1307, 1407 Importance, distribution, and use of major world agronomic crops. Fundamentals of growth, structure, and improvements are also stressed. F.
  
  • PSS 1411 - Principles of Horticulture

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: AGRI1415; HORT1401 Principles and practices of growth and development, structure, nomenclature, use of horticultural plants and how they are affected by the environment. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • PSS 2114 - Wine Production Lab

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Corequisite: PSS 2314 . Acquaints students with the basic concepts of winemaking and fermentation. Applies theories of winemaking taught in Wine Production course. Fermentation applications and analysis techniques required to monitor the progress of fermentations including sugar concentration, pH, and acidity.
  
  • PSS 2310 - Floral Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Floral design as a commercial enterprise. Emphasis on principles of floral design, patterns of arrangements, and elements of color composition. Field trips required. Fulfills core Creative Arts requirement.
  
  • PSS 2312 - Propagation Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . Propagation techniques of commercial nurseries and greenhouse ranges; study of the physiological reaction and cutting material. On campus (even), Distance (odd).
  
  • PSS 2313 - Herbaceous Plant Materials

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . Study of the principal herbaceous plants and plant families, palms, roses, and subtropic landscape plants. F (even).
  
  • PSS 2314 - Wine Production

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Corequisite: PSS 2114 . Overview of wine production focusing on pre-fermentation processes and fermentation management. Emphasis placed on improved winemaking through quality control and management. Designed for students and individuals either interested in or currently working in grape wine production. S (even).
  
  • PSS 2316 - Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . Introduction to principles of sustainable plant production. Integration of ecological, genetic, and social/cultural elements involved in sustainable production are emphasized.
  
  • PSS 2330 - Urban Soils

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Composition of soils and significance of their physical, chemical, and biological properties with an emphasis on the urban environment and the soil-plant-water relationship. Credit not given for PSS 2330 and PSS 2432 . SS, F.
  
  • PSS 2401 - Introductory Entomology

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to the arthropods with major emphasis on the insects. Insect structure, function, identification, and relationships to man, plants, and animals will be discussed. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.
  
  • PSS 2432 - Principles and Practices in Soils

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: CHEM 1305  or CHEM 1307  and CHEM 1105  or CHEM 1107 . Formation and composition, physical and chemical properties, hydraulic and thermal relationships of soil. Role of soil in ecosystems. Credit not given for PSS 2330  and PSS 2432.
  
  • PSS 3309 - Introduction to Turfgrass Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . An overview of turfgrass selection, growth, adaptation and management. Specialized practices relative to home lawns, athletic fields, golf courses, and utility turfs. On campus (F), Distance (SS).
  
  • PSS 3310 - Viticulture I: Principles of Viticulture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . Introduction to grapevine history, biology, physiology, and principles and practices of vineyard management. F, On campus (odd), Distance (even).
  
  • PSS 3311 - Sustainable Vegetable Crop Production

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . Study of principles and practices of sustainable vegetable production methods used by commercial growers. Focus will be on planning, production, and marketing of major vegetable crops within Texas. S (even).
  
  • PSS 3312 - Sustainable Fruit and Nut Crop Production

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . Introduction to principles and practices of sustainable production of temperate tree fruits, nuts, and berry crops in Texas and the southern United States.
  
  • PSS 3317 - Interior Plants

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . Selection and maintenance of interior plants and planting facilities. F (odd).
  
  • PSS 3318 - Woody Plants

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in PSS 1411  or PSS 1321 . Discussion and selection of woody plants used for ornamental purposes in the landscape setting. The course will be divided between deciduous and evergreen plants. F.
  
  • PSS 3321 - Forage and Pasture Crops

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The production and use of forage and pasture crops. S.
  
  • PSS 3322 - Grain, Fiber, and Oilseed Crops

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    History, distribution, use, plant form, growth and development, and cultural and production practices of important agronomic crops. S (odd).
  
  • PSS 3323 - Crop Physiology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Presents fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, and dry matter partitioning. (CL) F.
  
  • PSS 3324 - Seed Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Analysis of seed for planting. Seed quality as related to production, processing, storing, and handling. Study of federal and state seed laws. S (even).
  
  • PSS 3421 - Fundamental Principles of Genetics

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1401 , BIOL 1402 , or BIOL 1403  and a C or better in PSS 1321  or PSS 1411 . Mendelian genetic principles and chromosomal basis of heredity and genetic analysis based on recombinant DNA.
  
  • PSS 4000 - Internship

    V1-3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval of department chair. A supervised study course providing in-service training and practice in various areas of plant science. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • PSS 4001 - Problems

    V1-3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. An assigned problem and individual instruction in a specific area, Plant Science. May be repeated for credit with approval of department chair.
  
  • PSS 4100 - Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Utilization of writing and oral presentation skills. Continued enhancement of education skills and adherence to professional ethics. (CL) F.
  
  • PSS 4301 - Agricultural Compounds

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: CHEM 1107 , CHEM 1108 , CHEM 1307 , and CHEM 1308 ; C or better in PSS 2401  and consent of instructor. Nature, mode of action, and uses of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other pesticides. S (even).
 

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