Feb 26, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


How to Read Catalog Course Descriptions

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.

 

English (Graduate Courses)

  
  • ENGL 5369 - Discourse and Technology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the effects of computer networks and digitally mediated knowledge management on theoretical, practical, and pedagogical notions of discourse and discourse communities.
  
  • ENGL 5370 - Studies in Creative Writing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Theory and practice of creative writing. This class may be taught as a single genre poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or other writing or as multiple genres. May be repeated for credit towards creative writing specialization.
  
  • ENGL 5371 - Foundations of Technical Communication

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and practice of technical communication.
  
  • ENGL 5372 - Technical Reports

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and practice of reports and proposals.
  
  • ENGL 5373 - Technical Manuals

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and practice of manual development and design.
  
  • ENGL 5374 - Technical Editing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Substantive editing and design of technical documents.
  
  • ENGL 5375 - Document Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and practice of creating comprehensible, usable, and persuasive texts.
  
  • ENGL 5376 - Online Publishing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Design and testing of online materials to support instruction and information retrieval.
  
  • ENGL 5377 - Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Intensive analysis and application of one or more theories of technical communication.
  
  • ENGL 5378 - Graduate Internship

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. Substantial writing, editing, and/or teaching experience under the direction of a faculty member or professional mentor.
  
  • ENGL 5379 - Empirical Research Methods in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: B or better in ENGL 5363 . Empirical research methods in technical communication and rhetoric
  
  • ENGL 5380 - Advanced Problems in Literary Studies

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Concentrated studies in works, authors, or approaches.
  
  • ENGL 5381 - Global Technical Communication

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to theories and practices in global technical communication.
  
  • ENGL 5382 - Theory and Research in the Written Discourses of Health and Medicine

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Current theory and research in the written discourses of health and medicine, focusing on the roles of technical and professional communicators.
  
  • ENGL 5383 - Grants and Proposals

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theoretical issues and practical experience dealing with the genre and process of writing grants and proposals.
  
  • ENGL 5384 - Rhetoric of Scientific Literature

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the role of rhetoric in the texts of scientific inquiry.
  
  • ENGL 5385 - Ethics in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Definitions, philosophies, and applicability of ethics to technical communication problems and solutions.
  
  • ENGL 5386 - Written Discourse and Social Issues

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of uses of written discourse in problem solving on social issues involving science or technology.
  
  • ENGL 5387 - Publications Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Strategies of managing processes and knowledge that support publication.
  
  • ENGL 5388 - Usability Testing and Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Methods of planning, conducting, and analyzing usability tests.
  
  • ENGL 5389 - Field Methods of Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Survey of methods such as ethnography, observation, and participatory design with application to research in rhetoric and technical communication.
  
  • ENGL 5390 - Writing for Publication

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Designed to teach students in graduate programs how to write clear and effective articles for professional journals in their field.
  
  • ENGL 5391 - Grants and Proposals for Nonprofits

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Strategies and techniques for researching, writing, and editing grant proposals for nonprofit organizations.
  
  • ENGL 5392 - Teaching College Literature

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Survey of pedagogical issues associated with the teaching of university-level literature courses.
  
  • ENGL 5393 - Grants and Proposals for the Academy and Industry

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Strategies and techniques for researching, writing, and editing grant proposals and business plans for the academy and industry.
  
  • ENGL 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • ENGL 7000 - Research

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

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

Engineering (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • ENGR 1105 - Strategies for Success in Engineering

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Laboratory course to provide engineering majors with practice in skills to improve academic performance. Topics include study skills and habits, note taking, collaborative learning and teamwork, test-taking skills, and time management.
  
  • ENGR 1106 - Math Fundamentals for Engineering Students

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: MPE score of 4-6 and department approval.
  
  • ENGR 1107 - Engineering Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Topics in engineering.
  
  • ENGR 1108 - General Chemistry Bridge Course for Engineers

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 43% or higher on Chemistry Placement Exam. Review/preview of high school/college chemistry designed to increase preparedness for CHEM 1307  while allowing co-registration in the ConocoPhillips Academic Success Bridge Program. [CHEM 1101 ]
  
  • ENGR 1301 - Engineering Design for Sustainability

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Emphasizes energy, environment, creativity, engineering design, innovation, entrepreneurship and teamwork. Teams design projects focused on conceptualization of sustainable transportation and/or building systems for the future.
  
  • ENGR 1315 - Introduction to Engineering

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: ENGR1201 Prerequisite: MATH 1451  (may be taken concurrently). Introduction to the engineering profession, including the distinction between different majors, engineering problem solving, MatLab programming, Excel basics, professionalism and ethics, and experiences in team design projects.
  
  • ENGR 2331 - Professional Communication for Engineers

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1302 . Rhetorical theory and conventions applied to communication strategies for engineering practice in the global workplace, addressing collaboration, ethical situations, community service, and electronic communication. Fulfills core Communication (Oral) requirement.
  
  • ENGR 2392 - Engineering Ethics and Its Impact on Society

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Development of ethical reasoning and enhancing critical thinking skills using theory and case studies with applications to engineering practice, including international issues. Available in classroom and by online distance learning. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.
  
  • ENGR 2393 - Environmental Literacy and Ethics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Familiarizes students with some of the contemporary challenges they are likely to face as professionals as the concepts and practices of environmental literacy and sustainability become more prevalent in their industries.
  
  • ENGR 3000 - Engineering Cooperative Education

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval by the Engineering Cooperative Education Director. Field course for supervised preprofessional educational employment experiences in industry and government involving assignments in the student’s major.
  
  • ENGR 3301 - International Engineering

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Global influences on engineering, cultural issues, design practices, multinational teams, IP. May be offered abroad.
  
  • ENGR 3303 - Fundamentals of Mechanics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: MATH 2350 , PHYS 1408 . Introduction to the principles of mechanics, including statistics, dynamics, and mechanics of solids.
  
  • ENGR 3321 - Fundamentals of Thermal Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: MATH 2350 , PHYS 1408 . Introduction to the principles of the thermal sciences, including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.
  
  • ENGR 4001 - Special Topics in Engineering

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Special topics in engineering. May be repeated for credit.

Engineering (Graduate Courses)

  
  • ENGR 5000 - Special Topics in Engineering

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering. Individual study of advanced interdisciplinary topics in engineering under the guidance of one or more members of the engineering faculty.
  
  • ENGR 5360 - Fundamentals of Engineering Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An overview of physical, mathematical, and engineering concepts; including electronics, materials, statistics, C programming, digital logic, microprocessors, and project management.
  
  • ENGR 5392 - Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree. Applications of professional ethics to engineering practice and research in fields of education and technology-related industry. May also be taken by distance learning.
  
  • ENGR 6330 - Master’s Report

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Formal technical report on an interdisciplinary topic under guidance of faculty from one or more departments.

Environmental Toxicology (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • ENTX 4000 - Undergraduate Research in Environmental Toxicology

    V1-3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 15 hours of biology or chemistry, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor. Selected research problems according to the needs of the student. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ENTX 4301 - Special Topics in Environmental Toxicology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Special areas of current interest not commonly included in other undergraduate courses (e. g. , wildlife toxicology, pesticides in the environment).
  
  • ENTX 4325 - Principles of Toxicology I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor. First half of two-semester course. Examines foundations of toxicological sciences, covering principles, disposition and half of toxicity mechanisms. (Writing Intensive)
  
  • ENTX 4326 - Principles of Toxicology II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENTX 4325 . Second half of two-semester course. Covers remaining toxicity mechanisms, toxic agents and applied toxicology. (Writing Intensive)

Environmental Toxicology (Graduate Courses)

  
  • ENTX 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • ENTX 6100 - Graduate Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A participatory seminar where graduate students condense, review, and present research findings on focused topics. Subject matter varies by semester. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ENTX 6105 - Introductory Seminar in Environmental Toxicology

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A tour through the discipline of environmental toxicology focusing on its composition and workings. Demonstrations of laboratory, field, computational, presentation, safety, quality assurance, permitting, and career components.
  
  • ENTX 6115 - Environmental Toxicology Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Seminar on timely topics by experts in environmental toxicology. Required for all environmental toxicology students. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ENTX 6300 - Advanced Topics in Environmental Toxicology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Special areas of current interest not generally covered in other courses. Content normally different each time offered. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ENTX 6312 - Biological Threats in the Environment

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Undergraduate biological background or consent of instructor. Detailed examination of characteristics, surveillance, and control of naturally-occurring zoonoses and diseases exploitable as biological weapon agents.
  
  • ENTX 6314 - Chemical Warfare and Protective Countermeasures

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Coverage of chemical warfare agents, their protective measures, and technologies. Suitable for science and engineering majors.
  
  • ENTX 6325 - Principles of Toxicology I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the department or consent of instructor. First half of two semester course. Examines the foundations of toxicological sciences. Covers principles, disposition, and first half of toxicity mechanisms.
  
  • ENTX 6326 - Principles of Toxicology II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENTX 6325 . Second half of two semester course. Covers remaining mechanisms, toxic agents, and applied toxicology.
  
  • ENTX 6327 - Molecular Toxicology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENTX 6325  and ENTX 6326  or consent of instructor. Molecular mechanisms and control of phase I and phase II xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes, oxidative stress, and carcinogenesis. Emphasizes prototypical chemicals with multiple modes of action.
  
  • ENTX 6328 - Molecular Methods in the Toxicology Laboratory

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theoretical background and hands-on experience with molecular methods to understand and analyze adverse effects of toxicants at the molecular level.
  
  • ENTX 6331 - Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENTX 6325  and ENTX 6326  or consent of instructor. Mechanistic treatment of chemical effects on reproductive and developmental processes and the resulting impacts on reproductive function, fertility, and the developing offspring.
  
  • ENTX 6351 - Analytical Toxicology Lecture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Corequisite: ENTX 6352 . Theory of isolation, detection, identification, and quantification of toxic substances and their transformation products in environmental and biological samples.
  
  • ENTX 6352 - Analytical Toxicology Laboratory

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Corequisite: ENTX 6351 . Extraction, cleanup, and quantitative analysis of environmental chemicals and their degradates. Reinforces and applies theories taught in ENTX 6351 .
  
  • ENTX 6365 - Fundamentals of Aquatic Ecotoxicology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Graduate or advanced undergraduate background in biological, chemical, or environmental sciences or consent of instructor. Covers effects of water pollution on aquatic organisms and human health. Subjects include fate and transport in aqueous systems, acute toxicity and toxicity tests, and effects of pollutants on aquatic systems from molecular to global levels.
  
  • ENTX 6367 - Advanced Wildlife Toxicology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENTX 6325  and ENTX 6326 , ENTX 6445 , or consent of instructor. Environmental contaminant effects on reproduction, health, and well being of wildlife species and applications to ecological risk assessment.
  
  • ENTX 6371 - Procedures and Techniques in Ecological Risk Assessment

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Designed to provide students with a solid foundation in risk assessment methods. Students will learn how the ecological risk assessment framework developed by the U.S. EPA is used to assess the potential hazards of chemicals.
  
  • ENTX 6385 - Statistical Applications in Environmental Toxicology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: STAT 5302  or equivalent. Designed for students who wish to understand the interrelationships of statistical distributions and particular statistical approaches to environmental toxicology data analysis.
  
  • ENTX 6391 - Modeling and Simulation in Ecotoxicology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Model development, implementation, and simulation applied to ecotoxicology; stressor responses; toxicokinetics; individual organism effects; individual-based models; population, community, and landscape effects; parameter estimation; design and analysis of simulation experiments; and model validation.
  
  • ENTX 6445 - Chemical Sources and Fates in Environmental Systems

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Organic and analytical or environmental chemistry or consent of instructor. Environmental phenomena and physical properties of chemicals are used to understand processes governing chemical fate in the environment from global to micro scales.
  
  • ENTX 7000 - Research

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

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

Environmental Design (Graduate Courses)

  
  • ENVD 5101 - Seminar in Environmental Design

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    May be repeated for up to 3 hours credit.
  
  • ENVD 5301 - Graduate Research Seminar

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to philosophies, technologies, and processes involved in research and graduate study.
  
  • ENVD 5307 - Internship

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Supervised internship experiences in established career-related positions. May be repeated for credit up to 6 hours.
  
  • ENVD 5310 - Readings

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A comprehensive and critical review of literature and research data related to current issues in the student’s major area of specialization.
  
  • ENVD 5311 - Individual Study in Environmental Design and Consumer Economics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ENVD 5320 - Writing for Scholarly Publication

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Teaches students to write effective scholarly publications in environmental design. Publication sources, submission requirements, and review processes will be discussed.
  
  • ENVD 5340 - 3D CAD Pattern Design Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Explore 3D CAD pattern design systems and the 3D virtual design process.  Apply these systems to virtual fit product development research.
  
  • ENVD 5341 - Aesthetic Analysis of Apparel Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Students will collect qualitiative data on a chosen research topics and develop a personal design identity, which will be used to design a collection of clothing.
  
  • ENVD 5342 - Sustainability for Fashion

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Focuses on innovative ways of thinking about textiles, accessories, and garments based on sustainability values and an interconnected approach to design.
  
  • ENVD 5378 - Research Methods I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Positivistic, interpretive, and critical modes of research inquiry.
  
  • ENVD 5380 - Human Factors: Ergonomics in Environmental Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of human factors and the anthropometric aspects of ergonomics as applied to environmental design.
  
  • ENVD 5381 - Environmental Design Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Implications from the social sciences as applied to analyzing causes and arriving at possible solutions to problems related to interiors in contemporary society.
  
  • ENVD 5382 - Environmental Design Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of systems used in the design and research of residential and nonresidential interiors.
  
  • ENVD 5383 - Sustainable Communities and Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of sustainability concepts related to design of communities, buildings, and interiors.
  
  • ENVD 5384 - Advanced Lighting Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced study and application of lighting systems.
  
  • ENVD 5386 - Acute Care Design Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of important functions of and people working in major departments of typical community acute care hospitals in the United States.
  
  • ENVD 5388 - Design of Interior Environments for Physically and Mentally Challenged Populations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Adaptation and evaluation of proximate environments to meet the needs of the physically and mentally challenged.
  
  • ENVD 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • ENVD 6001 - Master’s Report

    V3-6 Semester Credit Hours
    May be repeated for credit.
  
  • ENVD 6310 - Research Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of topics associated with research quality in designing quantitative and qualitative studies.
  
  • ENVD 6370 - Environmental Design Technology and Development

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of environmental design processes and related technologies. Analysis and synthesis of human factors, interior components, information systems, and the built environment.
  
  • ENVD 6378 - Research Methods II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: ENVD 5378  and 3 credit hours of statistics with a grade of C or higher. Application of statistical packages to analyze data and interpret results.
  
  • ENVD 6389 - Environmental Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Development of and/or response to specific environmental design programs. Study of design processes, including visual presentations that exemplify design solutions. Students will exhibit design projects.
  
  • ENVD 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • ENVD 8000 - Doctoral Dissertation

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

Environmental Engineering (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • ENVE 1100 - Environmental Engineering Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction of first year and transfer students to the practice of environmental engineering.
  
  • ENVE 4107 - Advanced Physical and Chemical Municipal Water Treatment Lab

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Characterization of water using alkalinity, pH, BOD, and solids concentrations. Students will conduct column tests and filtration studies and analyze water quality data.
  
  • ENVE 4185 - Microbial Applications in Environmental Engineering Lab

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Determine concentration of coliforms, nutrients, and organic pollutants in water; analyze water quality data.
 

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