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The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) program is designed to satisfy the need for interdisciplinary graduate programs of study which cannot be accommodated within the confines of the usual graduate programs of the University's academic departments. Typical interdisciplinary courses of study include Arid Region Studies, Environmental Science, Resource Management, Engineering Management, Materials Science, curricula in Computer Applications, and others. All such interdisciplinary programs require courses from the offerings of several different departments. The curricula under the MSIS program are individually tailored to the needs of each student.

Requirements for Admission

In addition to the other Graduate School entrance requirements, including a satisfactory score on the GRE, applicants for the MSIS program must submit a letter outlining their proposed areas of study and their graduate education goal. Upon the receipt of the application documents and letter, an evaluation is made to determine the program's ability to satisfy the needs of the applicant. Upon acceptance of the applicant into the program, a Guidance Committee, made up of at least three graduate faculty members from different departments, is selected by the Program Director and approved by the Graduate School to guide the student in his or her program. Faculty selected will normally have interests and expertise in the student's proposed field of study. The committee, in consultation with the student, determines courses for the individual study plan. This committee normally also acts as the student's examination committee.

Special Requirements for the MSIS Degree

The MSIS degree requires 36 hours of coursework; at least 27 of these hours must be selected from graduate-level courses. The individually designed curriculum must include courses from the offerings of at least three different departments, with no more than 15 hours in the department of highest course concentration and no more than 12 hours of credit from any other single department. At least half of all semester hours credited toward the degree must be selected from graduate-credit courses offered by Science and/or Engineering Department.

Up to six (6) hours of graduate-level individual instruction problem-solving courses can be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students enrolled in such courses are expected to submit a report of the work accomplished. If the student desires and the Guidance Committee concurs, this report can be bound and presented in the form of a thesis.

The individualized curricula are composed of courses listed under the various individual departmental offerings in this catalog.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 36

MS in Interdisciplinary Study (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Highest Course Concentration: select fifteen hours in one subject of concentration15
Second Concentration: select twelve hours in a different subject of concentration12
Other Electives: select nine additional hours in other subjects9
Independent Research
Seminar
Ethical, Soc/Pol Dimensions
Independent Research
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Resrch Biological Science
Herpetology
Biology of the Pleistocene
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Biogeography
Biosystematics
Ecology of Desert Organisms
Advances/Evolutionary Theory
Ultrastructure
Mammalogy
Advances Immunological Concept
Advances in Ecological Theory
Biostatistics
Physiology of Bacterial Cell
Structure/Funct Macromolecules
Synthesis/Degrad Macromolecule
Mechanisms-Cellular Toxicity
Molecular Pathogenesis
Ecosystem Toxicology
Intro Bio I:Basic Seq. Comp.
Intro Bio II: Gene Find/Compar
Internship in Biological Sci.
Post-genomic Analysis
Genomic Analysis and Assembly
Limnology
Thesis
Thesis
Independent Research
Resrch in Biological Sciences
Independent Research
Independent Research
Environmental Pathobiology
Gene Regulation
Physiological Regulatory Mech
Cell Physiology
Membrane Biology
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Adv Research Techniques
Biodiversity
Molecular Parasitology
Independent Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Independent Research
Independent Research
Independent Research
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Grndwtr Hydro & Polltn
Engineering Analysis
Adv Design of Struct Systms
Advanced Structural Analysis
Finite Element Method (3-0)
Risk/Reliability Anal-Engr Sys
Structural Buckling/Stability
Environmental Processes
Water Reclamation & Reuse
Stats Methods for Civil Eng
Bridge Engineering
Civil & Environmental Syst Eng
Advanced Geotechnical Eng.
Wastes Management (3-0)
Prestressed Concrete
Construction Management
Design for Dynamic Loads
Air Pollution Control
Air Pollution Modeling
Methods Engineering Computatio
Plates and Shells
Surface Water Hydrology
Hydraulic Computer Application
Biol Unit Operations/Processes
Adv Phy-Chem Water Treat
Design-Filtrat'n/Membrane Proc
Mech Pavement Design/Analysis
Foundation Design II
Geotech. Site Investigation
Advanced Civil Eng. Materials
Sustainable Engr Design
Structural Loads Models
Traffic Engineering
Foundation Design I
Highway Geometric Design
Traffic Flow/Simulat Modeling
Urban Transportation Planning
Adv Travel & Infra Demand Anal
Infrastrct Ntwk Flow Anal/Opti
Infrastrct Syst Design & Eval
Construction Dispute Resolutn
Temporary Construction Methods
Constr Cost Analysis & Bidding
Engl-Span for Const Managers I
Engl-Span for Const Mangrs II
Construction Internship
Construction Law and Ethics
Construction Scheduling
Construction Safety
Construction Methods
Special Topics Civil Engr
Individual Studies
Earth Construction
Residential Construction
Graduate Research
Construction Claims
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Environmental Eng Chemistry
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Civil Engineering Seminar
Doctoral Research
Infrastructure Management
Engineering Analysis (3-0)
Infrastructure Engineering
Water Resources Mgmt
Adv Traffic Engineering
Infrastructure Planning
Intermodal Transportation Sys
Mod Methods/Engr Computation
Doctoral Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Modern General Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contem Topics Analytical Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Anal./Model of Bio Structures
Advanced Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics Physical Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Thesis
Thesis
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Teaching Practicum - Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contemp Topics in Analyt Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Organic Chem
Advanced Biochemistry
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Adv Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Phys Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Dissertation
Dissertation
Logical Foundations of CS
Computer Networks
Artificial Intelligence I
Theory of Computation
Human-Computer Interaction
Topics in Language Processing
Topics in Adv Database Systems
Parallel & Concurrent Program
Secured Web-Based Systems
Advanced Operating Systems
Advanced Computer Architecture
Advanced Algorithms
Interval Computations
Computer Security
Topics/Emerg.Comput Paradigms
Topics/Intelligent Computing
Ethical & Legal Issues in Tech
Software Safety & Risk Anlysis
Spec. & Desgn of Real-Time Sys
Graduate Student Internship
Software Construction
Software Reverse Engineering
Comp. Dec Making & Risk Anal
Cyber-Sec for Critical Op Tech
Software Engineering
Topics in Software Engineering
Model-Based Software Devlpmnt
Topics in Software Assurance
Software Requirements Engr
Software Architecture & Design
Software Integration and V&V
Software Project Management
Software Engineering Practicum
Special Topic Computer Science
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Methods
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Master's Thesis
Master's Thesis
Graduate Research
Doctoral Research
Doctoral Research
Logical Foundations of CS
Theory of Computation
Adv Computer Architecture
Advanced Algorithms
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Methods
Doctoral Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Doctoral Research
Graduate Seminar
Laboratory for EE 5318
Individual Studies
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Medical Device Practicum
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Probability & Random Processes
Computational Methods for EE
Linear Systems Analysis
Antenna Theory
Semiconductor Device Physics
Advanced Optoelectronic Device
Modern Semiconductor Devices
Electronic Material Processing
Nanoelectronics
BME for Global Health
Adv Digital Communications
Statistical Detection/Estimate
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Data Communications
Coding and Error Correction
Data Compression
Adv Fiber Optic Communications
Systems Engineering Fundamtls
Systems Engineering Mgmt
Requirements Engineering
Integratn, Verifictn, Validatn
Sp Proj Practicum in Sys Eng
Physiological Systms Measurmts
Med Diag & Theraptc Instrmtn
Biomed Signal & Image Process
Tomographic Imaging
Contmp Topics in Bioelectmgntm
Telemedicine & Img Informatics
Biomechatronics
Computer Vision
Fuzzy Logic & Engineering
CMOS Digital Circuit Design
Operating Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Image Processing
Advanced Digital Syst Design I
ASIC Design and Test
Computer Architecture I
Computer Architecture II
Advanced VLSI Design
Network Protocols
Energy Sustainability
Smart Grid Fundamentals
Control of Electric Power
High Frequency Power Converter
Power System Operations
Radar Signal Processing
Special Topics Electrical Engr
Individual Studies
Research Methods
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Doctoral Clinical Research
Graduate Research
Doctoral Seminar
Medical Device Practicum
Graduate Research
Semiconductor Device Physics
Modern Semiconductor Devices
BME for Global Health
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Physiological Sys & Meas
Medical Diag & Therap Devices
Telemedicine & Img Informatics
Biomechatronics
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Research Methods
Graduate Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Arid Lands
Climate Science
Topics in Environmental Sci.
Thesis Research I
Thesis Research II (0-0-3)
Environmental Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Geology
Graduate Seminar
Geology of the Southwest
Selected Topics in Geol Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Selected Topics in Geol Scienc
Directed Study in Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Computer Appl in Earth Sci
Earth Structure
Earth Materials
Studies in Oceanography
Paleobiology
Planetary Geology
Mineral Resrcs, Econ & Environ
Intro Entrepreneurial Geosci
Adv Entrepreneurial G.S.
Selected Topics-Geological Sci
Hydrogeology
Petroleum Geology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Isotope Geology
Advanced Petrology
Environmental Geochemistry
Electron Probe Microanalysis
Directed Study in Geology
Sandstone Petrography
Sedimentary Depositional Envir
Basin Analysis
Quantit Techniq Geological Sci
Low Temperature Geochemistry
Global Biochemical Cycles
Petroleum Geochemistry
Paleoclimatology
Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Applied Quaternary Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Environmental Risk Assessment
Geol/Mineral Resources Mexico
Thesis
Thesis
Fundamentals of Earth Science
Fundmtls/Fld Meth in Earth Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Dissertation
Dissertation
Advanced Structural Geology
Tectonic Geomorphology
Sandstone Petrography
Carbonate Petrogrph & Dep. Env
Sedimentary Depositional Env
Sequence Stratigraphy
Hydrogeology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Groundwater in Geological Proc
Planetary Science
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Atmospheric Processes
Digital Image Processing
Geophysical Inverse Theory
Reflection Seismic Data Proces
Seismology
Topics in Geophysics
Well Logging
Plate Tectonics
Reflection Seismic Data Interp
Directed Study in Geophysics
North Amer Geophysical Framewk
Geop App-Digital Signal Proces
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Advanced Seismology
Advanced Seismic Methods
Applications of Potential Thry
Graduate Seminar
Comprehensive Integrat of IE
Advanced Work Design
Industrial Statistics
Adv Concepts in Safety Eng
Adv Production/Inven Control
Linear and Combin Optimiz Meth
Design/Analysis Indust Exprmnt
Advanced Engineering Economy
Computer Simulation Appli
Adv Ergonomics/Process Design
Advanced Quality Control
Quality Engineering
Green Energy Manufacturing
Special Topics Industrial Engr
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
International Mfg. Internship
International Mfg. Internship
Graduate Seminar
Elemnts of Applied Functl Anal
Applied Mathematics
Partial Differential Equations
Finite Element Methods I
Principles of Analysis
Principles of Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Comp Methods of Linear Algebra
Real Variables
Techniques in Optimization
General Topology
Numer Solution Part Diff Equat
Numerical Optimization
Interior-Point Methods for Lin
Complex Variables
MATH 5360
MATH 5361
MATH 5364
MATH 5365
Seminar
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Statistics in Research
Multivariate Data Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Statistical Computing
Graduate Research
Thesis
Thesis
Topics in Applied Mathematics
Topics in Optimization
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Mathl Methods for Mech Eng
Solid Mechanics I
Heat Transfer I
Heat Transfer II
Comp. Fluid Dynamics
Fluid Dynamics
Adv Mechanical Design
Structural Dynamics
Thermodynamics
Adv Finite Element Analysis
Solid Mechanics II
Mech of Composite Materials
Analytical Dynamics
Space Systems Design
Aerospace Propulsion
Aerospace Structures
Aero Dynamics and Controls
Special Topics Mechanical Engr
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Graduate Research
Individual Studies
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Clinical Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Medical Device Practicum
Graduate Research
Matls Extraction & Synthesis
Phase Transformations & Micros
Mechanical Behavior of Matrls
BME for Global Health
Advanced Matrls & Composites
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Biomaterials
Biofabrication
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Microstruc & Microchem Charac
Adv Concepts in Matls Sci Engr
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Physics
Kinematics/Dynamics I
Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Kinematics/Dynamics II
Introduction to Health Physics
Intro to Medical Physics
Physics of Radiation Therapy
Physics of Diagnostic Imaging
Electricity and Magnetism
Electrodynamics
Wave Phenomena and Optics
Quantum Mechanics
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
Solid State Physics
Research Problems in Physics
Special Topics in Physics
Graduate Research in Physics
Thesis
Thesis
Graduate Research in Physics
Systems Engr Fundamentals
Systems Engr Management
Systems Requirements Analysis
Sys Intgrtn, Verfctn, & Valdtn
Sys Engr Project Practicum
Systems Architecture & Design
Systems Engr Processes
Systems Modeling & Simulation
Systems Engr Special Topics
Individual Studies
Thesis I
Thesis II
Graduate Seminar
Statistical Programming
Applied Experimental Design
Categorical Data Analysis
Post-Genomic Analysis
Special Topics
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Statistics in Research
Stochastic Processes
Multivariate Data Analysis
Nonparametric Statistics
Time Series Analysis
Statistical Computing
Graduate Research
MS Thesis
MS Thesis
Intro to Statistical Analysis
Introduction to Data Mining
Statistical Data Mining
Total Hours36

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Carl Lieb
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Joel Gilbert

Professors

Carl Lieb 
Contact Information: clieb@utep.edu; 915-747-6986 
Education: BS, Texas A&M University; MS, Texas A&M University; Ph D, University of California at Los Angeles