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Programs of Study

Pursuing your undergraduate and/or graduate degree at UTPB opens you up to options. Not only do we offer diverse areas of study, but we also have classroom-based, online and hybrid (both in class and online work) course offerings.


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UTPB offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and more than 20 graduate and certification programs. Faculty and staff at UTPB engage and inspire. They are knowledgeable in their fields yet still make lectures entertaining and the subject matter accessible.

Explore diverse educational opportunities in the College of Arts and Sciences at UTPB. Learn in classrooms and online from approachable faculty. You’ll also have access to internship opportunities and engage in experiential learning.

Majors

Art (BA and BFA)

Athletic Training

Biology

Chemistry

Clinical Laboratory Science (with UTMB)

Communication **

Computer Science

Criminal Justice †

English

Geology

History

Humanities **

Visual

Performing Arts

Information Systems Kinesiology

Leadership Studies (Minor Only)

Mathematics

Music

Political Science

Psychology **

Social Work

Sociology **

Spanish

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Law

Our pre-licensure Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) is science-based, patient-centered and caring-driven. Nursing students practice patient-centered care in high-tech simulations in our Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education-accredited program. Enjoy strong clinical experiences in community and regional healthcare facilities.

Majors

Nursing (BSN)

RN to BSN **

Combine outstanding academics with a dedicated faculty and staff and you get UTPB’s learning environment for future educators. Our TExESpass rates at UTPB are exemplary. UTPB graduates go on to be quality educators throughout Texas and the nation.

Majors

Child & Family Studies **

Multidisciplinary Studies

Teacher Certification offered in the following:

Art (Grades EC-12)

Bilingual Supplemental

Chemistry (Grades 7-12)

Computer Science (Grades 7-12)

English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 4-8 or 7-12)

ESL Supplemental Core Subjects (Grades EC-6 or 4-8)

History (Grades 7-12)

Journalism (Grades 7-12)

Lang. Other Than English - Spanish (Grades EC-12)

Life Sciences (Grades 7-12)

Mathematics (Grades 4-8 or 7-12)

Music (Grades EC-12)

Physical Education (Grades EC-12)

Physical Science (Grades 6-12)

Science (Grades 4-8 or 7-12)

Social Studies (Grades 4-8 or 7-12)

Special Education (Grades EC-12)

Special Education Supplemental Speech (Grades 7-12)

Offering accredited undergraduate and graduate programs, the College of Business and Education evolves with an ever-changing economy. We prepare graduates for success and their roles in advancing economic, energy and technological development within our region and nation.

Majors

Accountancy

Economics

Finance

Industrial Technology †

  • Industrial †
  • Petroleum †
  • BAAS †

Management **

Marketing

Mechanical Engineering (General, Nuclear or Aeronautics Track)

Petroleum Engineering

The College of Arts and Science, The College of Business and Engineering, and The College of Education offer a total of 19 graduate degrees. Pursuing a Master’s degree is an excellent opportunity for learning and personal growth.

Majors

College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

Computer Science

Criminal Justice Administration

English **

Geology

History

Kinesiology †

Mathematics

Psychology

Public Administration †

Spanish

College of Business and Engineering

Business Administration (MBA)**

Professional Accountancy

College of Education

Bilingual/ESL †

Counseling

Educational Leadership †

Professional Education Reading

Special Education †

Teacher Certification †

Advanced Certifications Educational Diagnostician

Licensed Professional Counselor

Principal †

Reading Specialist

School Counselor

Superintendent †

** Classroom-based and Online Major Options

† Online-only Major

Student Supports

Faculty and staff at UTPB engage and inspire. They are experts in their fields but make lectures entertaining and the subject matter accessible. Walk by a professor’s office at UTPB and the door will be open for one-on-one conversations about professional futures and personal experiences.

Learning to Soar with UTPB’s Support

Access a variety of programs supporting your academic and college life:

  • First Year Seminar coursework fosters college success skills
  • Free peer tutoring and mentors help students achieve their goals
  • ADA accommodations center for students
  • On-campus professional counseling
  • Veteran resources, support and advocacy
  • Financial literacy programming
  • AVID program targets specific needs of underachieving students
  • Online job bank, career fairs, professional preparation workshops and resume review from Career Services

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“The professors are there to talk about anything. Whether you are doing badly or doing well, they are going to let you know.”
— Chance Virdell, Kinesiology ‘18, Balmorhea, TX

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Newsweek and US News & World Report have both recognized UTPB for superior student achievement.

West Texas

The Permian Basin is a large, booming oil- and natural gas-producing area in West Texas, an easy drive from several major cities.
UTPB is headquartered in Odessa, with a satellite campus (with engineering and performing arts spaces) in nearby Midland (with shuttle service there and back).

Cities nearby:

  • Lubbock: 2 hrs 15
  • San Angelo: 2 hrs 15
  • Abilene: 2 hrs 30
  • El Paso: 4 hrs
  • Fort Worth: 5 hrs
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hikers

Hike in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the highest point in Texas.

surfer

Acres of white dunes and sand surfing await in Monahans Sandhills State Park.

river

Take river trips or hike among the cacti in Big Bend National Park.

alien

Road trip with friends to Roswell to spot some aliens.