Texas Tech University.

Ph.D. in Wind Science & Engineering

Curriculum

The Wind Science and Engineering (WiSE) Ph.D. program meets the requirements of the Texas Tech University Graduate School. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the WiSE degree, it is not necessary to declare a minor; however, an area of emphasis with 18 semester hours of coursework is required. This requirement can be fulfilled with a master's degree.

The doctorate requires at least 60 semester hours of graduate studies in addition to a dissertation (requirement of the Graduate School of Texas Tech University). These 60 hours include core courses, field of emphasis courses, and internship. The key to the coursework in the new degree program is 6 core courses (18 semester hours) that will include courses in wind engineering, wind sciences, economics, ethics, and mathematics. Along with area of emphasis courses and internship, six additional courses (18 semester hours) related to the student’s dissertation research are required.

The coursework in the first year is designed to give a broad background to students. It is a rigorous year for students and it should break the mold of single-discipline thinking. All of the core courses will be completed by the students by the end of the first year.

3-Year Program with M.S. Degree
Year Fall Spring Summer
1 Core Course 3 Wise Core Class 3 Group 1 Course 3
  Core Course 3 Wise Core Class 3 Group 1 Course 3
  Core Course 3 Wise Core Class 3    
      Group 1 Course 3    
  Total 9 Total 12 Total 6
ø Doctoral Degree Plan
2 Group 1 Course 3 Research 9 Internship (3 month) 6
  Group 1 Course 3        
  Research 3        
  Total 9 Total 9 Total 6
ø Complete dissertation proposal and qualifying exam
3 Dissertation 9 Dissertation 9 Dissertation 6
  Total 9 Total 9 Total 6
ø Submit Journal Article ø Graduation
             
4-Year Program with B.S. Degree
Year Fall Spring Summer
1 Core Course 3 Wise Core Class 3 Group 1 Course 3
  Core Course 3 Wise Core Class 3 Major Course 3
  Core Course 3 Wise Core Class 3    
  Total 9 Total 9 Total 6
 
2 Group 1 Course 3 Group 1 Course 3 Group 1 Course 3
  Major Course 3 Major Course 3 Major Course 3
  Major Course 3 Major Course 3    
  Total 9 Total 9 Total 6
ø Doctoral Degree Plan
3 Group 1 Course 3 Research 9 Internship (3 Months) 6
  Research 6        
  Total 9 Total 9 Total 6
ø Complete dissertation proposal and qualifying exam
4 Dissertation 9 Dissertation 9 Dissertation 6
  Total 9 Total 9 Total 6
ø Submit Journal Article ø Graduation

WiSE Core Courses (6 classes) and Internship (6 hours) 24 hours
Group I Courses (6 classes from list) 18 hours
Transfer from M.S. Program OR Major Course of Study (ATMO, CE, ME, ECO, etc.) 18 hours
ø Signifies a major milestone in the program

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (updated Sept. ’09)

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (18 credit hours)

  • ATMO 5301: Wind Science (course under development; new number will be given)
  • CE 5348: Wind Engineering
  • ISQS 5359 or BA 7000: Enterprise Risk Management or Business Conditions
  • STAT 5384: Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
  • STAT 5385: Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II
  • ENGR/IE5331: Leadership and Ethics (course will have ENGR designation)

SIX COURSES IN A MAJOR or EMPHASIS AREA or MS Degree (18 credit hours)

(e.g. Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, or a combination to have an emphasis area in Wind Energy, Wind Engineering Experiments, Economics/Risk Management, Damage Imaging, Emergency Management) 

EXTERNAL INTERNSHIP OF 3 MONTHS (6 credit hours)

FIVE COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING (15 credit hours)

  • ATMO 5353: Meteorology Field Experiments
  • ATMO 5317: Wind Storm Hazards
  • ATMO 5301: Meteorology for Wind Energy
  • CE 5341: Wind Engineering Laboratory
  • CE 5331: Wind Power System (course will have a new number when approved)
  • CE/EE5331: Windstorm Damage Investigation (course will have a new number when approved)
  • IE5320: Systems Theory
  • ECO 5320: Managerial Economics
  • STAT 5378: Stochastic Processes
  • MATH 5334: Numerical Analysis I
  • MATH 5335: Numerical Analysis II
  • PUAD 5341: Public Policy Theory and Process
  • Others that can help for Research as approved by Student’s Advisor