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NOTE: This catalog represents the most accurate information available at the time of
publication. The universit}' reserves the right to connect or otherwise change any such
information without notice at its sole discretion. With respect to course offerings, the
departments have attempted to anticipate which courses will be offered, and by whom
and when such courses will be taught. However, course offerings may be affected by
changes in facult\\ student demand, and funding. Although efforts have been made to
indicate these uncertainties, where appropriate, course offerings are subject to
change without notice.

William Marsh Rice University

Physical Address: 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Telephone: Campus Operator 713-348-8101

Homepage Address: http://www.rice.edu

2000-2001 General Announcements online: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~catalog/

Please address all correspondence to the appropriate office or department followed by

the university mailing address given above.

Admission. Catalogs. Applications Office of Admission

109 Lovett Hall; 713-348-4036

Business Matters Office of the Cashier

1 10 Allen Center; 713-348-4946

Career Services, Part-time Career Services Center

Employment off Campus Rice Memorial Center; 713-348-4055

Credits, Transcripts Office of the Registrar

116 Allen Center; 713-348-4999

Financial Aid, Scholarships, Financial Aid Office

Part-time Employment on Campus 1 16 Allen Center; 713-348-4958

Graduate Study Chair of the Appropriate

Department (see pages 82-85)

Undergraduate and Office of the Vice President for

Graduate Students, Student Affairs

Undergraduate Curricula 101 Lovett Hall; 713-348-4996

// is the policy of Rice University to attract qualified individuals of diverse back-
grounds to its faculty, staff, and student body. Accordingly, Rice University does not
discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, national o, ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its admis-
sions, its educational programs, or employment of faculty or staff . The university takes
affirmative action in employment by recruiting, hiring, and advancing women, mem-
bers of minority groups, individuals with disabilities, Vietnam-era veterans, and
special disabled veterans.

Rice University
General Announcements



University Addresses and Phone Numbers i

Message from the President vi

Academic Calendar 2000-2001 vii

The University and Campus 2

Board of Trustees 3

Rice University Campus Map 4

General Information for All Students 6

Student Responsibility 7

Faculty Grading Guidelines 7

Library and Computing Resources 9

Student Health and Counseling Services 12

Student Resource Centers 14

Sports 15

Student Automobiles 16

Information for Undergraduate Students 17

Introduction 18

Graduation Requirements 18

Distribution Requirements 20

Undergraduate Majors 20

Other Academic Undergraduate Options 22

Academic Regulations 31

Academic Advising and Tutorial Programs 41

Summer School 42

Admission of New Students 42

Tuition, Fees, and Expenses 48

Financial Aid 50

Scholarships and Awards 53

Honor Societies 69

Undergraduate Student Life 69

Information for Graduate Students 73

Introduction 74

Graduate Degrees 74

Admission to Graduate Study 79

Academic Regulations 80

Tuition, Fees, and Expenses 88

Financial Aid 89

Graduate Student Life 94

Class III Students in Nondegree Programs 95

Departments and Interdisciplinary Programs 96

Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations 97


Anthropology 100

Architecture 102

Art and Art History 109

Asian Studies Ill

Bioengineering 114

Biosciences 118

Biochemistry and Cell Biology 118

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 118

Center for the Study of Languages 124

Chemical Engineering 125

Chemistry 128

Civil Engineering 133

Classics 136

Cognitive Sciences 138

Computational and Applied Mathematics 141

Computer Science 145

Economics 149

Education 154

Electrical and Computer Engineering 158

English 163

Environmental Programs 165

Environmental Science and Engineering 167

French Studies 172

Geology and Geophysics 175

German and Slavic Studies 179

Hispanic and Classical Studies 181

History 183

Kinesiology 186

Linguistics 190

Management and Accounting 194

Managerial Studies 200

Mathematics 201

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science 203

Medieval Studies 207

Military Science 210

Music 213

Naval Science 217

Neurosciences 218

Philosophy 219

Physics and Astronomy 221

Policy Studies 225

Political Science 228

Psychology 231

Religious Studies 233

Sociology 236

Statistics 238

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The Program for the Study of Women and Gender 240

University Courses 243

Courses of Instruction 244

How to Read Course Listings 245

Accounting (ACCO) 246

Ancient Mediterranean Civihzations (AMC) 246

Anthropology (ANTH) 246

Arabic (ARAB) 261

Architecture (ARCH) 262

Studio Art, Film, and Photography (ARTS) 269

Asian Studies (ASIA) 273

Astronomy (ASTR) 275

Bioengineering (BIOE) 277

Biosciences (BIOS) 280

Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM) 287

Chemical Engineering (CENG) 293

Chemistry (CHEM) 297

Chinese (CHIN) 301

Civil Engineering (CIVI) 304

Classical Studies (CLAS) 308

Computer Science (COMP) 309

Cognitive Sciences (CSCI) 316

Economics (ECON) 316

Education (EDUC) 323

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ELEC) 328

Engineering (ENGI) 337

English (ENGL) 338

Environmental Science and Engineering (ENVI) 353

French Studies (FREN) 355

Geology and Geophysics (GEOL) 367

German (GERM) 372

Germanics (GMAN) [Taught in EngHsh] 379

Greek (GREE) 380

History of Art and Architecture (HART) 381

Health Sciences (HEAL) 389

Hebrew (HEBR) 390

History (HIST) 391

Honors Courses (HONS) 415

Humanities (HUMA) 416

Italian Language and Culture (ITAL) 419

Japanese (J APA) 420

Kinesiology (KINE) 421

Korean (KORE) 423

Latin (LATI) 424

Linguistics (LING) 425

Lifetime Physical Activity Program (LPAP) 432


Managerial Studies (MANA) 433

Mathematics (MATH) 433

Mechanical Engineering (MECH) 437

Management (MGMT) 443

Military Science (MILI) 456

Materials Science and Engineering (MSCI) 458

Music (MUSI) 461

Naval Science (NAVA) 475

Natural Sciences (NSCI) 476

Philosophy (PHIL) 476

Physics (PHYS) 481

Polish (PLSH) 484

Political Science (POLI) 484

Portuguese (PORT) 493

Psychology (PSYC) 494

Religious Studies (RELI) 501

Russian (RUSS) 511

Sanskrit (SANS) 513

Slavic Studies (SLAV) 514

Sociology (SOCI) 515

Social Sciences (SOSC) 518

Spanish (SPAN) 519

Statistics (STAT) 526

Theater (THEA) 530

Tibetan (TIBT) 530

University Courses (UNFV) 531

The Program for the Study of Women and Gender (WGST) 533

Administration and Staff 541

Administration 542

Administrative Offices 542

College Masters 543

Faculty 543

Professional Research Staff 585

University Standing Committees for 2000-2001 594

Chairs and Lectureships 594

Index 598

Message from the President

The General Announcements of Rice University is an indispensable resource in the
academic hfe of Rice University. It presents the people, the programs, and the practices
that make this university a singular center of higher education. The General Announce-
ments serves as a reminder of the high standards to which Rice has always aspired. These
standards are as vital and robust as they were when the first students matriculated in 1912.

We welcome your interest in Rice and your attention to the General Announcements.
I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information presented here: the
distinctive academic backgrounds of our faculty; the rules and responsibilities of student
life, both undergraduate and graduate; the diverse scope of our degree programs; and the
richness of our curriculum.

Malcolm GiUis


William Marsh Rice University


Academic Calendar 2000-2001

First Semester

Sunday-Friday, August 20-25 Orientation for new students

Monday, August 28 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

Monday-Friday Registration for continuing undergraduates

August 28-September 1 and graduate students

Monday, September 4 Labor Day holiday

Friday, September 8 Deadline: adding/dropping courses without


Friday, September 22 Deadline: late registration, adding


Friday, September 29 Deadline: changing spring 1999 pass/fail to

grade and instructors submitting grades to
clear incompletes

Friday, October 13 Midsemester grades for first-year students due

Monday, October 16 College course plans due to Vice President for

Student Affairs

Monday-Tuesday, October 16-17 Midterm recess

Wednesday, October 18 All classes normally held on Monday meet;

all Wednesday classes canceled (to equalize
holidays by days of the week during the

Monday, November 1 Deadline: filing Ph.D. candidacy petitions

Friday, November 3 Deadline: dropping courses, designating pass/

fail option

Monday-Friday, Preregistration for undergraduate students

November 13-17 for spring semester

Monday-Wednesday, Self-scheduling of final exams in

November 20-22 undergraduate courses

Thursday-Friday, Thanksgiving recess

November 23-24

Friday, December 8 LAST DAY OF CLASSES

Deadline: dropping courses for
first-semester students

Wednesday-Wednesday, Final examinations

December 13-20

Tuesday, January 2 All grades due in Registrar's Office

Second Semester

Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

Tuesday-Monday, Registration for undergraduate and graduate

January 16-22 students


Friday, January 19 Deadline: resolving grades of "other" from

fall 1999

Friday, January 26 Deadline: adding/dropping courses without


Thursday, February 1 Deadline: filing master's degree petitions in

Office of Graduate Studies

Friday, February 9 Deadline: late registration, adding courses

Friday, February 16 Deadline: instructors submitting grades to

clear incompletes and conversion of fall 2000
pass/fail to grade

Friday, February 23 Majors Day

Friday, March 2 College course plans due to Vice President

for Student Affairs

Midsemester grades for first-year students due

Monday-Friday, March 5-9 Midterm recess

Friday, March 16 Deadline: sophomores filing majors with

Registrar's Office

Monday, March 30 Deadline: dropping courses, designating

pass/fail option

Monday-Friday, Preregistration for undergraduate students

April 2-6 for fall semester

Thursday-Friday, April 12-13 Spring recess

Monday-Wednesday, Self-scheduling of final exams in under-

April 16-18 graduate courses

Friday, April 27 LAST DAY OF CLASSES

Deadline: dropping courses for first-semester

Deadline: completion of oral exams for
advanced degrees to be awarded at May

Saturday to Thursday, Final examinations for all degree candidates,

April 28-May 3 noon

Wednesday to Wednesday, Final examinations for remaining students

May 2-9

Friday, May 4 Deadline: submitting theses in Office of

Graduate Studies for May graduation, noon

Saturday, May 5 Grades of all degree candidates due in

Registrar's Office, 9 a.m.


Wednesday, May 16 Remaining grades due in Registrar's Office

Friday, June 8 Deadline: resolving grades of "other"





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The University and Campus

Rice is a private, independent university dedicated to the "advancement of letters,
science, and art." Occupying a distinctive, tree-shaded, nearly 300-acre campus only a
few miles from downtown Houston, Rice attracts a diverse group of highly talented
students with a range of academic studies that includes humanities, social sciences,
natural sciences, engineering, architecture, music, and business management (graduate
study only). The school offers students the advantage of forging close relationships with
members of the faculty and the option of tailoring graduate and undergraduate studies to
their specific interests. Students each year are drawn to this coed, nonsectarian university
by the creative approaches it historically has taken to higher education.

One of the unique features of Rice is its residential colleges. Before matriculating,
each of the university's 2,600 undergraduates becomes a member of one of eight
residential colleges, which have their own dining halls, public rooms, and dorms on
campus; most of the first-year students and close to 65 percent of all undergraduates
reside at their associated colleges. Because each student is randomly assigned to one of
the colleges and maintains membership in the same college throughout the undergraduate
years, the colleges are enriched by the diversity of their students' backgrounds, academic
interests and experiences, talents, and goals. A faculty master, who is assigned to each
college and lives in an adjacent house, helps cultivate a variety of cultural and intellectual
interests among the students, as well as supporting an effective system of self-govern-
ment. Other faculty or members of the community serve as associates to individual
colleges. The experience of college residence is indispensable to conveying the rich
flavor of academic life at Rice, allowing students to combine their usual studies with an
array of social events, intramural sports, student plays, lecture series, innovative college-
designed courses, and an active role in student govenmient.

Graduate students come to Rice for the chance to work closely with eminent
professors and researchers who are seeking to extend the horizons of current knowledge.
Although most of the approximately 1,500 graduate students live off campus, taking
advantage of the city's readily available and affordable housing, space is also available
in the university-owned Graduate Apartments. Students have a voice within the univer-
sity community through the Graduate Student Association, which organizes and funds
regular social events.

Rice offers students the pleasures and challenges of academic life within the
peaceful enclosure of a campus widely acclaimed for its beauty. Campus buildings,
including an extensive computer center and the 2 million-volume Fondren Library, form
graceful groupings under spreading live oaks. Recent additions include the architectur-
ally stunning Anne and Charles Duncan Hall, the state-of-the-art building for computa-
tional engineering; James A. Baker III Hall, which houses the Institute for Public Policy
and the School of Social Sciences; and E. Dell Butcher Hall, home to the Center for
Nanoscale Science and Technology. Additionally, Rice boasts the largest open-air
stadium in the city.

Rice students also enjoy all the commercial and cultural advantages of a major
metropolitan center. The school maintains extensive technological links to the area's
many colleges and universities, the acclaimed Texas Medical Center, and other re-
sources. And both students and faculty enjoy Houston's panoply of cultural offerings,
from opera to blues clubs and from a renowned collection of postimpressionist art to
alternative art spaces. Rice and Houston together provide an ideal learning and living

Board of Trustees


E. William Bamett, Chair
J. D. Bucky Allshouse
D. Kent Anderson
James A. Baker, HI
Teveia Rose Barnes
Raymond Brochstein
Albert Y. Chao
James W. Crownover
Janice Doty
James A. Elkins, HI
K. Terry Koonce
Lee Hage Jamail
Frederick R. Lummis, Jr.
Michael R. Lynch
Robert R. Maxfield
Burton J. McMurtry
Robert C. McNair
Steven L. Miller
William Robert Parks
Harry M. Reasoner
Karen Hess Rogers
Wilham N. Sick


Judy Ley Allen
Richard A. Chapman
Stephen C. Cook
Thomas H. Cruikshank
Carolyn Douglas Devine
J. Thomas Eubank
WilHam S. Parish, m
Catherine Cobum Hannah
Joyce Pounds Hardy-McDonald
James W. Hargrove
Gerald D. Hines
William P. Hobby
Paul N. Howell
A. L. Jensen
T. Robert Jones
Jack S. Josey
Baine P. Ken-
William F. Kieschnick
Neal T. Lacey, Jr.
Wendel D. Ley
J. Hugh Liedtke
William M. McCardell
Jerry McCleskey
J. W. McLean


Josephine E. Abercrombie
J. Evans Attwell
Harry J. Chavanne
John L. Cox
Charles W. Duncan, Jr.
Matt F. Gorges
CM. Hudspeth
Edward W. Kelley, Jr.
Albert N. Kidd
Ralph S. O'Connor
W. Bernard Pieper
Jack T. Trotter

G. Walter McReynolds
James R. Meyers
George R. Miner
Pat H. Moore
S. L Morris
Paula Meredith Mosle
Ralph W. Noble, H
Haylett O'Neill, Jr.
M. Kenneth Oshman
James L. Pate
J. Howard Rambin
David L. Rooke
Frank B. Ryan
Louisa Stude Sarofim
Gus A. Schill, Jr.
Stephen J. Shaper
Harry K. Smith
Stephen B. Smith
Louis D. Spaw, Jr.
Selby W. Sullivan
Benjamin N. Woodson
Helen Saba Worden

Rice University Campus Map




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Emergency Phones



1. Loven Hall
Admission. President, Provost,
Vice President for Student Affairs,
Vice President for Public Affkirs,
Vice President for Enrollment

2. SovaU HaU

3. Herzstein Hall

4. Anderson Hall
Dean of Architecture

5. Rav'zor Hall
(under renovation)

6. Fondren Library

7. Humanities Building
Dean of Humanities

8. Hemng Hall
Dean of Graduate School of

9. Rice Memorial Chapel

10. Rice Memorial Center
Bookstore, Alumni Office

1 1 . hey Student Center

12. James A. Baker III Hall

Dean of Social Sciences, Director
of Baker Institute for Public Policy

13. -Mice Pratt Brown Hall
Dean of Music

14. Dell Butcher Hall

15. Space Science Building

16. Keith -Wicss Geological Lalx«^torics

1 7. M.D .V»dcnrjn BirjJfjgical Laboratrjocs

18. George R. Brown Hall

19. Hamman Hall

20. Hicks Kitchen

2 1 . Mudd Building






Herman Brown Hall

Howard Keck Hall

Dean of Natural Sciences

Mechanical Engineering Building

Ryon Engineering Laboratory

Facilities and Engineering

Mechanical Laborator\'

Abercrombie Engineering Laboraton>'

Anne and Charles Duncan Hall

Dean of Engineering

Martel House (under construction)

Martel College (under construction)

Mary Gibbs Jones College

Jones House

Brown House

Margaret! Root Brown College

Ralph S. O'Connor House

Cohen House

Faculty Club

Allen Center for Business Acovities

Registrar, Cashier, Vice President for

Finance & Administration,

Controller, Vice President for

Resource Development, Vice

President for Investments and


James A. Baker (College

Edgar Odell Lovett College

l>ovctt House

Will Rice CoUege

Baker House

Will Rice House





Richardson House

Sid W. Richardson College

Hanszen House

Harry C. Hanszen College

Harry C. Wiess College

Wiess House

New Wiess College

(under construction)

Gymnasium and Autry Court

Rice Media Center

Speros P. Martel Center for

Continuing Studies

Dean of Continuing Studies

Campus Police


Mail Ser\ice

Cox Fitness Center



Parking Key


Rice Stadium


Athletic Offices and "R" Room


Alice Pratt Brown Hall Lot


Autrv Coun Ijot


Greenbriar Building


Abercrombie Lot


North Colleges Residents Ix)t

Office of Public Affairs, Buy/Pay


Commuting Students Stadium Lot


Main Street Ix)t


Rice Graduate Apartments


North Lot


South Colleges Residents Lot


Reckling Park at Cameron Field


North \Tsitors Lot


Facult>- Staff Stadium Lot


Temporary Library


5620 Greenbriar hot


South Stadium Lot

(under construction)


Baker College-Food and


Resident Students Stadium Lot


Jesse H. Jones Graduate School

Housing Lot


Rvon-Mechanical Laboratory' Lot

of Management (wwrftr construction)


Central Visitors Lot


Facilities and Engineering Lot


New Jones Commons



Biologv-Geology Lot

(under construction)


Allen Center-Cohen House Lot


Continuing Studies-Media Center hx


New Jones Master House


Cohen House Visitors Lot


West Stadium Lot

(under construction)


Founder's Court Visitors Lot





Student Responsibility

The university expects all Rice students to exercise personal responsibility over
their actions. Their behavior should reflect a respect for the law and for their contractual
obligations, a consideration for the rights of others, and shared standards of considerate
and ethical behavior.

Rice encourages self-discipline, recognizing that effective student government,
including judicial processes, and the integrity of the honor system depend on the
willingness of all students to meet community standards of conduct.

The university, however, reserves the right to insist on the withdrawal of any student
whose conduct it judges to be clearly detrimental to the best interests of either the student
or the university. The appropriate authorities take such action only after careful

No individual or group may use the name of the university or one of its colleges
without prior approval of the university or the college.

The Honor System

One of the oldest and proudest traditions at Rice, the honor system is administered
by the Honor Council, whose student members are elected each year by the student body.
Adopted by a student vote in 1916, the honor system has remained essentially the same
since that time but for changes in the procedures and membership of the Honor Council.

Students take all written examinations and complete any specifically designated
assignments under the honor system. By committing themselves to the honor system, all
students accept responsibility for assuring the integrity of the examinations and assign-
ments conducted under it. The Honor Council is responsible for investigating reported
violations and for conducting a hearing when the facts warrant. The assistant dean of
student judicial programs, who reviews the results of the investigations and hearing,
considers the council's recommendations when issuing penalties.

The Honor Council conducts an ongoing program to acquaint new students and
faculty with the honor system.

Faculty Grading Guidelines

The Committee on Examinations and Standing has drawn up the following guide-
lines on grading. Additional information is available on pages 36-38.

• The evaluation of the student's performance in a course and a decision on the

appropriate grade is the responsibility of the designated instructor or instructors
in the course.

• No student should be given an extension of time or opportunities to improve a grade

that are not available to all members of the class, except for verified illness or
justified absence from campus. Students who have three scheduled final
examinations in two consecutive calendar days may, however, take one of the
examinations at another time. Except for scheduled exams, no course assign-
ments may be due between the last day of classes and the last day of the final
examination period.

• Students in independent study courses are not to be allowed an extension beyond

the time when grades are due. Faculty are to submit grades at the end of the
semester for such students based on work completed during the semester. The
instructor directing the independent study bears responsibility with the student
for ensuring that the work undertaken is appropriate to the span of a semester
and for determining the degree credit to be received.


• The basis for grading and the expectations on all written assignments or tests

should be clearly explained to the class in advance, preferably in writing at the
beginning of the semester. The instructor should explain clearly which assign-

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