FOR ESS (Enviromnental and Sustainability Studies) MINORS at UTA


Check out the new cross-disciplinary Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies! Taking advantage of the many courses on sustainability and the environment offered throughout the university, this broadly interdisciplinary program provides students a powerful way to enrich their education and more effectively apply their major field of study to some of the most complex and crucial problems of the new millennium. In an era when concerns about the atmosphere, oceans, biodiversity, extinction, energy, urban sprawl, toxins, human health, and environmental justice are dramatically intensifying, the ESS program opens important new career paths and responds to the need for environmentally savvy citizens in all areas of contemporary society.

The official UTA website for the ESS Minor is at SUPA; you can find information about the minor and its requirements here. As Coordinator of the ESS Minor I keep this web page in order to give students the most up to date information, especially about course offerings. For advising, please contact Yolanda Thomas, in SUPA: If you are minoring in ESS but haven't officially declared the minor, we really need you to **declare** your ESS minor so that we know how many students we have in the program and how we can offer courses you need! If you are minoring in ESS and have questions about whether a course will count, or suggestions for more courses, please contact me: Dr. Alaimo: The best place to find information about specific UTA courses is by looking at the faculty member's Mentis page-since all faculty are *required* to post syllabi there. For a partial list of UTA Faculty Experts on sustainability and environment, click here.

Students and faculty: Please join the Facebook group: "ESS Minors at UTA." For more information about academic programs, events, and other opportunities to get involved in sustainability and environmentalism at UTA click here for the Mavericks Go Green web pages. UTA has an active student group, The Environmental Society, with a FB group. For a wealth of information about sustainability on university and college campuses see the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) website. You may wish to consider a career in the field of sustainability or another environmentally-related position. See Orion's Green Jobs list.

ESS APPROVED COURSES for Maymester and Summer 2014:

BIOL 2343: Evolution and Ecology, Maymester, DeVito.

BIOL 2343: Evolution and Ecology, Summer II. DeVito

CE 3334: Principles of Environmental Engineering, 11-Week Summer Session. MW 8-9:50.

CE 4232: Landfill Design. 11-Week Summer Session. MW 10:30-12:30.

CIRP 4391 "Studies in City and Regional Planning."Summer II [CHANGED FROM SUMMER I TO SUMMER II]. MTWR 10:30-12:20, Andrew Whittemore .Students in CIRP 4391 will develop an understanding of the role of the private and public sectors in the development and management of the American city. It will consider such topics as the organization of city government, demographic, economic, and physical conditions analysis, land use planning, the quality of the urban environment, sustainability, urban redevelopment, urban design, and regional planning. The course is especially an introduction to the profession of city planning in the United States. City planners work at all levels of government and in the private sector as consultants to governments. They include planners of transportation systems, land use planners who make recommendations to legislators on how to regulate development, and planners who focus on tasks such as environmental clean-up and conservation, redevelopment projects, or economic development.

GEOG 1302: Introduction to Human Geography. 11-week summer session. Andrew J. Milson, MW 1:00-2:50


Core Course for ESS: ESST 2300/HIST 4388. MWF 10-10:50, Chris Morris. (This course is required for all ESS Minors.)

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Business

ARCH 3331: Architecture and Environment, MW 5:30-6:50

ART 3357: Sustainable Design. T/R 2:00: 4:50

CIRP 4320 - 001 Sustainable Communities
Tu 3:00PM - 5:50PM, Dr. Yekang Ko. This course course explores broad environmental and social issues in sustainable communities. Potential topics include urban water management, food and resources, wildlife conservation, native landscaping, waste management, green building, housing diversity, public transportation and community participation. The course serves as a laboratory for working with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the DFW area and developing issue-based, action research projects to solve real-world problems in our communities. This hands-on course combines lecture, student-led discussion, site visits and collaborative team work for service learning projects.

ECON 4302: Environmental Economics, TR 12:30-1:50, Wunder.

ENGL 3376-001: Business/Professional Writing, T: R 8.00-10.50 AM
Crystal Elerson
Junior-level course focused on advanced grammar, writing style, and design. The first third of this course focuses on writing. The second third of the course focuses on design and business formatting. The final third of this course focuses on Environmental Sustainability studies in the form of proposal writing, instructional writing, feasibility studies, and manual writing. This course includes both individual and collaborative projects.

[Note: Students who do ESS-related projects in the following courses taught by Dr. Elerson (only) may also receive ESS credit: ENGL 3373 (a Technical Editing course), and two sections of ENGL 3374 (Technical Presentations). Dr. Elerson will have ESS-related projects available for students who would like to take these courses for the minor.]

ENGL 4326-001: Shakespeare, TR 12:30-1:50 PM
Amy Tigner
This class will take an ecocritical approach to Shakespeare, as we will study the notion of both urban and rural nature and its relationship to culture. Our study will be historical and we will discuss the landscape and environmental issues of both city and country—both in the plays and in Shakespeare's world. The plays that we will be reading include Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, King Lear, As You Like It, and The Tempest. We will also be reading contemporary ecocriticism to contextualize the environmental problems of the early modern period. Students will participate by presenting group projects and contributing to the class blog. At the end of the semester, students will have the option of doing a creative project that is oriented to environmental issues and Shakespeare, along with a short paper, or they can write a longer, more traditional, literary criticism paper.

ENGL 4365-001: Children's Literature, MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
Gyde Martin
This course will survey 120 years of children's fiction with a particular focus: the presentation of Nature and the Environment. We will examine some of the most popular and enduring genres—the Survival Novel (including the feral-child story) and the Animal Novel—to trace our culture's changing sensibility toward Nature and our growing concern for its (and our) survival. Ultimately, we also want to know HOW this serious concern is presented to young audiences.
Required Texts: Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden; Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book; Karen Hesse, The Music of Dolphins; Walt Morey, Gentle Ben; Gary Paulsen, Hatchet; Carl Hiaasen, Flush; Michael Ende, The Night of Wishes; plus 4 individually assigned novels.

GEOG 1303: World Regional Geography. Andrew Milson, MWF, 11-11:50

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

BIOL 2343 Evolution and Ecology (Prerequisite: BIOL 1441,) TR 11-12:20, Demuth and Walsh; or TR 5:30-6:50, Devito.

GEOL 4308: Environmental Geochemistry, M 5:30-8:20

Civil Engineering:

CE 3334 Principles of Environmental Engineering, MWF, 9-9:50

CE 4323 Landfill Design, TR 7-8:20

CE 4350 Introduction to Air Pollution, TR 9:30-10:50

CE 4351 Physical Unit Processes, MW 5:30-650

CE 4354 Introduction to Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, MW 7-8:20

CE 4355 Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities, TR 5:30-6:50

Mechanical Engineering:

MAE 4301 - 002 Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineerin: [These topics only]

More courses for ESS credit? Independent studies, Honors theses, capstone courses with senior projects, studio or design courses, internships, may all be eligible for the ESS minor if they are focused on topics related to environmental or sustainability studies. Please contact Dr. Alaimo to see if your course, project, or internship would qualify.


(Note that these courses are not offered every semester. Topics courses must be identified by the specific topic and the instructor, not just the course number. Check each semester's list of approved courses to be certain a course will count. See above.)

ESST 2300: Core Course for the Minor

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Business

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

Civil Engineering:

Mechanical Engineering:

Canoe trip: Dr. Chris Morris' Environmental History Course Spring 2012Canoe trip: Dr. Chris Morris' Environmental History Course, Spring 2012




GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Business 

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering 

Civil Engineering

CE 3334 Principles of Environmental Engineering, Srinivas Prabakar, MoWe 4-5:2



Please note that whether or not topics courses will count for the ESS Minor depends on the *specific topic and the instructor* for that particular section of the course. Some topics courses--with the same course number--will contain ESS content and some won't so please be careful.

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Business

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering


GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering


ESST 2300: Core Course for the Minor: Douglas Klahr (Architecture) T/TH 11-12:20

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Business

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

Note: Starting Spring 2013 the ESS Minor will be reconfigured to include two groups of courses--not three. (Groups 1 and 3 have been combined.) This should make it easier for students to fulfill the distribution requirement for the minor.

Approved ESS Courses offered in SUMMER 2012

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social and Cultural Studies

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

GROUP 3 - Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs

Approved ESS Courses offered in FALL 2012:

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social and Cultural Studies

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

Civil Engineering:

Mechanical Engineering:

GROUP 3 - Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs