ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES (ESS)

MINOR at the University of Texas at Arlington

The new cross-disciplinary Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies is open to students in ALL MAJORS. ! Taking advantage of the many courses on sustainability and the environment offered throughout the university, this broadly cross-disciplinary program provides students a powerful way to enrich their education and more effectively apply their major 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 of the 21st century.

The requirements for the minor are straightforward:

SCROLL DOWN to see lists of approved courses for the ESS minor, by semester. MORE COURSES? Independent studies, directed study, or conference courses; studio or design courses; research or problems courses; internships; honors theses, capstone courses, senior projecst; or service learning courses may be approved for the ESS minor on a case by case basis, if the student concentrates on topics related to environmental or sustainability studies. Email Dr. Alaimo for approval: alaimo@uta.edu, and then save that email to for your records and to show the Advisor.

As Director of the ESS Minor I keep this web page in order to provide students the most up to date information, especially about course offerings, which vary by semester. As soon as I find and approve a course for the minor I post it here. I also send updates on the FB Group, "ESS Minors at UTA." 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: alaimo@uta.edu.

ADVISING for the ESS Minor is housed in Architecture. Click here for more information or contact: Cheryl Donaldson: arch.advising@uta.edu or Shatavia Thomas: arch.advising@uta.edu.

ESS APPROVED COURSES FOR SUMMER 2015 (under construction)

ESS APPROVED COURSES FOR FALL 2015 (under construction)

CORE COURSE: ESST 2300 cross-listed with HIST 3355, US Environmental History, MWF 10:00-10:50. Dr. Chris Morris.

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Business

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

River Legacy Park with Dr. MorrisESS Minors at River Legacy Park

GENERAL LISTING OF COURSES IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES MINOR

(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. And depending on special topics, there may be more or different courses that qualify, semester by semester. See above.)

ESST 2300: Core Course for the Minor

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Business

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

Natural Sciences

Engineering:

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

ARCHIVE OF PREVIOUS ESS COURSE OFFERINGS

ESS APPROVED COURSES FOR Spring 2015

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Business

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

ESS APPROVED COURSES for Fall 2014

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.

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
[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

ENGL 4365-001: Children's Literature, MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
Gyde Martin

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

HIST 4388. 007 (This section only!) "Unsustainable: Destruction, Extinction, and Catastrophic Failure in History." MWF 10-10:50, Chris Morris.

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 4305 - 045 SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY: Intro to Environmental Studies Ashanti Turner. Online.

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]

ESS APPROVED COURSES for Maymester and Summer 2014:

LING 4362/5362 Language Documentation. Instructor: Colleen Fitzgerald. Summer session 1, MTWR 1 pm - 3 pm in GS 104. (reg# 54006) This course will count for ESS credit if the student chooses the Ethnobotany 1 & 2 or the Ethnobiology 1&2 CoLang workshop sequences to attend, and if the student's final project work is on a project that relates to traditional ecological knowledge as approved by the instructor. Note: instructor has several ongoing projects on TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) where students can contribute.Full information about all the activities of CoLang 2014 are online at http://tinyurl.com/colang2014.

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.

CANCELLED! CIRP 4391 "Studies in City and Regional Planning."Summer II MTWR 10:30-12:20, Andrew Whittemore .

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

GEOL 4305 - 045 SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY: Intro to Environmental Studies. Summer I, online. Ashanti Turner. [Cancelled for summer; will be offered in the fall.]

[New ESS course for Summer II]: INTS 4388 sec 002 Dian Nostikasari. MoTuWeTh 10:30AM - 12:30PM
"The class will discusses food insecurity and poverty issues that are situated within an urban/metropolitan region context. We will discuss the problem of food insecurity; social and spatial structures of cities and metropolitan regions; how communities across the DFW have unequal access to healthy and affordable food options due to their surrounding built environment; and how the food supply system and big companies affect how people access food. We will learn about various neighborhoods in the DFW Metroplex that are designated as food deserts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The course will consist of lectures, discussion groups, and assignments that are oriented for service learning."

APPROVED COURSES FOR THE ESS MINOR FOR SPRING 2014:

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

COURSES APPROVED FOR ESS--FALL 2013:

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

COURSES APPROVED FOR ESS--Summer 2013:

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

COURSES APPROVED FOR ESS--SPRING 2013:

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
None

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

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