ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs will offer a minor in environmental and sustainability studies beginning in fall 2010. It will provide credentials in the field of sustainability to students in a variety of majors.
Biology Professor James P. Grover, who serves as chairman of the University Sustainability Committee's work group focused on curriculum, said the minor will be beneficial to students like the science major who wants to work in environmental science or oversight with a regulatory agency and the liberal arts major who wants to work in broad areas of public policy.
The environmental and sustainability studies minor will require 18 credit hours. A new three-hour core course will be offered for the first time in spring 2011. Jeff Howard, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs and founding co-chairman of the University Sustainability Committee, will teach the core course. He said it will have three focuses: offering the students a broad overview of issues and perspectives from the field of environmental studies, giving them a framework to integrate their other coursework into the minor and directly involving them in North Texas environmental projects like prairie restoration.
In addition to the core course, the minor requires 15 hours of approved courses taken in each of three areas, liberal arts; natural sciences and engineering; and urban and public affairs and architecture.
In geology, for example, sustainability related courses deal with climate change and global warming. In English there are special topics classes that address environmental literature.
Meghna Tare, director of sustainability for UT Arlington, said the new minor will build a solid foundation for sustainability major in future, give students an opportunity to learn the principles of sustainability and the expertise to possibly pursue a career in the area of sustainability.
"Our economy and society are dependent on a healthy environment. Sustainability requires balancing economic success with environmental conservation and social equity, also known as the triple bottom line," Tare said. "The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to this triple bottom line and is striving to become a leader in campus sustainability."
Please visit http://www.uta.edu/supa/undergraduate/ESSTminor.php or contact Rod Hissong, associate professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-3350 for more information about the program.
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