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School of Urban and Public Affairs

School of Urban and Public Affairs

Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

ESS Courses | Approved Coureses by Semester | ESS Faculty | Undergraduate Catalog Description

The minor offers undergraduates across the campus-- from Liberal Arts and Architecture to Science and Interdisciplinary Studies-- a set of tools for understanding the social, political, humanistic, and scientific dimensions of climate change and other environmental problems. 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, energy, urban sprawl, 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 18 credit hour ESS minor can be combined with most majors and in some cases completed coursework will qualify for credit. SUPA and the interdisciplinary group of faculty members overseeing the minor expect it to be particularly appealing to students majoring in Liberal Arts, Architecture, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Sciences (especially Environmental Science).

The broadly interdisciplinary ESS minor differs from most minors in two important respects. First, it comprises courses in diverse fields. Second, courses offered for ESS credit often simultaneously satisfy requirements in the student's major field of study. Together, these differences give students considerable flexibility to construct their degree plans in ways that do not significantly increase the overall number of credit hours they must take to complete their undergraduate degrees. Many students who begin the minor early in their years at UT Arlington are expected to be able to complete it by adding only one or two courses beyond the requirements of their majors.

Students interested in adding the Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies should consult with ESS advisor LaKayla Cooper, lncooper@uta.edu, 817-272-0899.

Students are required to take one core course, ESST 2300: Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies, which surveys topics and methods in interdisciplinary studies of sustainability and the environment. This course should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.

An additional 15 hours of coursework is to be completed from the list of courses below (or others approved by the ESS advisor). At least one course must be taken in each of the three groups. Students are encouraged to inquire about other courses that might qualify for credit. At least 6 hours must be taken as 3000- or 4000-level courses. Additional courses are expected to be approved each semester, so students are encouraged to consult regularly with the advisor.


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. Click here to see classes available by semester.)

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social and Cultural Studies

ANTH 3325 Ethnography of South America
ART 3357
Sustainable Design (Prerequisite: ART 2354 or permission of the advisor.)
ENGL 1301
Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing I: Writing & the Environment
ENGL 1302
Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing II: Writing Argument, Thinking Green
ENGL 2303
Topics in Literature: Literature & Environment
ENGL 3347
Topics in Multicultural Literatures: Power & Place
ENGL 3366
Topics in Literature and Environment: Contemporary Environmental Literatures
ENGL 4350
Topics in Film and Literature: Nature and Environment in Film & Theory
HIST 3355
Environmental History of the United States (Also listed as GEOG 3355; credit will be granted only once.)
HIST 4388
Topics in History: Issues in Environmental History
PHIL 3324
Topics in Applied Ethics
SOCI 3324
Social Movements Prerequisite: SOCI 1311

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

BIOL 2343 Evolution and Ecology (Prerequisite: BIOL 1441)
BIOL 3356
Environmental Systems, Biological Aspects (Prerequisites: BIOL 1441, 1442, 2343)
BIOL 3357
Marine Biology (Prerequisites: BIOL 1441, 1442)
CHEM 1445
Chemistry for Non-Science Majors
CHEM 1446
Chemistry II for Non-Science Majors (Prerequisite: CHEM 1445 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. CHEM 1446 cannot be used to fulfill the 1441/1442 requirement in any degree program.)
GEOL 2401
Weather and Climate (Offered as GEOG 2401 and GEOL 2401; credit will be granted only once.)
GEOL 1430
Global Warming
GEOL 2412
Introduction to Oceanography (Formerly offered as GEOL 3301 and GEOL 3184; credit will be granted only once.)
GEOL 2414
The Global Environment and Human Health
GEOL 2406
Natural Resources and Sustainability
PSYC 3316
Environmental Psychology (Prerequisite: PSYC 1315)

GROUP 3 - Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs

ARCH 3331 Architecture and Environment (Prerequisites: ARCH 2552 and Declared in Architecture or consent of department)
ARCH 4395
Selected Topics in Architecture: Sustainability for Everyone
INTS 4388
Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies: Justice, Democracy, and Metropolitan Environments (Please ask ESS advisor to waive prerequisites.)
INTS 4388
Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary Research in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (Please ask ESS advisor to waive prerequisite.)
URPA 4305
Foundations of Environmental Protection and Sustainability



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Approved Courses for Spring 2012

Group 1 - Liberal Arts, Social and Cultural Studies

ANTH 4358.002 Topics in Archaeology: Archaeology of Sustainability - Ingram
ENGL 2303
Topics in Literature: Environmentalism and Sustainability in Science Fiction - Tidwell
ENGL 2303 Topics in Literature: "Cowboys, Cannibals, and Conservationists: Masculinity and the Environment" - Wallace
ENGL 3366 Topics in Literature and Environment: "Animal Studies and Environmentalism" - Alaimo
GEOG 1302 Introduction to Human Geography - Milson
HIST 3355 Environmental History of the U.S. - Morris

Group 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

BIOL 1334 Introduction to Biology IIP - Grover
BIOL 3356 Environmental Systems, Biological Aspects - Devito
BIOL3325 Plant EcologyP - Gough
CE 3334 Principles of Environmental EngineeringP
CHEM 1446 Chemistry ii for Non-Science Majors
GEOL 1430 Global Warming - Winguth/Hughlett 

Group 3 - Architecture, Business, and Public Affairs

ARCH 3331 Architecture and EnvironmentP - Nelson
ARCH 4311 Design: Repurposing Materials in Architecture, Art, and Design
ARCH 4311 Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies - Klahr
ARCH 4330 Energy Use and Conservation in Architecture - James
INTS 4388 Special Topics: "Justice, Democracy, and Metropolitan Environments* - Connor

P Prerequisites are significant and may, in effect, preclude non-majors.
* Prerequisite for INTS 4388 will be waived upon request.


Approved Courses for Summer 2012

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social and Cultural Studies

None 

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

BIOL 2343 Evolution & Ecology
Prerequisite: BIOL 1441, Five Week 2, 10:30-12:30, Jesse Meik, Jill Devito

BIOL 2343 Evolution & Ecology
Prerequisite: BIOL 1441, Intersession, 1:00-4:45, Jeffrey Demuth 

GROUP 3 - Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs

None


Approved courses for Fall 2012

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social and Cultural Studies

ART 3357 Sustainable Design (Prerequisite: ART 2354 or permission of the advisor), T/TH 11-1:50
ENGL 1301 (This section, this instructor only. Open to HONORS students only.), “Animals,” Tim Morris
ENGL 2303 Topics in Literature: Women, Nature, Science, Tracey Clough, T/TH 11-12:20 (This section, this instructor only)
ENGL 3366
Topics in Literature and Environment: Environmental Film and Ecotheory, Stacy Alaimo, T/TH 9:30-10:50 No longer offered in Fall 2012
HIST 3327
New South, Chris Morris
HIST 3357 Early Frontier, Chris Morris
HONR LA 2300 Climnate Change and Human History, Scott Ingram, T/TH 11-12:20 (Honors students only)

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

BIOL 2343 Evolution and Ecology (Prerequisite: BIOL 1441), T/TH 11-12:20, Demuth
BIOL 2343
Evolution and Ecology (Prerequisite: BIOL 1441), T/TH 5:30-6:50, Devito
CHEM 1445
Chemistry for Non-Science Majors, MWF 11-11:50, Lab Mon. 1-3:50, Lab, Tues. 1-3:50
GEOL 1450
Introduction to Oceanography, MWF 11-11:50, Lab Fri. 12:30-2:00, Arne Winguth
CE 3334 Principles of Environmental Engineering
CE 4323 Landfill Design
CE 4350 Introduction to Air Pollution
CE 4351 Physical Unit Processes
CE 4354 Introduction to Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
CE 4355 Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

GROUP 3 - Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs

ARCH 3331 Architecture and Environment, MW 5:30-6:50
ARCH 4340 The Everyday City, MWF 11-11:50, Wanda Dye
INTS 4338 Special Topic: Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainability, James Welch


Approved courses for SPRING 2013 (More courses to be announced): 

ESST 2300 Core Course for the Minor, Douglas Klahr (Architecture)


Approved courses for FALL 2013 (more courses to be announced): 

ESST 2300 Core Course for the Minor, Chris Morris (History)


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ESS Faculty

Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad
Professor, College of Engineering, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
iahmad@cse.uta.edu | research profile | web page

Dr. Stacy Alaimo
Assoc. Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Dept. of English
alaimo@uta.edu | research profile | web page

Dr. Philip Cohen
Dean, Graduate School
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Dept. of English
cohen@uta.edu | research profile      

Dr. Michan Connor
Asst. Professor, School of Urban and Public Affairs
michan@uta.edu | research profile       

Dr. Jill DeVito
Lecturer, College of Science, Dept. of English
jilldevito@uta.edu | research profile       

Dr. Wanda Dye
Asst. Professor, School of Architecture
dyew@uta.edu | research profile

Mr. Richard Greene
Adjunct and Associate Professor, School of Urban & Public Affairs
rgreene@uta.edu     

Dr. James Grover   
Professor, College of Science, Dept. of Biology
Director, Environmental & Earth Science Program
Chair, Curriculum, Research, & Community Engagement Working Group
grover@uta.edu | research profile | web page

Dr. Douglas Klahr
Assistant Professor-School of Architecture
klahr@uta.edu | research profile

Dr. Christopher Morris      
Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Dept. of History
morris@uta.edu | research profile | web page

Dr. Melanie Sattler
Asst. Professor, College of Engineering, Dept. of Civil Engineering
sattler@uta.edu | research profile | web page

Dr. Kevin Schug
Asst. Professor, College of Science, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
kschug@uta.edu | research profile

Dr. Peggy Semingson
Asst. Professor, College of Education & Health Professions, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
peggys@uta.edu | research profile

Dr. James Welch
Asst. Professor, School of Urban & Public Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies Program
welchj4@uta.edu

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Undergraduate

ESS Advisor

LaKayla Cooper
lncooper@uta.edu
817-272-0899

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