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While UT Arlington offers numerous individual classes on sustainability topics, we are also working to implement broader academic programs for our students. It's all part of our commitment to pioneer research and interdisciplinary studies to help ensure a more sustainable future.

Doctoral

Environmental and Earth Sciences (Ph.D)

The Doctoral Program in Environmental and Earth Sciences provides students with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to conduct independent research. Dissertation research is the heart of the program, and it is supported carefully selected coursework and development of competency in specific research skills. The student's coursework is designed to support the student‘s dissertation research, taking into account their previous background and the need for interdisciplinary training to solve environmental problems. http://www.uta.edu/ese/degrees.htm

Civil Engineering (Specialization in Environmental Engineering; Ph.D)

The Department of Civil Engineering offers a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. Specialization is available in the area of environmental engineering, including: water quality control and modeling, water supply and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid waste management, and sustainable energy (biogas). The Ph.D. degree is a research degree and, as such, requires the candidate to successfully carry out original, independent research in their area of specialization.  Normally, this will require a minimum of one year of advanced course work beyond the Master's degree in addition to the research. 

Master's

Environmental and Earth Sciences (MS)

The Master‘s degree in Environmental and Earth Sciences is designed to prepare the graduate for applied work in the private sector and governmental positions. The program offers non-thesis option (full or part time), thesis option (usually full time), and a professional option (full time, with professional mentoring and internship). The degree usually requires completing 4-5 core courses, 5-7 elective courses, and additional seminars, internships or research experiences depending on the option chosen. The student's core and elective courses are chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor, taking into account their previous background and the need for interdisciplinary training to solve environmental problems. http://www.uta.edu/ese/degrees.htm

City and Regional Planning (Emphasis in Green Cities & Transportation; MCRP)

The MCRP program prepares students for careers as professional planners with public, private and nonprofit organizations, and to make a contribution to society through basic and applied research into metropolitan planning and sustainability. The application of planning theory, knowledge, techniques, and skills to “real world” planning problems provides students with practical experience for guiding the future city, region, and nation. The application of theory and research is facilitated by research activities and centers within the School, including the Institute of Urban Studies. For more information visit: www.uta.edu/supa

Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability Track; MS)

The program leading to the MS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability Track is designed to develop advanced sustainability analysis and evaluation skills that are necessary to implement and document sustainable initiatives within the changing marketplace.

This program is ideal for individuals wishing to be change agents for their organizations and communities. The curriculum emphasizes the efficient and effective use of resources minimizing the impact on the physical and social environment. For more information visit: http://www.uta.edu/fortworth/degrees/sust/description.php

 Civil Engineering (Specialization in Environmental Engineering; MS,ME)

The Department of Civil Engineering offers Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering. Specialization is available in the area of environmental engineering, including: water quality control and modeling, water supply and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid waste management, and sustainable energy (biogas).  The Master of Science degree is a research-oriented program requiring completion of a research thesis in the area of specialization. The Master of Engineering degree is an engineering practice-oriented program involving coursework and smaller research projects depending on specialization. 

Urban Affairs (Concentration in Environmental Policy; MA)
The Master of Arts in Urban Affairs prepares students for policy and/or management positions in local government, regional government, nonprofit and private sector consulting and for other professional positions in economic development, social planning, community organizing, and urban journalism. The program is organized around public policy issues with emphasis on the problems and questions related to life in urban communities. Because urban issues are complex and require the understanding and skills of many disciplines, the program is interdisciplinary in character, curriculum content, teaching staff, and enrollment. For more information visit: www.uta.edu/supa

 

Bachelor's

Environmental Science (BS)

The BS degree in Environmental Science provides interdisciplinary training in the sciences to prepare students for careers in the private sector and in government agencies concerned with environmental management and policy. http://www.uta.edu/ees/BS_EnvironmentalSci.html

Civil Engineering (Specialization in Environmental Engineering; BS)

The CE undergraduate program leading to a B.S. degree consists of a total of 130 credit hours. The program typically spans over a period of four years for full-time students. Specialization is available in the area of environmental engineering, including: water quality control and modeling, water supply and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, and solid waste management. 

Undergraduate Minors

Environmental and Sustainability Studies

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 environmental problems. Taking advantage of courses offered throughout the university, this interdisciplinary program provides students a powerful way to enrich their education and apply their major fields of study to the complex problems of the new millennium. Unlike a typical minor, ESS often can be added to a student’s degree plan without adding significantly to the number of credit hours needed to graduate.

The minor provides an interdisciplinary focus on the social, political, and economic aspects of the urban experience. It allows students to explore urban environmental issues in this context and orients students toward career opportunities in urban planning and environmental policy. http://www.uta.edu/supa/undergraduate/esst-minor.php

Download Program Flyer at http://www.uta.edu/supa/_pdf/ESST-Minor-Flyer-2010-0909.pdf

 

Urban and Public Affairs (Emphasis in Urban Planning and the Environment)

Information coming soon.

Other Programs

Study Abroad Program

The Sustainability in Europe program is designed for students of environmental studies, environmental science, management, public policy, and those generally interested in environmental affairs. The core course and study tours will enhance your understanding of the divergent goals and processes connected with sustainable development. You will be introduced to a broad range of Danish and European stakeholders currently shaping the sustainability agenda, and encouraged to identify your own values and strategies for a sustainable future.

To learn more, visit the program website.

Engineering Collaboration

Beginning in Fall 2009, three engineering departments-civil, electrical, and industrial-began collaborating to infuse their curricula with sustainability concepts from the freshman through the senior year. These concepts will be integrated via one-class modules into 12 core engineering courses, spanning from the "Introduction to Engineering" course that is required of all freshmen all the way up through senior design projects.

As part of the program, senior civil, electrical, and industrial engineering students will have the opportunity to participate in a multi-disciplinary sustainable engineering senior design project. Seniors will collaborate to design, fabricate and assemble a portable biodiesel production refinery for the UT Arlington campus.

To learn more, read the press release.

Graduate Programs, Financial Aid

To find information on graduate programs in environmental studies, scholarships, and fellowships, visit the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education website.